Step 3: Preparing the Soil and Plants

Next, spray your potting soil with your filtered water until it's very moist. It should look somewhat like the photo below. You are getting the soil ready by letting it compact itself by absorbing the water. This way, you don't have to keep adding and adding soil later when you realize you don't have enough after you water. And you won't have to add even more water later. It's a win-win situation.

Now, take you first plant and gently hold loosely onto the base of the stems coming out of the pot. Use your other hand to squeeze the sides of the pot as you turn it slowly while doing so to ease out the plant. The less stressful you are to the plants now the less jarring it is to them to become accustomed to their new environment.

Hold your plant over your container and gently tease out the soil around it's roots. You don't have to get out all the soil but enough to be able to spread the roots out in it's new home. If you have a plant that is "pot bound" (a twisted root ball), teasing may not be enough. You may need to cut into the ball about half way and pull a bit to spread the roots.

Do the same with the rest of the plants you may have and place your plants in an aesthetically pleasing arrangement within the container.

Do you think Hen &amp; Chicks would do OK in a 4-6&quot; container on an east-facing windowsill? I think they're adorable, but I wasn't sure if I'd get any chicks in a container that small.
I apologize for such a late response. I'm sure you have probably found your answer by now but yes, Hen-and-chicks is a great thing to put into something in that size. They are a very hardy plant and can be grown almost anywhere. It also has the tendency to stay the size relative to it's container however, over time it will produce upstart plants around it and it may grow crowded. You can take the starts from that pot and put them into another to grow.
My mom grew hens and chicks in the drip catcher for a pot that was about an 8&quot; diameter. They are quite hardy and adaptable, hers survived the winter in this tray. You should be just fine growing them in the smaller container in the windowsill.
this isn't a terrarium...its a pot<br>
Technically, in this example, yes, it would be considered more a &quot;pot&quot; than an actual &quot;terrarium&quot;. Any type of vivarium cannot be called such unless it actually has some type of enclosure to it's environment. At least in the traditional sense. It would not do to have a desert terrarium with a small bell jar enclosure for example (too much constant humidity for desert life that has evolved to survive constant hot and dry climates)as a bigger or open enclosure would be better. This example in the instructable could have an enclosure, like a lid or large jar. But you have to remember, unless you have the time to take it off and on constantly and consistently you can create an unstable environment for the plants that it may not be able to adapt to. There is also the option of controlled airflow, humidity and sunlight via the use of an aquarium tank and lights, but this is better used for larger projects and not everyone can afford the luxury.
sweet. great instructable. A fav.<br />
That looks really pretty, I tried making a terrarium once but didn't think to check whether the plants I used were suitable,so several plants died.&nbsp; <br />
It happens sometimes. Just out of curiosity, do you remember what plants they were? <br />
No, I can't remember.&nbsp; I'll definitely use the link you gave to find more suitable plants to use.<br />

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