Terrariums are a great way to make any space a little greener, and even someone with a brown thumb can create and maintain a terrarium. The plants are kept under glass in their own mini-ecosystem, so you don't have to worry about watering.

Things You Will Need

~bell jar and some kind of base/ a lidded glass jar


~activated charcoal



Step 1

Arrange rocks on your base in an attractive fashion, and add some activated charcoal. The activated charcoal will prevent the closed-up environment from developing a funky smell. Next add some soil to give your moss a surface to grow into and draw moisture from. You don't need a thick layer of soil--just enough between the rocks for the moss to sit on.

Step 2

Place your moss on the soil. If it's already moist, you can place the bell jar over the base, or put the lid on the jar. If you think it feels a bit dry, you can sprinkle some water on your moss before closing up your terrarium. Either way, it's not a big deal. If the terrarium is dry, you can add water at any point. If there's a lot of condensation building up on the glass walls, you can remove the lid and let the terrarium air out for a bit. Once you've completed these steps, you're ready to display your creation for everyone's enjoyment. If you can handle a moss terrarium, you might want to move on to more complex plants such as ferns, which thrive in high-moisture environments.

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