Bridgette Meinhold

DIY: How to Make Your Own Green Terrarium

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

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STEP 7: Clean and Water

You’ll likely have dirt all over the sides of the container, so wipe them down so you can enjoy the beautiful living world inside. Give the terrarium a little bit of water. Unlike most of your house plants, a terrarium doesn’t need to soaked: just a couple of shots of water should get it started.

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Tips & Tricks

- Over time, monitor your terrarium’s water needs based on how dry the soil is. For terrariums with closed lids, if water is dripping down from the top, open the lid to let some evaporate. Likewise, you may need to add more if it looks parched. You shouldn’t need to water them very often.

- If leaves die or wilt, remove them from the terrarium immediately to maintain the health of the little eco system. If an entire plant dies, take it out.

- Don’t place in direct sunlight. Remember that these are essentially little greenhouses and direct sunlight through the glass will trap heat and scorch the plants. Place in indirect light for best results.

- Afterwards, enjoy your little world or give it away and make another!

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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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