A terrarium is a miniature garden enclosed within a glass vessel, either sealed with a lid or open. A terrarium is constructed with a few essential layers including pebbles at the very bottom for drainage, a layer of charcoal to filter water, a layer of moss (in our enclosed mossy terrariums), a layer of soil and a final top layer of either lush moss or decorative pebbles depending on the style.
Lulu & Angel create a variety of terrariums including our Rainforest, Desertscape & Seascape ranges.
Our mossy, enclosed Rainforest terrariums create their own mini eco-system, where moisture rises to the top of the terrarium in the form of condensation and then drips down again like rain, through the layers of moss and soil, filtered by the charcoal and down to the bottom layer of pebbles, only to rise again as condensation- and so the cycle continues.
Our dry, arid Desertscape terrariums have the same layers as above, minus the moss levels. They will require a little more watering as they are open and moisture will escape via evaporation.
Our Seascape terrariums feature airplants- Tillandsias, a type of bromeliad which only require air and moisture to thrive (Tillandsias do not need to be planted in soil).
Lulu & Angel create a variety of terrariums and all have different requirements and the frequently asked questions below will help with any queries regarding your new terrarium.
How often should I water my terrarium?
An enclosed terrarium, such as our Rainforest terrariums, will only need a light spray of water every few months as the water continually recirculates through the mini eco-system. If there is water in the bottom pebble layer and condensation on the glass, your terrarium has enough moisture.
An open terrarium, such as our Desertscape terrariums feature succulents and cacti and therefore only need minimal water. Water sparingly (about once a month during summer and once every 1-2 months during winter) and allow the soil to completely dry out between watering.
Seascape terrariums with Tillandsias require watering by lightly spraying the airplants, once a week during summer and once every few weeks during winter.
Where should I position my new terrarium?
All the plants in a terrarium require natural light, so place your terrarium within a meter or so of a window. Never place your terrarium in direct sun, filtered sunlight is best.
Rotate your terrarium every month or two, to promote even growth of your plants.
My plants are losing leaves?
All plants lose leaves at some point- it is part of the natural growing process. However if your plants are losing lots of leaves or turning yellow it may be a sign that they are lacking enough natural light or have been overwatered. Make sure your terrarium is a close as possible to a source of natural light and that you don't water it too much.
Should I trim my plants?
We like to call it micro-gardening. Using a small pair of snips or scissors or your fingers, snip off any new growth or dead leaves to promote even and compact growth. This will help prevent the plants from outgrowing their glass vessel.
My terrarium has little bugs inside?
Moss, plants and soil are all parts of nature and sometimes little creatures will appear in a terrarium. And whilst we do spray our terrariums with pyretherum (insecticide, as we make them), sometimes potting mix or moss can harbour the eggs of tiny insects, usually gnats which are completely harmless and can be treated with a light spray of pyretherum (available from all garden stores).
Can I have my terrarium replanted?
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