DIY: Desk Terrariums!

Terrariums

I suck at gardening. I get a plant. I kill a plant. I wait a few months and repeat this cycle. I crave greenery because it reduces stress, increases focus, and calms me… but I can never sustain it! When I discovered terrariums and saw that they practically impossible to kill I got super excited. Here are some of my favorite tips and tricks for creating perfect terrarium.

Things you will need:

Glass Vessel*
Gravel/Small Rocks (mine were hot pink!)
Activated Charcoal
Soil
Small Plants

(*I used a clean 14.5 oz Bath and Body Works Candle Jar and I would not recommend going smaller than that. It can either be all glass with a glass lid or an open glass container)

Selecting your plants:

-Ask your garden specialist what small succulents, cacti, and or mosses live well together. They are trained to help you pick something excellent.
-It is a good idea to take your vessel with you to be sure you pick plants that fix well inside.
-If they do not have anything that is small enough, you can always order on line.

Putting together your terrarium:

  1. Start by making sure your vessel is clean and dry.
  2. Gently place the gravel into the bottom of your vessel. Depending on the size of your vessel it you will make the drainage between .5-1.5 inches high. This serves as a drainage system.
  3. Sprinkle activated charcoal over your gravel. (If it is in a capsule, break it open first. Basically this is going to help keep germs  and mold away!)
  4. Add your soil, leaving room for the plants.
  5. Arrange your plants starting with the largest first. At this time if you have any small decorations you can at them as well.
  6. Place the lid back on the container or leave them open. Either way is sure to be beautiful!
  7. Try to keep the soil moist by watering your terrarium once a week or so.

For more information on terrariums, check out this website.

Interested in making a super creative one? Maybe these are more your speed.

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