Since a Teacup / Dish Garden has no drainage hole, it requires very similar setup as a terrarium.
Step 1: Materials
- Cactus potting soil
(Miracle Gro Cactus, Palm & Citrus Potting Mix, 8-quart, $4.74, Home Depot)
(Mosser Lee Pearl Stone Soil Cover, 5-lb, $4.77, Home Depot)
- Activated carbon
(Petco Activated Carbon, 11 oz, $5.99, Petco)
- Small container
(local cookware store, $1)
- 2-in succulent plant
(local farmers' market, $2)
*You can always purchase the materials online or from a different retailer.
Step 2: Step 1: Choose Your Container
Choose a (at least) 1-2 inch deep container. I purposely chose these funnel-shaped containers, because the narrower bottom can help collects excess water.
Step 3: Step 2: Add Gravels
Rinse your gravels, add a thin layer to your container. It can help store excess water in the bottom in order to prevent root rot.
Step 4: Step 3: Add Activated Carbon
Sprinkle some activated carbon. It can help purify excess water and absorb odor.
Step 5: Step 4: Prepare the Soil
Mix a small amount of activate carbons into the cactus potting mix. Add water into the mix.
Step 6: Step 5: Add Soil
Add a thin layer of soil into your container.
Step 7: Step 6: Unpot Plant
Unpot plant. Massage the root. Try to get rid most of the old soil.
Step 8: Step 7: Add Plant
Place your plant onto the thin layer of soil. Spread the root and cover it with more soil. Add more soil until it covers all the roots. Press the soil down.
Step 9: Step 8: Decorate
This step is optional as I added a top layer of gravels.
Step 10: Maintenance
Place it in somewhere with bright indirect sunlight. Allow the soil to become nearly dry, before you add a small amount of water. That's it. Enjoy.