Make a Hanging Terrarium for Mother’s Day!

This week, we celebrated Mother’s Day at Greenwood. The children were so excited to have their Mums, Aunties, Grandmothers and Carers join them, either for breakfast or afternoon tea! Our little friends had prepared a thoughtful gift before the Mums arrived but as part of the celebrations, the Mums and their children made beautiful hanging terrariums together!

 

What is a Terrarium?

A terrarium is a glass enclosure for plants. The glass walls allow light and heat to reach the plant, while the bubble-like structure generates humidity. This humidity will turn into water droplets, which in turn helps to keep the plants hydrated.

For this activity, the children of Greenwood will be creating open terrariums that can either be placed on a ledge, or hung up to a tree branch or awning by string. We’ll be using succulent plants, which are suited to dry environments – hence the open terrarium.

 

How to Make a Terrarium

These are the materials we’ll be using:

  • Small glass vessels with wide openings
  • Succulent soil
  • Sand
  • Spoons (tablespoon size)
  • Small pebbles
  • Succulent plants
  • String

(You should be able to source these materials from a florist or a hardware store).

Next, follow these steps to bring your creation to life:

  1. Make sure that the succulent soil and sand are in child-friendly containers – making it easy for people with little hands to reach.
  2. Put two spoonfuls of soil into the base of the terrarium and pat down gently.
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  3. Next, put two spoonfuls of sand into the base of the terrarium. You should end up with about 1cm of soil and sand coating the base.
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  4. Place your succulent in the centre and gently press into the sand.
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  5. For decoration, place about 8 pebbles around the succulent.
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  6. Tie a piece of string to the top of the terrarium. You can now hang it up in a sunny spot!
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How to Care For Your Succulent

Succulents thrive in the desert, so you’ll need to give them an environment with lots of indirect natural light and low moisture levels.

The terrarium should generate enough moisture to keep your succulent hydrated, however if it looks dry, you can give it around one shot glass of water per month.

Make sure that the succulent’s location gets a balance of light and shade – the glass will intensify the sun’s rays, so be careful not to let it get sunburnt over summer.

 

Happy Mother’s Day!

We’d just like to take this opportunity to wish all the mums out there a great mother’s day – we hope you get to spend it with your favourite people. 🙂

Author: Louise Carter

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