There’s something so refreshing about having live plants growing happily on your windowsill. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good faux floral, but sometimes it’s good for your soul to water and care for plants in actual soil.
We don’t all have time for a garden – heck, I wish I had more time to spend in my own! Opting for a more low maintenance version makes this cute and simple project attainable for even the busiest of working moms – green thumb or no green thumb!
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Glass container
- Decorative stones or sand
- Soil mix
- Sphagnum moss
Step 1. Choose a glass container with no drain hole and place a layer of the decorative stones or sand at the bottom. (approx 1″)
Step 2. Add approximately 2″ of the sphagnum moss and flatten gently.
Step 3. Expose plant’s root ball.
Step 4. Pour the soil to the desired depth making sure there is enough to cover the plant’s root ball completely.
a) Dig a hole with your fingers or old spoon, making sure it’s big enough to hold the entire plant root system.
b) Tease out the roots gently and trim if required.
c) Place the plant in the hole. If the container opening is too small for your hands use tongs to help.
d) Gently tap down the soil around the plant.
e) Continue placing the other plants.
- Choose plants according to the type of terrarium you want to plant. Ideally, choose slow-growing plants with similar light and humidity requirements. For example, pair tropical plants with mosses, and cacti with succulents.
- Place your terrarium in a bright location so your plants get plenty of light. Make sure however, that it is not direct light.
- Water your terrarium with a spritz bottle. If the water is seeping through the stones you are watering too much. If you have a closed container, you may see some condensation on the inside walls after planting or when you overwater. This is normal. Simply remove the cover and let the excess humidity evaporate.
- Prune back your plants when they get too big and remove any dead foliage.
And there you have it! The perfect low maintenance addition to your windowsill, dining table, office nook or even the kiddos’ bedroom window. I hope you enjoy this sweet little terrarium, and I hope it brings you a simple moment of refreshing calm in the hustle and bustle of your weekly routine.