Catherine Winter-Hébert

DIY: Make Your Own Tiny Terrarium Garden That'll Stay Green All Winter Long

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Avid gardeners and outdoor lovers tend to mope all winter long because of the lack of greenery around them, but there’s an easy way to fix that! Indoor plants give any space a lively splash of green, and terrariums aren’t just beautiful—they’re fun to make too. Any glass container can be transformed into a terrarium, from a tiny glass pendant to a 50-gallon fish tank, so you can have several all around your home in all shapes and sizes, with an assortment of different plants inside! Read on to learn how you can make your own today.


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Plants are remarkably versatile, and you can rest assured that there are plenty of species ideal for your space. Just like observing a garden to ensure that you’ll plant the right varieties that’ll thrive in the light, shadow, and humidity there, observe the room in which you’re planning to keep your terrarium(s) so you can determine which plants to use. When it comes to choosing a container, the sky really is the limit: I’ve used brandy snifters, mason jars, aquariums, and even glass teacups for mine, and a quick trip to the thrift store can provide you with several great containers for this project.

Related: Miniature Star Wars Terrariums Bring Far-Away Galaxies into Your Home

What to Plant

Choosing the right species for your space will ensure that they’ll thrive, and they’ll require a lot less maintenance than delicate, fussy plants that aren’t ideally suited for your climate or home environment

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Warm, Dry Room:

  • Tillandsia (also known as air plants) thrive on neglect, and draw the little moisture they need from the air around them.
  • Succulents such as Hen and Chicks come in many different hues, are ridiculously adorable, and very low-maintenance.
  • Cacti, like air plants, only need the tiniest bit of care in order to thrive. They also come in a wide variety of hues, forms, and textures, so you can create little desert scenes to your heart’s content. (Add little skulls, tumbleweeds, wagon wheels, and pioneer miniatures for a bit of fun!)
  • Hardy Mediterranean herbs like oregano, and any variety of thyme. Woolly or creeping thyme work really well as creepers, and the more fragrant species will add scent to your room as well as beauty.

Cool, Dry Room:

  • Pincushion plants (Nertera granadensis) are among my personal favorites, and ridiculously pretty. It does best in spaces that don’t heat up to more than 65F-70F, and needs a fair bit of light or it’ll grow more foliage than berries, but keep it out of direct sunshine.
  • Most tillandsia species are also very cold-hardy, and it’s unlikely that your indoor space will frost over or get cold enough to kill them off.

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  1. desertgarden September 10, 2014 at 11:53 pm

    Where do you find the miniature items for terrariums & indoor gardens. Like for a Western theme. The wagon wheel, steer head, Indian pots, etc.

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