How to Keep Succulents in Hanging Glass Terrariums Healthy


Succulents are a great choice for hanging glass terrariums because they don't require much maintenance. Sometimes it can be difficult to water plants in hanging terrariums due to the shape of the terrarium or its height, so only having to water them once every one to two weeks is a huge benefit. Succulents also come in a variety of sizes, allowing you to mix and match sizes and styles of hanging glass terrariums in your garden. Here's how to keep your succulents happy and healthy.

Use a Spray Rod to Water Your Plants Once Every 1–2 Weeks When the Soil Is Dry

The best way to keep your succulents watered correctly is to mimic the conditions they would experience in the desert. Fill the bottom of your terrarium with gravel followed by a layer of sandy soil designed for succulents as your soil base. Using a spray rod, reach inside the hanging glass terrarium and fully saturate the soil with water, making sure to spread the water evenly. Stop watering when water begins to leak into the gravel underneath the soil layer.

Remember that terrariums don't drain, so you need to be careful not to overwater your plants or create a pool of water in the gravel layer. You will need to re-water your succulents whenever the soil is completely dry. This depends on the humidity level of your home, but usually takes between one and two weeks.

You can tell that you are overwatering your succulents if the leaves become spongy, similar in texture to the inside of an artichoke. This is very dangerous for your plants, because the moist leaves provide an ideal area for bacteria to grow. Your succulents are used to living in the desert—they don't need much water to thrive.

Keep Succulents in Glass Terrariums Away From Direct Sunlight, but in Ample Natural Light

Sunlight is one of the trickiest things to get right with succulents, especially when they are in a terrarium. If they're not getting enough sunlight, they will begin to wilt and lose color in their leaves, ruining their appearance. They will also begin to grow in tilted directions searching for a source of sunlight, which can make them look strange. However, direct sunlight can rapidly heat up the interior of a terrarium, which will cause the leaves to dry out.

You should hang your succulents in a well-lit area that receives at most two hours of direct sunlight a day in order to avoid your plants drying out while keeping their colors vibrant. Adjacent to windows or patio doors are an ideal location.

One thing to watch for, especially with DIY hanging glass terrariums, is that sunlight can refract off concave areas of the terrarium to create an intense beam of light, similar to a magnifying glass. This can become hot enough to burn holes in your succulents—you'll have to reposition them if you notice this happening.

Planting succulents in hanging terrariums is a great way to liven up an indoor space with beautiful, colorful plants that require very little maintenance. As long as you keep them out of harsh sunlight and avoid over-watering them, your succulents will remain healthy and their leaves will grow into vibrant colors.


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