How-To Create a Terrarium

Katie A. Ketelsen

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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, they're easy to create and can be made in a variety of sizes. Change up the container to fit into any décor.


    -- Container

    -- Activated charcoal pieces

    -- Potting soil

    -- Gloves

    -- Terrarium-appropriate plants

    -- Sheet moss

    -- Watering can

    -- Trowel

Build the Base

    Install approximately 1-2 inches of charcoal at base of container.

Mix It Up

    Combine remaining charcoal with soil either by hand or with trowel.

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.

Add Greens

    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.

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.

Top Dress

    With gloves, position moss on top of the soil and between the plants.

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.

Further Care

    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.


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