For those of us who live in Portland, we have had a taste of summer this week and it was sweet! At Roosevelt’s Terrariums we were inspired by this glimpse of summer to begin thinking about warmth, sunshine, and the desert.
Here are some steps you can take to create your own desert terrarium complete with your favorite succulents and cacti.
1. Select a Vessel. As with any succulent-bearing terrarium, you want to select an open vessel (lids lock in too much moisture to keep the plants healthy). Look for a large vase, a bowl-shaped planter, or any other open container to build your indoor habitat. If you do select a vessel that has a drainage hole at the bottom, be sure to put a piece of screen at the bottom to keep in the soil.
2. Gather up all of your supplies. For the base all you need is some small pebbles or pearl stone (to cover one inch of container), activated charcoal (enough to layer ½ inch at the bottom of your vessel), soil (to fill the container near the brim), and sand (just enough to cover the soil). You also want to use several succulents and cacti(we like odd numbers best) and maybe some large stones as accents.
3. If there is a hole in your container--cover it with a screen. Then add one inch of pebbles, ½ inch of activated charcoal, and fill to an inch from the top with soil. If you’d like to add some larger rocks, you can fill half way with soil, position the rocks, and continue filling the vessel. Add just enough sand to cover the soil completely.
4. Place your plants, burying the roots in the sand and soil. Touch up any sand blemishes by adding a little more sand to the top.You’re done! Now place your terrarium in an area that will receive a lot of bright, indirect sunlight. Use a spray bottle to water the base of your plants once every 1-2 weeks, or depending on your light and temperature conditions. Come visit us for supplies, vessels, plants, or visit our terrarium bar to create your own with the help of our staff!