Last year, I shared my love of terrariums and made 4 tropical terrariums that thrive in enclosed containers with high humidity (check out Terrariums Galore! for all the details). My heart really belongs to the Succulent variety, so I have made 4 more open-container terrariums and have literally filled every corner of my house.
Succulents thrive in dry conditions and need an open container, whereas tropical plants do better in high humidity and are best suited for a terrarium with a lid. Select your container and plant varieties accordingly. To create more eye-catching levels and dimension in your arrangement, choose succulents in a variety of sizes, colors and shapes.
- glass or solid container without a lid
- washed gravel
- cactus potting soil
- sand and/or decorative rocks
Layer the washed gravel at the base of the container. Next, fill in with cactus soil, leaving room for the succulents. Plant each one carefully, making sure there is plenty of soil between the roots and gravel layer. Arrange sand or place a few decorative rocks around the plants for a finishing touch.
Place the terrarium in a spot with plenty of indirect sunlight and water lightly about every other week, or as needed. Over-watering can cause the plants to rot, but this desert variety does need water to survive. The gravel will help with drainage, but avoid having a large amount of water sitting in the gravel layer which could cause too much humidity to build up in the container.
My new succulent terrariums are happily grouped together, and soaking in plenty of light from the adjacent dining room window.
These are a great alternative to fresh-cut flowers, which are pricey and die far too quickly. I had all of the glass containers on hand, and spent about $50 in total for the plants, gravel, sand and soil to make 4 terrariums.
I love having living arrangements to add color and life to my home with very little maintenance My husband was happy to hear that these terrariums would be replacing the need for fresh-cut flowers and for the cost of 2 bouquets, we could have 4 terrariums to last all year (and hopefully longer if I keep up my green thumb). Of course, he referred to my idea of saving money by spending money as ‘women logic’, but that’s beside to point…
My very first terrarium, which I made over 2 years ago is still alive (after quite a few scares due to repeated over-watering and sometimes under-watering). I grouped it with a tall cylinder vase with a succulent variety that will continue to grow up and out the top. I can’t wait to see how my new plants will grow!