Succulents are perfect for terrariums because they grow relatively slowly but the condensation that may build up can kill the little plants if the right medium isn’t used. Line the bottom of the container with fine gravel or rocks. … Space plants at least an inch apart (2.5 cm.) so there is adequate air flow.
Considering this, how do you make a large succulent terrarium?
Accordingly, how do you make a succulent terrarium?
How long do succulent terrariums last?
In theory, a perfectly balanced closed terrarium – under the right conditions – should continue to thrive indefinitely. The longest known terrarium lasted on it’s own for 53 years.
Start by removing everything in the terrarium. Any overgrown plants can be transplanted into larger pots while you head out and shop for some new ones. As you can see, I do not use drainage rocks in my terrarium designs. The space for the soil is too precious to give up for pebbles.
Charcoal is an important element in a terrarium because it helps remove toxins and odors. If you don’t have charcoal, you can still make a terrarium, but you’ll need to to take extra steps to ensure your plants remain healthy and that the environment inside your terrarium remains clean and odor-free.
BBQ charcoal briquettes – the Royal Horticultural Society don’t recommend using charcoal briquettes with plants because “Modern barbeque briquettes can contain additives or contaminants (coal, tars, resins and other chemicals) that are not suitable for addition to the soil.”
Succulents need soil that drains, so regular potting soil—or dirt from your yard—won’t do. Choose cactus soil or mix potting soil with sand, pumice, or perlite. Succulent roots are very fragile so be gentle when repotting.
Open – These terrariums are great for direct light or lots of sun. … Closed – These terrariums require very little maintenance. Indirect light is great for these plants. Direct sunlight on a closed terrarium can burn your plants.
Soilless Planting – Succulents can grow directly in sphagnum moss without any soil. Soilless planting with moss can be used in wall planters where the weight of soil might be an issue, in terrariums, in wreaths or anywhere else that the use of soil presents a problem.
A closed lidded terrarium is a contained eco-system. Over time it will maintain a stable level of moisture on it’s own and require very little water or care. The moisture from the plants will condense on the ceiling and sides of the glass and then recycle their droplets like rain.