Build a Terrarium – Adding the Plants

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    This video will show how to build a terrarium and how to add the plants.

    Kacy Paide: Hi, I am Kacy Paide of Small World Terrariums and this is how to make a Terrarium. This next clip is going to be the fun part. This is adding the actual plants to the terrarium.

    So, first and foremost before you collect all of your plants you have to make sure they all require the same care. If you can't tell on your own by the tag in the store then just ask somebody who works in a garden shop, they usually can actually tell you specifically which plants thrive in terrariums, or you can pick up two plants and ask if they are going to be compatible together in a container.

    So one thing that I would like to do is I like to actually take large clusters of plants like this and break it out. Once I break this out you will see that I could actually probably get three or four small plants out of here. So you actually could do a terrarium with plants that aren't moisture loving but again because there is no drainage and on this one especially because there is a lid. Just by the design of it it's going to be moist.

    So every plant you see here is a moisture loving plant. Now in almost every terrarium I make, I have a fern. Ferns love moisture. This specifically is a rabbit's foot fern, I found that it's virtually kill prove. This is in the Photinia Family, it's a pink or red Photinia, cousin to this one which is a different shade of pink and you can also get a Photinia which is white and green instead. These two I have also learned again through trial and error, are virtually kill proof. This is something called a friendship plant, I like bringing this one in because it's a dark color. Design-wise it's nice to have more than one colored plant. I have notice that if every plant in the terrarium is green, they can actually start to look a little bit weedy. So you want a good mix of green and something bright and light and dark and you actually want low plants which will cover the soil a little bit and something high to fill out the rest of the space. So for ground cover we are going to use Baby's Tears, this is also an excellent plant but if you have a terrarium with Baby's Tears you have to make sure it's moist 100% of the time, otherwise this one will die on the spot. But in a lidded terrarium it's always going to be moist. This is a Begonia that I am going to use, this also is the load of the ground. This plant here is going to be our center piece, it's going to be add height and actually come up to the top of the lid, this too is a rabbit's foot fern. So, what I am going to do next is show you how I break up these larger plants and actually get smaller plants. In the beginning I was actually buying a lot of small plants and only using small plants until I learned you can get a full size plant, break it down and make your own minis. So, next I am going to show you how to take a large plant and make it small. So right here we have the three plants that we are going to be breaking up and cutting down to size. Let me show you, first of all, how I break out your photinia. Just kind of squeeze in the pot, loosen up the soil, usually the roots sound something like this, are pretty loose. Just kind of massage the soil. So to break it up just kind of massage the soil, you can see these roots aren't too tight and it pretty much on its own is going to break exactly where you want it. So, from this plant we now have three minis, we will set one of this aside that we are going to use, place this back in here, later we will pack it with soil, just keep it moist, since it's ready for next time. Now, in order to break up baby's tears we actually have to use a knife which doesn't look as friendly but serrated knife. You actually take exactly the size you want. Just do this real slow and you won't rip too many leaves. We may add in more of this later but for now I am going to set this amount aside. Again place it back in, pack more soil in later to keep it moist. Now, onto the larger photinia, same thing. Actually for this one I am going see if it's loose enough for me to actually pick one out, so we can keep the others intact. Now, this one is ready but I think this might be too big for what we are doing. So I am going to go for this one and again later as I am a working, I might want to take more from this. It's also important to know that if you want to use a photinia or any other plant close to the soil, you can actually pinch it off right above a piece of growth, like this, pinch off the bottom leaves, set it in water, within the next couple of weeks all of these will start to root, once you see small little roots you can add this to a terrarium. So instead of having a tall photinia you can actually use this type of plant as a ground cover, stick these roots in soil, these leaves are going to be right up against the soil.

    So in the next clip we are going to take all of these plants that we have been breaking apart and actually arrange them in the terrarium, set them inside of the bowl.