- (1) 6" Hanging Glass Globe Terrarium
- (2) 2” Succulents
- (1) small (xs)? bag Soil
- (1) small bag River Gravel
- (1) extra small bag Charcoal
- (1) extra small bag Lava Rock
- (1) extra small bag Reindeer Moss
- (1) Wooden Pick
Congratulations on your purchase of a Succulent-Plants.com DIY hanging terrarium! Please carefully remove your succulents from their packaging upon arrival, handling them with care to avoid damaging the leaves. Your succulents can be kept in a bright windowsill and watered weekly until the kit is ready to be used. Upon arrival, we ask that you check to make sure all listed components are included and that the terrarium has arrived undamaged.
- When ready to assemble your hanging succulent terrarium, prepare your work area on a level surface with enough space to spread out materials. If this project is being completed by a single person, make sure to have all bagged materials already open, in arm’s reach, and out of the way.
- Clean the glass container using rubbing alcohol and rinse well. To avoid leaving oil smudges on the glass throughout the process, it is suggested to thoroughly wash your hands—especially fingertips!
- While holding the globe with the opening angled slightly upwards, pour half of the first small bag of River Gravel into your clean, dry container. Evenly spread the pebbles across the bottom of the terrarium by lightly raking your fingers across the top. These stones will act as drainage, keeping your succulent roots dry and happy.
- Evenly sprinkle the charcoal pieces across the top of the pebble layer. Taking this step will help keep the hard mineral content of the soil and rocks low, discourage the growth of algae or bad bacteria, and even prevent certain bugs.
- Empty the bag of soil into the container and gently spread with hand to create a thin layer across the drainage pebbles, focusing more towards the back. It can also be helpful to slightly lift the terrarium and barely drop it against your work surface a few times to settle the soil.
- To remove a succulent from its container, give the pot a few light squeezes to release the roots and gently pull while holding the plant on its side. If the plant does not easily pop out, hold the pot upside down with one hand while cradling the succulent in the other, using gravity and if need be, slightly pulling with your bottom hand to gently slide the plant and its roots into your fingers.
- If the roots are well developed, you will need to remove most of the soil by gently rolling the rooted clump and releasing the soil by working your fingers through the roots. Pieces will inevitably break off during this process, which does not hurt the plant. You can place the plants back into their pots after doing this with each succulent.
- Now it’s time to start considering your terrarium landscape! We have included an easily re-creatable example, or you can take your own creative design route. One way to plan your design is by first holding the succulents in the terrarium to see which you would like where and at what angle.
- During the planting process, you may need to hold the terrarium with the opening facing a bit upwards to prevent soil and gravel from spilling out.
- Create a divot where the first succulent will go, usually the biggest or tallest. Holding the succulent with the roots going downwards from your fingers, gently work it into the layers of soil, charcoal, and pebbles without touching the bottom. Using your other hand, carefully pour River Gravel from the lip of the bag to cover exposed roots. Continue this on all sides to stabilize the succulent and direct the angle it faces: equal amounts on all sides will face the plant upwards while varying amounts will set the succulent at an angle.
- Create another divot for your second succulent, being careful not to uproot the one already planted. Gently wiggle the succulent into place and then using the provided wooden pick, carefully push the roots down into the soil. There should be a small amount of River Gravel left to be spread across the top, which can be done by tilting the globe back and letting it fall across the surface or by using a funnel.
- Whichever way you place the gravel, pieces will likely get stuck in between the succulent leaves. These can be removed by carefully using the provided wooden pick.
- Give your freshly planted succulents about an ounce of water, focusing on their bases
- To finish off your design, use the provided moss and lava rocks to accent your design.
- Place your terrarium in a bright location that does not receive direct sun for any longer than 30 minutes a day.
- Watering frequency depends on the amount of light the plants receive. Being in a terrarium the humidity is already higher, which lessens their need to be watered through the roots. If in a warmer or sunnier spot, the water is quicker to evaporate, and the terrarium will need more frequent watering. Pay attention to the dampness of the rocks at the base and only water when they are totally dry or if the succulent leaves are starting to soften at all.