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How To Make A Terrarium

If you’re looking for ways to bring some life and color to your apartment, a terrarium is an easy and convenient way of having plants! Plus, these low maintenance houseplants are a fun craft project for a weekend activity.

If you don’t have enough outdoor space or sunlight to properly grow a garden at home, a terrarium is the perfect alternative for those green thumbs out there. Terrariums act as miniature gardens, which are even cuter than normal sized gardens. You can even have multiple terrariums all in one small space!

And these mini gardens don’t take up much space or require diligent caretaking. Learn how to make your own terrariums at home to elevate the air quality and look of your apartment.

Making the terrarium

To start with, find a growing container. These will likely already be sitting on a shelf or in a cabinet in your apartment, or are very cheap at any supple store. Mason jars or other glassware, like cookie jars or wine decanters, work perfectly.

After you have your terrarium containers lined up, the first step is to build a base. Put 1-2 inches of wood chips, sea shells or stones at the bottom of the container. Then fill up about one third of the container with potting soil. Gently pack the soil.

Next, it’s time to add in your terrarium plants. Plants for terrariums that work well are smaller, more delicate greenery like the Moon Valley plant, spider fern, nerve plant, Aurea, Aquamarine and black mondo grass. Allow enough room in the terrarium to add more soil once the plant is placed inside.

Next, pack the soil around the terrarium plants to prevent air pockets. Make sure the roots of the plants are covered by the potting soil. Place moss on top of the soil in between the plants for an added decorative green layer.

Place the terrariums in a well lit area in your apartment, next to a window. Water daily or as recommended according to each plant type. Minimal maintenance is required. Plants may be trimmed if they grow out of the top of the terrarium.

And there you have it! Making terrariums is quick and easy and can be a pleasant addition to any room, desk or mantle.

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