Indoor gardening: how to build a terrarium

Succulents and cacti are back! We absolutely love this trend at Feather and Nest. And not just because even the most amateur gardeners can keep them alive! We love that you can bring a little bit of the outside indoors with this retro botanical trend.

Nail the indoor gardening trend with Green & Wild

If you’ve popped into our Wallingford store recently, you’ll see that cacti prints and designs are a big feature of our summer collection. And now we’ve gone one step further and launched our very own brand: Green & Wild.

green and wild

We hand-select interesting planters and terrariums of all sizes and textures to fill with succulents and cacti. They make perfect gifts for friends (or yourself) and will add character to any room. Plus, we tell you how to look after each plant – it really is that simple. We like to call them ‘plants with attitude’!

cactus selection

For those of you who want to try their hand at botany, we also offer a great range of empty planters for you to fill with plants yourself. Terrariums are the ultimate way to display your succulents and cacti to stay up-to-date with this season’s interior trends. You could opt for a stunning hanging glass terrarium to give your decor some height, or an eye-catching table-top centrepiece.  Choosing a planter is the easy part! How do you go about building a terrarium? And what will you need to make one?

How to make a terrarium with Feather and Nest

It’s really simple to build an open-air terrarium, but you will need the right ‘ingredients’ to keep your plants healthy and happy. Feather and Nest have put together this easy guide to help you fill your beautiful new planters.

You will need:

  • A glass terrarium or planter from Feather and Nest
  • A selection of cacti or succulents
  • Cacti and succulent potting soil (we recommend John Innes No. 2)
  • Sheet moss (optional)
  • Gravel or small pebbles
  • Thin latex gloves to protect your hands from prickles!

terrariumStep-by-step guide on building a terrarium 

Begin building your open-air terrarium by creating a drainage layer with the gravel or small pebbles. This should be around 1 to 2 inches in depth. Drainage is important as succulents and cacti come from arid climates that don’t like to be overwatered.

terrarium stonesNow you’re ready to add your soil. You’ll need 3-4 inches of soil, or more, depending on how large your terrarium and plants are.

terrarium soil

terrarium soil

Make a small well for each plant with your fingers and add more soil after adding each one. Pat down and compact the new soil around the plants.

make terrarium

terrarium patting soil

Add a sprinkle of gravel or any other decorative touches and your terrarium is ready!

terrarium pebbles

finished terrarium

Have you been inspired to give building a terrarium a go? We hope so! But, if you’re not feeling very green-fingered, remember we have lots of pre-planted terrariums for you in-store.

We look forward to seeing you and showing you our new succulent and cacti collection, Green & Wild. Happy gardening!

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