If you are looking for the right way to make a DIY Succulent terrarium and maintain it at the same time, then this article is just for you! Succulents, being low-budget plants are very easy to grow and maintain. If you are ever confused about what to gift your friend on a special occasion, then this novel and unique terrarium can be the perfect gift for them. The vibrant colors of a succulent make a terrarium look ever so more appealing and enchanting.
So without wasting any further time, let us dive in and see what are the processes, possible precautionary methods, and caring tips you need to carry out to have a self-made heavenly looking succulent terrarium.
Choosing the correct container
You may have often seen succulent terrariums being a glass container. Well, to choose a glass container for them is not an obligation. It could be even plastic. It is just more preferable to use a transparent container as it helps in adding more beauty to the plant as well as aids in other factors. The important thing that you must take care of is to make sure to find a suitable container that is not so deep or too shallow at the same time. Having a few holes embedded on the top or the bottom of the container is very important. We know that succulents do not require too much water or else there are high chances of them rotting. To prevent that from happening, you need to make sure your container is well geared with holes so it easily drains out all the excess water. Plus the holes also allow some air to penetrate through the soil or from the top opening which also plays a part in drying out any excess water. This is essential for the plant, or else it can easily get moldy by standing in too much water.
Adding the Soil
Succulents are known to stand better in gritty and stony soil. You can easily buy the prescribed soil from a nursery near your house. You must choose the soil that may contain big sand particles, stones and pebbles, and some pine bark shreds. The soil must be quick to drain and dry so it does not hold the water for a long time. It should be mixed well before being added to the container. When you have the suitable soil for your terrarium, add it into your container.
Add in your plant
Once your container is ready with soil, it is time to put your plant in place. But before placing the roots in the soil, make sure the root ball of the plant is loosened and the roots are exposed before they are placed in the container. You can trim them if they are longer than needed. After making sure everything is perfect, place your plants in the soil. You can even use tweezers to lower down your plant to the container if the container is too deep.
Add in an extra layer of dirt
Add a layer of dirt on top just before placing your plant in the container after you are done with the soil. Once you have placed your plant firmly in the soil, sprinkle a good layer of dirt on top to cover it up and make sure to secure the plant well by making use of both of your hands for this process.
This is the part where you have to be extra careful in handling your plant. Succulents are not the plants to digest a lot of water and it is always advisable to only water them once or twice a week. Keep in mind to not overwater them as they are not accustomed to it and the roots may rot easily. When you do water them, then only pour the water on their roots and not on the leaves or the plant itself. You can also set a weekly reminder to help you with your watering schedule.
Add pebbles and decorate your Succulent terrarium
To make your plant look even more appealing, layer the top with some colored pebbles or add extra props like shells, etc. You can even top it off with some moss. You can also add about 7 to 10 small cuttings of other small succulent species around in your terrarium. Make sure to have a decent gap in between them so they do not crowd. Do not fear that the small succulents are going to overshadow the look of your terrarium. They will not outgrow themselves, especially if you make sure to trim them in the process. Paint or decorate your container with different patterns as well if you feel like it. It will only make your terrarium look even more attractive.
Placing them in the right spot
Once your final succulent terrarium is ready, it also necessary to choose the right spot to place them, where they can easily showcase their beauty. You can either place them indoors with the rest of your plant collection, on window sills or even hang them on your walls. You can place them in your garden as well if you wish. But one thing you need to take care of is to ensure that they are in a spot where they can also receive reach out to sunlight. A moderate amount of sunlight is important for the plant to survive for a longer period. But make sure that the rays are not too harsh or else it can also result in your plant in the container to burn from the severe sunlight.
Remember no to leave your terrarium on its own after you are done placing them. Make sure to dust and clean it occasionally with a piece of cloth or a brush.
With all this being done, congratulations as you have accomplished the task of making a DIY succulent terrarium.