Back in school, our class had to build a terrarium for a science exhibition to showcase how an ecosystem works — The whole photosynthesis, respiration, and water cycle that happens naturally in a small habitat of plants. Of course, the aesthetics of terrariums have changed (and improved!) tremendously over time, but what remains is their ability to add a touch of nature to even the most modern interiors.
Terrariums are also great for those who live in smaller spaces and can't have a full garden, or those who want plants at home without having to worry about maintaining it on a regular basis. Those who don't have a green thumb, fret not, this could just be the answer to your planting woes. These terrariums are designed to need minimal maintenance like a spritz of water every once in awhile and a little bit of sunlight.
I personally like making them myself. There’s something about the building and creating that’s very therapeutic. Alternatively you can find them easily in plant stores or nurseries. For those who'd like to make them yourself, here's a few basic things you'll need and some pointers that I've learnt along the way.
First, you'll need a container with an opening. There's so many to choose from these days, and the hexagon or pyramid-shaped ones are most popular when it comes to terrariums. You can even use a regular empty jar or recycle a used pasta jar.
The second step would be knowing which type of terrarium you'd like to make with either mossy plants or desert plans.The easier option would be the latter as the plants need dry areas to grown and live in. Quite honestly, succulents and cacti are best for terrariums as they are easiest to maintain.
Once you've picked the plants, here's where it gets a teeny bit more complicated as you'll need to build four layers and you'll need to start from the bottom.The bottom should be able to support one and a half inches of small rocks, this is to help with drainage and extra water. Excess water that is clogged can in the long run damage the roots, help moss grow and also end up causing a stench.
Top off that layer with some activated charcoal which helps with bacteria and as an extra drainage measure. The third layer is soil which has all the nutrients for your plant roots to grow so be generous with the amount (three inches is ideal great). Top it off with some pebbles and you're done with the tedious bit.
Here's where the fun begins! I like adding different shapes and sizes of succulents and cacti to create a mix and match look for the entire terrarium. Always start from the back of the container and work your way to the front so you have an idea of how the height and sizing works. Be careful when handling cactus as they can be prickly!
The decorative possibilities with terrariums are endless! I love using crystals and little miniature figurines for mine. You can even add wordings and decals on the glass to personalised them further. Here are some terrariums that really caught my eye and maybe even give you some ideas for your own.
Add beautiful pieces of crystals in your terrarium for a ‘zen’ and natural touch.
Dress up the terrarium by adding some fairy lights which are especially beautiful at night!
What a wonderful and whimsical way to add a touch of character to a terrarium by adding little figurines!