DIY STEP 1
Start with a clean glass container. Spread crushed gravel or pebbles on the base of your terrarium, so that they fill about 1⁄5 of the height of your container.
DIY STEP 2
Add a separation layer (optional). Cut out a piece of butchers’ paper that is slightly smaller than the inside of your container. Place this paper on top of the gravel or pebbles.
DIY STEP 3
Press moistened sphagnum moss tightly around the inside edge of the glass. This will prevent any soil from dropping through.
DIY STEP 4
Sprinkle in 4 tablespoons of horticultural charcoal, then add about 5–7 cm (2–23⁄4 in) soil.
DIY STEP 5
Add more soil in some areas to give you a hill and variations in height.
DIY STEP 6
Remove the plants from their pots by squeezing the pots and gently pulling the neck of the plant. Crumble away any excess soil from the root ball and trim any roots that are longer than 5cm (2 in).
DIY STEP 7
Dig little pockets in the soil for inserting the plants. Place the plant roots into the hole, and firmly fill in with soil, ensuring that there are no air gaps. Place taller or larger- leafed plants towards the back, and smaller or ground cover plants at the front.
DIY STEP 8
Finish, by adding feature rocks, decorative stones, pebbles, crystals or figurines to give your terrarium an interesting landscape.
DIY STEP 9
Use a water-spray bottle to wash down the sides of your container. Water each each plant thoroughly.
DIY STEP 10
Put in a bright indirect sunny spot. Enjoy! Water when dry.
Building your Miniscape
Always make sure that you thoroughly wash, clean and dry your glass container before starting. Lay out your equipment and inspect your plants – they should look healthy and free from any dead leaves and pests. If you like, you can arrange your plants in the order you would like to plant them. Once you’re happy with the layout, you are ready to begin!
- Glass Vessel
- Pebbles / crushed rock
- Butchers paper (optional)
- 1⁄2 cup horticultural charcoal
- Potting mix
- Sphagnum moss
- Rocks for decoration