Nature is filled to the brim with the most exquisite garden arrangements, containing whatever elements endemic to a specific region. A rainforest consists of moss, lichen and fungi, different kinds of ferns and tropical greenery and a thick floor of dead leaves.
In a semi-desert, on the other hand, you could find succulents, cacti and other drought-resistant plants growing in a beautiful composition between rocks and sand in splendid colours.
A terrarium is nothing but a creative arrangement of natural elements to form a collage of plants, sand, pebbles and other components of the creator’s choice, resembling a natural garden. Inspiration is nearly always drawn from nature itself and the beauty lies in the fact that no two terrariums will ever look exactly the same.
You will need
• Clear glass container – it is much easier to use one with a wide opening
• Gravel and stones
• Activated charcoal – used in fish tanks and available at pet shops
• Dried moss
• Tiny succulents and moss – use small plants without too many
roots and keep in mind that succulents tend to grow well from cuttings
• Materials for decoration
• Spritzer bottle or pipette.
The first step is to build a drainage system: pour a thick layer of sand in the bottom of the container followed by pebbles and then add a very thin layer of activated charcoal.
Dampen the moss and arrange it in a layer on top of the pebbles and charcoal. It forms a barrier to prevent the soil from falling in between the pebbles.
Add a nice, thick layer of topsoil.
Now the fun begins! Arrange the plants, stones, pebbles and other ornaments to form a miniature decorative garden. There is no right or wrong – the only requirement is that it is creatively enjoyed. If you feel a bit overwhelmed, visit Pinterest for creative ideas.
Use a spoon to very carefully add the gravel between the plants and other decorations. Any stray grains could be neatened by using a soft paintbrush.
Carefully water the plants with a spritzer bottle or pipette. Succulents do not need much water and only small amounts every second week or so will be sufficient. If you use moss, it should be sprayed regularly. Do not overwater!