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Make A Terrarium!

At Easy Little Plants in Olney, Maryland, you can make your very own terrarium in  a repurposed glass jar! On this page, you'll find the instructions and explanations for each step.

1. Choose your jar

Choose a jar from the supply shelf and bring it to the center table,  Place your jar on a placemat and let's get started!

4. Pick your plants

Leave your terrarium at the center table, head over to the supply shelf, and grab a pair of tongs and a plate. Using the tongs, gently pick up 3 baby plants and 2 clumps of live moss. Place them on your plate. and bring them back to the center table.

7. Add akadama

Add 2 spoonfuls of akadama to the surface of your terrarium's soil. Try not to get it on top of your plants. Spray the terrarium 3 more times. You can use the spray bottle to get akadama off of your plants if some ended up there by accident.

2. shred coconut chips

shred coconut chips into strips  using the pads of your fingers. Let the strips fall into your jar. Shimmy your container side to side to settle the strips.  Measure with the cat ruler, creating a layer about 3 centimeters high.

5. Plant a garden

Using the bear tools, poke a hole in the soil of your jar. Use the tongs to plant one of your plants, placing the bottom of the stem into the hole. Repeat this with your other two plants. Your plants might have some roots on higher parts of the stem. These are called aerial roots, and they don't need to be buried.

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Use the tongs to place your moss clumps in the terrarium. Press them down a bit so they make good contact with the top of the soil.

3. Add the fine-grained soil 

Add four level shovel scoops of the fine-grained soil mix. Shimmy your jar side to side to settle it. If you see bugs, they're friendly! They're tiny crustaceans called springtails and they keep your terrarium clean. Give the soil inside your jar 3 sprays with the water bottle. 

6. Add the moss

Use the tongs to place your moss clumps in the terrarium. Press them down a bit so they make good contact with the top of the soil.

6. Add the moss

Use the tongs to place your moss clumps in the terrarium. Press them down a bit so they make good contact with the top of the soil.

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