How to Make a Terrarium

Add a piece of living decor to your home by creating a terrarium. The best part of making your own is that you control the size and style of what you want to create.

If you want to make an open terrarium, think of it as a little dessert; it will make a great home to assorted succulents and cacti.

Enclosed terrariums are great for plants that like high humidity such as ferns. Remember to have a removable lid so air can circulate – plants want to breathe!

What you need:

Terrarium DIY supplies

  • Glass containers with or without tops
  • Gravel or beach stones
  • Terrarium plants (cacti, succulents, miniture foliage or flowering plants)
  • Fafard Cactus and Succulent Plant potting mix
  • Moss
  • Decorative elements (rocks, figurines, beach glass)

Get digging!

Step 1) Fill the base with small stones then add Fafard Cactus and Succulent Plant potting mix. This lightweight soil will provide good drainage of excess water thanks to the perlite in the mix.

Step 2) Plant succulents, cacti, or houseplants into the soil. Using a small utensil like a chopstick can help get the plants securely planted in the terrarium.

If you mix plant varieties, choose plants that have similar light and growing conditions so they can thrive together in the same conditions.

Step 3) Place decorative stones and moss around the plants.

Step 4) Terrariums to need moderate water to stay healthy. We suggest using a mister to gently water the soil or use a syringe to get water at the base of the plants.

How to make a terrarium at homeSince there is no drainage, try not to overwater because it can cause damage to the roots.

Place terrarium in an area that receives medium to bright sunlight; this will depend on what you planted.

The more sun, the better if you planted succulents and cacti.

For ferns and other miniature plants, medium to dappled light sunlight will work.

Rotate every 1-2 weeks to ensure the sunlight hits all the plants.

By: Kayla-Jane Barrie