My obsession with succulents started last summer. My mother always had pots of hens and chicks on our porch when I was a kid, but I never paid any attention to them until it was time for a garden of my own. I loved them so much that I decided I wanted an all-succulents garden next (this) summer.
And then I found out about terrariums....I could make INDOOR arrangements of succulents that I could enjoy year round. I've never seen a terrarium pin that I didn't like.
A thoughtful friend happened to notice my love of terrariums on pinterest and surprised me with a terrarium kit for my birthday. I was so excited to make my first one!
But after I finished, I realized that I still had terrarium fixin's left over...
...and somehow my hens and chicks managed to survive the winter (I was a terrible person and left them outside). I decided it was time to rescue a handful and let them cheer up my kitchen sill.
Tea Tin Terrarium
Provided you already have a Hens and Chicks plant (or an obliging friend), snip off a few chicks.
Clean out any dead leaves hiding around the base of the plants.
Let them sit for a few days and dry out a bit.
Take your nice shiny tin.
I didn't do this, but I would advise lining the bottom with a piece of plastic. My tin has started to rust a bit. Learn from my mistakes!
Cover the bottom with a layer of pea gravel
Cover the pebbles with a thin layer of charcoal.
Cut a square of coffee filter to place over the charcoal. I found that the easiest method was to fold the coffee filter around the tin mouth...
...sketch the outline...
Fill the rest of the way with dirt and plant succulents.
Keep the soil moist for the first couple weeks. Succulents don't usually like a lot of water, but these guys will need it while they're re-establishing their roots.
See how much mine grew in just a few weeks! And gosh, don't the leaves look so much healthier?? (Major guilt trip for abandoning them to the cold.) I've rescued another batch of cuttings and I'm going to make a bigger arrangement for my table.