Terrarium Care Basics

Our terrariums are potted by our Sprout Home designers to match the your lighting situation. The plants that are selected for your terrarium will be chosen due to their willingness to cohabitate with each other in both style and function.  Care between a lower light foliage terrarium and a high light desert terrarium will vary.  As our plant selection varies daily, each terrarium is custom built and plants and design will be completely unique. 

While the plants and style of terrariums differ, the basic mechanics of terrariums are the same. The gravel or lava rock on the bottom provide a drainage area as for excess water.  When you water, once you see a slight amount of water enter this chamber, stop watering. The next layer up is charcoal which aides in drainage and cleanliness of your terrarium. On top of the charcoal is a layer of  soil in which the plants are planted.  On top of the soil there might be a decorative top dressing.  Make sure that when you check the moisture levels you check underneath the decorative top dressing to get a real feel.  

Plants will grow over time so pruning or pinching back will be needed if you wish to keep them as compact as possible. 

Desert - Full Sun to Part Sun

Desert terrariums are planted with various succulents and cactus.  Replicating the environment that they are accustom too is key to having your terrarium be happy and healthy.  Let them dry out in between watering and give them full to part sun (at least 4 hours or more of intense direct).  Do not mist or provide extra humidity. 

Foliage - Part Shade to Shade

Foliage terrariums are planted with various leafy based plants.  Replicating the environment that they are accustom too is key to having your terrarium be happy and healthy.  Foliage terrariums will need to range from even moisture (without being wet) to dry to the touch. Give them part to full shade (bright filtered light to a pinch of non intense direct sun).  Plant needs will vary slightly. As you get to know them, you will discover each individual needs.  Mist as needed, especially if you have fern or moss varieties in your terrarium.