Botanical Care Guides

BOTANICAL CARE GUIDES 

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Terrariums

Your terrarium is a self-sustainable environment with special plants suitable for the humid conditions.  It recycles it’s water, Oxygen and Carbon Dioixide and photosynthesises using the natural light.  When you get your terrarium home it will need time to settle into it’s new environment.

Remove the lid half way, or completely off if you have one of our egg terrariums, to allow some aeration for the first 3 to 5 days.  Especially if your soil was fairly moist during the class.  This allows the terrarium to get used to it’s new environment and can reduce the chances of mould appearing due to excess humidity.

Avoid placing your terrarium next to a hot radiator.

Avoid placing your terrarium in any direct sunlight, as it prefers a fairly low light position.

Regulating your terrarium

If there is a lot of condensation inside the terrarium that you cannot see the plants, it just means there is a little too much moisture inside the garden. Remove your lid for a couple of hours from time to time after your initial 3-5 day open lid period to regulate this.  You may need to do this on a daily basis for the first couple of weeks to a month but once the terrarium settles it won’t need regulating for many months at a time or watering for several months.

Your terrarium needs some condensation on the glass for it’s water cycle to work and this is mostly seen when temperatures in the room change.  On cold mornings you will likely find more condensation in the terrarium than in the afternoons as temperatures equalise both inside and outside the terrarium.  The trick is to get your terrarium to a point that the glass has some small droplets of water and that you can still see your plants clearly.

Preventing Mould Growth 

Mould is a natural part of the eco-system, but we want to reduce this inside your terrarium.  If you air out your garden in the first few weeks then this risk significantly reduces.  If you see any mould (white/grey fluffy substance) open your lid and wipe it off and wash your hands afterwards.  Leave lid off for a few hours as it may just be a little too moist inside the terrarium.  Replace lid and monitor.  If there are any further mould growth it could mean that there is a potential mould infestation and will need cleaning out and new plants replaced.  Do contact us.

Watering your terrarium

Your terrarium may require watering from time to time.  If it’s not a completely sealed lid then the terrarium can get a little dry after a few months.  If it’s dry the plants will look a little wilted and the soil will feel dry.  Using a small water spray just pump a few sprays into your garden with rainwater or distilled water, avoid tap water, it’s not ideal.  Again just monitor it for mould and air out if necessary repeating the first few steps in this guide until it settles.  Most terrariums will not have this issue if you follow these simple steps.  However, if you have followed the care guide we do offer you a 30 Day guarantee and after care as we want your terrarium to survive for a long time.

Pests inside your terrarium 

Sciarid flies are common little pests that love houseplants, greenhouses and terrariums.  Plants and soil can harbour microscopic eggs which to the naked eye is impossible to see.  When they hatch they will fly around your terrarium being a nuisance to your plants.

Treatment:

A good biological approach to treating this problem if you encounter it is by using Naemasys Bilogicial Fruit and Vegetable Protection click the link to read more.  The product is available in Amazon.  Please do not use biq quantities for your terrarium, just use half the stated dose, it will not harm your plants, it is friendly also to good pests which you may not see in the soil.

30 day guarantee 

If you have followed all of our advice but a plant has suffered for any reason (as in nature we cannot always avoid these things happening) then we offer all our customers a replacement plant and if you are local you can pop in by letting us know in advance to come and replace and we will do a quick health check within your 30 day period.  Even after your 30 days we are always here to offer advice.

Please see below some of the plants we use in our terrariums

Selection of Terrarium Plants

Fittonia  

Colourful plants with nerve – like structures, also commonly known as “Nerve Plant”.  They are from South American jungles and are used to dappled shade and moist conditions, but not wet!

Helix Ivy  

Ivy tends to grow fairly quickly, simply prune from time to time if required.  Leaves can go brown if too dry.  Avoid too much moisture.  Give them a light pruning from time to time if necessary.  If you have the variegated (several shades of green on the leaves) then it will need a little natural light to keep it’s colour.

Bun Moss 

Hill shaped thick moss is perfect for green landscapes and add true nature to your terrarium garden.  They like to be kept moist.  Remember moisture from the moss equals moisture in your terrarium, so avoid watering plants too much.  If it goes brown, remove the brown bits.  It will grow upwards over time.

Chamaedorea (meaning “ground gift”) 

A native palm to subtropical and tropical regions (also known as Parlour Palm) they can be used in terrariums but will need a little pruning at times as they will grow tall over time.  They give a terrarium a very tropical look and feel.  They like high humidity but not soaking wet.

Ficus Ginseng trees 

Native to Africa and Asia, these little trees love to be kept in humid conditions.  They will not require regular watering inside your terrarium unless the terrarium gets too dry.  Check soil from time to time, if it’s very dry water your terrarium. Pruning me if I get a little too bushy is easy, simply snip off the stems that have got a little bushy.  This tree is part of the rubber family, so when you do snip the stems a white milky latex will flow out.  It is sticky, so wash your hands, but it will seal itself up.

Polyscia Trees (meaning “many shade”) 

A fantastic indoor tree that actually tolerates shade quite well.  I grow straight up by producing leaves from the bottom.  I am native to the South Pacific region.  It is also related to ginseng tree and Ivy.  They add a lovely green woodland feel to your terrarium.  Likes humid conditions and does not need a lot of watering in your terrarium.  It can grow to over 1m in an open pot, but to keep it from going too tall, just prune the stems back a little if it goes too big over time.

Pileas

Native to South America region, they are tropical humid loving plants, commonly known as Friendship Plants.  If they trail too long, simply prune them back, gives you a great excuse to do some micro garden maintenance.

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Plant Care Guide

Alocasia

An Alocasia plant, native to Asia and places like Miami, Florida, they are also commonly known as Elephant Ear plant.

Height: Up to 2 feet (60cm) spread

Light:  Good amount of natural indirect light, avoid direct sunlight for long periods

Watering: Keep the soil slightly moist but not damp, water when top layer becomes dry

Soil: Well drained soil

Note:  Alocasia plants are considered poisonous and should be kept away from pets and children

Alocasia Gageana

Same care as most Alocasia see above

Kentia Palms

Light:  Good amount of natural indirect light, avoid direct sunlight for long periods it will scorch the leaves

Watering: In summer months water often, if soil is dry to about 3 inches below the surface, then water it using distilled water until the water drains out of the holes at the bottom of the pot then place back into your decorative pot.  If too wet the leaves will turn yellow

Fertilise:  Feed monthly during growing season using slow release plant food and less frequently in winter months

Soil: Well drained soil, avoid soil being too wet

Toxicity:  According to American Society for Protection of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) this plant has no toxic issues for animals or children.

Ceropegia Woodii (String of Hearts)

Light:  Good amount of natural indirect light, will enjoy a little bit of direct morning Sunshine for about 3 hours but no more than that

Watering: Does not mind a bit of neglect.  This plant is classed as a succulent so needs just a light watering once a month and slightly less in winter time

Soil: Well drained soil, cactus mix soil

Growth:  Grows over 100cm long origin Africa region

Toxicity:  Non Toxic to cats, dogs and humans