Grandad Pete loves getting Little Frosties out and about in the garden, allotments or indoor plants by helping out with all things green!

A terrarium is a mini forest enclosed in its own little world. You can easily make a beautiful terrarium at home.

You want all the plants inside your terrarium to thrive in the same kind of environment. For this terrarium we will be using all succulents (including cactus), as they need very little water and will love an open container as they like a lot of air.

For your terrarium, you will need:

  • Clear open glass container. For example, aquarium of any size, goldfish bowl, biscuit jar, pickle jar, vase with a broad bottom etc.
  • Rocks (around marble sized, depending on the size of container)
  • Potting Soil
  • Small plants of different colours, shapes, & textures. Try to get miniature plants that aren’t going to grow too big for the container

  • Moss
  • Decorative rocks or pebbles, or both
  • Fun décor, like tiny pinecones, shells, ceramic animals, or a garden gnome.


  • Step 1: Start with a layer of rocks, about one inch or so, at the bottom of your container. These will help the soil drainage, so the roots of your plants won’t get water-logged.
  • Step 2: Fill the container half-full of potting soil.
  • Step 3: Plant your plants. When you remove them from their little pots, carefully tease the roots apart and remove some of the old soil so they will fit nicely in the terrarium. Arrange them to look nice. Leave some space for them to breathe and grow. Pat down the soil so they don’t get uprooted easily.
  • Step 4: Add decorative pebbles, rocks, pinecones, or whatever to make your terrarium look like a little garden world.
  • Step 5: Water the plants, but not too much, and place in indirect light.