Terrariums are the Super Bowl of succulents
Almost every homeowner with a black thumb wants to know: What’s the trick to enjoying plants without killing them?
For those who are busy, forgetful or truly hopeless in the garden, Michele Weymouth of Ashburn, Va., points to succulent terrariums. Lasting longer than cut flowers, succulents are especially welcome in winter, when everything outside is dead, dormant or covered with snow. And building a terrarium around them gives you a chance to create a living little world in your home. Yes, those glassenclosed miniature gardens that were wildly loved by the Victorians and then populated every home in the ‘60s and ‘70s have made a comeback.
Weymouth, who sells her terrariums through her business Living Mi-Wey, was first drawn to them for their `calming nature more than their ease. “I was go, go, go all the time,” she says. “I have a very busy boy. And we had been away for six weeks, touring friends from Australia around the country. When I got home, I dropped my suitcases and went straight to the backyard to take care of my plants. I thought, ‘This is what I should be doing all the time.’ “
Weymouth crafts terrariums in all kinds of vessels, from simple glass cylinders to typewriters. She says that succulents are perfect for people who are busy, who live in small spaces or who often forget to water. “They are a desert plant. Their leaves are nice and thick and cellulose, helping them to hold water, and that’s what helps them survive long periods of time without watering.” Weymouth gave us a step-by-step to create your own in as little as an hour.