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How-to video: Create your own terrarium

Watch as Elene Nouri of Sheridan Nurseries demonstrates how to plant a garden under glass.

Creating a terrarium is an enjoyable family project and takes only a few minutes to assemble. Almost any glass container of any shape can be used, from a brandy snifter to a large bottle or, of course, a Wardian case. An aquarium is particularly easy to use, with a large opening that’s child-friendly. Covering the top with a piece of Plexiglas will reduce watering needs to almost nil.

Materials needed:

  • Terrarium (enclosed glass container, such as an aquarium)
  • Potting soil
  • Charcoal
  • Pebbles and decorative rocks
  • Small scoop

Plant recommendations:

  • Dwarf ferns such as maidenhair (e.g., Adiantum hispidulum) and button (Pellaea rotundifolia) types
  • Parlour palm seedlings (Chamaedorea elegans syn. Neanthe bella)
  • Earth stars (e.g., Cryptanthus bivittatus)
  • Carnivorous plants* such as Venus flytrap (Dionaea muscipula) and sundews (e.g., Drosera capensis)
  • Flame violets (Episcia reptans, E. cupreata and their hybrids)
  • Creeping fig (Ficus pumila)
  • Fittonia (Fittonia albivenis)
  • English ivy (Hedera helix)
  • True mosses
  • Pileas (e.g., Pilea depressa, P. microphylla)
  • clubmoss (e.g., Selaginella kraussiana)
  • Miniature sinningias (e.g., Sinningia pusilla)

Now that you have your materials, watch the video!

*Carnivorous plants are extremely sensitive to minerals of any kind, so use only rain or distilled water.

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