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Movie date night by myself, baby is asleep and I’m watching Ghost. I wanna spin some pottery right now. Swayz-a-thon.
Why is this movie so perfect?
Is on Amazon Prime!!!!! Pizza and Dirty Dancing (pizza and sweet tangos is what happens when John has a meeting after work and I’m left to my own devices for dinner and entertainment). Woooo.
Hello! Okay I’ve finally managed to make a tutorial of how to make terrariums~~ So here you go:
First off, here are all of the things you will need:
- glass container (jars are always good to use and can be found around the house!)
- mosses/little plants/etc.
- soil (from the area where you found the plants)
- river gravel (basically little rocks that can be found in a stream)
- ground up charcoal powder
- a spoon (to help pack down soil and plants. I also use my hands)
- little decorations/rocks/gems/etc. (optional)
1.) Go down to a stream near you, and gather your plants, soil, and river gravel. In this photo I have a container of different varieties of mosses that I’ve scavenged:
I like to use moss because it lives through a lot of different conditions, and is absolutely beautiful! Moss can be found on tree bark, rocks, near water sources, and even on brick pathways! If you live in the city, you could also buy some moss online from amazon!
2.) Now that you have your supplies, it’s time to actually start making the terrarium.
First, put the river gravel on the bottom of the container. (I am using an old oil lamp as my container!) The purpose of the river gravel is to allow roots to flourish, and water to drain since there are no holes in the glass.
3.) Add a thin layer of charcoal powder on top of the stones/river gravel. The charcoal helps keep the soil fresh and in good condition for the plants!
4.) Add the soil. I use soil that I find near the source of the plant. (NOTE: there are different types of soils: cactus/succulent soils, potting soils, and soils found in or near a stream). The soil helps supply the plant with nutrition and helps sustain the plants’ roots.
5.) Now, add your plants! I am using moss because it is one of my favorites to put in a terrarium. Place them on the soil so their roots will be able to grow through the soil. Do this without squishing or damaging the plant.
6.) After you add your plants, you may add a certain type of decoration to compliment the plants. I often times like to use rocks and minerals.
There you go! You have finished constructing you terrarium!
Here are some things you should know:
- After you finish making the terrarium, you do not need to place it in direct sunlight (unless that is what the plant requires). Terrariums are pretty happy when given diffused indoor light. I like to put my terrariums and plants in my window facing the East. This way, they get plentiful morning sun, and then a break from the sun for the rest of the day. This may not be the case for all plants though!
- If the terrarium plants start to wilt or develop burn spots, move to a spot with less light. If the plants have thin stems that are weak and cannot hold up leaves, move the terrarium to more and more light over time!
- In an open terrarium, test the soil before watering. For the plants that thrive with moist soil (like moss), the top soil should feel barely damp before you add water. For cacti and succulents, you should check the lower layers of soil for dampness. Closed terrariums don’t need nearly as much water.
- Make sure that you do not over water your terrarium. If there is too much water, this can cause mold to grow as well as plant decay. A closed terrarium should have 25% or less of cloudiness in the container. If there is more, open up the terrarium and allow some of the water to evaporate, then close it again.
- When plants start to overgrow, prim them back so they aren’t overflowing out of the container.
- A terrarium should always look clean and healthy. If algae and dirt are on the glass walls, remove them. If there are dead leaves/stems in the terrarium, remove them. If not removed, they can cause mold.
- I use rain water to water my terrariums! Melted snow also works as well and bottled water.
I hope you enjoyed this and I hope this helps you in your future terrarium endeavors! ♥