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How to make a terrarium or verrine with succulents (use color sand)

Succulent plants have the extraordinary feature of being able to live on their reserves for months without showing any signs of thirst or dieback. Their reserves are in their leaves full of sap, they will serve them to produce their root system at the end of their stem. These will slowly invest the sand of your terrarium, maybe you can see them appear through the verrine ….
A day will come, your succulents will have drawn all that they can in their reserves and the sand serving them as support of culture will not be enough any more to feed them. It can take sometimes 6 months, sometimes 1 year, depending on the temperature and lighting conditions of your house or apartment. It will then remove them from the verrine with their roots and replant them in a suitable substrate. They can then redo new reserves, and push generously to produce new stems that will make new cuttings to recompose your verrines!

Equipment

materials to make a terrarium
Materials to make a terrarium

To make your verrine or your terrarium you need:

  • A verrine or a glass terrarium
  • Natural sands or colored according to your taste
  • Fine natural or colored gravel
  • Some succulent cuttings

 

First step: The sand

The first step in making your terrarium or verrine is the layering of the different layers of natural and colored sands that will serve as a substrate for your succulent cuttings.

Bring a teaspoon to pour the sand into your verrine.

 

colored sand at the bottom of the materials to make a terrarium

Start with a first layer of sand of the color of your choice. The first layer is usually thicker than the following ones. Then take another sand of different color and pour it gently over the first layer. And so on with the other sands.

 

step 1 : cream colored sand in the terrarium step 2 : brown colored sand over the white sand in the terrariumstep 3 : red colored sand over the brown sand in the terrariumstep 4 : white colored sand over the red sand in the terrariumstep 5 :fine gravel the last layer  in the terrarium

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The fine gravel is always disposed at the end in the last  superposition.

It is in this one that we will plant succulent cuttings.

 

 

 

 

Second step: The cuttings

The second step is the planting of the cuttings. Nothing’s easier…..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First select the cuttings you wish to arrange together in your terrarium.

Once your selection is done, prick the cuttings in the sand one after the other. We advise you to start with the highest cuttings and to stitch them in the center of your composition. The other cuttings will then be stitched around the first, the stems always turned towards the center of the composition.

 

Your composition is done! You can arrange it or you want it in your interior. Preferably a bright corner to avoid the etiolation of plants. But whatever happens, the cuttings will live very long and will quietly root in the sand patiently waiting for one day they are planted in a soil promising them a second life … ..

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The development of your cuttings

succulents root penetrating gravels Your freshly planted cuttings will quietly settle in the sand. Gently they will start to produce some roots that will plunge into their new substrate and invade it. In a few months the roots will be visible through the glass of your verrine.

In this picture on the left we see the roots appear along the walls of a verrine. What magic! Not a drop of water for months and months, and they have found enough energy to do this miracle !!!!!

This Echeveria agavoides in a verrine

 

And yes !!! This Echeveria agavoides is in its verrine for over 9 months now !!!!

Oh of course he starts to blush and show that he has already seriously drawn from his reserves, but the energy he still has a lot, and is not ready to wither!

It is still beautiful and is still leaving to decorate my house for many good weeks, maybe even several months!

In the middle of nature, in its environment of origin, the conditions are sometimes much harder … .. Hard to believe, but nevertheless very true !!!!!!!

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