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The Magic of Miniature Worlds: Your Guide to Building Terrariums

Do you love plants? Want to bring some green into your home? Forget to water regularly?
Terrariums are the great solution! These mini ecosystems are not only delightfully pleasing to look at, but also simple to make and easy to maintain. In this blog post, I’ll guide you through creating your very own terrarium.

What is a terrarium?

A terrarium is a self-contained mini garden usually inside a glass container. The two main types of terrariums are:

Open terrariums: These are great for plants that prefer less humidity, like succulents.
Closed terrariums: These create their own mini water cycle, ideal for humidity loving plants

To make your terrarium you will need some crucial supplies:

A container: Jars, bowls, carboys, vases or any other clear glass container would be perfect for your terrarium
Drainage layer: Pebbles, leca, and gravel are all great choices
Activated charcoal: Helps reduce mold and mildew from growing. It also filters the water within the terrarium.
Substrate: Choose a mix suited to your choice of plants.
Plants: Select small, compatible plants that will flourish together and in your chosen terrarium’s environment.
Decorative elements: (Optional) Moss, stones, figurines, etc.

Step-by-Step Guide

1. Ensure your container is clean to prevent mold or bacteria.
2. Create your first layer for drainage of pebbles, leca or gravel at the bottom.
3. Add a thin layer of activated charcoal on top of the drainage layer, this could also be incorporated into your substrate.
4. Add your substrate as the next layer providing enough for the roots of your chosen plants.
5. Carefully remove plants from their pots and gently plant into your substrate.
6.Decroate your terrarium using a variety of moss, rocks, or tiny figurines.
Water and seal: Lightly water your terrarium and if you have chosen to make a closed terrarium, put the lid on.

Tips for Success

Choosing plants: Pick varieties that complement eachother, needing the same requirements of light and moisture.
Location, location: Your terrarium will need to be placed in bright indirect light. Too much sun will cause your terrarium to over condensate.
Avoid overwatering: Closed terrariums rarely need extra water, if at all. Open terrariums need a light misting now and then.

The Wonder of Terrariums

Building a terrarium is an enjoyable and satisfying way to bring touch of nature into your home or work space
They’re low-maintenance, a joy to look at and make a great conversation starter. So, what are you waiting for? Start your terrarium adventure today!

Please feel free to message for advice to help you on your way on your terrarium journey.

Thanks again!
Zoe and Martin

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