Here's a link to our segment with channel 12, Arizona Midday:
Now, let's break it down in further detail...
Whether you are looking to freshen up your office, add an interesting piece to your home decor or a unique gift, a terrarium may be the perfect thing. Here on the blog today we have a step by step "how to" for making your very own terrarium. Once you watch the segment clip and read this post, you'll see just how easy they are to create and maintain. Let the fun begin!
Step 1: Select a Container
I am not going to lie to you guys...This is probably the hardest part because there are SO MANY OPTIONS! You can go for a traditional all glass container or even a cool geometric glass with metal solder for a more modern aesthetic. There are countless gorgeous ceramic pieces out there to choose from as well. Or maybe you are feeling the rustic wood box look? Do it. There are countless options to choose from and we hope you enjoy your hunt for the perfect container whether you are looking among what items you already have, shopping the various retail stores or scouring antique stores.
Step 2: Layer of Sand
Horticulture or “sharp” sand will be the first layer of your terrarium. While I tend to stick with more natural or neutral colors, don't be afraid to experiment with layering bright colors and be creative with this step. You only need an inch or two but you can do more if you want-- this is your creative project! The sand is perfect for keeping the bottom of your container dry which is important for preventing mold from growing.
Step 3: Layer of Pebbles
This step is key for the proper drainage of your terrarium. While for some containers they aren't visible and this is strictly functional, in a glass container there is opportunity for creativity. The layer of pebbles will add great texture, dimension and color to your terrarium. The prettier the better is always my vote.
Step 4: Layer of Dirt
When choosing the dirt for your terrarium, you want dirt that will help your terrarium stay drier. So wherever you choose to buy your soil, make sure to read and compare labels or ask an employee what type of dirt will work best for your terrarium project. Communicating that you need soil that stays drier is key. Your layer or dirt just needs to be deep enough to cover your succulents' root systems and you are good to go.
Step 5: Select & Plant your Succulents
Choosing what succulents you use might even be harder than selecting the perfect container...SO many awesome options!! Enjoy selecting a variety of shapes, textures and colors. Variety is the spice of life my friends. If you find yourself struggling to keep your succulents arrive, you may want to switch to using the greener varieties as they have proven to be better suited to the indoors. You'll want to ensure they have enough space from each other to ensure they all get enough light. Other than that, place them wherever your heart desires.
Step 6: Care to Add an Air Plant ?
Air plants have unparalleled cool factor. They cannot help but catch your eye. Since they do not have a root system, you can simply place them atop the soil wherever you'd like. In fact, you can skip the dirt and succulents all together and create a terrarium of air plants and accents! It's a proven fact that nobody on the planet has ever regretted buying an air plant.
Step 7: Add Accents! Akzente! Accenti!
Gotta say...I do love to accessorize. Been wondering what to do with your rock collection? Its moment has arrived. Semi precious stones, geodes, painted rocks and any other pretty rock will make your terrarium totally rock! (Shamelessly lame pun intended.) Maybe grab some moss or sea shells. Pick your favorites and play with it. Remember, to let your hair down and not sweat about doing it exactly right because other than general guidelines, it's meant to be whatever you feel like!
How Do I Care for my Terrarium?
Simple. Here you go:
- Succulents: They really don't need much water. What they really crave is sunlight. You'll want to place them where they can get 6-7 hours of bright sunlight each day. Depending on your climate, it is possible for them to get a bit burned so you may need to give them a little distance from a window so they don't get too much harsh, direct sunlight. As for water, do so sparingly. You can spritz them with water from a spray bottle once a week and they should be just fine. Easy enough right?
- Air Plants: Contrary to their name they do not live on just air. These babies need a good drink and they way to go about it is super unique. Place them in a bowl full of water so that they can enjoy being fully submerged for a good 20-30 minutes 1-2 times per week (just depends on how dry of a climate you live in.) Ideally they could use a longer soak of about 2 hours once every couple of weeks or so. Just keep an eye on them and if they start to look a little shriveled and crunchy, it means they need some time to soak.
We hope you have fun with your Terrarium!