- Terrarium Care -
Care & Tools
There is two types of Terrariums, closed and open. Most of our Terrariums come with a cork to give the the option of either and the care is slightly different depending on which option you choose.
Sealed unit with a cork lid
Your Terrarium will create its own water so it will need minimal attention on the watering front. To check if your Terrarium requires any water you will need to assess the level of condensation on the inside of the glass. if there is a small amount of condensation the plants are doing their job. With the correct placement and the right temperature you won't need to add any water to your Terrarium so don't worry if you haven't watered it in a while as long as its damp inside its doing great. If you have a lack of condensation and it's looking a bit dry take a spray bottle and give it 3 to 4 sprays, leave it for 24hrs and then reassess, if it still looks dry give it another 3 to 4 sprays and repeat if necessary. The worst thing you can do for your Terrarium is overwater as it has no way of drainage so it will just promote root rot in the plants and ultimately lead to death.
If you have checked your Terrarium and you think there is too much condensation or there is a lot of water sitting in the stones at the bottom of the Terrarium but you haven't added any water this means your terrarium is the incorrect location (see the next point of tips on the temperature and light requirements). The best thing you can do is move the Terrarium to a more suitable location and take the lid off for a few hours to allow it to dry out, don't forgot to replace the lid as it can then go the other way and be too dry!
Light & Temperature
Place your Terrarium in a low to medium light area, out of direct sunlight. Direct sunlight will create a mini sauna and will mess with the water levels in the Terrarium as well as heat the plants too much causing them to dry out and die. They also need to be in a warm room away from any drafts or radiators.
Including Vases with a cork lid but with a hole in the side
Your open Terrarium won't create its own water as any humidity will be released into the air so you will need to add water, this is where the glass container comes in handy! Monitor the dampness of the soil and water when it looks dry. If there is excess water sitting in the stones at the bottom of the Terrarium don't add any more water until this has been soaked up. As a rough guide we usually water our open Terrariums around once a week in the summer and once every two weeks in the winter but it depends on the sunlight and the temperature of the room. We would advise to add smaller amounts of water more often than giving it a big drink as the lack of drainage holes means its easy for the plants to sit in excess water and the will promote rotting of the roots.
Light & Temperature
Similar to the closed Terrarium you will need to place your Terrarium in a low to medium light area unless your open Terrarium contains Cactus, but still out of direct sunlight. Cactus would be ideal on a south facing window as they love the sun just keep an eye on them as they potentially could still burn. They also need to be in a warm room away from any drafts or radiators.
For both the open and closed Terrarium there is a small amount of maintenance required. We recommend pruning any dead leaves to keep everything neat and tidy and allowing room for new growth. You can also propagate from the plants in your Terrarium and grow a whole other plant by following some very simple instructions, if you would like further information on this please sign up to our weekly newsletter below where we will share specific details on propagating and much more.