Essential Things to Consider Before Making a Succulent Terrarium

Things to Consider Before Making a Succulent Terrarium

Aquariums that are full of different species of fish are quite a sensational decor idea to add to the interior of your home. And what’s even better is a terrarium, whose originating idea is typically similar to the aquarium, but instead of animals, it has plants. The exciting thing about a terrarium is that the options of succulents to include in your newly found project are very diverse. You can choose to incorporate any other plants with your succulents. Examples like air plants, conifers, moss could look fantastic.

Before we even get to the nitty-gritty, you must know that there is no one golden formula in making the perfect terrarium. Each terrarium is unique to the other and portrays a fragment of the creator’s imagination. Unquestionably, anything from the mind is limitless. And for that reason, all we can do if offer you guidance to facilitate the making of your succulent terrarium. Well, without further ado, let’s get down to the guidelines.


Container selection

This is the pivot point of your whole project and also the starting point. The very essence of making a succulent terrarium is to get a chance to exercise your creativity and show off your creation in the best way possible. Luckily any surface that can hold soil for a plant to anchor itself and thrive on is a likely site.

So much so, you can use glass, wood, metal, concrete, and even plastic, among others. But you have to keep in mind that the container you chose has to be breathable for your flora and one that complements their natural beauty. That means you have to have already thought of the drainage and ventilation systems of your garden. Such that when you water the plants, the excess can drain through the drainage holes.

You are free to choose the size and the material of the growing site according to your vision.

Plant selection

This is yet another significant part of the project. As mentioned earlier, your succulent selection is one broad one, but you have to keep a few things in mind before you choose the plants you are to select.

First of all, you have to pick species that thrive in similar soil mixes, climates, sunlight, and have related watering needs. This is because they are to be planted side by side, and will ideally be exposed to the same external factors all year round. And if you fail to do this, some may die, leaving patches on your garden.

Secondly, you have to consider the growth habit of a particular succulent. Some plants grow upwards, others thrive on the surface, and others need support to grow. This part is crucial, and if something is not considered, the succulent terrarium will not be in balance.

Thirdly and most excitingly, is the appearance of the succulents. Such that if you are to create a forest theme terrarium, you go for tree-looking species to complete the picture. Here you also consider the colors of the plants and the sizes that they grow to at maturity.

For plant selection, you also have to look into the active and inactive growing seasons and maintain a balance such that your succulent terrarium remains green all year round.

The right materials and tools for the job

So after you have looked into the container to use and have settled on the plants, next is gathering all the materials needed for your project. The first material to collect is a well-drained soil mix, either pre-made or individual components. You also need to get small relics that help give life to your succulent terrarium. For instance, tiny houses, cars, bridges, people, and decorative pebbles, among others.

The tools you are likely to use are garden scopes, watering cans, measuring cans, sharp, sterile blades, and gardening gloves. Gloves keep you safe from prickling spikes and irritating plant saps. Lastly, you need to have a plan for your project on paper to facilitate a seamless project.

Final word

Terrariums are a great DIY project that every member of your family can take part in. And as mentioned above, the imagination is limitless, so get your hands dirty, get creative, and make your masterpiece one-of-a-kind succulent terrarium.

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