Terrarium DIY

Growing up in the desert, we had a variety of succulent plants and cacti growing in our yard. I always thought they looked so beautiful and structured. In DC, however, the atmosphere is much more conducive to flowers and greenery (which does not last long in the dry southern Utah heat) so it is rare to see desert plants. But I managed to bring a little bit of Utah to our balcony with these easy, desert terrariums.

I picked up a few potted succulent plants from the farmer’s market for about $3.

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Next, I filled the bottom of a wide glass vase with rocks (for water drainage). I found this vase for a few dollars at a discount home goods store.

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I topped the rocks with potting soil.

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I placed my plant into the vase. Ideally you want to plant it at the same depth it was growing in the pot (mine is a little high in this vase).

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The farmer told me to water these plants about once a week, maybe even longer if the soil is still moist. This little guy is very low-maintenance.

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And there you have it. A little bit of the desert on our urban patio.

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