Succulent Gardening

Terrariums and Dish Gardens { Twin Cities Floral }

Hey! We’re still alive after Mom’s Day! This place was hoppin’–between us, and Sweet River Candy Company, there was never a dull moment. 🙂 (Or a clean floor to walk on. That wasn’t the candy store’s fault though–that was all us. There were flower discards and greens everywhere!) Now we’re finishing up the last of the Anoka area proms, prepping for Graduation parties and then we get to coast into summer birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, funerals, births, etc. In the meantime though, on today’s blog, we’re talking Terrariums, Dish Gardens, and European Gardens. They’re all so trendy right now, especially the ones with the succulents–but, they’ve all been our favorite’s for quite some time. (We’re just that hip. 🙂 Wait, do people still say hip?) Do you know what the difference is between the three? What about aftercare for when you bring your new garden home? How can you make your own? We hope to answer some of the most common questions about all of the above in this blog–if you have other questions though, let us know! We’ll keep adding on. 🙂

First of all…what the heck is the difference between the three things? People throw around the terms Terrarium, Dish and European Garden pretty interchangeably, but there are differences.

A Terrarium is a sealed off garden, that is typically planted in a glass container so you can see your miniature ecosystem. Terrariums can be planted in anything from a mason jar, to a fish aquarium, to a specialized terrarium greenhouse. Once planted, these usually require minimal effort to maintain. (Check out THIS example of a man who’s had his since 1960, and only watered it ONCE!)

A Dish Garden is an open garden that is typically made up of three, or more, house plants that grow under similar conditions. These can be planted in almost anything–from baskets, to baking pans, to old boots. You can also add small ‘fairy’ furniture to your garden and/or landscape it. All of the plants in this type of garden are planted together, in the soil.

A European Dish Garden is very similar to a regular Dish Garden, except the plants are kept in their original pots, and then moss is placed over all of them–giving them the appearance of all being planted together, except allowing the plants to be easily interchanged. These are also wonderful for weddings, or funerals–as guests can pull apart, and take home, a potted plant in remembrance of the day.

So, now that you know the differences between the three, and you’ve come in to purchase, or order, your own little garden–now what!? Where do you put it? How do you water it? What should you name it!? (Okay. We can’t help you with that one. We’re sure you can come up with something though. 🙂 )

Terrarium care: We took this right from They’re a Canadian store that is passionate about, and specializes in terrariums. These are very basic, standard, closed-terrarium, care tips.

-First, neglect your terrarium! Maintain a moist, humid environment, but NEVER OVERWATER! The key is to watch your terrarium closely until you understand it’s drying pattern.

-Too much water can be worse than too little. You may need to add small amounts of water as your terrariums adjusts to the new environment.

-If the terrarium builds up too much condensation, simply open the lid until the moisture clears up and then close again. Ensure an even moisture is maintained at all times.

-It is also beneficial to open the lid of the terrarium once a week for an hour or an afternoon to let in fresh air.

-Bright light, no direct sun.

-When watering your terrarium use a turkey baster or eye dropper to control the amount of water and not disturb the landscape. The amount of water varies depending on the size of lidded terrarium.

Regular and European Dish Garden Care: These care tips were pulled from, This site is fabulous for all your garden needs–and, they keep it simple enough for beginners.

-Your dish garden should be kept in a spot where it will receive the correct amount of light for the chosen plants. “Full sun” type dish gardens should be gradually adjusted to their permanent window area to prevent sunburn. Place them in bright, indirect light first. Each day, for a week, move them closer, until they are in the “full sun” spot.

-Allow the soil in your dish garden to become nearly dry, before you add a small amount of water again (start with a cup or so…).

-Never allow the soil to become too dry, or too soggy. Experience will quickly teach you how much, and how often to water.

-Generally you will not have to fertilize your dish garden. The plants will seldom be in place long enough to deplete the nutrients from their soil, before they are moved on to a bigger planter. Of course, if the plants have been in the same soil for too long you can feed them, but use a VERY dilute 1/4 strength liquid houseplant food.

Okay, so, you’re feeling crafty, and green thumbish, and want to create your own garden–so, now what? Well, we have all of the little plants you could ever need right here, at Main Floral. They’re the perfect size, and all ready to go–all you have to do is pick and choose. (Which is usually the hardest part. 🙂 ) You can pick up the rest of what you need right down the road, in Coon Rapids. We found a couple of great tutorials that are already written up–so, we’ll refer you over there for the instructions. We make these up all the time, and are pretty much experts. (Especially Nannette. She’s the best!) So, if you have questions–feel free to call.

Terrarium DIY Links:

Terrarium Info About Plants, Growing Conditions, Tools to Use, etc.

Creating Simple Open and Closed Terrariums in Under One Hour

Four, Simple, Steps to Making a Terrarium

Mason Jar Terrarium

Dish Garden DIY Links:

Creating and Caring for Dish Gardens

Succulent Dish Garden How-To

Simple Instructions for Creating a Dish GardenDish Garden Video (Keep plants in their pots for the ‘European Dish Garden’–just cover them in moss.)

If you’d like to order a dish garden from us, here are links to a few of our favorites:……………

Did we inspire you to get busy planting? Like we said above–let us know if you have questions! We love to help.











Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s