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Getting Started with Terrariums

An Enchanting Green Addition to Your Home

Welcome to the delightful world of terrariums! These miniature indoor gardens not only add a refreshing touch of green to your indoor space, but they also provide a fun and creative outlet to nurture your green thumb. 

Because terrariums are not bound by seasonal constraints, they offer a unique opportunity to commence your gardening adventures despite the cold. While the outdoor world is still asleep under the frost, your terrarium flourishes, infusing life and greenery into your interiors. But what is a terrarium, you ask? Let’s find out.

What is a Terrarium and Why You Need One

Terrariums are a brilliant way to bring indoor gardening to life and require less maintenance than regular houseplants. In essence, a terrarium is a self-sustaining, enclosed environment where plants and, occasionally, small creatures, thrive. It's an eco-friendly hobby, a conversation starter, and an excellent way to bring a bit of the outdoors inside. But what makes terrariums so special? Is it the charm of nurturing a tiny jungle within a glass vessel? Or perhaps the satisfaction of creating a self-sustaining world? We say, it's a bit of both!

Caring for your terrarium

Your terrarium is a living, breathing world that requires care to thrive. Here are some tips to keep it happy!

  • Terrariums love bright, indirect sunlight so the final location of your terrarium is key to a successful one. A north or east-facing windowsill is ideal, but don't worry if that's not possible, because they can also survive under fluorescent light. 

  • Watering? Terrariums require very little watering because they recycle moisture. A light misting every 2-3 weeks should suffice. Remember, over watering is a common terrarium-killer!

  • Terrarium plants generally don't need additional fertilizer as they thrive on the nutrients in their soil. However, if your plants seem to be struggling, you can add a diluted, water-soluble fertilizer every few months. Remember, overfeeding can cause plant burn.

Now, let's get to the fun part!

Creating Your Own Terrarium, Step by Step

Creating a terrarium is like crafting a piece of living art. It's engaging, therapeutic, and surprisingly simple. Here's what you need:

  • Start by choosing a sealable, transparent, glass container.  of any size - from a petite jar to a large aquarium, the possibilities are endless. Clean your container thoroughly to prevent bacterial growth. 

  • Fill it with a layer of pebbles for drainage, a layer of activated charcoal to keep the environment fresh, and a layer of potting soil. A well-draining potting mix is ideal. The depth of your soil will depend on the size of your container and the types of plants you are using.

  • As for plant choices, ferns, mosses, and air plants are great for terrariums. They love the humid environment. Cacti and succulents? Not so much. They prefer a drier environment.

  • Now, you’re ready to plant! Choose small, slow-growing plants that love humidity. Ferns, mosses, and air plants are great choices. Dig small holes in the soil and gently place your plants in, pressing the soil around them.

  • Add your decorations and voila! You've created your own terrarium!

Remember, terrariums are a journey. They're a testament to nature's resilience and a delightful addition to any space. So, whether you're buying a pre-planted terrarium or venturing to create your own, remember this: every terrarium tells a story. What will yours be?

See you down the road!


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