Are you looking for a creative way to bring nature into your home? Look no further than the hanging glass terrarium. This modern twist on a classic favorite is not only a versatile way to fill vertical spaces but also a stunning botanical centerpiece for weddings and events. Let’s dive into the world of hanging terrariums and explore the possibilities!
The Art of Hanging Terrariums
Hanging a terrarium requires a touch of out-of-the-box thinking. While mounting it on a rope may seem like a logistical challenge, it also shapes your design choices. To create a successful hanging terrarium, consider these three key principles:
Simple and Beautiful
Simplicity is key when it comes to hanging terrariums. Instead of complex designs and features, opt for a minimalist approach. Remember, the simpler, the better. Whether you’re creating a gift or a wedding decoration, keeping it simple ensures a foolproof result.
Secure and Sturdy
Ensuring that your terrarium is securely attached to the rope is essential. Take advantage of creative hardscape elements and minimize loose substrate to keep your landscape intact even when it’s gently swung. This way, you can enjoy your hanging terrarium without worrying about it falling apart.
Achieving balance is crucial for your terrarium. Design it in a way that the center of gravity is perfectly aligned. This will prevent it from hanging crookedly and spilling its beautiful contents onto the floor. Strive for a harmonious and visually pleasing arrangement.
With these principles in mind, let’s explore some exciting hanging terrarium ideas!
Air Plant Terrarium – Effortless Elegance
The air plant terrarium is a delightful and straightforward option. Air plants absorb water from the air, eliminating the need for additional support in the terrarium. While not strictly necessary, you can add a base of substrate, such as sand, to enhance the overall look. Get creative by mounting air plants on driftwood branches or arranging them with crystals and shells. Begin with plants from the Tillandsia genus, known for their manageability and unique beauty.
Succulent Terrarium – Nature’s Low-Maintenance Charm
Succulents and cacti are ideal choices for low-maintenance hanging terrariums. With their natural resilience and ability to thrive in arid conditions, they require minimal attention. However, it’s crucial to provide proper drainage to prevent rot. Plant them in a gritty substrate, such as lava rock, to ensure optimal health. Create a stunning rocky beach terrarium or experiment with various succulent arrangements. The possibilities are endless!
Vine Terrarium – Let Nature Cascade
Take advantage of the hanging nature of terrariums by allowing tropical vines to cascade over the edge. Pothos and Philodendron are perfect choices. These large vines that can’t fit inside closed terrariums shine in hanging terrariums. They are forgiving when it comes to environmental conditions and watering frequency. Consider Dischidia, Tradescantia, and vining Monstera species for a lush and eye-catching arrangement.
Moss Terrarium – Simple Elegance
For closed hanging terrariums, moss is an excellent option. Moss grows well in humid environments and lends an elegant touch to any terrarium. Unlike other plants, moss doesn’t have roots and can handle some jostling without issue. Choose Cushion Moss for its unique shape and texture and enhance the scene with small rocks and driftwood branches. You can also explore the fascinating world of marimo moss terrariums in water.
Wabi-Kusa – Living Green Balls
A Wabi-Kusa is a fascinating project that combines a ball of substrate with tropical epiphytes attached to the outside. These epiphytes require high humidity to thrive, making closed containers the ideal choice. Mount the substrate ball on a central spike to secure it in the container. The result is a breathtaking living green ball that will be the centerpiece of any room.
Hanging Your Terrarium
Once you’ve created your hanging terrarium masterpiece, it’s time to find the perfect spot in your home. Whether you choose ceiling mounts, wall brackets, door hangers, curtain rails, or stands, make sure your chosen container has a secure hooking system. If needed, you can always craft a beautiful macrame hanger to complement your terrarium.
Consider the lighting and care requirements of the plants you’ve selected. Succulents and cacti thrive in full sun, while tropical plants and mosses prefer bright spots out of direct sunlight. Place your terrarium accordingly to ensure the health and vitality of your plants.
Ready to Embrace Hanging Terrariums?
Now that you’re acquainted with the possibilities, it’s time to roll up your sleeves and create your own hanging terrarium masterpiece. Whether you opt for the effortless elegance of air plants, the low-maintenance charm of succulents, the cascading beauty of vines, the simple elegance of moss, or the enchanting allure of Wabi-Kusa, the choice is yours. Let your creativity shine and bring the beauty of nature into your home!
Ames Farm Center offers a variety of resources and products to help you create the perfect hanging terrarium. Check out their selection today and embark on your terrarium-building adventure. Share your experience and future plans in the comments below—happy terrarium making!