Growing Guide: Terrariums

Terrarium Guide

  1. Let's start by choosing what kind of container you need.  Terrariums can be any number of things like clear glass vases, wardarian cases, fish bowls or tanks, bottles or jars.  It is very important that they are cleaned well first, so germs don't cause problems later.
  2. First you will need to create drainage at the bottom of your terrariums.  You can achieve this with cleaned gravel, pebbles, perlite, pottery shards or white rock.  This will allow you to see how much water ends up in your “inner earth” and enables you to male the proper adjustments in the future. 
  3. The next level can be charcoal, moss or even a coffee filter.  This will help prevent to much soil filtering down in to your drainage.  The charcoal will help to prevent rotting.
  4. Now it is time to add the soil.  It is best to use a sterile potting soil mix, like seedling mix or african violet soil for your more tropical plant choices.  You could also use a cactus mix if your working with cactus or succulents.
  5. You could make levels in your terrarium to add an extra dimension using bark, sticks or maybe a fairy door!
  6. Now it is time to choose your plants.  You can use a number of different combinations, but stick with plants that have the same light and water requirements.  2'' plants seem to work best in smaller terrariums.  You can use plants like african violets, ferns, carnivorous plants, palms  or succulents.  We carry a large assortment of 2” plants.
  7. After planting, top your surface with moss, crusher fines, or any other medium that will help you to achieve your vision. 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.
  8. Terrariums can be open or closed.  Closed ones with require less water.  Place your new terrarium in the best light and temperature for the plants you have chosen. 
  9. To maintain your terrariums, you will need to 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 over due it.
  10. Now enjoy your new creation!