San Francisco summer is just beginning. In November. Even though the sun will soon start melting past the horizon around 5:30pm. No matter. It’s time to add some serious greenery to our apartment.
Wary of bugs and born with a brown thumb, I figured our best bet was a homemade succulent garden. Putting it together was simple and spending time with my hands in the dirt was the best part.
A quick trip to the local nursery yielded a variety of succulents. I went for as many textures, hues and heights as the terrarium would hold. It’s tempting to keep all the plants similar as they’re beautiful in repetitive patterns. But over time, I knew we’d appreciate the differences of each plant type. Using a small bag of potting soil and hand shovel I created a soft dirt bed for plant with deep holes carved out for each. You’ll want each plant’s top to reach almost through the terrarium’s top for maximum plant health and just plain aesthetics.
The terrarium adds some great wood texture while the glass portion gives an unusual window into the soil. It’s important to stick with containers that have a broad, open top as closed glass domes will trap humidity and doom your succulents to a slow, brown death. Plus, you’ll miss the chance to lean over the glass every morning and greet these tiny greens creatures.
Overall, the whole piece creates an organic but sleek experience. Now we wake up to a slightly greener bedroom.
Terrarium | Smith & Hawken