If you’re like us, you have come out of this COVID-19 lockdown with a great appreciation and passion for plants. But taking care of plants can be a tedious and difficult job because you may find yourself watering them in hopes of them not dying. Some clever cookies may have already found this life hack for maintaining plants and that is: putting your plants in terrariums. Plants in terrariums, under the right conditions and care, can last indefinitely. Here are 5 different ways you can care for your terrarium:
- Keep the terrarium clean
If you leave a glass cup by your window, you will find that over time, it will start to collect dust; this is the same for terrariums. That’s why you must clean your glass terrarium inside and out so that there is no collected dust. The presence of dust blocks the plants from receiving the light that it needs from the sun. You should clean your terrarium once a week or when you can see that it is fogging up which indicates that there is dust on it. When you are cleaning, avoid using harsh cleaning products as they can be harmful to the plants. Usually, a hot-watered cloth should do the trick.
- Under-water or over-water?
It is hard to know whether you are under-watering or over-watering your plants. More often, you may find yourself over-watering it because more is better than less right? Wrong. It is better to under-water than over-water because over-watering your plants will cause the roots to rot and there is no guarantee of it being able to recover again. A good trick to ensure that you are not over-watering your plants is using a spray gun or a terrarium water bottle.
- Where should I position the terrarium?
Too much light can burn the plants, but too little light can stunt their growth cause the plants are not getting the energy it needs. Generally, placing terrariums in a north-facing window will give it the best amount of sunlight it needs to thrive. Also, try avoiding keeping your terrariums near heat conductors as it can burn the contents of the terrarium.
- Choosing the right plants
When deciding on what plants you want in your terrarium, you need to consider the plant's conditions as well as if it will align with the conditions the terrarium offers. If you have or are interested in open terrariums, succulents are the most common plants for it. This is because open terrariums allow for airflow from the surrounding environment which makes dry plants such as succulents highly ideal.
- Should I be fertilising my plants?
The quick answer to this question is no, you should not be fertilising the plants in your terrarium. Fertilisers help plants to grow quickly at a healthy rate. However, if it is in a terrarium, you would want it to grow slowly so that it doesn’t outgrow the glass.
Don’t have a terrarium?
We can’t tell you how popular terrariums are now amongst plant lovers. With the Christmas season right around the corner, this is the perfect gift for those who want to take care of low-maintenance plants.
At Lila’s Garden, we are offering Christmas edition terrariums just to add a little something special. If you are based in Sydney and this is a last-minute gift, you can buy the terrariums online. To speak with our team at Lila’s Garden about the products we offer and what we can do for you, contact us through our website: https://lilasgarden.com.au/.