How to Make a Terrarium in 4 Easy Steps
There is a solution for you if you love the look of plants indoors but don’t have the time or a green thumb to take care of them. A terrarium is a self-contained plant habitat.
After Set Up
Once you have set up the terrarium and closed the lid (on the jar or other container you have chosen) the plants inside create their own eco-system — all you have to do is enjoy it.
Containers to choose
The choices for terrarium containers are only limited by your imagination. Traditionally a smaller aquarium is used with a lid but a glass jar or other container will work nicely too. Plastic will work as well, just make sure that it is clear plastic or you won’t be able to admire your handiwork once it is completed. Whatever size or material you choose for your terrarium the most important factor is that it does not leak. You need the water and moisture to stay inside for it to work and you don’t want a mess inside your house.
Choosing a plant
The plants that you choose should all thrive in similar conditions and grow well in a humid environment. Popular plants to put into a terrarium are carnivorous (Venus Fly Trap, sundew, or pitch plant) or rain forest plants (chamaedorea palms, small ferns, or fittonia).
Caring for a Terrarium
Terrariums are low-maintenance indoor gardens. They need indirect sunlight (not too bright) and no water is needed after the initial water is added. The heat from inside the terrarium evaporates the water and then it condenses on the lid falling back down to the plants. This process will continue keeping your plants alive. If there is too much water present, you may need to vent the terrarium (with a vented lid or by opening the top with a small amount) just be sure to keep an eye on the soil’s moisture level (not too wet or dry).
What are the best indoor houseplants?
The following are the best indoor plants to consider.
1. Peace Lily
3. Bamboo Palm
5. Snake Plant
10. English Ivy
12. Lemon Balm
Other Items To Consider
Indoor Herb Garden Starter Kit