The terrarium is a closed ecosystem. Simple to carry out, it also has the advantage of being used as an educational tool for children since they will be able to see the plants grow. In addition, the terrarium is not binding: with the photosynthesis system, the mist will rise, then will run off. It therefore causes only a few (2 to 3) waterings per year.
The necessary elements
To make your terrarium, you will need potting soil, a glass container with a lid, a ficus (or other), plants called pothos, lichen, moss, soil, white sand, clay balls, tree bark and finally pebbles.
First, mix the potting soil with a few clay balls and a little sand. Add clay balls to the jar to facilitate drainage, then add potting soil. “The idea is to make a small pile in the center“explains Hugo Meunier. Then it's time to add white sand,”so as to create lines that make the terrarium a little more graphic. “When you plant the plant, be sure to clear the roots before planting it in the jar. Place the moss around the plant. The other elements will be used to decorate.
“It is important to water it well at the start, so we are going to put 1/4, 1/3 glass of water in it. The idea is that the root system can be anchored in the soil“, says Hugo Meunier. Finally, leave the jar open for 24 hours so that the excess water evaporates.