by Dr. Shanthi Thomas
Nothing uplifts the human spirit like nature. If you are an admirer of greenery, but do not have garden space around your house, why not create a mini-garden inside your house? It will be great to look at, and is a sure way to improve indoor air quality. Besides, a terrarium improves the ambience of a house immensely. Building a terrarium is also one of the ways to engage kids during lockdown time. Read on to see how you can make a DIY terrarium at home.
Items you will need
Clean your vessel thoroughly to clear away any unwanted material stuck to it. If you are using a disinfectant, please make sure that it is organic. At this point, you can plan how you will arrange the plants inside.
Once the container is clean and ready, line the bottom with pebbles. This will create a false drainage layer that will let water settle, instead of flooding the plants.
The charcoal should now be added on top of the pebbles, just enough to cover them. It will improve the air quality of the terrarium, reducing fungi, bacteria and odors. It comes either as small granules or shards; both are fine for our purposes.
It is important to get the right kind of soil for the plants you have selected. Add enough soil at a good depth for the plants to grow roots and flourish.
Now it is time to plant. For each plant you have selected, if the roots are especially long, they need to be trimmed. Plant each one without touching the sides of the vessel as much as possible.
After the plants are in, you can add moss, shiny stones, glass beads or figurines, depending on the look that you want the terrarium to have. If you are using a big aquarium for the terrarium, you could even add a waterfall and a small pond inside.
Clean the sides of the terrarium by wiping it down. Water the plants inside, taking care not to give too much water. Some terrariums are closed, and others are open. You can choose either. Cacti and succulents prefer open terrariums whereas moss and ferns can thrive in the more humid environment of a closed terrarium.
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