I’ve fallen in love with using plants in my decor. I think it all started with the paperwhite bulbs I forced at Christmas! Those tiny white flowers gave me so much joy and added such a delicate beauty to my surroundings that in early January I started researching how to grow indoor plants and spending lots of time at my local Pike Nursery!
Although I didn’t start out to do a series of posts on Decorating With Plants, this new-plant-love of mine is turning into just that! So far I’ve posted a DIY Succulent Wreath HERE and for those places in your home that don’t get enough sunshine for a live plant I showed you my Faux Succulent Terrarium HERE-
Today I’m going to show you how I put my closed terrarium together! It was easy and it’s been thriving for a few weeks in the entry way welcoming everyone who comes through the front door.
The first thing you need to do is ask yourself these questions: *Where do I want to put my terrarium? *What kind of light will my terrarium get in this spot? The answer to these questions help determine how big a container you need and what kind of plants you need
Choose a glass container that reflects the feel of your space. There are so many beautiful apothecary jars, cloches and canisters available these days, but you won’t find a better budget friendly selection anywhere than at Home Goods .
A closed terrarium creates it own humid jungle-like environment, so humidity loving plants are best for a closed terrarium.
I wanted to put mine in the entry which has filtered sunlight. I chose a fern, an ittie-bittie tropical palm and a moss…(I have no idea what the name of the moss is…) I bought my moss at Pike Nursery, although I have lots of moss in my back yard, I read you can bring in tiny pests when you use moss from the yard. I didn’t want to deal with tiny pests.
Here’s what you need:
*Glass container-if your container is too short you won’t be able to fit in all your layers and enough soil-go taller.
*Plants with similar light and water needs
First thoroughly wash and dry your container. Then add a layer of pebbles to the bottom of your container to help with drainage.
Next, add charcoal, sprinkling over the pebbles…this keeps the soil fresh.
Now add your soil. You’ll need enough soil to bury the roots.***You can add a piece of fiberglass window screen on top of the charcoal to keep the dirt separated from your charcoal/pebble layers-this would better define the layers making your terrarium prettier- I didn’t do this because I didn’t have fiberglass mesh and metal screening will rust***
Now add your plants! I gently brushed off much of the soil that was attached to the plant roots and placed the plant inside the container covering roots.
Even with a wide mouth container this got a little dicey when I was trying to get the plants just right, but eventually I got them right where I wanted them!
I added a bit of sea glass on top of the soil along the edges…
And there she is looking quite beautiful I think! If the inside walls of a closed terrarium get condensation, you need to take the top off until it dries out. I’ve been removing the top of mine every three or four days (when condensation builds up) for 5 or 6 hours at a time…so far-so good !
I have several more Decorating with Plants posts coming up, I can’t wait to share my plant love with you!