With Gemstones and Polished Rocks

 

What you need:

  • a 4 inch Diam. hanging terrarium (I got mine from World Market, but they are also available from Amazon and Jo-Anne's)
  • a bag of black sand (Family Dollar Tree)
  • some cactus potting mix 
  • small piece of driftwood or stick about 3 7/8 inches long that will just fit inside the terrarium
  • 1 small succulent
  • 2 vertical succulents
  • 4 or so smaller flowering succulents
  • 2 rose type succulents
  • 3 small pieces of gemstone or quarts (I used Amethyst and quarts
  • 4 polished stones
  • a 4.75 inch Diam. hanging terrarium (found here)

Tools:

  • a chopstick

Steps: 3

 

Rated: Easy

This little arrangement is one that you can plant and keep inside to look at in stormy weather.  You can buy a terrarium like this (click here)  It has small succulents, gemstones, and polished rocks.  I love beautiful rocks.  My father was a prospector (and a civil engineer) so I've had a rock collection since I was a little girl.

 The lavender crystal in front in this terrarium is Amethyst.  It's funny, Amethyst in Greek means "not drunken".  People used to wear it as an amulet to ward off intoxication.  Its violet color comes from iron impurities and the difference between it and Citrine, the beautiful golden quartz crystal, is the amount of iron in the quartz.  For more about Amethyst see:                                                     http://www.gemselect.com/gem-info/amethyst/amethyst-info.php

The succulents are planted in black sand mixed with cactus mix.  This gives a dark contrast to the green of the succulents.  The flowering succulents give a splash of fuchsia, and the rocks bring in other colors, in this case lavenders, blues, and jade greens.

The drift wood allows you to have a tiered effect, so you can see the plants in the back better.  Find a piece that will just fit across the inside of the terrarium and set it at an angle, so that you can put more sand and potting mix above for a higher area.  You may find a chopstick helpful in getting your succulents to sit upright.  As for watering, just give it a spray a day from a spray bottle.  If you would like to see more succulent terrariums see:  https://www.pinterest.com/explore/succulent-terrarium/  

If you make succulent cuttings for this terrarium, let them sit in indirect light for 24 hours after cutting them before planting.  When you have you cuttings ready and your chopstick, let's go to work.

 

Let cuttings sit 24 hours before planting.

Let cuttings sit 24 hours before planting.

Put sand in then set driftwood halfway back at angle so sand is higher in back.

Put sand in then set driftwood halfway back at angle so sand is higher in back.

Mix cactus mix into sand where you will plant.

Mix cactus mix into sand where you will plant.

Place largest cutting in back.

Place largest cutting in back.

Next, plant 2 vertical succulents and put in a couple colored polished stones.

Next, plant 2 vertical succulents and put in a couple colored polished stones.

Plant 'rose shaped' succulents in front right side.

Plant 'rose shaped' succulents in front right side.

Put quarts along back and sides to add interest.

Put quarts along back and sides to add interest.

Plant flowering succulent in back.

Plant flowering succulent in back.

Place beige and jade colored polished stones along side with Amyseth in front.

Place beige and jade colored polished stones along side with Amyseth in front.

It should look interesting and have a variety of color on all sides.

It should look interesting and have a variety of color on all sides.

Give it a spray, once a day.

Give it a spray, once a day.

And you are done.

And you are done.

Make sure it is in a place where it will get light.

Make sure it is in a place where it will get light.

You can hand it, like so.

You can hand it, like so.

Or display it in a dish, like this leaf dish from Home Goods.

Or display it in a dish, like this leaf dish from Home Goods.

Enjoy!

Enjoy!