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Make Your Own Terrarium

Terrariums are easy-to-make, low-maintenance gardens, and can last almost indefinitely with minimal water. Apart from upping the oxygen content, they amp up the style quotient of any room. They can be made in a variety of sizes and containers to suit any kind of décor.

So why don’t add a little green to your indoor space with a made-at-home terrarium?


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Start with a medium-sized, clear glass open-top container. Use just about anything you like – a fish bowl, a tall vase, a fancy jar or a special piece.

Fill the bottom of the vessel with a 1 1/2-inch layer of small rocks to collect the water drainage.

Add a layer of potting soil made for succulents and cacti. It should be deep enough for the plants to root to, about 2 1/2 inches.

Remove the largest plant from its container and dust excess soil off the roots. Using the end of a spoon, make a hole in the soil big enough for the roots and nestle the plant inside, tamping the soil down firmly to hold it in place. Plan for approximately 1 plant per inch of container diameter.

Use a paper towel to transplant prickly cacti to avoid pricking your fingers.

Continue planting the rest of the succulents, working from largest to smallest. It’s easiest to start at the back of the container and work your way forward.

Play around with the arrangement—mixing up the types of plants, colors, and sizes to make it more visually pleasing.

Once the plants are arranged, add about a 1/4-inch layer of white sand around the plants.

Finish with some landscaping. Place a few additional pebbles here and there to complete the look.

Succulents like direct sunlight every day. Lightly water the base every two weeks or once the soil dries out.

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