How to Make Terrariums for Tu B’Shevat

1 year ago The Connections Staff 0

Emily Fulton// Manchester, NH

Last Monday, Tu B’shevat was frigid and snowy for most of the Northeastern United States and many other parts of the world. That’s not exactly ideal gardening weather in my opinion, so the traditional Tu B’shevat activity of planting trees was out of the question. It’s a good thing us Jews have learned to be resourceful! We can make terrariums instead (AKA mini succulent gardens that live in small glass containers). Let’s learn how to do this easy and cute gardening project in honor of Tu B’shevat!

Check out this WikiHow article to see pictures of each step.


  • Small glass container (you can use a canning jar or any clear plastic or glass container that you have lying around the house. If you want to go all out, you can even purchase one marketed as a terrarium like these chic ones on Amazon.)
  • Mini succulent(s)
  • Small rocks
  • Potting soil
  • Embellishments/decorations of your choice


  1. Start by grabbing your container and placing it on your work surface. Make sure you have a relatively clean space where you can lay out all of your materials.
  2. Cover the bottom of your container with small rocks for optimal drainage.
  3. Add your potting soil on top of the rocks. Depending on the shape of your container, you might need to angle, pile up or otherwise manipulate your soil so it doesn’t fall out of the container opening.
  4. Make an indentation in the soil for your succulent. Place your succulent inside the indentation and be sure to cover the roots fully so they don’t dry out.
  5. Decorate with more rocks or other embellishments! This part is optional but fun. You can use whatever you want to decorate, but your leftover rocks from earlier are a great place to start.
  6. Finally, water your succulent. Be careful not to add too much water. We don’t want it to drown! Remember to water your succulent every week or two so it can thrive in the months ahead.

Place your succulent in a sunny area, preferably by a window. Be sure it is somewhere you visit often so you can be reminded of the magic of Tu B’shevat everyday of the year. Tag us on Instagram @CTeenConnection with your terrarium or Tu B’shevat pictures so we can see what you create!