People have definitely heard the word “Terrarium” before but might not understand what exactly goes into making one. Terrariums are self-sustaining ecosystems that generate their own climate, water cycle, and environment within a self-contained container. We are here to help you construct the perfect terrarium for your home!

Terrariums are miniature Gardens enclosed in glass or clear plastic. Access to outside air is typically strictly limited or non-existent (in closed terrariums) Moisture by plants is given off through transpiration, which then condenses on the glass walls and runs down to moisten the soil. The key to repeating this process and having your terrarium become self-sustaining is to create a seal at the top so that moisture and humidity do not escape the confines of the glass container.

Step 1: Picking your Container

A good terrarium container is anything that is clear and has a cover, or a cover can be placed on it. Look for the perfect glass or plastic container that matches the decor of your home. The opening of the glass can be big or small, depending on what size plants you prefer to add. Many household items make perfect terrariums such as glass bottles, jars, empty candle holders, etc.

Step 2: Constructing your Terrarium

The key to making a healthy environment in your terrarium is to work in layers. Each layer of a terrarium serves a specific purpose for the transpiration cycle to become self-sustaining.

Step 3: Build your Terrarium

No special tools are needed to plant your terrarium, silverware will work just fine (unless you are planting in a narrow opening or a long-necked bottle). You should begin by adding your preferred plants. Simply dig a small hole and use a spoon to cover the roots with soil. For a more interesting design, use an odd number of plants. this will heighten the organic nature of the terrarium. Try not to crowd the plants too much as they will grow into each other.

After you have added your plants, there are a number of different decorative options that can be added to a terrarium to really enhance the aesthetic you are going for. If you are trying to create a more naturalistic environment, sticks and rocks are a great addition. Some people may prefer to add small statues or figurines to create a more fantastical aesthetic.

Once you have decides on your terrarium’s aesthetic, add water to a spray bottle and spray the sides of the container and the leaves of the plant. Once complete, seal your terrarium and observe it for several days to ensure the water level is enough to generate moisture without drying out. If you feel you need more moisture, simply spray more water and reseal. Once the cycle is successful, place your terrarium in bright indirect light, as direct sunlight can potentially destroy the internal temperature of your terrarium.

These terrariums should last for months if not years when done correctly!

If you are having difficulty sourcing the substrate materials for your terrarium, we have everything you need here at the garden center! Simply stop by our North Branford location and we will help you with whatever you need.

The holiday season is upon us. And now that we’ve decked the halls, it’s time for us to think about that special gift for that special someone in our lives. If you’re on the hunt for something extra unique, why not give the gift a beautiful houseplant?

With the weather turning cloudy and gray, there’s nothing better than receiving a fresh, colorful plant that can be enjoyed well past the holidays. To make things easy, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite festive houseplants. With so many options available, the most difficult part will be choosing just one!



These aren’t your average poinsettias. With lots of new colors, shapes, and sizes available, there’s something for everyone. (Don’t worry, we also have the traditional red variety.) We can even wrap your poinsettia for easy gift giving.


Christmas Cactus

We love Christmas Cactus because it’s the gift that keeps on giving. These plants are low-maintenance and can be easily propagated, so once your plant is established, you can gift cuttings to your family and friends.


Lemon Cypress

These lemon-scented evergreens are especially great for spaces where a conventional Christmas tree won’t fit, like an office or apartment. You can have some fun decorating it with festive bows and ornaments, and after the holidays are over, simply remove the decorations for a fresh-smelling houseplant you can enjoy all year long.



A holiday classic, Cyclamen comes in a variety of colors and are just the thing to brighten anyone’s home.



For an impressive display, that’s fun to grow, Amaryllis bulbs and flowers make a great gift. To get the most out of your bulb, be sure to check out our video.


Bonsai Tree

For a little extra delight, place some miniature wrapped gifts below the tree, and hang some beads or tiny ornaments from the branches.


Rosemary “Tree”

These rosemary plants are just the thing for anyone who loves to cook. This aromatic plant looks great featured in a kitchen, while also providing the chef with fresh rosemary.


Norfolk Island Pine

These are another great mini Christmas tree option if space is tight. Just be sure to keep these beauties inside!