Wow your friends and family with a garden gift that almost takes care of itself – an adorable succulent terrarium.

Terrariums continue to grow in popularity year after year. A look at the many inspirational designs across social media will prove this trend is not just a fad. But, let’s be honest – a traditional terrarium with the same tired plants and structures doesn’t wow the way it used to.

Instead, why not try something a little unconventional, or downright rebellious if you’re an avid gardener – succulent terrariums. Why is it rebellious? Well, succulents aren’t ideal plants for terrariums. In fact, they are the opposite of the ideal terrarium plant. They need little water, rot quickly and hate high humidity.

But, with a couple of adjustments, you can make an adorable succulent terrarium that will certainly last longer than a few weeks, hopefully more. They make wonderful gifts for special occasions or, if you’re like me, you can just keep them all to yourself.

succulent terrarium

You will need

  • Coarse gravel
  • Activated charcoal
  • Succulent soil mix
  • Fine gravel
  • Succulents
  • Glass jars

How to plant a succulent terrarium

Make sure the jar is clean and free of debris before you start. Add a thick layer of coarse gravel to the base, followed by a thin layer of activated charcoal. Layer as much succulent soil mix as needed for the size of your jar and cover with a thin layer of fine gravel.

Remove the succulents from their existing container and loosen to roots to remove any soil. Slowly lower them into the container with your hand or a pair of tweezers, gently pressing the roots into the soil. Add a small amount of water, dripped into the container through a straw to prevent rotting.

succulent terrarium

Care Tips

  • Water sparingly against the side of the jar with a straw to prevent root rot.
  • The lids on succulent terrariums should always remain open.
  • Ensure any decorations are water-resistant and sealed to prevent mould growth and damage. 

Images by Shannon Viljoen