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Creating an terrarium in 4 steps

JUST A FEW HANDY TIPS

How do you create an terrarium?

A terrarium is a lot of fun. The plants don’t need any care, and of course it’s a real eye-catcher in your home.

Yet there is also one major drawback to such a terrarium. Because you put a terrarium together yourself. And that, of course, is a lot of work. Or isn’t it?

Plants for your terrarium

Not every plant can survive in a constantly humid environment. A cactus or succulent plant is therefore not happy with such an ecosystem. But it does make the following plants happy:

  • Fittonia
  • Fern (Phlebodium)
  • Adiantum
  • Calathea
  • Spider plant (Chlorophytym)
  • Gynura
  • Spathiphyllum
  • Begonia
  • Carnivorous plants (e.g. the Dianoaea Muscipula)

Terrariums for the lazy plant lover

Houseplants are nice. Yet taking care of plants is not a matter of course for everyone. Memories are set to water, plant nutrition is forgotten and watering your plants is actually too much to ask.

Well, for those plant lovers we have good news! An ecosystem. You roll up your sleeves once, and the plants do the rest. Sounds ideal? Not only that! It’s also great fun to build your own ecosystem. Just put your fingers in the soil, and after that: months of fun!

DIY Package of Het Planten Atelier

A terrarium is fun but also sounds like a lot of work. Yet nothing could be further from the truth! The girls at Het Planten Atelier developed a DIY package in which you will find all the necessities for your terrarium. The only ingredient missing from this package are the plants. Unfortunately these are too small and fragile to ship. But that’s not a problem!

We have made a list of terrarium friendly plants. You can buy these yourself, and then you can get started right away with the step-by-step plan!

Create a terrarium in 4 steps

Step 1: Drainage system

In houseplants root rot is the number one cause of death. One way to prevent root rot is the use of hydro grains. These grains of clay are placed at the bottom of the flowerpot, which ensures better drainage for your plants. In this way no excess water remains in your pot and you prevent root rot. Also ideal for an ecosystem! The first step is to place the hydro grains in the glass pot.

Step 2: Mould-free

In addition to root rot, fungus can easily be released in an ecosystem. This process is caused by the amount of moisture that has nowhere to go. Since you close off an ecosystem, this moisture can go nowhere but to the plants. If there is too much moisture it is possible that mold will develop on or around the plants. One way to prevent this is charcoal. Then place a small layer of charcoal on top of the hydro grains. This prevents mold!

Step 3: Nice grounding

Once you have discharged the charcoal with hydro grains into the glass jar, you can start working with potting soil. After all, plants need potting soil. Okay, not all of them. An air plant can survive on just air, light and a little water. But anyway, the plants you put in an ecosystem do need soil. So that’s what you do as step 3. Add soil to the charcoal and hydro grains.

Step 4: Sprinkling and airing

Have you added the earth, charcoal and hydro grains? Well done! Now you can add the plants to your own green ecosystem. As soon as you have buried them well, you can add a little (rain)water to the ecosystem. Then let the ecosystem air for 2 to 3 days. After this you can place the lid on the ecosystem. You will see that a lot of moisture droplets will soon form.

One more look

After you’ve turned the lid on your own ecosystem it’s wait and see. The little bit of (rain)water will evaporate by itself. You can see this by the moisture droplets that will form on the inside of the glass.

Keep this up for a few days! After that you can turn the lid off one last time. You do this to sprinkle charcoal into the ecosystem again. In this way you prevent the excess moisture from mold. After this the lid goes on and stays on. This last one is very important!

Growing and blooming

If all goes well, the plants in your ecosystem will start to grow. You can follow this process very well. As soon as your ecosystem closes you have two options:

You can prune the (too) large plants.
You can replace the (too) large plants for small new ones.

Do you doubt if the plants have grown too big? When in doubt it is better to leave the ecosystem closed. Don’t look without changing the content of the ecosystem. This can disrupt the habitat of your plants! So be patient and keep enjoying what you see.

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