Terrarium How-To

My sister, Laura lives in Boston and has the green thumb in the family. She makes beautiful terrariums but since I've always lived far away, I miss out on ever receiving one of these lovely, low maintenance creations. So I get my fix at Garden, an impeccably designed and curated garden shop on the west side of Atlanta.  

Chad Wellbrock, the Manager at Garden, offered me a few tips for creating your own terrarium. First, look for any plants that are slow growing that do not like a lot of moisture. Succulents often work best, but just remember that they will need a lot of sunlight to thrive. Chad likes using begonias too as they do well in this setting. You'll need a coarse soil mix next and Chad recommends a cactus blend. At Garden they've created their own special mix and offer it for sale if you live close to Atlanta...

When you're ready, place your soil in your glass container, (CB2 sells the pendant globes very cheap) then arrange your plants on a work surface until you find the combination that works best. To add height, try some pencil cactus. Just remember, the container should have an opening wide enough to fit your plant and your hand...

The biggest no-no is overwatering. Since spray misters can cause you to have to clean the glass, Chad recommends taking a bottle of filtered water and a drinking straw and siphoning a couple squirts of water for your plants just once a week. Easy peasy. Thanks Chad...

 

 First Photo, courtesy Sarah Dorio. Bottom Photo, floragrubb.com  Rest of pics: Sweet Peach. Content: Sweet Peach