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.

terrariumitems

What You’ll Need:

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

Method:

  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.

3 thoughts on “DIY Terrariums

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s