I am neither a green thumb nor particularly enthused about playing around in dirt, but after months of looking at pictures of terrariums on Pinterest and people saying how easy they were, I decided I should look into it. Keeping a plant alive feels like something any human should be able to accomplish, let alone one who is trying to live with sophistication. The real push came in the form of the March issue of Real Simple magazine which had full-page “You Can Make This” directions and a webpage with a video for those of us true beginners. It only took me 3 months to acquire the 5 items needed to make the terrarium (Go me) so I decided that taking advantage of a sunny Sunday to complete the task would be a good idea.
- Cactus & Succulent soil blend
- Decorative sand
- Small pebbles
- Cactuses and succulents of your choosing
- Glass container
Step One: Crack open your bag of pebbles. I chose a sand/pebble color coordinating combination of white on white because I’m super rebellious. Place enough in the bottom of your glass container so that they can provide drainage, which apparently means about 1.5 inches of pebbles
Step Two: Cautiously rip open bag of dirt. I say cautiously because an enthused ripping will result in dirt getting everywhere, including your small helper dog laying at your feet. Pour enough dirt so that the cactus roots can take hold, which apparently means about 1.5-2 includes of soil
Step Three: Plant your plants! The fun part where I got to artistically place the cactuses and succulents in my container to expose my creative side. As luck would have it, my creativity is directly reflective of geometric shapes, so I planted a triangle of plants
Step Four: Get out your sand. This should be affectionately known as the swearing phase where you cautiously pour enough sand around your plants to cover up any evidence of there being soil underneath. I have no tips on how to move your hand around plants which have large pointy things while getting in close enough to cover up dirt without advising you wear gloves and be prepared for a poke or
two seventy eight. There was sand EVERYWHERE including in the cactus needles which remains there to this day. I tried to cautiously blow sand off the cactus and the succulent needles which resulted in a desert storm where the sand on the soil went everywhere I didn’t want it to go, so would not recommend that
Step Five: Admire your new houseplant with a sense of pride. You built it!