I’ve wanted a succulent terrarium for a LOOONG TIME! After seeing a few tutorials on Pintrest, I decided that I could make one myself instead of buying one. I had seen individual succulent plants at several different stores, but I had never taken the plunge and purchased any. That is until a few weeks ago… I had stopped in Lowe’s to pick up a few items for a project and decided to look in the garden section. That’s when I found a bunch of succulents on clearance for just $1.00!!! (They are normally $1.95 -$2.95.) Awesome! So I cheerfully picked out five that I liked.
Succulents – Check!
Soil – Have some at home. Double Check!
Rocks – Need those…
Moss – Need that too…
Charcoal – Didn’t need any since I wouldn’t be enclosing the terrariums.
Glass Bowls/Containers – Well…
I already had a large glass bowl at home, but I also wanted to make a small terrarium to have at work. So after finishing at Lowes, I stopped by the dollar store (I knew they would have what I needed at a better price) and picked up the rocks, moss, and a small fish bowl. The plants were very dry when I got them (probably why they were on clearance), so I filled a few containers with about ½ an inch of water and set the succulents inside and left them for a few days to let them adsorb it. Then I got down to business!
I started with a bottom layer of rocks in both dishes. Since the succulents need moist-but-not-soaked soil, the rocks allow somewhere for excess water to collect. I covered the bottom of the dish and up the sides a little with the rocks so they would be visible from the outside.
The first time I tried this in the larger bowl I ended up making the rock layer too deep and had remove everything and start over, so make sure not to make the rock layer too thick if you have a shallow dish like this one.
Note: If you were going to enclose the terrarium or if it has a small opening you would need to place a layer of active charcoal after the rocks.
The next layer was the moss. This keeps the soil from going down into the rocks.
Then I added the soil. You want about 1-2 inches of soil depending on how deep your plants’ roots are.
Next I took the plants, played around with the placement until I liked it, dug out some holes, and popped them in the soil. I had to add extra soil around the plants where it was needed to keep them upright.
I had kept out a few of the rocks that I liked the look of to decorate around the plants. I even found a really cute one that looks like a heart! I’ve seen some elaborate terrariums online, but I kept mine simple and I love they turned out!
As far as how much everything cost:
5 succulents for $1.00 each – $5.00
Two bags of rocks $1.00 each (I only ended up using one) – $1.00
Bag of moss – $1.00
Larger dish – Already had (I think I got it from Goodwill for – $3.00)
Small fish bowl – $1.00
Soil – Already had (but it would have cost about $5.00 with plenty left over)
Total cost – For me: $8.00, but if I didn’t already have some of the stuff it still would have only been $16.00!!
Not too bad for two succulent terrariums! Now hopefully I can keep them alive…