Popular Posts

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Mixing Soil for a Terrarium

I generally recommend a ratio of about two parts potting soil to one part sand for a terrarium.  I find this mix promotes drainage but still retains enough moisture to keep humidity-loving plants like ferns and moss happy.  Watch out for potting soil loaded with fertilizer (like the one in the photo).  You don't want terrarium plants kicking into hyper-grow mode and outgrowing your terrarium vessel.

Soil mix with water added
Only mix a little water into your soil mix prior to adding it to your terrarium.  Very wet soil will be difficult to add into a narrow-necked vessel and it is always easier to add more water to a terrarium than remove it later!

I'll be sharing an ultra-insider, expert tip to remedy an overwatered terrarium tomorrow so stay tuned!


  1. I am having a hard time finding a good potting soil without fertilizer or moisture control additives lately.

    1. I wonder if an organic soil or something along those lines might come without the fertilizer?


Let's hear it!