Created to grow and display plants, terrariums are beautiful little enclosed containers in which you can grow a host of botanical creations including mosses, ferns, palms, succulents and more. The handmade pieces are the perfect way to bring a little bit of the outside indoors, as they look gorgeous and are easily maintained with light watering. Also, they’re easily customizable, because there are literally thousands of options and combinations when it comes to choosing the plants and decorative items that will go inside.
If you want one for yourself, you can buy completed terrariums and custom-ordered versions at a handful of local spots, including Wickman’s Garden Village (1345 S. Fort, Springfield, 417-862-3707, wickmans.com). There are three experts who create the bountiful terrariums sold at Wickman’s, and the creations start around $20.
While some designs are built from custom orders through the flower shop, there are often other terrariums up for grabs, too. “Terrariums are for sale year round here, but during our busy spring season, it’s sometimes difficult to keep many on display,” says Nikki Petitt, nursery manager at Wickman’s Garden Village. If you want one for yourself, have no fear: The pros at Wickman’s shared step-by-step directions so you can build your own.
Glass container of choice
Pea gravel or pebbles
Sphagnum moss or coffee filters
Soil mix or sand
Plants of choice
Decorative items such as rocks, shells, driftwood and ornaments
1. Arrange your supplies on a table or large work surface. Line the glass container with a layer of washed pea gravel or pebbles. This layer will act as the drainage area.
2. Add a layer of charcoal over the gravel. This layer helps keep the odor under control.
3. Add sphagnum moss or coffee filters to create a barrier and prevent the soil from washing down into the drainage area.
4. Add a layer of soil mix or sand, depending on the type of terrarium you are making.
5. Now it’s time to plant! We suggest pairing plant varieties that demand the same type of sun, moisture and growing conditions. Plants that stay small or grow slow are the best options.
6. Time to accessorize! Add decorative accessories of your choice such as rocks, shells, driftwood or ornaments.
7. To maintain, water plants with a turkey baster or mist them with spray bottles.
Terrarium pairing options:
Low Light Plants:
Bright Light Plants:
venus fly trap
venus fly trap
Medium Light Plants:
string of hearts
Light Watering Plants:
hen & chicks