Now that you have brought your new terrarium home, here is how you can easily maintain a healthy growing environment.
First, neglect It! Water lightly only after it gets dry once every few weeks, depending on conditions. NEVER OVERWATER! The key is to watch your terrarium closely until you understand it’s drying pattern. Feel the soil about an inch or so near a plant, if the soil is damp, it isn’t time to water yet. Too much watering can be worse for the plants than too little. Place in a bright area, but not in direct sunlight. You should have enough light to read by.
When the plants get as big as you want, pinch off the newest growth to encourage bushier growth.
Avoid fertilizer. As the nutrients get used up the plant’s growth will slow down, helping to keep them under control. Over time the soil can be “refreshed” by scraping off the top layer of soil, and adding some fresh potting soil. This will add a small amount of nutrient, as well as freshening up it’s appearance.
Succulents + Cactus Care
Check often to see if plant is showing signs of stress, i.e. changing colors, shriveling, changing shape. Water 3-4 drops per plant once a month. Every 6 months fertilize with half strength liquid fertilizer for cactus and succulents.
Despite its reputation as a shade plant, once it’s inside your home moss probably wants more sunlight than you thought. Try to aim for 5-8 hours of indirect sunshine a day. Rooms that you’d describe as “sunny” are best, but windowsills with full sun will kill the moss. A moist, moderately cool environment is best.
Light: Place in indirect, filtered light within 6 feet of a bright window. Tillandsias (airplants) will burn in direct sunlight.
Water: Airplants take in all of their nutrients through their leaves. Thoroughly soak your plant every 1-2 weeks – more often in hot, dry environments and less in a cool, humid one. Let your plant dry out completely upside down.
Temperature: Airplants will tolerate between 7 & 35 degrees celsius (45 & 95 degrees Fahrenheit).