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Terrariums For Beginners

I'm not good with plants, so I jumped at the thought of making a terrarium. I mean, you buy a few succulents and stick them under glass. Right? 

Can you go wrong with succulents? I had heard that they were pretty resilient and hardly needed any attention. That's right up my alley since I've been known to be quite challenged in the gardening area. 

My first stop was to my local Dollar Tree where I purchased three different types of stones.  My research indicated that placing stones at the bottom of the terrarium allows for proper drainage and keeps plant roots from sitting in wet soil.  

My next stop was Home Depot. They have a nice selection of succulent plants--some for a little as two dollars. I already had potting soil in my garage, so no cost there.

So let's recap.  Here's what you'll need:

1)  Stones. Use a variety of stones if you want a more elaborate layering effect. I like the mixture of dark and light stones.  The contrast looks great through the glass terrarium!

2)  Potting soil. Place a piece of weed block over the stones and then add about an inch of potting soil, or enough to sufficiently cover the roots of your plants. 

3)  Succulent plants. Add plants that have similar water and sunlight requirements. I chose a variety to cactus plants. They love the sunlight and need to be watered every 2-3 days. After you remove them from their pots, use your fingers to break apart the roots. Plant them in the soil and add more soil to ensure that the roots are covered. Finally, add another layer of stones. This is where I used the white stones from Dollar Tree.  You can repeat the layering process as much as you like, depending on the size of your vessel.


This was such a satisfying project!  My terrarium, from Ferrisland®, is shaped like a glass house.  Its pitched roof opens up and has an arm that lets the roof stay in the open position. I like that everything is contained in this glass vessel. Really cute! Some of the other highlights of the Ferrisland® terrarium are:
  • High-quality geometric shape, made of framed transparent glass.
  • Makes a great decorative piece on your desk, table, shelf, etc.

Can you say "low maintenance"? A terrarium is a great alternative to anyone who wants a little greenery in their life without the commitment of larger plants. I love it!

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