Create a Mini Indoor Garden With This Succulent Terrarium DIY
Looking for an easy DIY plant project while you’re in isolation? How about making a succulent terrarium.
I had an old fishbowl not being used and half a dozen succulents sitting on the shelf waiting for a new plant project so a succulent bowl seemed like an obvious choice.
Succulent terrariums are a great way to bring a little greenery into your home. They’re easy to make, pretty affordable, and low maintenance. It’s also a fun project to do with the kids if they’re at home bored right now.
You will need
- Succulents or small plants
All of these were available at my local Bunnings and you can also find these things at any hardware store or nursery.
The secret to a good succulent bowl is the layers, this allows the water to drain to the bottom. Succulents are desert plants and don’t like to be too wet.
- Start with the pebbles at the bottom, 2-3cm thick is good
- For the next layer sprinkle around 1.5cm of charcoal
- Lastly, top with 3-4cm of soil then pat down gently to make sure everything is firm
Once you have the layers in place you can start adding your plants.
I used my finger to poke a hole in the soil to make room for the base of the plant, if your terrarium is deeper, a wooden spoon handle works well. Move the plants around and try a few different potions until it looks how you like. I have mine facing into the house so I placed the taller plants at the back and the smaller succulents and ground cover towards the front.
You can also add little figures, colored rocks, more pebbles or if it’s a project with kids, create a little fairy garden.
Finish off with a little water and mist and there you have it. A lovely table centerpiece in this case or a little indoor garden for your desk or bedside table.
Caring for your bowl
Your succulent garden is best kept indoors or on a patio out of direct sunlight. As they’re desert plants, succulents only require only a small water every two weeks or so. After watering, there shouldn’t be more than a centimetre of water visible in the pebble layer on the bottom of the terrarium.