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:
- Sphagnum moss
- Good quality potting mix
- Hormone Growth Gel (optional)
- Decorations (optional)
- Fill the bottom of your container with rocks or pebbles. This will allow drainage for your plants.
- 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.
- Next add a thin layer of sphagnum moss. This will prevent the potting mix seeping down and blocking the drainage area.
- 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.
- Design your garden. Your terrarium will look better if you plan it out before you start planting.
- If using plant cuttings, cut on a diagonal so they will be able to form roots easily.
- Dip the diagonal cut into hormone growth gel and plant.
- 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.
- Add any final touches to your garden if you wish. Rocks make great decoration.