How to Make Your Own Terrarium
Terrariums are a beautiful addition to desks, dining room tables, and other well-lit spots. Check out our easy step-by-step instructions to learn how to plant a terrarium.
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Perk Up Your Indoor Space
Add a little green to your indoor space with an eye-catching terrarium! Not only are they a great oxygen booster, terrariums are easy to create and can be made in a variety of sizes. Change up the container to fit into any décor.
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- Activated charcoal pieces
- Potting soil
- Terrarium plants
- Sheet moss
- Watering can
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Build the Base
Install approximately 1-2 inches of charcoal at base of container.
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Mix It Up
Combine remaining charcoal with soil either by hand or with trowel.
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Add the Second Layer
Fill your container one-fourth to one-third full with the charcoal-and-soil mixture. Gently pack the soil every 2 inches to avoid large air pockets.
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Carefully remove your plants from their containers and position them on top of the soil to ensure proper spacing. Allow enough room between the plants for additional soil.
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Squash Air Pockets
Use your hands to pack soil in and around plants. Tuck plants deep enough into the soil to cover all plant roots and to keep the plants from reaching too far above the top of the container.
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With gloves, position moss on top of the soil and between the plants.
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Give Them a Drink
Water plants and place container in a well-lit area with indirect light. Future watering is dependent on the types of plants you have selected and the environment they're growing in. Test the soil for moisture before pulling out the watering can.
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Maintenance is minimal once the plants are established. As they grow you may want to trim any branches that grow out and over the top of your container.
Like this Look? Try a Kokedama Moss Garden!
Kokedama Moss Gardens are a traditional Japanese garden that use moss as the container.