Greener BeeGreen HolidaysCreating a terrarium can add serious character to your Lake Tahoe home


For the terrarium(s): Choose your favorite decorative glass pots, hanging glass bulbs, or glass holiday tree ornaments.

Small, indoor plants: Be sure to pick low-to-moderate sunlight, low maintenance plants.

Air plants: These are for hanging decorative bulbs or sculpture pieces.

Soil: Gather just enough soil for the terrarium plants; air plants do not require soil.

Tahoe’s natural resources: Choose among moss, twigs and pine needles as optional additions.


Any decorative pot can make a great terrarium, so pick one with an open side or top that reflects your style.

Be sure your plants are small enough to comfortably fit inside the terrarium of your choice (factor in their growth expectancy — keep it small).

Add soil to the bottom of a clean terrarium pot and make a space for the plant inside. Then, cover with additional soil and press firmly to secure the plant in place — we don’t want them tipping over!

Arrange bushier plants in the back with smaller succulents in front, using as many or as few plants as you’d like.

Add moss, small pinecones, rocks and anything you find in your backyard to add a little character.


Fill glass holiday ornaments with a few pieces of moss, twigs and pine needles for a natural and simple tree decoration. Since the holidays have passed, you can add the ornaments (tie-side down) in a decorative basket of potpourri or pinecones for a beautiful table arrangement.


Air plants are gorgeous, low-maintenance plants that bring the outdoors inside. No need for soil or daily watering, simply let them sit in a bowl of water for about 15 minutes, once a week. Dab any excess water on a paper towel before setting in the glass bulb to avoid water spots.

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