DIY Terrariums

Bring nature indoors with these low-maintenance gardens. You don’t need a green thumb or much money to be able to make a beautiful terrarium.

Remember the blender and bowls that we picked up at the buy back centre? Here’s how to transform a glass container into a terrarium.


What You’ll Need:

  • Container(s)
  • Rocks/pebbles
  • Charcoal
  • Sphagnum moss
  • Good quality potting mix
  • Plants/cuttings
  • Hormone Growth Gel (optional)
  • Fertiliser
  • Decorations (optional)


  1. Fill the bottom of your container with rocks or pebbles. This will allow drainage for your plants.
  2. Add a layer of activated charcoal, just enough to cover the rocks. Shards or granular charcoal will work. Charcoal reduces bacteria, fungi and smell, and prevents the soil going stale.
  3. Next add a thin layer of sphagnum moss. This will prevent the potting mix seeping down and blocking the drainage area.
  4. Add potting mix. Tip: Cacti and succulents prefer different soil conditions so use a potting mix that’s specifically made for these plants for best results.blenderterra5
  5. Design your garden. Your terrarium will look better if you plan it out before you start planting.
  6. If using plant cuttings, cut on a diagonal so they will be able to form roots easily.blenderterra6
  7. Dip the diagonal cut into hormone growth gel and plant.
  8. Water at the base of each plant with a few drops of diluted liquid fertiliser (see packet for ratio of water to fertiliser). Succulents and cacti only require watering like this every 2-3 weeks.
  9. Add any final touches to your garden if you wish. Rocks make great decoration.

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