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Easy-care terrariums

Kind of a Big Deal
Kind of a Big Deal

Terrariums are low-maintenance indoor gardens that don't take up too much space and can make impressive gifts or table features.





The project


Every terrarium is unique. It doesn’t need to be filled with plants. Make it interesting by adding a candle, driftwood, bamboo, pebbles, moss, ferns or small ornaments. It’s your living artwork so make it yours. I love terrariums made with Tillandsia (air plants) because they're so easy to look after.




When creating a terrarium, always use horticultural charcoal as your first layer and then propagation sand as your second layer. African violet potting mix is a great one to use for terrariums. The horticultural charcoal is important as it acts like a filter and prevents the soil going stagnant if accidentally overwatered. Never pour water directly into a terrarium. Use a spray bottle to water the plants.




How to make a terrarium


Peperomias, air plants, mondo grass, small begonias, ferns, moss, “Moon Valley” pilea (Pilea involucrata), sedums, cacti and succulents work best in terrariums. Look for small plants that thrive in humid environments. For a step-by-step guide to creating your own, check out How to make a terrarium.


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