How to Make a Cactus Terrarium
Cactus Terrariums Are Like Having a Little Desert At Home
All my life, every time I have seen people with potted cacti in their homes, I have been fascinated. I never thought to try it on my own. For people who don't live near any deserts, this can be especially interesting. Cacti are also one of the houseplants that are easiest to take care of.
Building these terrariums can be a lot of fun. Any kind of terrarium building can be a great rainy day project for yourself and your kids if they want to help, too! It can be a fun science lesson for them. If you want to make a thing of it, and particularly if your children are homeschooled, make sure you brush up on your cactus facts so you have a wealth of cactus knowledge to give out.
Having houseplants around your home is a great idea, because these plants produce oxygen, and that is good for your health! It’s a good idea to place the cactus terrarium in a bedroom because cacti produce more oxygen at night.
Plants for Terrariums
How To Terrarium
Things You'll Need
Container for your terrarium – Anything works, glass is great. As long as it has a wide opening and enough room for everything you want to put in, its fine! I’ve even seen a bunch of them done in large glass pitchers (the kind used for lemonade and iced tea).
Gravel or pebbles
Soil – General potting soil is fine, but they do make soil for cacti
Bag Sand – Not beach sand!
Tongs or gloves
Cacti and Succulents – An odd number looks best
Other neat items to add after, I’ve seen some people use figurines and stones. You can consider collecting items from the world as you travel and explore. Things like seashells, neat rocks, driftwood, sea glass can look really great and give your terrarium uniqueness. Just be sure to wash them well with hot water before adding them.
How it's Done
- Choose and thoroughly clean a container. Low, wide terracotta pots are awesome, also any glass jars with a wide opening.
- Line your dirt and gravel in the following order
- 2" gravel
- 1/4" horticulture charcoal
- 1" spanish moss
- 4" sand/soil mix (1 part sand, 2 parts soil)
- Dig little holes in the dirt in your terrarium and add your chosen cacti. Use tongs or gloves if you're afraid of getting pricked.
- Add whatever else you wanted and put the terrarium in indirect sunlight.
Cacti Are a Very Easy Houseplant to Care For
Cactus need indirect sunlight and very low water.Since cacti are a desert plant, they thrive from drought. It will probably only need to be watered about once a month, but you can do a couple simple tips I learned from a fellow gardener.
- Touch your finger to the soil on the top of the pot. If any sticks to your finger, it still has enough water.
- Learn the plant and its container. When you lift it up, if it is heavy, it still has water in the bottom. If it feels lighter, its time for a watering.
Always use a nice lukewarm water of good quality to water your plants. If you wouldn't drink it, don't expect your plants to!