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Frequently asked questions

  • Why are you guys so cool?
    Our kids! They worked long, hard hours teaching us to be creative, fearless, patient, kind, accepting and full of joy! We try as hard as we can to learn from them and we'll keep trying as long as they are willing to teach us. We consider ourselves very, very lucky to get to spend time with them whenever we can.
  • How do I care for my Terrarium once I get it home?
    Placement and Lighting: Find an ideal location for your terrarium that offers the right amount of light. Most terrariums thrive in bright, indirect light, away from direct sunlight which can lead to excessive heat and scorch the plants. Observe the terrarium and adjust its position as needed to ensure the plants receive adequate light. If the leaves start to yellow or become pale, it might indicate insufficient light, while brown or burnt leaves may indicate excessive light. Watering: Terrariums are essentially self-contained ecosystems, so they require minimal watering. Before adding any water, check the moisture level of the soil by touching it or using a moisture meter. You can always call us if you are unsure. Water only when the soil feels dry to the touch. Overwatering can cause root rot and other moisture-related issues. Use a spray bottle or watering can with a fine nozzle to moisten the soil gently. Avoid over-saturating the soil, as excess water cannot escape the enclosed environment. If there is condensation on the walls of the terrarium, it indicates sufficient moisture levels and that watering is not likely necessary. Pruning and Maintenance: Regularly inspect your terrarium for any dead or decaying plant material. Trim off any brown or yellow leaves, as they can affect the overall health of the plants. Your terrarium came with small insects to cut down on rot and mold build up. However, keep an eye out for any signs of pest infestation such as webbing or large amounts of bugs. Temperature: Terrariums typically thrive in room temperatures between 65°F to 75°F (18°C to 24°C). Avoid exposing your terrarium to extreme temperature fluctuations or drafts, as they can stress the plants. By following these care guidelines, you can help ensure the longevity and beauty of your terrarium. Each terrarium is unique, so be attentive to the specific needs of the plants within it. With proper care, your terrarium will continue to be a vibrant and captivating addition to your living or working space.
  • What is a Terrarium?
    A terrarium is a miniature, self-contained garden or ecosystem housed within a glass container. It provides a unique and captivating way to bring nature indoors and create a beautiful display of plants. The concept of a terrarium originates from the desire to create a controlled environment for plants to thrive, even in limited spaces. Typically, a terrarium consists of a transparent glass or plastic container that acts as a sealed enclosure. This enclosure helps to create a microclimate within the terrarium, promoting the growth and sustainability of the plants inside. The container can be of various shapes and sizes, ranging from small tabletop versions to larger, more elaborate designs. Inside the terrarium, a carefully balanced ecosystem is created using various elements. The foundation starts with a layer of gravel or small rocks at the bottom, which serves as drainage and prevents water accumulation. On top of the drainage layer, activated charcoal or horticultural charcoal is added to help purify the air and reduce odors. Above the charcoal layer, a blend of potting soil and other suitable materials is used to provide a growing medium for the plants. This soil mixture is usually well-draining and retains moisture without becoming waterlogged. Once the foundation is set, a selection of plants is carefully chosen and arranged within the terrarium. These plants are typically small, low-maintenance species that thrive in humid environments with filtered or indirect light. Popular choices include ferns, mosses, air plants (Tillandsia), succulents, and other tropical or humidity-loving plants. The sealed nature of the terrarium allows for a self-sustaining cycle of water. As the plants respire, they release moisture into the air, which then condenses on the walls of the container and trickles back down into the soil, creating a continuous cycle of water. This unique characteristic reduces the need for frequent watering, making terrariums relatively low-maintenance compared to traditional potted plants. Terrariums are not only visually appealing but also serve as captivating miniature ecosystems that demonstrate the natural processes of plant growth and water circulation. They can be used as decorative accents in homes, offices, or other indoor spaces, adding a touch of greenery and a calming aesthetic. Additionally, terrariums provide an excellent opportunity for gardening enthusiasts to explore their creativity in designing and maintaining a unique miniature world.
  • Why can't you ship me a completed Terrarium?
    Completed terrariums consist of living plants that require specific care and conditions to thrive. The jostling and movement during shipping can potentially damage the delicate foliage, disrupt the root systems, and cause stress to the plants. The enclosed environment within the terrarium helps to create a balanced ecosystem, including the moisture levels, humidity, and temperature. Shipping can disrupt this delicate balance, making it challenging to ensure the plants' survival during transit. Terrariums often include delicate decorative elements such as glass containers, figurines, or delicate arrangements. These components are prone to breakage or damage during shipping, even with careful packaging. Terrariums require a stable environment to thrive, including proper lighting and controlled humidity levels. Shipping can expose the terrarium to varying temperatures, extended periods of darkness, and unpredictable conditions, which can negatively impact the plants' health. Terrariums have a specific watering and maintenance routine tailored to their unique environment. During shipping, it is difficult to ensure the proper watering and care required for the plants, potentially leading to overwatering, underwatering, or neglect. To preserve the quality and ensure the survival of the plants, it is best to offer local delivery or pickup options for completed terrariums. This way, customers can receive the terrariums in optimal condition and enjoy them immediately after purchase, without the risks associated with shipping. By providing local options, we can ensure that the delicate balance and care put into creating the terrariums are maintained, resulting in healthier and happier plants for our valued customers.
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