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We talk about terrariums A LOT.
Here’s how to care for Succulent Terrariums long term. This blog post is specifically for people that have had their terrariums for a few months. If you are just getting started, check out our blog post about how to build a succulent terrarium here.
Place your terrarium near a window. Partially sunny, fully sunny, it doesn’t matter. Succulent terrariums and cactus gardens are really adaptable. The trick is that it needs to be near a window. The other trick is that once you have it in a certain window, you should just leave it there because it’s going to get used to a certain amount of light.
Shocking a plant is when it goes from getting a certain amount of light to something that is drastically different. It’s an easy way to kill a plant. If you have a succulent terrarium that you’ve had in a shady office and decide to change it to a full sun window – give the plant some time to adjust in steps.
For a small vessel like the plants or the bird bowls shown above, half a cup of water should be perfect. For a larger vessel, perhaps 1-2 cups. The trick is that your terrarium needs to completely dry in between waterings. Less water is better. More water is bad.
How often you water depends on how sunny and how quickly your terrarium dries out. Around every two weeks good. If your terrarium is outdoors or in a super sunny window, you will need to water it more. In those environments, several times per week. But don’t worry about making it perfect!
Succulents will give you a clear sign when they need water. They will look wrinkly and prune-y like the way your fingers look when you’ve been in a swimming pool too long.
Succulents can do something really cool. If you plant a trimming or a healthy leaf that has fallen off, it will often grow into a new plant. This is called cloning and succulents clone really easily but not every single time.
“Puppies” are when you take a new growth of the plant that has established new roots and plant that. So there are clones and puppies.
When you have a rootless plant, or a clone, do not water it. No water. Not one drop! Because it doesn’t have roots, there is no way for the plant to absorb that water. And the watery soil will rot the plant.
If you want to go above and beyond give your plant a little snack! It’s a great thing to do twice a year or so if you are really rocking a water schedule. There is special succulent food that you can heavily dilute. You can also try adding a tiny sprig of egg shells or coffee grounds. All plants love those.
Sometimes things go Wrong:
If you made a terrarium at a Pop Shop Houston event, and you have questions. We love to talk about How to Care for Succulent Terrariums! Reach out here. But real talk, sometimes plants just die. Sometimes it’s not you. Sometimes it’s the plant. Don’t assume that you have a black thumb if something goes wrong with your terrarium! Just give it another try.
Didn’t get enough plant fun from How to Care for Succulent Terrariums? Here’s our how to build one here: