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How To Make A Super Simple Terrarium Using Terrarium Plants & Reclaimed Materials

Sometimes you just have to listen to what the plant needs. Learn how to make a simple terrarium that would suit any terrarium plants requirements.

A quick back story. This little nerve plant (fittonia albevenis) has been one of the fussiest plants I have.

I am not a big fan of plants that require a ton of extra care but something about the colour of this one and those gorgeous red vanes in the leaves make me want to put the effort in so that it not only lives but actually thrives.

Ideal Terrarium Plants

Nerve plant makes an ideal terrarium plant. I attempted to keep it happy in a regular pot but in the end it was a rather sad plant.

After repotting 3 times attempting to find it a happy home outside a terrarium I have given up. Nerve plants like super high humidity around them at all times as well as a consistent moisture in the soil (but you need to be caution it does end up water logged). Combine that with also loving a warmer environment around 70F means it can be hard to meet in the average home in the winter.

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Nerve plant prior to transplanting.

Almost But Not Quite

I had the plant sitting in a very humid window and on a pebble tray but it still wasn’t enough.

The best way to keep a much higher humidity around just one plant is to give it a micro-climate such as a terrarium. Terrariums are super cute decor and easy to make with items repurposed from around your house.

Check out the video to see the full process of adding and arranging your plant inside its new terrarium. 

Terrarium Supplies:

  • A glass container, bowl, bottle or something to house the plant either with or without a lid. You will need to be able to get your hands and the plant in it so factor that in.
  • Rock or sand for the base so the plant is not sitting in water.
  • Appropriate soil. In this case I went with standard potting soil as it is known to be more moisture retentive.
  • Moss, rocks, pinecones, shells, other plants or anything that seems fun to accessorize your terrarium with.
  • Potting soil with a mix of vermiculite or perlite to keep it airy while also retaining moisture.
  • Worm Castings – I have a full tutorial on how I use worm castings in everything I repot. You can find it by clicking here Fertilizer With Worm Castings – Grow Happy & Strong Starter Plants The Easy Way!

Get creative with the materials you use. I have found lots of great terrarium bowls, jaw and vases that worked great. I prefer second hand where ever possible.

If you are stuck or looking for something really specific to hold your plants then I highly recommend a jar or container that has a lid such as this one.

It is has a modern styling to it. You can find this exact one at this link.

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