NEWS, Va. ó If only the rest of life were as simple as
growing succulents in an open terrarium.
is, according to Michelle Slatalla, editor in chief of
Gardenista ó www.gardenista.com.
you have to do is find a few like-minded plants,
introduce them to each other, and place them in an
environment they like," she says.
leave them alone to get to know each other. Thatís
pretty much all there is to creating an open
fact, a larger DIY terrarium you and your kids create
can be just the thing you need for an Easter table
centerpiece. Surround it with some mini bunnies and
colorful eggs and you have nature at its very best.
Easy-care smaller terrariums can also make thoughtful
Motherís Day gifts for the women in your life.
are Michelleís step-by-step, no-fail instructions:
to know: There are two kinds of terrariums, open vessels
(for succulents and cacti) and closed containers for
humidity-loving plants. An open terrarium will dry out
quickly; itís suitable for growing plants that love
sun and donít require a moist environment.
it simple: The only materials you need in addition to a
container are pebbles, charcoal, soil, small succulents,
and herb snips to trim them.
1: Spread a 1- to 2-inch base of pebbles at the bottom
of the container. This will aid drainage in the event
that you water the terrarium (which, by the way you
should not do except once a month ó and then, with
teaspoons of water).
2: Sprinkle a 1-inch layer of charcoal on top of the
pebbles to filter the soil.
3: Add a 2-inch layer of cactus potting soil (itís
specially formulated for succulents and other plants
that like a dry environment).
4: Before planting them, arrange the succulents in the
container with plenty of room to grow. Donít overcrowd
them. Trim with herb snips, if necessary, to give them
room to breathe.
5: Hollow out a spot in the potting soil for the plants.
Firmly pat soil to cover their roots. Give each plant a
teaspoonful of water but donít overwater.