Your terrarium is a self-sustainable environment with humid loving plants and mosses. It recycles it’s water, Oxygen and Carbon Dioxide and photosynthesise in natural light to keep it living.
The plants will require a little bit of attention when you first get it home. Please do pay close attention to your terrarium daily for the first couple of weeks whilst it settles into your environment this will help ensure you can manage any possible mould growth or dealing with too much condensation build up or any leaves dying off with too much moisture.
Positioning your terrarium when you get home
Your terrarium has plants that are used to medium to high levels of natural light, so do place it in a room with bright indirect light but NEVER direct sunlight.
Avoid placing your terrarium next to a hot radiator or air-conditioning vent.
Cold Rooms vs Warm Air inside terrarium: Place it once and try not to move it about too much. The air inside your terrarium is usually slightly warmer than outside air so if you open a window or a door in the morning and it’s cold air rushing inside your room, then the terrarium will naturally condense (water droplets) this is normal behaviour. However after the room warms up the temperature equalizes and your terrarium glass will normally become clearer.
Preventing Mould Growth – (That little white/grey fluffy stuff on the leaves & stems)
If you get any growth, this can be natural in some circumstances, but please do not leave it to chance, as mould will spread quickly unless you act immediately to get rid of it. Simply wipe off with a piece of dry cloth or ear bud and clean the surrounding area of any spores, don't double dip the ear buds, then clean your hands. Open your lid for 24 hours to allow the environment to dry out a little, mould does not like air! So Air your terrarium, especially within the first few weeks of your purchase.
Watering your terrarium
In our experience we only water our closed terrariums roughly every 4 months at our studio and only if they look dry, ie the glass is clear all the time and no condensation is showing is a good sign that it’s a bit dry. We usually pop our fingers inside to check for dry spots or look at the moss if it looks a little pale or the plants a little droopy. Simply spritz your terrarium plants towards the base with a bit of rain water or distilled water and never use hard tap water! Play it by eye as there is no fixed watering routine with terrariums and some with very tight sealed lids usually can go without water for up to 1 year and beyond. remember your terrarium can't freely drain so add water slowly so you do not over water. When in doubt, it is always better to withhold water then to give too much.
Many plants in a terrarium will gradually outgrow their limited space. A little trimming often promotes side shoots that fill out plants and keeps your terrarium looking great.
Be sure to remove all dead vegetation from the terrarium. You should also trim tips if they start to touch the glass. Remove any plants that begin to rot.