If you flipped through west elm’s latest catalog and stopped in your tracks on the page featuring our new Volcanic Ash Terrariums, we feel you 100%. Our team enlisted Satoshi Kawamoto, the floral designer behind GREEN FINGERS, to design these stunning miniature landscapes that complement the modern Terrariums perfectly. While the designs appear to be the work of a magician, we assure you that anybody with a green thumb and a good eye can replicate the look. Satoshi was kind enough to share his process for building these particular terrariums—check it out below!
Materials that Satoshi used:
Assorted house plants
1. Design your terrarium to suit your taste. Creating a rough sketch before building can be helpful.
2. Choose plants that will grow together and fit in the container. To ensure that your terrarium will be successful, keep succulents and cacti together, and keep fern and tropical plants together, because they require different amounts of water and soil. You’ll want cactus soil for the succulents and regular potting soil for everything else.
3. Add enough soil so the plant roots will have plenty of room to fit and then grow. Aim for a depth slightly greater than the height of the plant’s pot.
4. Add rocks and driftwood.
5. Place the plants and add more soil around the top. Compact the soil down around the base of the plant. Continue placing your little plants in the container and try to keep them away from the edges.
6. Add some moss to create a cohesive, natural look.
7. If you desire, prop in some vintage objects for additional personality.
Care: Place your terrarium in a bright and well ventilated area. Spray water on fern and moss.