Growing Guide: Terrariums

Terrarium Guide

CHOSE YOUR CONTAINER Terrariums can be any number of things like clear glass vases, fishbowls, bottles or jars. It is very important that they are cleaned well first, so germs don't cause problems later.

CREATE DRAINAGE Use clean gravel, pebbles, perlite, pottery shards or white rock. This will allow you to see how much water ends up in your lower reservoir and enables you to make the proper adjustments in the future.

MOSS  Moss will act as a filter between the drainage level and the soil. The moss will also absorb the excess moisture. To keep things even cleaner, a single coffee filter can also be added.

CHARCOAL Charcoal is the next layer. The charcoal will help to prevent rotting and will absorb any foul odors that may occur.

ADD SOIL It is best to use a sterile potting soil mix, like seedling mix or African violet soil for your more tropical plant choices. Use a cactus mix if you’re working with cactus or succulents.

LEVELS Make levels in your terrarium to add an extra dimension using bark, sticks or maybe a fairy door!

CHOOSE YOUR PLANTS Stick with plants that have the same light and water requirements.  2'' plants work best in terrariums.  You can use plants like African violets, ferns, carnivorous plants, palms or any tropical plants. Cactus and succulents should be separate from tropical plants. 

TOP YOUR SURFACE Top your surface with moss, decorative pebbles or any other medium that will help you to achieve your vision.

ADD DECOR Now is the fun part!  Time to decorate with things like fairies and accessories.  You can make walkways, patterns, shallow ponds with bridges.  The list is endless with your imagination.  Fairies are very woody creatures, so using bark or sticks as accessories is perfect. It's also fun to change these out with the changing seasons.

MAINTAIN YOUR TERRARIUM Water, cut back plants as needed and clean debris as leaves fall.  You can fertilize with half strength fertilizer occasionally but be careful not to overdo it.

Note: Terrariums can be opened or closed.  Closed ones will require less water. Place your new terrarium in the best light and temperature for the plants you have chosen, usually not direct light.