It’s been ages since I blogged about love of terrariums! Since moving to Nashville a year ago, I haven’t built any new ones having given my old ones to my sister. Lo and behold, the local Kroger had some ready made!
I’m not sure what sort of plants these are since the little paper only said “Tropical mix”. I’m so excited about having some new ones! I’ve put them up on my mantle since that’s the only place I can keep them away from cats for now. One of these days, I’m going to collect a bunch of live ferns and moss and put them in a fish tank and make a dinosaur scene. I think that could be fun and kitch.
I’m so happy to have something green again in my home.
My little Buddha terrarium is growing quite nicely! There’s some new growth peeking around here and there.
See that? Those are new little shoots developing! I feel so proud of me.
The color of this plant is also so richly attractive. I think Buddha is happy in his little home. The cat, on the other hand, has a different opinion:
He’s since been fired from his job as photographer’s assistant.
I’m giving into some peer pressure and showing how to make a terrarium. So follow along with the bouncing ball!
Things you’ll need:
- A jar (with or with out a lid, it doesn’t matter)
- Some dirt pellets
- A bag of small rocks. You can get these from Home Depot. Actually, I got everything from HD.
- A bag of moss. Or moss from outside. I couldn’t find any outside so I just bought some
- A plant. The one pictured is a succulent.
- A spray bottle with water.
Wash the jar out and fill it with about a 1″-1.5″ of rocks. The rocks will make it look pretty and help with drainage.
Soak the pellets with water and wait until they expand. This may take an hour or two so have patience. When that’s done, take off the netting and place them on top of the rocks.
Now is when the fun begins! Rip out a bit of moss and lightly mist it with the spray bottle before putting it into the jar. At this point, you can repot your plant and put it in the jar.
I like to also put in a few more rocks just to make it look nice.
To jazz it up, I added in the seated Buddha my dad gave me. I think he looks nice with the green of the plant and the moss.
And there you go! You now have your own personal garden in a jar. To water your plant, just mist it with the spray bottle once or twice a week. Be sure to check the soil to see if it’s dry first. The rocks and moss will help retain moisture.
Just a warning, succulents are poisonous to cats and dogs so keep ‘em out of furry reach.
I’ve always wanted to make a terrarium. I remember when I was in the fourth grade, one of the essays on the standardized test we took that year was about terrariums. I had never heard or seen such a thing before and I was fascinated.
So with help from my sister, Maritza, I finally have a terrarium of my own! The seeds and dirt are courtesy of her. As is the rock that’s in the background.
Come to think of it, she also bought the Fairywinkle that’s in there too. Her daughter and I had all the Fairywinkle sets and still have most of them.
The elephant I bought from a gumball machine a while ago. I got the jar from the dollar store. The dollar store has a bunch of really cool and differently shaped jars to choose from. I’ve got more plastic animals so I just may be making more terrariums!
For those of you with a green thumb, what sort of plants do you suggest for a terrarium?