Growing an Open Terrarium

Children love to watch things grow and setting up a basic terrarium can be a super-fun activity for both dads and kids to do together.

Use these 6 steps to create a simple open dish Terrarium that will last all year round.

Step 1: Assemble your materials as follows: A clean, recycled glass container with lid, pebbles, horticultural charcoal, sterile potting mix, a large spoon and a spray bottle.

Step 2: Choose plants like ferns and moss that can fit into the container and like semi to fully shaded growing conditions.

Step 3: Fill the bottom of the container with 1 inch of pebbles. Sprinkle a light layer of charcoal. Then add a 2-inch layer of moistened potting mix.

Step 4: Loosen any excess soil from plants. Plant terrarium and lightly mist the soil with filtered water. Add a small toy to make it whimsical.

Step 5: Pick a location near a window has natural, indirect light.

Step 6: Mist the soil (not the plants) when needed. Groom plants to keep them compact and remove any dead leaves.

The terrarium can be moved from room to room or even taken to school for a “Show and Tell”. It is easy to make and easy to care for. Try it for yourself!

Categories: Hobbies & Crafts, Indoors, Low Budget, Pets & Plants, Science & History, Short

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