A moss terrarium is one of the loveliest displays that a plant enthusiast can create. When filled with green growth of various types, it looks like a magical forest that has been captured a jar. In reality, it is a live work of art and a stunning ecosystem that practically takes care of itself. Making one is a lot of fun, especially when it contains more than just live growth. Use my creative ideas for making a moss terrarium, and fill it with tiny decor, fairy miniatures and more.
To begin making a moss terrarium you will need a clear glass container with a lid that seals. I prefer the flip top latched variety with a rubber ring. You will also need a mixture of half sand and half soil, distilled water, activated charcoal and live sphagnum moss. You will find activated charcoal in discount stores that sell aquarium supplies. Also required is a misting bottle and tepid water.
When making a decorative moss terrarium you can add small pieces of wood that look like fallen tree trunks, a few eye catching stones, a miniature item or two and a couple of tender young plants. As the photos show, you can add tiny faux toadstools, a pewter treasure chest or other eye catching additions. Fairy garden supplies are also ideal when making a moss terrarium. Search online for fairy garden decor for additional decorative options and display ideas.
Activated charcoal will help maintain a healthy environment in your terrarium. Rinse it in a strainer or on a piece of cheesecloth to remove any dust or small particles. Add it to the terrarium before adding the soil.
After adding a layer of activated charcoal, fill the glass container halfway with a sand and soil blend. Some people recommend placing soil on top of the moss, but I prefer not to cover it. Also, do not add the moss right away. It is best to rinse it to remove any debris including unwanted pebbles and insect life. Rinsing it in slightly cool water will also refresh it.
Next, lightly mist the soil with room temperature water. Plant the moss by placing it on the loose soil. Keep in mind that moss does not have roots like other plants. It will eventually take hold, and it will thrive and grow.
If desired, add a small plant or two around the perimeter of the moss. Lightly mist the surface, and add decor of your choice. The terrarium will retain the moisture after the lid is closed, and it will only require a light misting should the jar no longer appear to hold tiny drops of moisture. I misted my terrarium about once every 30 days, and it thrived near a window that received just a few hours of indirect lighting.
Source: Personal and Professional Home Design and Crafting Experience