Consider creating dry or wet terrariums for those looking for a simpler way to enjoy gardening or even organising a family activity.
They are beautiful, low-maintenance and require minimal space. So terrariums are perfect for those who also have less outdoor space.
We purchased most of the items at Mitre 10 but feel free to visit your local nursery or use items you already have in the house to build your terrarium.
Make sure to choose a space for the terrarium with indirect light.
Cacti & succulent plants
Cactus/succulent soil mix
Since we are creating a dry terrarium, we will use an open glass container wide enough to accommodate our hands. It’s better to use a glass container to see the beautiful layers of materials and keep a close eye on the moisture levels.
- Instead of buying a glass container, you can use empty jars you already have at home: sauce jars, glass vases, etc.;
- Make sure to use a clear glass jar because a tinted one can hinder plant growth.
Mix sand and gravel for the base layer of the terrarium. This layer helps to shape the terrain while aiding drainage and aeration. Vary the layer’s thickness by the size of the container.
The activated charcoal will help keep the terrarium fresh by filtering nutrients, stopping algae growth, suppressing unpleasant plant odours, and adding a water drainage layer.
Add the cactus and succulent plant soil mix on top of the activated charcoal.
Before planting your selection of succulents/cacti/air plants, decide how you want to arrange them in the pot.
Start with your largest plant, spread the roots, dig a little hole with a spoon or your fingers, and gently position it in the soil. Repeat the process until all the plants are in the pot.
You may need to add more potting mix, so the plants stay in place.
Have fun decorating the terrarium with pebbles, figurines, rocks, etc.
Make it your own!
When you have completed decorating your terrarium, spray some water lightly on the terrarium with a spray bottle.
- If the soil is dry, spray it;
- Don’t water too often;
- If overwatered, you will notice water at the bottom of the container.