Create Your Own Succulent Terrarium

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Video terrarium for succulents

Terrariums are experiencing a surge in popularity, particularly those featuring succulents. In this article, we’ll guide you through the process of making your own captivating succulent terrarium. Say goodbye to the hassle of keeping plants alive and hello to a vibrant and low-maintenance green oasis!

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The Perfect Glass Container

When it comes to selecting the right container for your terrarium, size matters. Deep apothecary jars may seem like an attractive choice, but they often lead to issues such as excess moisture and mold. For a more successful terrarium, consider using a glass container with adequate airflow. A fish tank, for example, can be a unique and visually appealing option. With proper planting, succulents can thrive in such an environment.

This particular terrarium boasts several features that ensure a long and healthy life for your succulents. Firstly, it is not too deep, allowing for better evaporation and preventing water from stagnating. Additionally, the presence of small holes on top provides essential airflow, which is crucial for succulents to dry out between watering.

Step-by-Step Tutorial

Before diving into creating your own succulent terrarium, let’s gather the necessary supplies:

  • Glass terrarium
  • Succulent soil
  • Succulents

Start by adding a small amount of well-draining soil to the terrarium. A mixture of Turface, small pine bark shreds, and crushed rock works wonders in preventing water buildup.

terrarium with soil

Next, carefully place your String of Pearls succulents, allowing them to cascade out of the main opening, adding an elegant touch to your terrarium.

Now, it’s time to highlight your main succulent cuttings. Select varieties like Graptoveria ‘Fred Ives’ and Sedum Adolphii, ensuring their stems are tucked beneath the soil for proper root development.

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terrarium succulent cuttings

Less is more when it comes to terrarium design. Resist the temptation to overcrowd your creation, as it can detract from its overall visual appeal. Simplicity allows each plant to shine and creates an organized and harmonious aesthetic.

To ensure adequate moisture for your succulents, gently mist the terrarium with a spray bottle. Be cautious not to overwater, as the enclosed glass environment acts as a mini greenhouse, slowing down the evaporation process.

I particularly appreciate the design of this terrarium, as it provides ample open space, minimizing the risk of excess moisture and cloudiness. You may also want to explore other shapes and designs available that suit your style and preferences.

Now that you possess the knowledge and inspiration, there’s no time to waste! Begin your terrarium adventure and enjoy the beauty and tranquility of your own succulent wonderland.

Don’t forget to visit Ames Farm Center for more gardening and terrarium supplies!