This month I’m moving away from the flowers and focusing on plants. Succulents and air plants have become very popular in the shop of recent, having been featured heavily on numerous blogs and in the interior magazines over the last year or so. I’ve even been asked to incorporate them in a wedding bouquet. The great thing about them is that they need very little care.
I know that Rebecca has shared her glass display dome with you on Twitter, and I thought I’d show you all how easy it is to create a long lasting and stylish display using a display dome, or even a kilner jar, to create your very own terrarium.
The closed nature of a terrarium creates an environment which is easy to control, and allows you to simulate anything from a desert to a rainforest environment for your chosen plants. The defining feature is that it is an enclosed replica of a natural environment which is in contact with the earth, so some sort of soil, sand, or rock must be present. Typically, the container is clear, allowing an unobstructed view of the contents. If you opt for a closed top terrarium, it tends to be warmer and more humid, while open-topped terrariums are cooler so choose your plants accordingly.
What you’ll need:
- A clear glass container eg. a fishbowl, a storage jar (with or without the lid), or even a regular vase will work.
- A selection of plants – I used an Echeveria and two types of Sedum. Plants that don’t need much water are good choices eg. Orchids, Aloes, Echeveria, Sedum. Ferns work well but require more watering and misting to create more of a rainforest environment.
- Moss – I used Spanish moss (Tillandsia) which is a dry moss. Don’t use a damp carpet moss around the base of succulent plants as the moisture will rot the leaves.
What to do:
- Place the gravel at the bottom of your container to ensure if you do over water, there’s plenty of good drainage to keep the roots from getting waterlogged.
- Create a well in the centre of the gravel where you will place your plants so that most of the compost is hidden from view at the edges of the container.
- Knock off some of the compost from around the base of each plant and plant them into the well you’ve created, using some of the excess compost and more gravel to fill in any holes.
- Dress the top of the soil and gravel with moss.
To keep your display alive, drizzle or spray with water very sparingly. You never want to see a layer of water sat at the bottom of the container.
Please do let me know if you’re going to give this a try and of course just shout if you have any questions.