Are terrariums easy to care for might have been on your mind, and you will be happy to know these types of gardens are awesome for beginners and experienced gardeners? If you are interested in learning more about this, we are going to discuss them to help you get started.
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Closed Terrarium Care Guide
Let us begin with a closed terrarium, and then in the next paragraph, we will learn about an open terrarium. This will really help you decide which type is the best one for you, now read below for my tips on this type.
- Light is our first concern to get started on the right foot, I recommend purchasing a fish aquarium kit that will include the perfect lighting system.
- Water only when needed is another important key to success, what I use is a moisture meter that is extremely budget-friendly.
- When I need to add water using distilled water is recommended, but instead, you can fill a jug up with water from your faucet and allow it to sit for at least 24 hours to let all the chemicals evaporate.
- Foggy glass is something to warn you there is way too much moisture in your terrarium, what you want to do is remove the lid to allow the moisture to evaporate.
- Droplets on the glass are what you want to aim for, this is a good sign everything is working as it should.
- Moist soil indicates a healthy terrarium environment, be very careful not to allow the soil to become soggy or root rot more likely will kill your precious plants.
- Wilted plants or slightly yellow means they need a drink of water.
- Moderate light without over-watering will naturally create the perfect humidity for your plants.
- Misting can be used if desired to keep the proper humidity without overwatering.
- Keep the glass clean with a 50%-50% mix of water and white vinegar, this will assure you of getting more light.
- Indirect moderate light works best to avoid overheating, by doing this just allow your room temperature to indicate the proper temperature.
- Opening for several hours every few weeks provides the proper ventilation needed.
Don’t allow this guide to overwhelm you, I promise you if you take this one step at a time success is right around the corner. Taking care of this type is not time-consuming at all, and it is extremely easy to care for once you understand the simple process.
Closed Terrarium Plants
If you follow Gizmo and go with an aquarium kit, once you get it set up you are ready to add your plants. The ones I have listed below are the better choices for beginners, they are easy to grow and care for in this type of environment.
- Nerve Plant
- Lemon Button Fern
- Irish Moss
- Baby Tears
- African Violets
- Aluminum Plant
- Maidenhair Fern
- Miniature Orchids
- Polka Dot Plant
With the selection above, you are on your way to success. These are extremely easy to grow in a closed terrarium, and taking care of them is simple to do as well. Let us now learn about open terrariums, understanding both will help you choose the best type for your new indoor garden.
Open Terrarium Care Guide
Possibly an open terrarium might be even more to your liking, we are going to educate ourselves with this self-help guide. If you have ever seen plants growing in jars, you have at least an idea of what an open terrarium is.
- Keep your open terrarium in a bright spot with filtered / indirect light
• Water every 2 days in summer and every 5 days in winter as a general guide.
• Never let your terrarium totally dry out
• If you do get water marks, try a tiny bit of vinegar on a clean cloth
•Moist but not soggy is what you want to aim for.
• Misting with a spray bottle makes terrarium watering super easy.
• Avoid fertilizing, you want your plants to grow slowly.
I know what you are thinking, this is a much better choice for beginners. That is true, this type is really beginner-friendly. Now to get you started, we are going to provide you with some of the better choices for plants.
Open Terrarium Plants
Just like the closed terrarium choosing the best plants is important, I want to help you experience success by providing you with the better ones for beginners. By adding the ones that you like the most from the list below, we know you are going to experience a beautiful easy-to-care-for indoor garden.
- Air Plants
- Jade Plant
- Strawberry Begonia
- Miniature English Ivy
- Spider Plant
- Venus Flytrap
- Golden Pothos
- Prayer Plant
Gizmo would love to know which type of terrarium you decide on, and if you feel like sharing in my comments section, we all would enjoy hearing from you. Think of this website as more than a resource, together we all can experience more success by treating this as a community.
What You Need
For any of you who are into do-it-yourself projects, we are going to understand what you will need to make your own homemade terrarium. Even though I prefer going with a kit that provides everything, for you, I am including this, especially for your benefit.
- Glass Container – You’ll need some sort of transparent glass vessel as your first step.
- Small stones or pebbles will be used as water drainage to prevent root rot.
- A thin layer of activated charcoal keeps water fresh and bacteria-free.
- There are special potting mixes available if you’re planting cacti or succulents which are your better choices.
- Air plants, succulents, and mini-cacti are all good plants for beginners to start with.
- Special small tools are available to make the job much easier to do.
It really is as simple as it sounds, now you can decide if purchasing all that you need separately is worth the extra cost or not. There is no doubt you are going to save money and time shopping for kits instead, but some of you might not mind spending a little more and taking more time going this route.
Plant Terrarium Indoor Gardens
How I came to design my two indoor garden terrariums were for decorating my apartment, they really do give your place an interesting home decor your guests will notice. Everyone who visits me raves about my two indoor gardens, so if you are into creating unique home decor in your apartment or your home, this might be something that will interest you.
Terrarium Garden Advantages:
- They help grow plants that would be difficult to grow in dry air.
- They provide a confined space for a mini garden.
- You can use artificial light, such as LED or fluorescent.
- Terrariums don’t need to be watered often.
- Unique home decor idea for garden lovers
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Terrarium Soil Guide
Another thing that might interest you are the best types of soils to consider, we really have covered quite a bit in this one article. Remember to share this with your family and your friends who are into gardening, if you are into social media that would be another good place to share. That really would help my website reach more people, and I really would appreciate you helping me.
- The easiest, cheapest soil for your terrarium is regular houseplant potting soil.
- The Cornell University Extension recommends using African Violet soil for your terrarium.
- Create your own soil mix using peat moss, vermiculite, or perlite, and sterilized soil.
- Succulents and cacti soil drains much quicker than any other type, and this really is your better choice when growing these two plant types.
By knowing more about the types of soil, we can make better decisions on choosing the better plants as well. When you take both of these into consideration, you are going to be able to take care of your terrarium with less work.
Terrarium Kits For Kids
To complete “Are Terrariums Easy to Care For”, we are going to do some shopping for kits for children. What a neater way to get your child into gardening, this could even be a family time activity for the entire family to join in. What better way to bond than share your passion for growing plants indoors, here are the kits for kids that I have found.
- Grow and Glow
- Sparkle and Glow
- Light Up Terrarium
- Magic Unicorn Kit
- Mermaid Terrarium
- Unicorn Fairy Garden
- Venus Flytrap
- Dragon Lover Kit
Plenty more to consider for the little boy or girl you have in mind, nice idea for a birthday gift that will get them started in gardening. Where I found these were on the Walmart website, if this is not one of your favorites there are more possibilities in my closing paragraph.
Where To Shop
Since I really want to provide you with the best information, we are going to see what other online stores you can shop for terrarium kits for kids. That only seems the right thing for me to do, now by doing a Google Search this is what was recommended.
- Hobby Lobby
- Hirt’s Gardens
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