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Tips For Creating a DIY Terrarium

6 Secrets to Building a Healthy and Lovely Terrarium

You might have seen our terrarium tutorial with floral experts Leigh Oakies and Allison Futeral of Crimson Horticulture Rarities. The design duo shared so many helpful insider tips about how to create and care for terrariums that we decided to pull together our favorite tips to share again with you. If you're considering crafting a terrarium, you'll definitely want to read these first!

  • When choosing a vessel, don't limit yourself to the traditional glass bowl or vase. Leigh and Allison have experimented with everything from beakers to mason jars!
  • Air plants do in fact need water. To water larger air plants, hold them under running water, shake off excess water, and dry them in the sun before returning them to their vessels.
  • For smaller air plants, simply immerse them in a bucket or sink of water and let them soak for an hour. Shake off excess water and allow them to dry in a sunny spot before returning them to their vessel. Watering should be done once a week.
  • Keep reading for more insider tips to create the perfect terrarium!

  • For leafier plants like succulents and ferns, add activated charcoal as the first layer in your terrarium before adding sand or rocks, and soil. This will soak up excess water and keep the plants from developing mold. You can easily find activated charcoal at pet stores. If you're using air plants, it's fine to skip the activated charcoal and just use small rocks or sand.
  • If you have a terrarium with a lid, don't be concerned if you see condensation – that's a good thing! Just remove the lid overnight once a week to allow it to air out. Be sure to keep lidded terrariums out of spots that receive a lot of direct sunlight because the heat may become too intense for the plants.
  • Leigh and Allison mainly rely on paintbrushes, small shovels, and large tweezers to insert items into vessels and move them around until they are satisfied with their arrangement. Chopsticks are also unexpected but handy tools for arranging terrariums.

For a step-by-step terrarium tutorial, read this helpful guide!

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