Affordable Plant Gift Idea – Succulent in a Jar. The perfect DIY present, a cute plant terrarium. It is fun and easy to do, and most people will love this gift. Even kids can make this great gift for parents, friends or teachers. Choose a clear, smooth glass container, it offers the best view of the plants inside. Open containers are ideal for plants that prefer less humidity, like cacti and succulents. Closed containers is best for moss and miniture fern, because they hold more humidity and create a jungle-like atmosphere.
Affordable Plant Gift Idea – Succulent in a Jar:
You will need:
Activated charcoal (for a jar that has a lid – charcoal in the base layer increase the air quality)
Potting Mix / Well-draining Succulent Soil if using Succulents
Plants (any succulent, and moss or Old Man’s Beard air plant)
Decorative White Stones
Affordable Plant Gift Idea – Succulent in a Jar – Steps to Follow:
- Place drainage stones in the bottom of the jar.
- Cover stones with a layer of charcoal (this filters the toxins when the jar is closed).
- Put soil on top of the charcoal, leaving enough space for the succulent.
- Plant your succulent, making sure you have the stem firmly grounded.
- Arrange white decorative stones around the succulent.
- Cover the stones with a portion of moss or Old Man’s Beard – laying it lightly on top of the stones.
- Close the terrarium.
- Cut a ribbon and tie it neatly around the jar lid.
Affordable Plant Gift Idea – Succulent in a Jar – Care Instructions:
- Place your terrarium in an area with lots of light, but not in direct sunlight.
- Check your terrarium for condensation droplets, if that happens, open the jar and let the excess moisture evaporate.
- Use a spray bottle to water your terrarium, and don’t over water – a collection of water at the bottom is too much.
- Watering once a week is good enough.
Ideal Plants for Terrariums:
Cacti and Succulents:
Cacti and succulents go well together, emulating a desert landscape. Good drainage and air circulation needed.
Baby’s Tear Houseplant (Helxine soleirolii):
Low growing plant with moss-like appearance, small round green leaves on fleshy stems, moderate daylight.
Most ferns are forest or woodland plants, needs moisture and humid conditions, keep in shady places, emulating rainforests.
Fittonia Nerve Houseplant (Fittonia argyroneura, from the Acanthaceae family):
Easy to grow and care for, tropical, low growing and trailing plant, striking leaves of pink and green, white and green, or green and red.
Venus Fly Trap (Dionaea muscipula):
Moisture loving, slightly acidic soil (peat moss), carnivorous plant, ideal for open terrarium to ensure that it can capture insects.