As you may recall, I was planning a terrarium surprise for Christmas. There was, of course, the slight problem of me being terrified of putting one together myself. I’m happy to report that I got over it. I bought a container, I bought some plants, I assembled the little landscape, and the present is surviving very well! Turns out, all those people who said building a terrarium was easy were right. Want to see the step by step? Follow me….
Step 1: Pick a container. I ended up choosing the one below from West Elm mostly because Greg had pointed to similar cloches in the past and mentioned liking them. Also, because there’s a West Elm a few blocks from my house, and I am easily swayed by convenience.
Step 2: Pick your plants. I decided five was a nice number, and rather than try any sort of complicated moss and flower landscape, I went for hard to kill succulents. Again, Greg likes them, and as an extra bonus, I love the dusky pink and purple hues.
Step 3: Arrange the plants. In some containers, you’d put the soil right into the container. Since the cloche has a wooden bottom, I decided to pop the plants into a little dish we usually use to make creme brulee. Ta da:
Step 4: Add some river rock and a little water. I thought a little river rock would look good. No real reason I needed to add it other than that. And you don’t want to soak the soil or anything. Just a splash will do for the succulents.