I don’t know about you, but I do not have a green thumb. I love green plants around the house, but all of my “green plants” are fake. I have always wanted to give real plants a chance, so decided to give a terrarium a shot. My husband and I got married in July, and had beautiful succulents as wedding favors. After the wedding I had saved a few succulents hoping to get around to planting them. With our busy schedule those succulents sat outside of our front door unplanted all summer. Now that the crisp air of fall is blowing in, I wanted to bring those succulents indoors.
This is My Simple Step-By-Step DIY Succulent Terrarium Instructions:
First off, an ironic side note, I had to read multiple blog posts to learn how to make a succulent terrarium before I could write this post. I hate to admit it, but I am not very original when it comes to this particular post. On the bright side with all of my research I am now a credible source of terrarium information.
Clear Jar, bowl, or vase
Small rocks or pebbles
Activated Charcoal (for closed terrarium)
Step One: Layer Your Supplies
Layer pebbles or small rocks at the bottom of your Terrarium. I bought a 5-pound bag of pebbles from Michaels Arts & Crafts store for about $5. Make sure not to make this layer to tall because your succulents will need room to grow.
If your Terrarium is closed at the top this is the layer you would add activated charcoal too. The activated charcoal helps perfect mold and nasty smells. If your Terrarium is open at the top skip this layer and go on to the next.
Next layer a thin but full layer of Spanish moss on top of the pebbles. This layer stops the soil from falling down into the pebbles. I got a bag of Spanish moss from Wal-Mart in the garden center for about $4, and only used ¼ of the bag.
After the Spanish moss add soil.
Step Two: Add the Succulents
This step sounds easy enough, give the succulents enough room to grow and give them a drink of water.
Step Three: Terrarium After Care
Well making the Terrarium wasn’t the hardest thing in the world, but my plants have only lived in their new home for an hour now. I will let you know how the plants are taking to their new bowl in a week or two.
I do know one after care tip for succulents. They only need to be lightly watered ever two weeks or so.