I’m going to be assembling a terrarium in a large round jar. I’ve always loved terrariums. And they’ve come back into vogue in a big way.
Materials You Will Need:
- Large glass jar
- Orchid mix
- Terrarium soil
- Sphagnum moss
- Medium-sized stones
Putting the Terrarium Together:
Now let’s begin to put the terrarium together with the plants you’ve chosen.
- Make sure the jar you’re using is clean and dry.
2. Add the charcoal to the bottom of the jar. Charcoal provides filtration and purifies the water in your terrarium.
3. Add a layer of orchid mix. The orchid mix provides optimal drainage and aeration. This all-natural substrate element can add a lot of structure and aeration to a mix.
4. Add terrarium soil. Terrarium soil is formulated to supply a nutrient-rich base for your plants.
5. Next you will prepare the moss.
How to Prepare the Moss:
To prepare the moss, soak it overnight in tap water and squeeze dry. The spaghnum moss will act as a filter between your soil layers and charcoal.
6. Put a layer of moss in the terrarium.
7. Make slits in the moss with your fingers. You will be planting your plants in them.
8. Spread gravel in your terrarium.
9. Add your plants to the terrarium and press the soil around them so that they’re sitting upright in the jar.
10. Sprinkle more orchid mix around your plants, avoiding the rocks.
The base of your plants should line up with the top of the moss.
Spray water down the sides of the glass to clean any dirt off the inside of the terrarium.
The water retained in the moss is all your terrarium needs to sustain its ecosystem. Do not over water.
Put the lid on the jar and you’re finished!
Tips for a Healthy Terrarium:
Keep your terrarium in a well-lit area. Your terrarium functions as its own ecosystem, and will sustain itself as long as you keep the lid on.
If the terrarium is fogging up once a day, that’s a good sign. You don’t need to open it. The ecosystem is telling you that it doesn’t need additional air.
If your terrarium is not fogging up, add a 1/4 to 1/2 cup of water, being very careful not to over water. Then put the lid back on.
If you have continuous fogging, leave the lid off for a day or two.
Best Plants for a Closed Terrarium:
Some plants that do well in the high-humidity environment of terrariums:
- African violets
- Venus flytraps
- Starfish plants
- Air plants
- Baby’s tears
- Golden club moss
- Strawberry begonia
If Plants Rot or Mold Develops:
If your plants begin to rot, it means that you’ve added too much water. Remove the rot and replace with new plants.
If mold starts to develop, sprinkle cinnamon on the moldy area, avoiding plant leaves.
Enjoy your terrarium!