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Succulents Terrariums

Making beautiful terrariums is a perfect way to bring the outside indoors during the winter months.

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, January 2008


Care Tips:
1. Give the terrarium direct sunlight every day for at least five or six hours.
2. Water the terrarium every two weeks.
3. The water should freely drain to the bottom. After watering, there should not be more than an inch of water visible in the gravel at the bottom.
4. Fertilize only in the summer (May through September.)
5. Use half the fertilizer indicated in the box's instructions every other watering, which will be about once a month.

Succulents We Used:
Aloe marlothii: thick leaves edged with brown teeth, 2- to 3-inch orange spike of flowers.
Cotyledon orbiculata: 1- to 2-inch silvery circular leaves, red bell-shaped flowers.
Crassula lycopodioides: 6-inch-tall spires, spreading lime-green.
Echeveria species: 6-inch Rosettes of blue-grey leaves, tall hot pink and orange flower spike.
Lewisia cotyledon 'Sunset Strain': 10-inch mixed colors, native to California.
Orostachys iwarenge 'Chinese Dunce Cap': tiny rosettes form spires as they grow.
Sedum spurium 'Voodoo': mahogany foliage, 6-inch rosy-red flower heads.
Senecio mandraliscae: 2-inch-tall spiky blue foliage.

All plants used are from Annie's Annuals. You can find gravel in an array of textures and hues in the fish tank department at pet stores.


  • Arrangement of succulents

  • Glass container with wide opening

  • Gravel

  • Cactus mix soil

  • Sand

  • Fertilizer

  • Straw

  • Accents or garden ornaments: cement mushrooms; iron birds and snails; large river rocks; and glass bugs and spiders


  1. Pick out succulents that you would like to use in your terrarium.

  2. Select a glass container. Remember to choose a container with a wide opening to prevent accumulation of moisture.

  3. Place a 2-inch layer of gravel on the bottom of container; this provides drainage.

  4. Place a layer of cactus mix soil, a fast-draining soil that retains little moisture.

  5. Remove plants from pots and place roots in soil.

  6. Add layer of sand.

  7. Using a straw, blow into vessel to create windswept bluffs.

  8. Add accents or garden ornaments, such as cement mushrooms; iron birds and snails; large river rocks; and glass bugs and spiders.

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