MAKE A TERRARIUM
Ever so easy, a terrarium is a great Christmas gift or festive centrepiece.
Put it on display or give it away as a gift.
OPEN TERRARIUMS SHOULD BE kept moist, but you have to be careful not to over-water them. Closed terrariums need little or no water. Succulent and cactus terrariums are more bulletproof and need less maintenance than other plant types.
YOU WILL NEED gravel; glass container; charcoal pellets; sheet moss; all-purpose potting mix; plants; variety of pebbles/stones; décor items
ONE Place 2.5cm of gravel at the bottom of the container. The total depth of your gravel, charcoal, moss and potting mix should equal about one-third of the height of the container. Sprinkle a thin layer of charcoal pellets over the gravel. Charcoal helps keep soil fresh and is available online or from pet stores.
TWO Add a layer of sheet moss, which you can buy off the shelf at most nurseries or order by the bag from most florists.
THREE Place a layer of potting mix over the moss. The type will depend on the plants you’ve chosen. We used all-purpose for our shade-loving plants.
FOUR Nestle plants into the soil, up to the moss layer, building up soil around the base of each. We broke up begonia and baby’s tears into smaller plantings.
FIVE Add some larger rocks and pebbles in different areas to create your mini-terrain.
SIX Decorate with small animal figures, seashells or anything your heart desires. Finally, give your terrarium a good drink of water using a spray bottle, which gives you more control as you can direct where the water goes.
Edited extract from Living Design by Jamie Durie and Nadine Bush (Lantern), $59.99
Put a bow on it Give this as a gift with a spray bottle and personalised figurines inside.