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Asked on Mar 27, 2013

Whats up with our terrarium

LjcKMS WoodworksDouglas Hunt


My son & I made a terrarium from a used fish tank this past summer. It is just not flourishing. All the plants we have placed are said to be humidity lovers. Anybody have positive experiences with terrariums and advice? Much appreciated
whats up with our terrarium, gardening, terrarium
3 answers
  • Douglas Hunt
    on Mar 27, 2013

    Perhaps you're overwatering? Here are some tips from Southern Living: http://www.southernliving.com/home-garden/gardens/terrarium-gardens-00417000080876/

  • KMS Woodworks
    on Mar 27, 2013

    Some terrariums never need to be watered if they are sealed and moisture balanced ...yours looks to be partially covered with plastic. One common problem is people often place them in areas that are too sunny...just like how your car can turn into a bake oven the same thing can happen here. can you find an old thermometer to track the interior temps? When I built these ages ago I used mostly low light plants, native mosses and ferns, mine were mostly sealed and I would check the soil moisture about one a month..in some months I did not need to add any. by using lower light plants the unit could sit away from the window and still get enough ambient light to live. another common problem with some semi sealed and sealed systems is mold or fungus attacks. Considering the high humidity and organic matter this is hard to control as well.

  • Ljc
    on Mar 28, 2013

    Thank you Douglas & KMS Woodworks for your responses. I will find a thermometer and check into low light plants. I have to replace the plants that are dying off. Until then I will keep trying to perfect this little ecosystem. I have different types of rocks in there now that I am going to take out in case they are the problem. I thought only sandstone would be a problem,perhaps I am wrong. I am going to check out the Southern Living link now. Thanks again.

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