Terrariums by Tami

Making a terrarium is a fun and inexpensive way to have an indoor garden. You will need the following items to get started: Glass container with or without a lid, gravel, charcoal, potting soil, and plants.

For a glass container, you may have something around your house or check out Sargent’s large selection of glass vessels of all shapes and sizes. Once you have a container put a layer of gravel in the bottom, add a small amount of charcoal on top.  Next add potting soil, about 3-4” and add your plants. When determining plants for your terrarium stick with miniature plants and ones that like a similar environment.  After you have completed your planting, then the creativity can happen, add fairies, birdhouses, benches, and other accessories.

Some simple rules to follow for success:

  • When you water use a spray bottle to add moisture, do not pour water in. Over watering kills plants!
  • Fertilizing will cause your plants to outgrow your container quickly. Prune plants lightly to keep them small.
  • Put your terrarium in a bright spot so it gets good indirect light for 4-5 hours each day.

Tami Smith,
Sargent’s on 2nd Team Member & Terrarium Expert

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"Jill" of all trades at Sargent's, Nina Sargent co-owns Sargent's with her husband and in-laws. She keeps communication going between the garden centers, landscape, nursery and the public. Nina loves helping connect people with their outdoor living spaces - especially while creating habitat for wildlife. She enjoys running, skiing (of all kinds) and reading.