Good Plants For Miniature Terrariums

Miniature gardens are a wonderful way to add interest to your home decor. If you want to get creative, why not try making a miniature garden. You can use this garden to decorate the indoor areas of your home as well as the outdoors. There are a number of miniature gardens that you can create, including small water gardens, terrarium gardens or a combination of the two. When it comes to miniature gardens, there are no rules. All you need is your imagination to create beautiful and interesting living works of art.

What are DIY Terrariums, exactly? 

A terrarium garden is a complete ecosystem with plants housed in a clear container, such as a glass box, a glove or an old jar. The plants in the terrarium are arranged to create a miniature garden and may include sand, moss, soil, gravel, bead or a combination of these substances as the base of the terrarium. Terrariums allow you to create a complete miniature world. Each terrarium is a piece of art that can be used for decor in your home or garden. Your guests will especially enjoy the wonder of these unique decor items.

Miniature-Terrarium-Ideas-The Basics

To create an amazing terrarium, you will need to be conscientious to details because they are in essence a complete miniature landscape. If you need help deciding on a design, you can refer to the photos below and follow the tips in this article. Before you begin, you will need to determine what you are going to use in the base of your terrarium. This can include decorative rocks, moss, pebbles, and soil. The traditional plants used in a terrarium include cacti, succulents, and other tropical plants. You can finish the terrarium by including miniature furniture elements, animal figurines and more to create an entire world inside your glass terrarium.

Learning the Basics

The first thing you have to do when creating a terrarium is to decide on a container. The container should be glass and can be either a closed container or an opened container.

After you have decided on a container, you will need to create a drainage system for your plants’ roots. To do this, cover the bottom of the terrarium with an inch of rocks or pebbles.

You will then need to add a layer of activated charcoal to the terrarium. The charcoal purifies the water, prevents mold and bacteria growth and keeps the water fresh.

Next, you will need to add a layer of potting soil. The soil you choose should be based on the type of plants you will be using. There are specialized soil blends for succulents, cacti or other plants, such as ferns and moss.

Good Plants and Care For Miniature Terrariums

Once the soil is in place, it is time to begin planting your specimens. You should start by planting the largest plants first and working down to the smallest specimens.

Your terrarium should be placed in indirect sunlight. Placing a terrarium in direct sunlight will cause your plants to grow too quickly or even bake. When looking for a location, think of how sunlight is dappled through the leaves of a forest. Plants need some light, but not direct sunlight.

Because your terrarium will warm up during the day and cool down during the night, condensation and evaporation will occur. Should your terrarium produce too much condensation, you can remove the lid for a little while; however, do not keep the lid removed for longer than an hour as it will cause the terrarium to dry out and your plants will die.

You will only need to water your terrarium once every two to three month. It will only take about an eyedropper full of water to effectively water your terrarium. If your terrarium looks dry or your plants begin to wilt, you may need to add water 🙂