Succulent Terrarium - DIY

We bought our first succulent months ago at the Strathcona Farmer's Market in Edmonton; it has lived in it's original pot since buying it, and since then, we've added two more succulents & one aloe vera plant to our collection. We bought all the plants with the intention of transplanting them into a terrarium/other pots, and we have finally gotten around to re-potting all of them into their respective jars. The majority of the reason why we had been putting it off for so long was because we were waiting to come across the right glass container without having to drop a ton of cash. Re-potting succulents & creating a terrarium is pretty straight forward, and can happen in a multitude of ways, but if you'd like to see how we decided to go about creating our terrarium, check out the images below :) Items that we used to make our terrarium:

  • Containers (we bought one large glass one at Home Sense, as well as a smaller mustard yellow ceramic pot from Home Sense, and a smaller glass container from Bulk Barn)
  • Succulents
  • Cactus or Succulent specific potting soil (it's important to try and get your hands on this certain type of soil since it's apparently better for the plants' drainage)
  • Rocks (bonus points if you're not lazy like us and actually find your own rocks....)
  • Anything extra (i.e larger rocks, moss, etc)

kaihla_tonai_intimate_wedding_elopement_photographer_0079Mark started by creating a base of small stones in each of the "pots" to act as a drainage system for the succulents; each container was filled with an inch of so of small stones. He then arranged the plants by setting them (still in their original pots) in the terrarium to see how they best sat together/which plant arrangement was most appealing. He then added a light layer of soil to the rock base that was already in tact in the glass terrarium. Gently, he flipped over the original plants in their containers and removed them from their plastic pots--since the dirt is on the dryer side with these little guys, they slid easily out of their existing pots. Mark then shook/broke off some existing dirt that wasn't held tight by the plants' roots, and then placed them strategically into the glass container. **Don't be afraid to have your succulents snug in their new home--they like being close to one-another :)

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Are you a fan of the succulent trend that seems to be taking the "home decor" world by storm? We've found that they're the best plant that we've come across so far for ourselves, because not only have we been pretty good at killing any other sort of plant that we try to keep alive, but it's also hard to give "normal house plants" the attention and treatment they deserve and need in a small apartment with limited light. Succulents seem to be the perfect apartment plant because aside from their adorably cute stature, they're also incredibly easy to maintain!