When Pantone announced that green was going to be the colour of 2017 we knew botanicals would be big.
On the table of our favourite cafe, wrapped around a trellis or in the hands of our sweetheart, botanicals just make everywhere look so much… greener.
While we love greenery of all shapes and sizes, our favourites are the low maintenance kind, and that’s where terrariums come in. They’re perfect for gardenless apartments and compact offices, they look after themselves and you can make on at home in just a few simple steps.
Let experienced botanists London Terrariums show you how in this easy-to-follow Terrarium DIY. Tools at the ready!
What you’ll need
- Glass vessel (with glass or cork lid)
- Flat patter tool (could be cork on the end of a stick)
- Long gardening stick (for making the hole for the plant)
- Radiator brush
- Spray bottle
- Garden stones (washed)
- Activated charcoal
- Tub or basket compost
- Plants: Fittonia, Ivy, Ferns, Ficus Pumilla
- Bun moss or carpet moss
How to make it
- To begin, layer your stones at the bottom of the vessel. This prevents the compost from getting too sodden and damp.
2. Next, add some compost using a flat tool, patting it down as you go. Once finished, use the gardening pole to make a hole in the compost for your plant.
3. Before gently lowering the plant into the vessel, remove the compost from the roots being careful not to bruise them in the process.
4. Manoeuvre the plant into the hole and using your patting tool and the gardening pole, stand the plant up and secure it with the compost.
5. Next, separate the moss into small parts so that it fits through the opening of the vessel. When ready, gently pop it into the top of the vessel and pat it into the compost. Water until damp.
6. Pop the cork (or glass) lid on—not too tight so that that the natural gasses can be released. Once the terrarium is sealed your plants will be protected from any outside elements such as pollution, dust and dirt.
7. You’ll only need to water your terrarium once and although it will need sunshine to photosynthesise, try to keep it away from direct sunlight. Over time you might find that your plants outgrow their vessel—at this point you can trim them with some long scissors or take the lid off and allow the plants to grow out of the top.