Troubleshooting your Terrarium:

The conditions of each house and where you place your terrarium will be different so for the first couple weeks observe your terrarium to assess the amount of care it may need.

  • Closed Top Terrariums

    • Do not over water! Once a good balance of moisture is achieved closed terrariums can go months possibly years with out needing to be watered.
    • For the first month or two check weekly by simply observing your terrarium. If you notice any tiny flies kill them immediately or let them out of the jar. They will not "just die" in there, it is the perfect environment for them and they thrive. The are called fungus gnats and while they are harmless to us their larvae will damage the roots to the plant. They come on the plants that are ordered from greenhouses. The plants are treated immediately upon arrival and multiple times but every once in a while there is a survivor.
    • Once a month for the first few months open your jar and feel the soil. If it is cool and moist it is perfect. If it feels dry use a sprayer to water at the base of the plant, spray enough times that the soil is moistened. You can also use a tablespoon and give each plant 1-2 Tablespoons of water. If it feels really wet inside then leave the top off for a day or two.
    • Do not set in direct sun! Closed terrariums have no where for the heat to escape and it will cook the plants. Placement in a room that has a normal daytime period (8-12 hours) from either office lights being on all day or windows letting light in are what they like.
    • The glass gets foggy for a number of reasons. A temperature change of getting to hot or getting a cold draft will cause it to happen. If it has way too much moisture it could cause the cloudiness to happen. Often when terrariums are new and haven't established their little ecosystem yet there is more fogginess. Also when a jar has a very tight seal it can be seen happening. 
    • If you notice a plant getting moldy or has decaying dead leaves the plant will need some tending to. There is no wind to blow away leaves that have died and then if they touch other leaves it can cause them to become damaged and die as well. If your terrarium is not getting enough light or if it is over watered that will cause the plant to die, try moving it to a brighter area or room.
    • If a plant is growing too big, trim back as needed or remove from the jar and re-pot.
    • If a plant or plants die. Remove from the jar by tugging at the base of the plant. Adjust moss or rocks to fill in the empty space or purchase a new plant to fill in the hole. Remember you can always bring your jar back in and make a new creation!
  • Open Top Terrariums

    • If you have filled your open jar with succulents let them dry out in between watering. Once they are dry spray the base of the plant until the soil is wet around the base but not draining into the gravel layer. You may also use a tablespoon to pour small amounts of water over the plant, about 1-3 Tablespoons per plant.
    • Succulents can be built up to tolerate some direct sun. Slowly offer them more time in the sunshine until they are used to it. Be careful that the jar has a large enough opening that it is not burning the plant. 
    • If you used tropical plants in an open top terrarium most will want to be kept evenly moist so they will require watering at least once a week if not more. Observe terrarium and feel soil every couple of days to assess how many days will typically pass between watering. Water with a sprayer at the base of the plant and mist moss if present. Using a tablespoon also works and give each plant 1-3 tablespoons of water.
    • Plants will need to placed in a room with a normal daytime period of 8-12 hours with either office lights on all day or windows letting light in.
    • If a plant or plants die. Remove from the jar by tugging at the base of the plant. Adjust moss or rocks to fill in the empty space or purchase a new plant to fill in the hole. Remember you can always bring your jar back in and make a new creation!
  • Air Plants
    • If you have air plants, they need to be watered weekly, like bright light and want to dry between watering. You can water them by either soaking them in a bin of water for 1-2 hours, holding under the faucet or use a sprayer.