How to Build an Open Air Terrarium

I fell in love with cacti and succulents when I learned that they "survive in an environment of neglect." So if you have a black thumb like me, this is the project for you!

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How to Build an Open Air Terrarium
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A glass dish isn't hard to find, and doesn't need to break the bank. Just make sure it's deep enough for the plants to survive.

A glass dish isn't hard to find, and doesn't need to break the bank. Just make sure it's deep enough for the plants to survive.

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I found this one at Home Goods for only $13! What a steal!

I found this one at Home Goods for only $13! What a steal!

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You'll need pebbles, charcoal (optional), and soil specifically designed for cacti.

You'll need pebbles, charcoal (optional), and soil specifically designed for cacti.

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Start with a 1-2 inch layer of pebbles. Spread evenly.

Start with a 1-2 inch layer of pebbles. Spread evenly.

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About this thick.

About this thick.

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Horticultural charcoal is different from with activated charcoal that is found in a pet store. Some say use it, some say it doesn't work. It is used to absorb toxins and decrease odors.

Horticultural charcoal is different from with activated charcoal that is found in a pet store. Some say use it, some say it doesn't work. It is used to absorb toxins and decrease odors.

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I just sprinkled some of the charcoal, others say an inch or two. It's up to you! 😊 Next is the cacti soil. You'll want this to be quite dry so that it doesn't stick to the bowl.

I just sprinkled some of the charcoal, others say an inch or two. It's up to you! 😊 Next is the cacti soil. You'll want this to be quite dry so that it doesn't stick to the bowl.

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Continue to fill soil almost to the top of the bowl, smoothing out as you go.

Continue to fill soil almost to the top of the bowl, smoothing out as you go.

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Next it's time to plant! Gently break roots at the bottom of the plant. Spread each plant out a few inches or so from each other.

Next it's time to plant! Gently break roots at the bottom of the plant. Spread each plant out a few inches or so from each other.

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Continue same technique for the rest. I mixed cacti, strawflower cactus, aloe vera, and different types of succulents throughout the plant.

Continue same technique for the rest. I mixed cacti, strawflower cactus, aloe vera, and different types of succulents throughout the plant.

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Make sure each plant is steady and covered with soil. Then cover with pebbles. Remember these THRIVE on neglect. Never over water, a shot glass or two once a week is all it needs. And sunlight!

Make sure each plant is steady and covered with soil. Then cover with pebbles. Remember these THRIVE on neglect. Never over water, a shot glass or two once a week is all it needs. And sunlight!

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☀️🌵 Tada! Enjoy! 🌵☀️

☀️🌵 Tada! Enjoy! 🌵☀️

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