What is the best place to put my terrarium?
The right light is essential for the plants' health. Therefore, place your terrarium in a place with sufficient daylight, but never in direct sunlight or near other heat sources such as central heating or bright spots. Good to know: North-facing windows often provide too little light. The terrarium is only suitable for indoors and the best temperature is between 15 and 25°C.
How do I take care of my ecosystem?
Our terrariums have their own mini-ecosystem and therefore require little to no maintenance. We do recommend turning the ecosystem a quarter turn every two weeks to ensure all plants receive even and sufficient light. Under the right circumstances the plants can keep themselves alive for years.
Do I have to water my ecosystem?
A closed Growing Concept creates its own micro-climate through which the plants keep themselves alive by recycling the water in the glassware. However, on average, once every six months, it may be necessary to give extra water. Take the soil as a guide to how moist it is in the pot. If the soil feels dry, you can give 5 to 10 cl of water, depending on the size of your Growing Concept.
My ecosystem has small white spots. What can I do?
An ecosystem needs to acclimatise during the first few weeks. This can cause small white spots to appear on the moss, branches, leaves or pebbles. No problem, you can easily remove them with a clean cloth or by cutting away the mouldy leaves with stem and all. A biological balance will be established.
My ecosystem condenses excessively, is this normal??
A healthy ecosystem condenses on one side of the pot. Is the whole pot fogged up and dripping? Then this is a sign that it is too warm and the system cannot get rid of this heat. In that case, open the pot for twelve hours. Does the problem remain? Move the pot to another place in the house, for instance the north side where it is less light and warm.
There are little flies in my terrarium. What now?
When one of the plants loses a leaf, it falls to the ground, where it decays and is used as nutrition again. A beautiful natural process. However, there is a downside to this: the process of leaf decomposition sometimes attracts minuscule flies, better known as mourning flies. They lay their eggs in the soil. Fortunately something can be done about this: garden centres sell a biological pesticide called 'steinernema feltiae', also known as nematodes. This comes in powder form, to which you pour some water and then pour over the soil.
Some of the leaves are turning brown. What can I do about this?
In principle this is not a problem. Sometimes one of the plants loses a dead leaf. This falls to the ground, decomposes and is used again as nutrition. If it bothers you, you can also cut off the brown leaves with the stem and all.
My ecosystem is growing so well that the plant is growing against the lid or cork. What now?
We choose plants that grow relatively slowly and therefore do not need to be pruned often. Has your plant become too big for the glassware? Then you can trim the plant to its original size. Cut the branches just above a leaf. Then leave the terrarium open for 24 hours, so the plant(s) can heal properly.
There are mushrooms growing in my terrarium. Is this normal?
Yes, the mushroom is a harmless type of fungus. You can safely let nature take its course. The mushrooms will not affect your ecosystem or the plants. If it bothers you, you can remove the mushroom.
The moss looks dry. What can I do about it?
The pillow moss we use is very resilient, a bit like a sponge. You can carefully remove it from the ecosystem and place it in a bowl of water. Leave it there for a few hours and it will regain its dark green colour. Squeeze the moss so it's not too wet and put it back.