How To: Terrariums

May 29, 2013

Terrariumswhat’s not to love? they’re (typically) pint-sized, easy to care for, and are great at bring an en plein air vibe to your home. This past Earth Day weekend, our friends from Terrain led a crash course on terrarium making at our Flatiron store in NYCand we’re sharing the scoop with you here.

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Deb was our terrarium teacher. You can find her in Westport, CT doing all sorts of gardening goodness.

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Step 1: Find a glass vessel. There are great ones to be had at thrift shops, hardware stores, and of course, yours truly. (Our pick: the Medina Terrarium.)

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Step 2: Line the vessel with 1.5 inches of gravel. Gravel is essential for drainage, but go ahead and have fun selecting the color.

Step 3: Add a layer of activated charcoal. Charcoal will keep the water clean and your terrarium smelling fresh.

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Step 4: Add a layer of organic potting soil. (Why organic? It means no white fertilizer balls.)

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Step 5: Aka, the fun partchoosing your plants! Be sure to choose species that grow well together. For example, don’t mix a ferm with a cactus (natch). Arrange the plants in the terrarium, surrounding their roots with the potting soil. Go for varying heights to add dimension and interest, andthis is keydo not overstuff.

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Step 6: Select a decorative topper such as moss, and then fold in additional decorative elements to your likingperhaps sea glass, or pebbles, or shells. The idea is to look at your terrarium and be surprised with each glance.

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Step 7: Water your terrarium right awaytwo or three ounces should do the trick. If your vessel has a lid, only water it once a week as it will trap moisture inside. Sans lid? Water it every 4-5 days. Set it near a window so it gets some sunlight, and enjoy!

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