Terrarium Care Guide

Terrariums are one of the easiest plants to care for at home. They are very attractive, blending in with most any d├ęcor, make great gifts, and they are super easy to maintain.

Open Terrariums: Keep in indirect sunlight and check to water on a weekly or alternate week basis. Check if soil is dry by using your finger. When water is needed, it should only be added in small doses with a misting sprayer or small dropper. Water sparingly. Too much water will cause your plants to rot, and excess moisture cannot be easily removed from a terrarium. Do not pour water directly onto the plants or soil.

Closed Terrariums: Check the terrarium frequently for the appearance of condensation on the glass. If large water drops appear on the glass, the container should be left open for a while, until excess moisture evaporates. In some cases, it may be necessary to keep the lid slightly open to allow fresh air circulation. However, keep in mind that a balanced terrarium should have a certain amount of moisture on the glass. A completely enclosed terrarium requires little or no watering but when in doubt, always water less. If you can see water within the pebbles at the bottom, there is way too much water.

Air Plants: Water your air plant weekly it by soaking for 20-30 minutes. Take note of the size and color and you should see how happy the plant is. Keep this "picture" in your mind. Allow your plant to dry almost completely before placing in the globe. Do not place your globes directly in front of a window where they get direct sun. Remember the glass will intensify the sunlight and the heat. Indirect light is best and some will even grow in low to moderate light.

Although confined plants, both enclosed and open terrariums, tend to grow slowly. As plants outgrow their space in the terrarium, they can either be pruned back or carefully removed and replaced with new ones. Congratulations and enjoy your own miniature wonderland!

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