Kilner® Jar Terrarium

These on trend terrariums will make a great gift and are perfect for bringing a touch of the outdoors into your home.

To make your very own Kilner® Jar Terrarium, you will need:

Your choice of Kilner® jar
Small stones
Activated charcoal
Potting soil
Sand
Waterproof ornaments/ trinkets
Small plants
Step 1
Pour a 1 inch base of small-medium sized rocks on the bottom of the jar for drainage.

Step 2
Next add an even layer of activated charcoal which acts as a natural filter to absorb toxins, remove impurities and rotten soil smells.

Step 3
Add the potting soil. If using cactus or succulent plants, make sure that you add some sand or small rocks as these plants require good draining soil. Only fill the jar ¼ full with soil to leave room for the plants to grow.

Step 4
Gently shake off any loose soil from the roots of your plants and bury them into the terrarium soil so the base of the plants are even with the top of the soil. Pack soil around each plant to hold it into position. Don’t overcrowd your terrarium, leave space for air to flow around each plant.

Step 5
Next add your top dressing décor of mixed size rocks, dried mosses, driftwood, crystals or waterproof trinkets. Again, don’t overcrowd your terrarium with décor, leave some space for the plants to grow and still have good air flow.

Step 6
Water only when soil becomes dried out and light brown in colour. Water sparingly, being careful not to over saturate the soil. Check terrariums weekly and remove any dead leaves promptly.

Hints & Tips

  • Succulents and cacti are best planted in vessels with good airflow and less soil room. They also require full sun exposure.
  • Tropical plants like ferns and mosses can grow in low light and are best in terrariums with lids since they love humidity. They also require more space as they grow quickly.
  • Air plants are the most versatile since they don’t require soil, they prefer indirect light but can also handle low light to full sun. They are called air plants because they absorb moisture through their leaves and only require misting or soaking weekly. Air plants are slow growing so you can use them in small vessels.
  • For air plant terrariums, follow the same steps except don’t use soil or charcoal. You can use rocks as a base, or sand and shells. For care, we recommend removing the plants from the terrarium and soaking them in a bowl of distilled water for 5 minutes before returning them to the terrarium. Leave the lid open so that they dry out within a few hours of watering, this will stop them from rotting.
  • Succulent and cactus Kilner® terrariums only require watering once a month.Taking the lids off every day to allow air flow would also be beneficial.
  • The air plant terrarium and the tropical plant terrarium will be fine with the lids on the majority of the time and with monthly watering.

Thanks to Sarah Gies and Eric Gibson at Axis Mundi Artistry for this tutorial and images. Axis Mundi Artistry

 

4th May 2017

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Know to Sloe with Kilner: Gin

It’s sloe season and this year’s harvest is touted to be a long and fruitful one. We’ve foraged a tonne of juicy berries ready to make some of our festive favourite Sloe Gin…
You’ll need (for 1 litre):
700ml of Gin
800g of Sloe Berries (roughly 400 berries)
280g Granulated Sugar
How to Make:
1. Wash your berries but make sure that they are dried thoroughly.
2. Prick each berry with a sharp tool (suggest a pin or a fork prong). This helps to release the juices and flavours.
3. Add the berries to the Kilner cliptop jar http://www.kilnerjar.co.uk/kilner-range/round-clip-top-jars.html then add the gin and the sugar and store in a dark dry place.
4. Tip the jar upside down and gently shake every couple of days. This allows all of the ingredients to agitate together and enriches the flavour.
5. Leave the mixture for at least 3 months – just in time for Christmas. If you can wait, it will taste even better in February.
6. Strain the liquid using the muslin cloth and decant into the individual sloe gin bottles.

Extra sugar can be added after to taste.
Remember – the longer you leave it – the better it will taste!
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17th October 2015

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