How to make a terrariumDesign by Wendy Redding • Photos by Philip Hawkins
Adapted from Wildflower Magazine Summer 2010 VOL. 26, NO. 4.
Find a clean glass container with a lid, pebbles, horticultural char- coal, sterile potting mix, a large spoon and a spray bottle.
Choose plants that tolerate par- tial sun to full shade conditions like ferns and moss. Make sure they will fit in the container.
Fill the bottom of the container with 1 inch of pebbles. Sprinkle a light layer of charcoal. Then add a 2-inch layer of mois- tened potting mix.
Loosen any excess soil from plants. Plant terrarium and lightly mist the soil with filtered water. Add whimsy with a small toy.
Pick a location near a window that will receive natural light, but keep out of direct sunlight. Open lid if glass is fogged until clear.
Monitor for watering and mist soil, not plants, when needed. Groom plants to keep compact and remove dead leaves.