How to Make an Orchid Terrarium

Can orchids be used in a terrarium? I’ve made tterrariums with Succulent PlantsLearn how to grow and care for succulent plants at Houseplant411.com and I love them, want to try it with orchids if possible.

Hi Tom,

Making orchid terrariums in glass jars is very simple and quick to do. This is also a great way to care for an orchid; it provides high humidity and makes it easy to move your orchid around as the light changes with the seasons.

Orchids growing in glass terrarium

Orchid terrarium

Here are some steps on how to do it.

 Use a clear glass container large enough to give your orchid room to grow.

Place a layer of small decorative rocks or pebbles in the bottom of the glass jar for drainage. Rinse them first to remove any sand or dirt.

Put in a thick layer of Sphagnum Moss that you have fluffed by pulling it apart and hollow out a lower area in the center.

Place your orchid in the center area with its green roots nestled in the moss and its air roots on top of the moss. It is very important that air roots not be buried.

Water the moss well but try not to get water on the orchid leaves.

Place in bright indirect lightVery few houseplants should be placed in direct sun. High light refers only to bright indirect light since direct sun often burns the leaves of indoor houseplants. An area that is too hot and dry encourages Spider Mites and causes blooms to quickly fade. A northern exposure really doesn't provide enough light for high light plants. These plants need to be placed directly in front of an east-facing window, within 1-3 feet of a west-facing window, and within 5 ft. of a south facing window. A high light area has over 300 ft. candles of light. but no direct sun (leaves burn in direct sun).

Roots, stems, and leaves hold water so be careful not to over- water. Under watered orchids can be saved, over- watered quickly die.

Use orchid food diluted to ¼ the recommended strength every 2 weeks.

Simple & Easy!!