Create a Desert Plant Terrarium

Create a desert plant terrarium

This terrarium is planted with beautiful, easygoing cacti – we show you how create it.

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
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At its best
At its best

Plant is at its best in January

Plant is at its best in February

Plant is at its best in March

Plant is at its best in April

Plant is at its best in May

Plant is at its best in June

Plant is at its best in July

Plant is at its best in August

Plant is at its best in September

Plant is at its best in October

Plant is at its best in November

Plant is at its best in December

To do
To do

Do To do in January

Do To do in February

Do To do in March

Do To do in April

Do To do in May

Do To do in June

Do To do in July

Do To do in August

Do To do in September

Do To do in October

Do To do in November

Do To do in December

This open cube terrarium makes a chic home for desert plants like cacti and aloes, which are happiest in a dry location.

Topped with a mulch of pale grit and chunky pebbles, the effect is that of a landscape in miniature. Don’t be afraid to play with the top dressing if you want. You could use horticultural sand, or even pecking grit for birds – the grain size is somewhere between gravel and sand – which will add a more naturalistic feel.

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