A terrarium as an interior garden

There’s a solution for you if you love the look of indoor plants but don’t have the time or skill to care for them. A terrarium is a self-contained plant habitat.

After setup

Once you have set up the terrarium and closed the lid (on the jar or other container of your choice), the plants inside create their own ecosystem; all you have to do is enjoy it.

Containers to choose

The options for terrarium containers are only limited by your imagination. Traditionally, a smaller aquarium with a lid is used, but a glass jar or other container will work just as well. Plastic will work too, just make sure it’s clear plastic or you won’t be able to admire your handiwork once it’s finished. Whatever size or material you choose for your terrarium, the most important factor is that it doesn’t leak. It needs water and moisture to stay inside for it to work and you don’t want it to get dirty inside your house.

choose a plant

The plants you choose should thrive in similar conditions and do well in a moist environment. Popular plants to put in a terrarium are carnivores (Venus Fly Trap, sundew, or pitch) or rainforest plants (chamaedorea palms, baby ferns, or fittonia).

take care of a terrarium

Terrariums are low-maintenance indoor gardens. They need indirect sunlight (not too bright) and no water is needed after the initial water is added. The heat from inside the terrarium evaporates the water, which then condenses on the lid and falls back onto the plants. This process will continue to keep your plants alive. If too much water is present you may need to ventilate the terrarium (with a vented lid or by opening the top with a small amount), just make sure to monitor the moisture level of the soil (not too wet or too dry).

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