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DIY Terrarium: A perfect Green Gift this festive season!

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Ever imagined how planet earth would look like if it existed in a glass bowl? Well maybe not the entire planet but it is definitely possible to squeeze in a few elements of mother nature into a glass bowl and create a beautiful green gift which we often call a Terrarium. There is something about a miniature landscape inside a glass jar which is aesthetically very appealing, also they are very easy to maintain and look just as beautiful in almost every corner of the house or office.

So how do you go about making one? The first step is to decide if you want to make a closed terrarium or an open top terrarium, procure glass bowl and plants accordingly. Most of my settings are done in 6” and 8” open glass bowls as they make a perfect size for green gifting.

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1 & 2: The bottom most layer in a terrarium should be of course sand or pebbles or each layer of both. This allows excess water to settle down away from the soil and roots as there is no drainage hole. If you’re wondering how to maintain miniature gardens in other no-drainage containers please click on this link to know more.

3: Now add a thin layer of activated charcoal on top of the sand/gravel layer. It is a must for closed terrariums as activated charcoal filters the air of bacteria and toxins and also helps in deodorising the terrarium. I would recommend adding a layer of activated charcoal in an open top terrarium as well as it helps maintain freshness for a longer duration.

4. On top of activated charcoal add a layer of soil. A regular potting soil works just fine however you can procure fancy terrarium potting mix that are available in most garden stores across India. Nevertheless, if you’re doing a special theme based terrarium, say which has only cacti, go for an only cacti potting mix. Since I like to blend in cacti, sedum’s and other succulents I go for a regular potting soil.

You can also add a layer of dry moss in between activated charcoal and soil. It acts like a filter, allows excess water to seep down but prevents soil from settling down between the pebbles. If you’re wanting to get a bit more creative add a layer of decorative sand to enhance the appeal of the setting. Decorative sand comes in multiple colours and you can mix and match and create waves of varying colours and heights. Got you thinking?? Well that’s a good sign!

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5 & 6: Post the layering, its now time to get creative with the arrangement of plants and accessories. Personally, I would first decide the placement of accessories inside the glass bowl like: deity, shell, deco stones, deco wood, bugs, mushrooms, mini slip-ons etc and observe if the size of these objects blend in with the size of plants and the setting looks proportional overall.

Post this assessment I would start re-potting the plants by first creating a dip, placing the plant in that dip and covering the area around the roots with soil as required.

7: So now that you’ve repotted your tiny greens into the terrarium and placed your cute little accessories to create a mini green wonder, you could further enhance the look of the setting by covering the soil with other decorative material like coloured sand, chip stones or crushed glass. However just a pinch of fairy dust on top of the soil would also do the magic. 

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If creating this joy in a jar feels like a cake walk so will be maintaining it. Oh yes! Terrarium plants should only be watered once or twice a week. Misting it with the help of a spray bottle is the best way to water a terrarium as you are in full control of the water that goes in. I like to use a variety of succulents for terrariums and miniature gardens, click on this link to know about 8 easy to find plants for miniature gardens. Indirect, bright light works best for terrariums so go ahead and place them in any bright corner of your house or office and bring in a little bit of outdoors to the inside!

Happy Gardening! Happy Gifting!

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