There aren’t many complicated steps to make a terrarium by yourself. In fact, you could do it in just few hours during your free time on a weekend! Its a good way to learn more about gardening and of course to learn more about the greeneries that you can bring to your living spaces and even lighten up your office table. Its also a fun and interactive way to teach your kids about gardening and plants.
First, Pebbles. Middle sized to small sized pebbles that acts as the drainage of the system. Excess water will flow to this layer. The amount of this layer depends on the size of your container. The bigger the container, the more pebbles as you would need more drainage to ensure the soil is not overwatered.
Then, charcoal. Charcoal is essential to the terrarium as it helps to filter the air and water in the container. It helps to clarify the system to reduce any odour that could be caused by the beneficial bacteria. Besides, charcoal also help to prevent the growth of fungi.
After that, sphagnum moss. These dead moss were preserved and requires you to prepare it by soaking them in water. Remove the excess water by squeezing it and lay it on top of the charcoal to form a layer. Sphagnum moss helps to prevent soil from seeping into the drainage and to absorb excess water.
Soil! Finally! Put in a layer of soil for planting and for roots to grow!
Of course, the main thing, plants! Choose only suitable plants that loves the condition of the terrariums it would be. Tropical plants like fern, moss, begonias that loves humid and low lights would be suitable for closed terrariums. Succulents and cacti can be put in open terrariums as they prefer arid conditions.
The last would be your decorative items like rocks, figurines and sand. Joy tends to love putting coloured sand to simulate a creek like ecosystem. Jason loves using stones and rocks to simulate the natural ecosystems by creating a whole new dimensions. Everything is fine! Its your creativity that does the job!
These terrariums would thrive and live for years if you provide them with proper care and love! If you would love to know how to take care of the terrariums, head over HERE to know how!