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 our family room. I often like to bring a little life to a room with a plant or fresh flowers.
Currently, our family room is painted a deep color and the blinds are often drawn for TV watching, making it difficult to keep any plants 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.
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To build your own terrarium, clean the large glass canister and layer the bottom for drainage with about 1″ of gravel.
Add a small layer of charcoal and a few inches of sterilized potting soil.
When choosing the type of plant, make sure it’s shade tolerant especially if there’s low light in the room. You also want something that can take the humidity from natural evaporation in the jar. I decided to go with a variety of fern.
Brush a bunch of soil from the roots and place it on the soil layer in the jar making sure the roots are covered with a bit more soil. Next, add a few river rocks and a layer of moss.
Give the plant a light watering as close to the roots as possible. Wipe the inside of the glass with a lint-free cloth and put the lid on top. Keep out of direct sunlight.
I’ve had the terrarium for a few weeks now and all seems good. Every once in awhile, I remove the lid to let a little moisture escape. 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,