Terrarium Craze, Are You In or Out? By Stanley Homes, Custom Builder of Brevard & Volusia Counties

by / Tuesday, 18 February 2014 / Published in Latest Blog Entries - Stanley Homes Inc.
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Terrarium_smallCustom Builder Stanley Homes, of Brevard & Volusia Counties, loves to share new trends with our loyal readers and something we have been seeing a lot of lately is terrariums.  What a great way to bring a little of the outdoors inside your new home and have it be virtually maintenance free?  After doing a little research we compiled a quick and easy way to get started to building your own terrarium to create your own conversation starter in your new custom built home.  We hope you enjoy making them with family and friends of all ages! Let us welcome spring together!

What you will need:

  • A planting container- Check your local home goods store for vases and deep candle holders.  Decided whether or not you would prefer your terrarium to be enclosed or not.
  • Activated charcoal- You can pick this up anywhere they sell aquarium supplies.  This keeps the soil fresh in containers that do not have drainage holes for the water to escape
  • Soil (light)
  • Pebbles or gravel
  • Sheet Moss
  • Gloves
  • Decorations

Clean your container out thoroughly and apply a generous 1” layer of charcoal and pebbles (or gravel) to the bottom. Next add the sheet moss, this will keep the soil from slipping through and help with water absorption.  You should wear gloves and a long-sleeved shirt to prevent fungal infection; gloves are also helpful when handling charcoal. Add 3-4” inches of soil, lightly packing down to release any air pockets. Start adding your plants, shake the roots to break up and poke holes in soil where you want to plant. (Need help with choosing your plants, click here) After you have added the plants the choice is yours if you want to add any other decorations.  Lightly water your terrarium and you’re done! As far as any further maintenance goes open air terrariums can be watered occasionally, closed terrariums will need to be watered every week. Remove any infected, dying plants right away and be careful when pruning any dead leaves or steams that grow over your container. Read up on how much light your plants need as well which will help you to decide exactly where you will display the terrarium.

 

East Coast, FL Home Builder Stanley Homes – Jason Stanley, OWNER Stanley Homes is one of the areas fastest growing new home builders. We specialize in affordable custom homes on the East Coast of Florida in areas including Melbourne, Fl., New Smyrna Beach, Fl., Suntree, Fl., Viera, Fl., Rockledge, Fl., Malabar, Fl., Titusville, Fl.,  and throughout Brevard & Volusia County, Fl. Call us 321-684-7761

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