Perk Up Your Indoor Space. Add a little green to your indoor space with an eye-catching terrarium! Not only are they a great oxygen booster, they’re easy to create and can be made in a variety of sizes. Change up the container to fit into any décor.
“One of the best ways to make a space come alive is with the presence of something green and growing. Posing a terrarium on an endtable, a bookshelf, or in front of a main window in your living room is way of capturing that feeling with a unique combination of miniature plants.” -Kate from Better Homes and Gardens
- Container (Half Gallon Mason Jar)
- Activated charcoal pieces
- Potting soil
- Terrarium-appropriate plants
- Sheet moss
- Watering can
- Build the Base. Install approximately 1-2 inches of charcoal at base of container.
- Mix It Up. Combine remaining charcoal with soil either by hand or with trowel.
- Add the Second Layer. Fill your container one-fourth to one-third full with the charcoal-and-soil mixture. Gently pack the soil every 2 inches to avoid large air pockets.
- Add Greens. Carefully remove your plants from their containers and position them on top of the soil to ensure proper spacing. Allow enough room between the plants for additional soil.
- Squash Air Pockets. Use your hands to pack soil in and around plants. Tuck plants deep enough into the soil to cover all plant roots and to keep the plants from reaching too far above the top of the container.
- Top Dress. With gloves, position moss on top of the soil and between the plants.
Give Them a Drink. Water plants and place container in a well-lit area with indirect light. Future watering is dependent on the types of plants you have selected and the environment they’re growing in. Test the soil for moisture before pulling out the watering can.
Maintenance is minimal once the plants are established. As they grow you may want to trim any branches that grow out and over the top of your container.(courtesy of bhg.com)