One of the things that I promised myself I would do while I was on leave was make a terrarium. And guess what? I did! I originally set out to follow a tutorial that I found a few months back but alas when I went back to look for it, it was gone. Because I tend towards laziness, I thought about giving in and buying one but they are so expensive - think almost 200 bucks for a teeny tiny little plant! Anyway, I decided to just wing it and it turned out well. Really well. Here’s what I did:
1) Purchase a Glass Bowl - I found this one at Mr Price Home in Argyle Road for R 59.95. It’s a nice size and depth.
2) Purchase Some Plants - I had already been looking at pictures online and on Pinterest and decided I wanted three little plants. I probably should have researched the varieties available but I didn’t. I went to the Tropical Nursery in Sherwood Road and picked three succulents that I liked the look of. Here’s what I ended up with:
Aloe Aristata: A small stemless aloe with succulent spotted leaves. It has red or pinkish tubular flowers in November. A very cold, hardy aloe. Full sun. little water (from the label).
Echevaria – Rock Rose: Pink/Grey tips and creased leaves highlights this silver/grey rose. The sap is caustic, don’t let children handle it. Full sun, drought resistant, hardy and slow growing. (From the label).
Unnamed (but cute) little plant: This one is the tallest of the bunch but sadly didn’t have a label on it’s packing. It has a slight reddish tint on its tips which I rather liked.
3) Put Plants in Glass Bowl - I initially thought I would need to buy some extra potting soil but I spoke to the lady at the nursery who assured me that the soil I had already would be more than enough. I carefully removed each plant from their soil...
...and then used a mix of all three soils to create a base. One I had a little bit of soil in the bottom to work with, I planted each one according to the rough idea in my head.
4) Add Some White Stones - While I liked the look of the terrarium with just the plants and the soil, I decided to add some white aquarium stones. To me it just upped the prettiness factor by creating more of a contrast.
And that is how I made a terrarium that now lives on our coffee table. Luckily our flat gets a whole lot of sun so I didn’t have to give too much thought to where to put it. Altogether it came to:
1 x Glass Bowl - R 59.95
3 x Plants - R 100.80
1 x White Stones - R 49.95
TOTAL - R 210.70
It came in a little higher than buying one but for that price I got three plants instead of one and enough white stones to make another two or three terrariums. I think I am going to start giving them as gifts! Plus, because we live in a flat, I don't get many opportunities to play in the dirt so putting this together myself was very satisfying!! Yay for finally owning a terrarium!