Add a little green to your indoor space with an eye-catching terrarium! Living in apartments in Chicago for 4+ years really made me miss greenery and fresh air. These little guys were a great solution (along with a whole windowsill of herbs but that’s for another day..).
Making your own terrarium is fun and easy! They should be equally as easy to maintain (however, if you run into issues with mold or growth – don’t feel bad! It’s happened to me before too!) No matter the climate in your home, when given a healthy dose of indirect light and a light spritz of water now and then, your terrarium will be happy as a clam.
- Container (glass works best)
- Small stones (gravel, pebbles, broken pottery or something similar)
- Activated charcoal pieces
- Potting soil (don’t bring in from outside because bugs)
- Terrarium plants
- Sheet moss
- Gloves (optional)
- Decorating accessories (optional)
- Trowel (optional, I just used my hands)
- Begin by placing drainage layer at the bottom of the container, enough so it covers the bottom plus a little.
- Install approximately 1-2 inches of charcoal at base of container.
- Combine remaining charcoal with soil either by hand or with trowel.
- Fill your container 1/4 – 1/3 full with the charcoal/soil mixture. Gently pack every 2 inches to avoid large air pockets.
- Gently remove plants from their containers and position them on top of the soil to ensure proper spacing. Allow enough room between the plants for some growth and any decorations you may add.
- Use your hands to pack soil in and around plants. Put the plants deep enough into the soil to cover all plant roots and keep the plants from reaching too far above the top of the container.
- Place moss on top of the soil and between the plants.
- 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.
- Maintenance is minimal once the plants are established. Test the soil for moisture before pulling out the watering can.