The Beginners guide to a Beautiful Terrarium in One Hour
The Keys to making a successful Terrarium:
1. Select a container that is unique - This is one of the most important aspects of a terrarium. Often you will see a Brandy snifter as a terrarium container and this is perfect because it is very dramatic. Browse through the local nursery or home improvement store and look for something that is dramatic or unique. It could be anything that will hold soil and water. Think outside the box of “a Potted Plant.”
This picture shows some common materials for making a terrarium
See the variety of plants? I have color, think leaves and broad leaves. And I have a wide variety of containers. We can call these the three difficulty levels. The wine bottle is very difficult because of the thin neck. The pickle jar is medium and the plastic container is the easiest to use.
Materials to Purchase
1. The container
Making the Terrarium (The Steps)
1. Put a one inch layer of stones in the bottom of your terrarium
Caring for your terrarium
A terrarium is really easy to care for. Check on it every day and stick your finger in the soil. If it is dry then water it. Examine the bottom of the terrarium. If there is water among the stones then you should not water it for a few days.
Want your terrarium to last longer and be even hardier?
You can add a step to this whole process. When at the Store purchase a bag of something called Spaghnum Moss, (Or Spanish Moss) This is a stringy material. After you put your drainage rocks in the terrarium put a one-inch thick layer of the moss as if it were a carpet covering the rocks. Then add your soil. What this does is prevent the soil from slowly over time draining down into the rocks. It will keep the roots of your plants drier and healthier.
If you choose a really dramatic container and choose an attractive set of plants you can make a beautiful terrarium in one hour. And it is something you will really be proud of and other people will comment on how beautiful it is.
Terrarium Making is a beautiful hobby and there are many great books that can help you get better. Check out my bookstore in association with Amazon.com The terrarium Bookstore
Need a kit with basic terrarium supplies? StormTheCastle.com has one with the four basic materials including potting soil, charcoal, sphagnum moss and the pebbles.The Terrarium Kit
Download my 40 Page ebook on terrarium making $5.95
I make three different terrariums specifically for this book. And take you step by step through the processs. Includes tips on building and making your own tools for terrarium making. More Information and pictures about the book here.
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