Building a mini garden and keeping it alive do not have to be hard. In fact, it’s quite the opposite! Over at the shop, I have recently added a new item that makes my little heart oh so happy! So today we are going to build our own mini succulent terrariums! Read the instructions, or skip to the video for visual instructions!
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Supplies For Building Succulent Terrariums
Plastic bulbs with no top, wrapped in twine. Get those at Silkplantsdirect.com
Tiny rocks or stones of your choice. Or get these pretties at Amazon
Tiny succulents to fit within the opening of the bulb. Find those at succulentworld.com
Skewer for tamping dirt and moving plants
After you have gathered your supplies, its time to get to work. You are going to start by slowly adding rocks to the bottom of the bulb. You don’t want too many to take up too much space and make it heavy. These rocks are only to help with drainage. Just a few, enough to cover the bottom.
Using your fingers, add small pinches of dirt, and lightly cover the rocks. Don’t pack it in because you want this dirt to sit on top of the rocks.
Step 3 Adding Succulents
This step is my most favorite. When selecting the plants to go inside your succulent terrariums, keep a few things in mind. How healthy your plant is will determine the outcome of your little terrariums. My rule of thumb when selecting succulents is to not break or damage the plant in any way. Take as much root as the plant will allow for a healthier stronger start. Hen and chicks often produce little babies that you can pluck and they fit perfectly in the top. My other top choice is most sedums, as they are low growing and have a very shallow root base.
Simply add the babies, root first, slowly through the opening of the bulb. After its in, use your skewer to move it where you would like. I tend to like to line the outside of the bulb, leaving the middle open for growth.
Watch The Video And Learn How To Make A Succulent Terrarium
Don’t overcrowd your plants. A good number is no more than 4 babies. Overcrowding will lead to unhealthy plants and a short terrarium lifespan.
Add a little more dirt, just enough to cover the roots. To help aid in this, use your skewer and lightly (like really really lightly. I’m not kidding here) tamp down the dirt.
Add just a tiny bit of water. If you have a spray bottle, set it to the finest setting and giving it two squirts of water. If you don’t have one, use a teaspoon and add one of water.
Hang this in a sunny window or other location. I have 5 outside and 4 more in my kitchen window. The only difference between them is that I have to water the succulent terrariums that are inside more often, like every 5 days, than the ones outside.
Thoughts and Tips For Successful Succulent Terrariums
I am fully obsessed with these things. And because they are an ongoing learning experience, they are perfect for families with kids! After watering, you will begin to notice condensation building on the inside of your terrarium. Essentially, these are rain clouds. It is a self-sustaining cycle, only needing minimal help to thrive.
Do you have a gardening tutorial you would like to see done? Let me know in the comments below what you want to see next!
Until next time
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