Terrarium – Caring for your succulents

If you are reading this blog post and you haven’t made your terrarium yet, click here to make your terrarium first. As a team building session, making a terrarium can be a great time to bond with your colleagues. But often after feeling like we made a major breakthrough with our terrarium, we are yet hit with another obstacle – how to ensure our terrarium remains thriving. There is no point in making such a lovely terrarium only to see it wither away, am I right? Without further ado, let’s begin.

Aiming problems

A common issue we all face is trying to avoid causing water spots on the glass and getting into the tight spots of the terrarium. So here are a few solutions to that. The first method, punch a small hole into the cap of a typical plastic bottle, there you have it. An upgraded version of this would be to use a wine bottle (finish it first) and attach a liquor-pouring cap to it. With that needle directing the flow of the water, you can get to any tough spots with accuracy and without making a spill at any time. And for those of you with a massive amount of terrariums, then it would be justifiable to purchase a garden pesticide sprayer (filled with water). Not only is it faster than the previous two methods, its hose is also specialized and has different modes for different purposes. With this, your terrarium will always stay healthy and beautiful.

How and when to water

One no-no rule is to avoid the use of a water spray, the kind used in a window. The succulents more water than just a spray, so why give it that teeny weeny amount of spray? So use anything that is advised above. When you pour the water, just pour it over the entire succulent so every part of the soil gets wet. Though, if you spot that there is water collected between the leaves after a day, it is imperative to get rid of it or it may promote rot easily. As for the quantity, you will want to pour half the amount of the volume of your soil. Water again when you know the soil is dry. One way you know it is dry is when you feel the difference in weight between both states of the terrarium. Neat trick huh. A word of advice, it is better to underwater than to over water a succulent as rot is harder to cure than just thirst.

Food for the Succulent

I am kidding, plants don’t have or eat food, but if there was it would be Sunlight. It is paramount that they have at least 6 hours of sunlight a day. Thus, you should put them in a location near the window, where the Sun’s ray can reach. There are warning signs that you should look out for when your succulent is not getting enough Vitamin D. The plant will elongate and their leaves will spread in search for sunlight. And also take note that sunburn is also a thing for these succulents. So how do you tell? Same as humans, there will be a burnt mark, a different colour on the same leaf, probably dark and usually at the tips of the plant. If you do spot it, just move it away from that location, as the light is possibly too intense there.

Don’t be too scared after reading this, we got you covered on your terrarium’s healthcare. We will get the hang of this together!