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DIY: How to Make Your Own Green Terrarium

by , 05/27/14
filed under: DIY, Gardening

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STEP 1: Prepare the Container

Remove any price tags or stickers from your vessel and wash both the interior and exterior thoroughly to ensure that there are no unwanted residues that could affect the health of your plants. Envision how you want to arrange your plants inside the jar.

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STEP 2: Add Your Drainage Layers

Once the container is ready, fill the bottom with rocks or pebbles. This is to create a false drainage layer so water can settle and not flood the plant. The depth of the rocks totally depends on the size of your container, but aim for 1/2″ to 2″.

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STEP 3: Add the Activated Charcoal

The charcoal looks exactly like what you would expect it to and it’s messy. Sometimes it comes as small granules and other times it comes as shards—either works. You don’t need much, just enough to cover the rocks. The charcoal will improve the quality of your little world including reducing bacteria, fungi and odors.

Related: How to Make a Recycled Glass Terrarium

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4 Comments

  1. Catherine Winter-Hébert Lana Winter-Hébert March 8, 2014 at 9:49 am

    amusicaldemise: I live in rural Quebec, so I hear you on the cold indoors as well as outside issue!

    You can make a terrarium now, but be sure to keep it near a light + heat source, like a plant growing light, or even an aquarium light if you’re building your terrarium in a fish tank. Try to keep it away from any windows or drafts, and if possible, choose cold-hardy plants rather than delicate tropical varieties.

  2. amusicaldemise March 7, 2014 at 10:19 pm

    Should I wait until the summer to make my terrarium? I live in Canada, so it’s very cold right now, even inside the house.

  3. Marlize May 8, 2013 at 3:35 am

    How much activated charcoal do you use on one pot?

  4. Valetree January 20, 2012 at 5:36 am

    Your terrariums are beautiful! How do you keep them from Molding. I live in an apt. in Phoenix Az and I tried building a terarium with a fly trap plant. Within 4 days there was a white hairy mold covering the whole inside of the jar. Last week I brought home a 4″ pot of Basil that kept drying out. By day 4 there was a grey mold started around the dead basil stems and the rest of the plant had given up. Is there something I can do, or is it just a case of a black thumb?

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