I feel like I could easily become a crazy plant lady. Maybe it was the doldrums of winter but I’m going through a new obsession where I want all.the.plants. So when I saw a friend’s terrarium garden several weeks ago, it immediately got bumped to the very top of my to-do list.
I have definite memories of some type of terrarium-ish garden I had as a child. Planted in an oversized goldfish bowl it was also home to a collection of woolly bears and their subsequent chrysalis.
Birdy was my sidekick in terrarium planting (surprise, I know.) and we decided if we were going to do it, we were going big. So we started with a 2-gallon Anchor Hocking glass canister. I was able to purchase all my supplies on Amazon and the whole process was simple + fun. A perfect kid project or a relaxing crazy plant lady project. You decide.
And make sure you don’t miss the important step of making sure your head fits inside your glass jar.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- potting soil
- 3/8 inch gravel
- carbon or charcoal
- terrarium-friendly plants
- spray bottle for misting, repurposed is fine.
- glass jar with lid
The picture below shows your layers of materials in your terrarium. The gravel is key for drainage and the charcoal or carbon is important for odors and dampness. I used a general potting soil that we already had for house plants.
I found my plants on amazon because I was struggling to find anywhere local that was still carrying terrarium supplies. My local farm store had already moved on to garden plants and weren’t carrying terrarium-friendly plants. I purchased a mix of plants and ferns and also purchased some moss as well to fill in around the plants.
Make sure you leave room for growth when planting. I used the moss pretty sparingly and had plenty left over. It’s amazing how quickly everything will begin to take off. As far as watering goes, I gave it a good spritzing on the day we planted it. And then I tried to keep a once/week watering schedule. But I discovered that I was over-watering after a few of the plants got a little brown and sickly looking. I took off the lid for a few hours and then cut back on my watering to about 1x every two weeks and that seems to have balanced things out. I’m sure as the weather changes and grows warmer and more humid, that might need to be adjusted again.
But I’m telling you this was such a fun project. The terrarium has lived all over the house (in in-directly light, FYI.) from my kitchen island to the top of the piano to the centerpiece of the dining room table. It was tons of fun to do with Birdy and to watch it grow and sprout theses past few weeks.
Outdoor garden season may be in full swing but I’m still totally smitten with terrarium gardening.