It’s January in NW Wisconsin, that means cold… but one of the best ways I know to ward off the winter blues is to garden. Obviously there won’t be any gardening outside these days up here, but indoor gardening will work just fine, and these charming hanging terrariums are perfect for that! Here’s where to get them, and a few tips to hopefully grow some healthy plants in them…
First of all, where to get the actual glass hanging terrariums? Well, I’ve seen them a few places, but by far, the best deal I’ve seen on them, (and where I got these 2 from) is here: hanging glass terrarium . I ordered them online and they shipped out to me in a few days. They have round styles and these teardrop shapes, in a couple of sizes… but you better hurry, they are on CLEARANCE!
We have a bay window in our breakfast room where I already had an antique mason jar stained glass art piece hanging, and I decided that these would compliment that well. I simply screwed in a couple of cup hooks in the wood ceiling of the bay window, (after pre-drilling hole first)
The twine rope that came attached on them was a little too short, so I grabbed some leftover chain from the junk drawer… not sure that I’ll keep that like that though… maybe just longer pieces of either twine or chain without mixing the two would look better.
Now for the actual planting of the terrariums…
Obviously there’s not drainage in a hanging terrarium like these, so to give a little help with drainage, I first added some small rocks to the bottom.
Then for a little more drainage security, I added a bit of this cactus potting mix that I had leftover from repotting my jade plant.
It’s designed to allow the water to quickly flow through it, to help prevent roots from rotting by sitting in water.
I added a couple spoonfuls of this potting mix on the top.
Both of these potting mix styles are available online here: potting soil
There, all ready for a few plants. Here’s a tip: see how I have the terrarium setting in a bowl? With the rounded bottom of the hanging terrarium, that’s the only way I found it possible to pot and still have 2 free hands.
In goes the first plant. I chose only 2 mini plants for these terrariums. I actually started out by buying a small fern, but once I tried to put that in, it looked ridiculously large and overgrown… so think small… real small, when you’re picking out plants for these containers.
Next I carefully put in spoonfuls of soil around that newly potted plant.
Some plants can be easily split, depending on their roots.
This low growing ground cover is the perfect type of plant to split.
Half of the ground cover was added to each of the hanging terrariums, favoring the front, sides.
Once the two plants were in, I added a line of rock and a couple of faux moss covered rocks for a little more visual interest. When I was in the greenhouse, I was debating if I was going to add a few items, more in the fairy garden theme, but I decided that these would look better as just natural organic textural terrariums.
Here’s another tip: for watering the plants in these hanging terrariums, a mister sprayer type is the way to go. That way you avoid dumping in too much water.
I love the way they look. The textural organic inside the smooth contemporary glass is a fun juxtaposition.
And the two hanging terrariums look great hanging next to the antique mason jar stained glass art too!
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