You will need:
- Glass jar
- Stones for the base of the terrarium
- Activated charcoal
- Paper or sphagnum moss
- Succulent and cacti potting mix
- Plants (we used Crassula ‘Gollum’, Sedum album and Aloe sladeniana)
- Decorative sand/pebbles (for groundcover)
- Large decorative stones
- Small pot to scoop potting mix
- Spray bottle filled with water
- Paper towel
Step 1: Clean jar and ensure that it is completely dry before placing any objects inside.
Step 2: Add 1.5-2cm layer of stones to the base of the jar to assist with drainage.
Step 3: Cut a piece of paper into a circle or use a small amount of slightly moist sphagnum moss to line the top of the stones. This layer will stop the help prevent the soil moving through to the stones.
Step 4: Place a small amount of activated charcoal on top of the paper. This will assist with the removal of odours and toxins in the potting mix over time.
Step 5: Using the small pot, scoop potting mix into the jar, covering the paper of layer of paper well. Don’t be tempted to place too much soil in to the jar at this stage. It is easier to add to the jar after the plants have been positioned.
Step 6: Create a small well in the centre of the soil. Remove plants from their pots, tickle the soil to remove excess dirt and cut away at the rootball, if necessary.
Step 9: Carefully place a plant into the prepared hole and backfill with potting mix. Repeat for remaining plants, then water in lightly using the sprayer.
Step 10: Level or create mounds in the soil. Clean the sides of the jar with the paintbrush and paper towel, removing any excess water or soil.
Step 11: Funnel the sand into the jar, covering all the soil. Clean any sand from the leaves of the plants and sides of the jar using the paintbrush and paper towel.
Step 12: Position large decorative stones on top of the sand. Give the jar a final clean and light water.
Step 13: Place terrarium in a sheltered indoor area that receives plenty of indirect light. Water lightly each week using a sprayer filled with water.