Terrarium Tools and Supplies

Terrariums are becoming more and more popular, bringing greenery and tranquility into indoor spaces in a low-maintenance, self-contained system. As their popularity increases there is a corresponding increase in the number of people assembling their own terrariums. While building and caring for your own terrarium isn’t a difficult task, having the appropriate tools and supplies will make it even easier!

Tools and Supplies

Building or tending to your terrarium is slightly more challenging than working with typical houseplants or container plants due to the small opening in the glass vessel. This makes it necessary to have some dedicated tools and supplies on hand to make the process easier.

The following items can be purchased from a variety of retailers, and many are in your home already. If you choose to use items you already have make sure they are cleaned well before you use them, to prevent contaminating the terrarium.

  • Funnel
    Getting messy stuff such as potting soil, sand, other growing media, or topdressing items, into their intended spot can be tricky because of the small opening in your terrarium. Various diameter funnels make this easier, directing the media exactly where you want it to go. Funnels also help to direct water when your terrarium needs moisture.
  • Colander
    When adding rocks or small pebbles to your terrarium, it’s important to wash everything well first. Having a colander on hand with fairly small holes allows you to quickly and easily run the stones under some water to rinse them off before use.
  • Spoon/scoop
    Useful for a variety of reasons, it’s good to have some spoons or scoops available when planting your terrarium. Spoons can be used for digging depressions to plant into, as well as cradling a delicate rootball when placing plants into your terrarium. Scoops help make adding rocks, or other growing media much easier and less messy.
  • Scissors
    At some point, it may be necessary to trim/prune some of the plants within the terrarium (or even before planting them). A pair of long-handled scissors making snipping off overgrown or unhealthy plant materials much easier. If possible, look for a pair with a slight curve at the end to make pruning easier.
  • Tweezers/tongs
    A pair of long-handled tweezers or tongs will be one of the most used tools in your toolbox. Use them to remove unwanted pests or dead leaves, or move plants around when you are building the terrarium.
  • Chopsticks/bamboo skewers
    Having a sturdy set of chopsticks or bamboo skewers on hand allows you to maneuver rocks or moss into place when used together or individually.
  • Tamper
    After adding sand or potting media to your terrarium, or putting plants into their designated place a tamper allows you to gently compact the media, getting rid of air pockets that could “sink” at some point down the road. You can easily make your own by putting a corkscrew or piece of rigid foam on the end of a skewer or chopstick.
  • Soft bristled brush
    A soft bristled brush is useful for “sweeping” debris off the foliage of plants and keeping everything looking neat and tidy. Long handled paintbrushes work well for this task as long as they have flexible, feathery bristles
  • Small rake
    Of all of the tools and supplies, this is probably the most optional one. A miniature, long-handled rake can be used to spread out and level off the surface of sand or potting mix after they are added to your terrarium.
  • Spray bottle
    Having a spray bottle with a misting pattern is one of the best ways to water your terrarium. A gentle mist every now and then will keep your plants happy and healthy without disrupting the rest of the design with a concentrated stream from a watering can. The spray bottle is also useful for removing dust and debris off of plant foliage.

 

Building or tending to your terrarium is slightly more challenging than working with typical houseplants or container plants due to the small opening in the glass vessel. This makes it necessary to have some dedicated tools and supplies on hand to make the process easier.

 

Conclusion

With any project, starting with a good set of tools will make everything go more smoothly; building and caring for your terrarium is no exception. The above list of terrarium tools and supplies covers the basic items you should have on hand to create and maintain your terrarium.