Making Terrariums

Making terrariums is ideal for people who want some greenery around them but also want it to be as low maintenance as possible.

Back in style again they are being made in everything from retro 70's glass bottles, traditional style Victorian cases, to very modern blown glass containers. 

While terrariums are simple to make a Witch's Ball (called because they resemble a crystal ball) has a little secret in how they are made which I will be happy to share with you (HERE). 

Making Terrariums - Choosing Your Plants

In choosing the plant that you use for these projects you have to make sure that they are plants that can thrive in moisture. Ferns are mostly used because they do well in all sorts of terrariums. Maiden Hair ferns and different types of Boston Ferns are ideal as are the Polka Dot plant. Before you start planting with them make sure that they have been watered well.

To start a terrarium make sure that it is large enough for the plants that you want to use. You want small scale plants, if they are too large than either you can snip back the larger leaves or fronds or pull them apart to make two smaller plants.You might have to trim down some of the leaves of the plants to make sure that they all fit.

Clean the terrarium well inside and out with vinegar and water. If you have used a commercial cleaner on the inside then rinse it with water as it can kill plants. As I wanted a modern look to my terrariums I used glass vases that I found at a thrift shop that had interesting shapes.

Perlite is a light porous volcanic rock which holds moisture well. It is often used as an additive in soil mixtures. Making a paper cone pour about an inch of perlite into the bottom of your container. Make sure that it is evenly distributed.

Using the same paper cone carefully add two to three inches of soil, depending on the size of your container and the size of the plants that you are adding.

You will find that a simple stick is a great tool to use when making terrariums. With your stick dig a hole in the soil where you want your plant to go. If you have one larger plant make sure that it either goes to the back of the container or in the middle.

I generally only plant 3 items in the smaller terrariums

Take your plant out of the pot and remove as much soil as possible while still leaving a ball of dirt around the roots. Drop the plant gently into the container and using your stick press it into the soil and fill soil around it.

When you have planted all your foliage there might be some dirt on the inside of your container. Wrap a piece of paper towel around your stick and gently clean the inside of your terrarium.

To seal this type of container you can take a piece of kitchen cling film and pull it tightly over the opening. With your finger tips rub the excess off the edge and it will be barely noticeable. This will completely seal your terrarium but make it easy to access if you need to add water or trim leaves. You can reseal it once you have done any maintenance.

When you are finished put them in a bright spot but out direct sunlight. Making terrariums is simple once you gather in the supplies together. Start hunting for interesting glass containers and make yourself a forest of them!

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