If you’re looking to add some life to your home, or add some green to your indoor space, you should consider making your very own terrariums.
What is a Terrarium?
Terrariums are a collection of small plants, also known as a miniature garden, kept inside a small container. The containers are typically transparent, so that you can see the plants inside, and may be sealed or open, depending upon the requirements of the plants. They date back to the 1840s, but are still a fantastic addition to any home, and you can create one yourself, for little cost.
Why Do You Need a Terrarium?
There are lots of reasons to consider getting a terrarium. It’s a really easy way to add some life into any room, particularly if you live in a small apartment with limited space, as they can be tailored to meet any size requirements you may have. In addition to this, they’re a fantastic choice for anyone who doesn’t have access to a garden, but would like to have their own plants around the home.
If you’re working to a tight budget, a terrarium can be an affordable but effective way to add some life to your indoor space, adding a little vibrancy. Once made, terrariums are relatively low maintenance, so are the perfect for people who don’t have time to maintain a traditional garden.
How To Create A Terrarium
Creating your very own terrarium is simple. First, you need to choose a container. If you have a particular colour scheme, you could opt for a container that complements the rest of the room.
Place approximately 1.5 inches of charcoal at the bottom of the container. On top of that, you’ll need a mixture of charcoal and soil, until the container is approximately a quarter full.
Next comes the fun bit! Carefully remove your chosen plants from their containers, and place them on top of the soil and charcoal mixture. You need to ensure the plants are spaced evenly, and that you allow enough space between them for some more soil. Don’t overcrowd the plants.
Place more soil around the plants, until the roots are covered. Make sure there are no pockets of air by gently pressing the soil. Finally, you cam place moss on the top of the soil for some additional green.
Water the plants and find somewhere to put them. Make sure the terrarium has plenty of natural light, but is kept out of direct sunlight. Most importantly, place them somewhere you can see them – you want to enjoy your new creation, afterall!
Do Your Research
Before you start making your terrarium, research your chosen plants carefully and educate yourself upon the ideal conditions. Some require little maintenance, but some will need to be watered and tended to regularly.
Some plants, such as orchids, thrive in closed terrarium. Others, especially those traditionally found in dry climates, prefer open terrariums. It’s important to do some research before purchasing the plants, so that you end up with plants suited to a similar environment.