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Essential Terrarium Care Tips

By Simon Crowther @prestigeflower

Essential terrarium care tips

Terrariums are wonderful displays that bring joy to everyone of every age. These displays can be placed on tables or even suspended if you prefer. When you choose to add a terrarium display to your home or office, you need to keep these terrarium care tips in mind.

Forest-like plants that are grown in terrariums require specific conditions. In terms of light, they enjoy plenty of light but make sure that it is indirect light. They should not be placed in direct sunlight or the glass will 'cook' the plants. Open terrariums can be watered once a week or once every two weeks. Depending on the season and climate. The soil must be moist between watering but it should not be soaking wet. Open terrariums should not be allowed to dry out completely before watering again. You can check for water in the rocks at the bottom of the terrarium.

Sealed terrariums require very little watering. If you overwater, the terrarium will fog up. If you are going away for an extended period of time, you can place a lid on your open terrarium to keep it moist and hydrated while you're not there to water it.

As for pruning, most plants gradually outgrow their space. You can do some trimming here and there to promote the growth of side shoots. This will give your plant a lovely full appearance. Make sure that you remove any dead plant material and trim the tips if they touch the glass. If a plant starts to rot, remove it right away. Rot usually occurs when there is too much moisture and you might need to re-pot the remaining plants.

Don't forget to clean the glass regularly using a damp cloth. Do not use any chemicals or abrasives. You could end up damaging the glass and harming your plants.

While many desert plants thrive in direct sunlight, terrarium environments are very different. The glass magnifies the power of the sun which will harm even the hardiest of plants. Succulents and cacti do far better in a place where they receive lots of indirect sunlight.

Water your succulents with care. A light mist every week will often prove sufficient. You can check the soil to see whether or not it is drying out. The hotter the weather, the more frequent you should water. If the leaves start to shrivel, you need to water more.

Succulents and cacti do not grow quite as quickly as many other plants. This means that they will enjoy their terrarium home for a very long time. You will not need to re-pot them anytime soon.

With these handy terrarium care tips in mind, you will enjoy a beautiful display for many years. Even if your plant outgrows the terrarium, you can still use it to grow another beautiful plant. Just make sure that you choose the appropriate potting mix for the plant and the terrarium environment.

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