Are you an avid indoor gardening buff? Do you love bringing a touch of nature into your home with beautiful greenery? If so, you've probably come across the terms "terrarium" and "terranium" at some point during your gardening journey.

Join us as we aim to unravel the misconception and shed light on the correct term for your mini garden as we ask the age-old question – which word is the correct one? And more importantly – does it really matter?

Unravelling the Terrarium vs Terranium Misconception

The confusion surrounding these two terms has led many astray. While seemingly innocent, understanding the correct terminology holds immense value for green-fingered enthusiasts.

This confusion can lead to misunderstandings, hinder effective communication, and create unnecessary barriers to sharing knowledge and experiences. So, to answer the question "does it really matter?" the answer is YES! 

Here we’ll break down the difference between these terms and clear up those niggling misconceptions so we can get to doing what we love best: creating a beautiful mini garden for everyone to enjoy.

Terrarium or Terranium? It's Time to Set the Record Straight

This common mix-up stems from a misunderstanding of the word's origin. Derived from the Latin word "terra," meaning "earth," and the suffix "-arium," which denotes a place or container, it accurately describes the enclosed ecosystem within glass walls.

Terranium, unfortunately, is not a word. Although it rolls off the tongue, this is not a word. Many may have it confused with “terrain”, being the physical characteristics and features of the land where plants are grown; or geranium, a beautiful flowering plant known for its vibrant flowers and aromatic leaves.

Either way, it’s an easy mistake to make, but now we know the difference: terrariums are here to stay! Now let’s delve into the world of terrariums, discover the hottest tips and tricks to making your own, and bring clarity to your mini garden endeavours.

Deep Dive into the World of Terrariums – What Are They?

Terrariums are miniature ecosystems enclosed in glass containers, offering a captivating glimpse into the beauty of nature within the confines of indoor spaces. 

There’s so much to love about these little self-contained gardens – they require very minimal maintenance, making them a popular choice for busy individuals seeking a touch of greenery without the demanding maintenance of traditional potted plants.

With their ability to thrive in low light and their incredible self-watering capabilities, they bring life and vitality to any indoor setting, transforming it into a serene oasis of green. And the best thing is: you can learn to make one yourself, with one of our handy DIY kits!

How to Make a Terrarium

When it comes to creating a stunning mini ecosystem, we’re proud to offer our customers a wide range of kits, substrates and plants that will inspire any horticulture lover. With an extensive selection to choose from, you can curate your own miniature ecosystem with ease.

Delicate ferns, vibrant mosses, and colourful succulents are just a few of the options we have available, allowing you to design your own that reflects your unique style and preferences. Whether you prefer a lush tropical paradise or a minimalist desert landscape, we’re sure to have the perfect combination of plants to bring your vision to life.

Discover the endless possibilities and create a captivating gardening masterpiece with the diverse plant offerings at Flower & Twig Nursery. 

Make Your Own Terrarium: DIY Ideas for Indoor Garden Enthusiasts

With a DIY kit from Flower & Twig, you can easily embark on this creative journey. From open to closed top creations, to moss, plants, substrates and all the cute little decorations you could ever dream of, we have everything you need to make your very own terrarium from the comfort of your own home.

Our kits come complete with:

  • Glass jar to put everything in (you can choose from a closed or open top)
  • Selection of mosses and plants
  • Potting mix to form your base
  • Substrates such as sand, pebbles, gravel and soil
  • Easy-to-follow instructions

We’ll be here every step of the way to help guide you along the journey, and we also have online classes and easy-to-follow instructional videos to help you along the way.

Whether you want to create a rainforest, woodland forest, beach theme or desert, there are all kinds of little worlds you can create. (It’s quite addictive once you start!) Here are just some of our favourite styles to choose from:

  • Desert Oasis: Build a desert-themed ecosystem using succulents, sand, and small rocks. Add a touch of whimsy with tiny cacti and a miniature desert figurine.
  • Mossy Wonderland: Create a lush, green closed terrarium using various moss varieties. Add small ferns, delicate mushrooms, and a tiny fairy house for a magical touch.
  • Beachy Dreams: Recreate a tranquil coastal scene by layering sand, seashells, and small pebbles. Plant air plants and decorate with driftwood and miniature surfboards.

We stock DIY kits that include all the essential materials and step-by-step instructions, including tools and decorations, making it easy for you to bring these ideas to life. Explore the wonders of planting and add a touch of nature to your indoor space with these delightful creations today.

Embrace the Magic of Gardening and Order Your DIY Kit Now

The world of mini-ecosystems is truly a captivating one, and now that you know the difference between terrarium or terranium, you can confidently embark on your mini garden journey like a pro.

Immerse yourself in the elegance and ease of these small-scale ecosystems by purchasing DIY terrariums online from Flower & Twig Nursery and witness your enchanting indoor habitats thriving in all its splendour. Bring nature's charm into your living space and start creating your own little green oasis today.

For more information and advice on using our kits, get in touch with our friendly team today. We LOVE sharing our tips with you and getting to see what you create. Drop us a line with your questions at – we’re always happy to help.

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