Terrariums indoors during the winter is a charming way to bring some cheery greenery into your home. Sometimes winter can throw a few dark days at a time at you and if you have some fresh green plants in your home, your days may feel brighter. Besides the interest, they can add to your decor; you will enjoy the idea of your living gardens indoors.
There are a few things that you need to do differently than the usual potting a plant when planting a terrarium. First, gather the materials you need which can vary depending on what you are planting.
A glass or transparent container
large stones or pebbles
potting soil for desert plants (if you are planting succulents)
First, put the large stones in a single layer on the bottom of your container. The stones allow a place for any excess water to go where it will not rot the roots of the plants.
Next, put a layer of charcoal which will help to avoid any fungi or bacteria that could form from a lack of drainage. It also keeps things smelling fresh. You can add multiple layers of different colored small pebbles to add more interest if your container is deep enough and you still have enough space for the entire root ball of your plant.
Put a small amount of soil in the container. Take your plants and remove any excess roots (if the plant was root bound in the pot) so the plant can get a fresh start. Cover the roots as you normally would while potting a plant.
You will need to adjust the amounts of soil and pebbles according to the size of your terrarium container.
If you’re like me, you miss the gardening you do in the summer. Sometimes I keep ideas for my upcoming years of gardening in a planner. Otherwise, when I hit the greenhouse it usually becomes an afterthought. If you are looking for some ideas for next summer, check out our rock wall garden, here.
Terrariums or winter gardens as my parents called them would make a great project for a group of friends or kids to do.
You may have noticed the air plant on top of the glass vase in the picture above. I fell in love with these at one of our better greenhouses near us that had a whole selection of different varieties. It’s intriguing to me to think that these plants can live without soil. Some of them have roots too! All they require is a weekly spraying of water from a spray bottle, or you can run cool water over them. Leave the droplets of water on the plant and watch it glisten in a sunny window!
I love the variety of containers you could use for air plants. Or, if you prefer you can lay them directly on a table somewhere as long as they have light and water once a week.
You could use:
a ceramic container
a pine cone arrangement
a fancy bottle
a decorative dish or bowl
on top of a stack of books or to accent a tabletop display
Amazon has a great selection of air plants and terrariums to try.