How to Build a Terrarium With Succulent Plants

Written by susan berg
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A succulent terrarium is an easy and low maintenance way to add a bit of green to your home decor. Succulent terrariums may include plants such as aloe, agave or other miniature cactus plants.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Glass container
  • Pebbles
  • Activated charcoal
  • Succulent/cactus soil
  • Variety of miniature succulent plants

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    Purchase a glass container to use as your terrarium. You can choose either a container with a lid, such as an apothecary jar, or choose an open container. For a succulent terrarium, you will want to leave the lid off at all times. The container should be large enough to fit several layers of materials including your chosen plants. An affordable source for containers includes discount stores, such as TJ Maxx or Ross---check in the housewares section for a variety of options.

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    Choose succulents to place into your container. You can find these plants in miniature size at garden centres or home improvement stores such as Lowe's or Home Depot. Aesthetically-pleasing options include aloes, agaves and mini cactus plants.

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    Put a thin layer of pebbles at the bottom of your container. Doing so will help create a drainage layer.

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    Place a layer of activated charcoal on top of the pebbles. You can find activated charcoal in a pet store's aquarium supply aisle. This layer helps with air filtration within the terrarium.

  5. 5

    Add a layer of speciality succulent soil on top of the activated charcoal layer. If you do not have succulent soil, you can make your own using equal parts potting soil to coarse sand. Do not use beach sand.

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    Place each of your succulent plants in the terrarium to determine the best arrangement. After determining where each plant will go, dig a small hole in the soil for each plant. Remove each plant from its pot. Loosen the root ball slightly and insert the plant into the soil.

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    Remove each succulent from its pot. Loosen the root ball slightly and insert the plant into the soil.

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    Add enough water to lightly moisten the soil.

  9. 9

    Place your terrarium in a well-lit location.

  10. 10

    Monitor your succulent terrarium over time to determine its moisture level. Add water when necessary.

Tips and warnings

  • Because too much moisture can harm succulent plants, do not leave the lid on your terrarium.

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