It is no secret that succulents, cacti and the like are in…and we get why! They’re small, cute, and an easy way to bring some life into your living space. Terrariums allow your creativity to blossom …ha….allowing you to choose plants, color, shape and size! So we’re diving head first into learning what goes into making them to bring you the dirty scoop (my gosh we’re on a roll). Of course we gotta give a generous heaping shout out to our downtown neighbors, Love Always Floral, in help with designing our final masterpiece. We couldn’t have done it without you…..seriously. Now that we have their professional tips n’ tricks, we’ll take you through the ropes to grow your own!First, decide to create an open or closed terrarium. Either one is an easy task but choosing the right plants for them can mean life or death for your garden. Closed terrariums create a humid environment and are perfect choices for those tiny tropical plants, like ferns, while open terrariums allow more air circulation for plants for succulents or tillandsias, and since we have trouble pronouncing that word, we like to call those air plants.
Succulents have been our favorite little trend so open terrarium it is! Look for plants in 2” or 4” plastic nursery pots to fit nicely within your vessel. Other plant choices for open terrariums include succulents, air plants, dwarf sansevieria, and cacti.
If you’d rather build for closed, go for miniature ferns, begonias, mosses, African violets, prayer plants, and baby’s tears….. “wait, what?” Like, mind-your-own-business. “Don’t tell me to mind my own business…” It’s names of the plant…. “alriiiiiiiight alright moving on“Now that we’ve gotten that straightened out, time to build!
- Start with a half inch layer of larger river rock or pebbles.
- Add a layer of moss or smaller gravel.
- Add a layer of the soil recommended for your plant. We used arid succulent and cacti soil from Baker Garden & Gift. The amount of soil you need can vary on the container and plant size, but best bet is to start with about 2 inches of soil.
- Place your plants! Create small holes in the soil for them. Before you place them in the terrarium break up the roots a bit with your fingers. This will allow the plant to take root in its’ new environment.
- Top dress with small pebbles, river rock, or moss.
- Add any decorative elements, be creative, we know you can do it!
Maintaining your terrarium:
Most need bright indirect light, so place your terrarium within a bright room. Keep an eye on your plants’ health, though — if leaves are turning brown, you may need to move your terrarium to a less bright location in your office or home.
Now that wasn’t so hard was it?? Head on over to Love Always Floral if in need of assistance, our green thumbs are about worn out for now.
Love Always Floral.
14 Roberts Street
Fargo, North Dakota, ND 58102
Much love, M+B
By: Gretchen Hinz
Editor: Brynn Joki