Happy Monday! I’ve been admiring terrariums for some time now and thought I’d try creating one to liven up a dull corner in my family room. I often like to bring a little life to a room with a plant or fresh flowers, but this space is painted a deep color and the blinds are often drawn for TV watching, making it difficult to keep anything alive. A couple years ago, I added a dried boxwood globe I found at Restoration Hardware to one of the shelves and I liked the pop of green it added to the space. I thought a terrarium would repeat this effect, also adding a few other natural elements plus the sparkle of glass.
To start with, I cleaned the large cut glass canister and layered the bottom for drainage with about 1″ of gravel. I then added a small layer of charcoal and a few inches of sterilized potting soil. When choosing the type of plant, I made sure it was shade tolerant due to the lack of light in the room and could take the humidity from natural evaporation in the jar. I decided to go with a variety of fern.
I brushed a bunch of soil from the roots and placed it on the soil layer in the jar making sure the roots were covered. Next, I added a few river rocks and moss and gave the plant a light watering as close to the roots as possible.
I’ve had the terrarium for a few weeks now and all seems good. Every once in a while, I remove the lid to let a little moisture escape and I’ve only had to water it once due to its own evaporation.
What natural elements do you like to add to your space? Do you have any tips for keeping a terrarium at its best?
Enjoy your day,