WORDS: NICOLE STANTON
IMAGE: KATE WEINER
terrarium |təˈre(ə)rēəm|: noun ( pl. terrariums or terraria |-ˈre(ə)rēə| ) a sealed transparent globe or similar container in which plants are grown. ORIGIN late 19th cent.: modern Latin, from Latin terra ‘earth,’ on the pattern of aquarium .
what to snag:
- a clear glass jar, bowl, vase – a beautiful glass container of any kind
- rocks, pebbles, or recycled glass chunks
- activated charcoal
- potting soil that will make your plants happy
- moss – only if you want
- various small plants (succulents are our favorites)
- a scoop, shovel-like tool
what to do with the things you’ve snagged:
step 1: envision your terrarium…where will the plants go?
step 2: wash out your glass container to rid of any residue that could poison your charming plants
step 3: fill the bottom of your container with 1” of rocks, pebbles, or glass chunks. this will allow the water to settle, as to not over-hydrate your plants.
step 4: cover the rocks, pebbles, or glass chunks with your activated charcoal. just a layer will do. this stuff keeps odors and mold out of sight.
step 5: add enough soil that your plants will have room to root and grow.
step 6: take your plants out of their containers, snipping the roots if they’re a bit too long and breaking up the soil with your hands.
step 7: place the plants in the soil, patting down the soil around their little selves to secure
step 8: if you snagged the moss, put it over the soil, between the plants.
step 9: give your terrarium a couple of shots of water to get it started.
what to do about the things you snagged:
- keep in indirect sunlight
- water just enough so the soil isn’t dry
- trim the dead leaves off your plants to keep your terrarium vibrant
now love the heck out of your little plant globe.