If you follow me on Instagram then you probably know that I love cactuses and succulents. I've always wanted to make my own terrarium to house more than one but I was just never quite sure on the process of putting one together. If not done properly your plants can quickly die and nobody wants a sad looking succulent. So after a fair bit of research I think I've worked out how to built a terrarium for less than £20.
You will need:
- A vase, mine is just from Tesco. You can use anything you like really but I wanted to use something with an open top.
- A mixture of small cactuses and succulents, Homebase are great as they are only 97p each.
- Gravel or pebbles, I used fish tank gravel from Pets at Home.
- A trowel.
- Cacti specific soil.
- Activated charcoal - not a necessity if you are using something with an open top as your terrarium but if you do want something closed then it filters the air.
How to build:
- Make sure your container is clean.
- Pour the pebbles or gravel into the container, I used quite a lot as I wanted to make sure that I had plenty of drainage. I used a rule of thirds kind of ratio to get everything right.
- I then used a small amount of the activated charcoal, again this isn't a necessity but it was a extra pro-caution and it works as another level of drainage too.
- Using a trowel start to put the soil in, make sure you make designated area's for your plants.
- When handing the cactuses or succulents be careful as any trauma to them can cause them to die.
- Put them into their designated areas and slowly pat the soil down around them.
- I added a few extra pieces of gravel on top of the soil just for aesthetics.
- Voila, your very own terrarium. Remember not to overwater your plants once every 14 days is fine.