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Terrarium Care Guide

Take the best care of your terrarium and keep your terrarium plants in optimal condition.

Top 10 Terrarium Care Tips

Your terrarium is a special and delicate ecosystem, and it requires some specific care to maintain. Here are some tips to help you keep your terrarium healthy and thriving.

  1. Keep the terrarium in a bright location, but not in direct sunlight.
  2. Provide moderate humidity levels – around 50%. You can do this by spraying the terrarium with water every other day or so, or place a small bowl of water inside.
  3. Keep an eye out for any mould growing on or around plants – it means the humidity is too high!
  4. Fertilise your plants occasionally using a balanced liquid fertilizer diluted to half strength.
  5. Mist the plants regularly, especially if they are not getting enough humidity from within the terrarium itself.
  6. Check for pests and diseases regularly and treat as needed. Aphids can be removed with a jet of water, for example, while mealybugs can be treated with an organic pesticide or insecticidal soap spray .
  7. Remove any plants that become too large for their container; you may also need to prune back overgrown plants occasionally .
  8. Be careful not to overwater your plants; allow the top inch or so of soil to dry out between watering sessions 
  9. Rotate your terrarium every few weeks so that all sides receive adequate light exposure .
  10. Place your terrarium in the right conditions – not too sunny, not too hot, and not too cold! Avoid placing terrariums near air conditioners and heaters.

Terrarium Plant Care

The plants that go in your terrarium should be selected carefully. 

Choose plants that will thrive in the same environment, as some species may need more shade or light than others. Check out our Terrarium Plant Library for some ideas or check out the links below.

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Watering and Drainage

Too much or too little water can be detrimental to the health of your terrarium plants. 

Check on your plants regularly and water when necessary, but be sure not to overwater them. More information on watering terrariums below.

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Terrarium Cleaning and Maintenance

Cleaning and maintaining a terrarium is an important part of ensuring that your plants stay healthy and thrive. A terrarium should be kept free from debris, dirt, and other residues that could potentially clog the system or damage your plants. To ensure proper maintenance, there are certain steps you can take to keep your terrarium looking its best. More information in the links below.

How to ensure your terrarium survives hot weather >

How to clean your terrarium >

Terrarium Frequently Asked Questions >

Terrarium Design and Placement

A terrarium is an enclosed space that can be designed in many different ways. It can feature a variety of plants and other components, like pebbles, driftwood, mosses, or figurines. The design of your terrarium will depend on the size and shape of the container you choose, as well as what type of plants and decorations you plan to include. More information below.

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