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DIY: How To Make Your Own Green Terrarium To Keep or Give Away for the Holidays!

by , 11/20/11
filed under: DIY, Gardening

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STEP 4: Add soil

Again, cactus and succulents need a special soil compared to most other plants, so be sure to get the appropriate bag depending on which plants you’re using. Add enough soil so the plant roots will have plenty of room to fit and then grow. Aim for a depth slightly greater than the height of the plant’s pot.

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STEP 5: Plant

Take your plant out of the pot and break up the hard soil ball until you get down to the roots. If you’re breaking the plant into multiple parts, be gentle. You may also want to trim the roots if they are especially long. Don’t worry, they’ll grow back. Using a spoon, your fingers, the end of a brush or even a pencil, dig a well to place your plants roots in. Add more soil around the top and compact the soil down around the base of the plant. Continue placing your little plants in the container and try to keep them away from the edges. The leaves are likely to touch the sides but aim to keep them away as much as possible.

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STEP 6: Add accessories

After you’re done planting you can add little accessories like a blanket of moss (dried or living), little figurines, old toys, glass beads, shiny metal object, sticks, stones, or even a layer or rocks. This is your little world and you can put whatever you’d like in there.

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4 Comments

  1. Lana 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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