Bring the outside in and create a mini garden that has maximum impact with a terrarium, succulents and a couple of cacti. Here's how

How to create a mini garden with a terrarium, succulents and cacti.

Create an indoor garden with a terrarium

You will need:

  • Terrariums
  • Succulents and cacti
  • Gravel
  • Soil suitable for succulents
  • Spoon
  • Gardening gloves if handling cacti

Copper, glass and iron terrariums (in foreground), £12 and £8, B&Q ( Metal votive, £15, Amara ( Succulents, cacti and soil, available from Wyevale Garden Centres (

1. Clean the terrarium thoroughly with soapy water and dry with a clean tea towel.

2. Pour in some gravel, as this is essential for drainage. You can use any type of gravel – we’ve used white stones from an aquatic centre as they tend to have a more decorative selection.

3. Either pour the soil into the terrarium or use a spoon for ease. Once you’re happy with the amount, press the soil down with the back of the spoon.

4. Create a small well for your plant to sit in, either with the spoon or your fingers. Tip out the succulent from its pot and shake off the excess soil, making sure not to break the root.

If you’re handling cacti, we recommend wearing gardening gloves – those spikes are sharp!

5. Carefully place the plant into the well. Push the soil up around it to keep it in position, you might find that using the spoon helps.

6. Continue adding plants in this way, terrariums are usually quite small so you won’t be able to fit many in.

7. Once you’re happy with the arrangement, carefully sprinkle in some more of the gravel or stones to cover all the soil. You can also add decorative stones or sand at this stage.

8. Don’t be tempted to water the plants straight away, they need a little time to adapt to their new soil, so wait about a week before you water them.

Use a water spray so you don’t flood the plants. They’re pretty hardy, so watering them every three weeks to once a month should be sufficient. And remember to give them plenty of sunshine.

Our top tip

You can create a terrarium in all sorts of containers, from a large mason jar to a glass jug. Glass works well as you can see all of the layers.