Care Instructions

Our plants are surprisingly easy to care for.  Here are some tips to ensure your succulents and cactuses looks great for a long time to come! If you have any questions at all, please contact us, we're always happy to assist!

General Succulent & Cactus Care Instructions

 

Water

Succulents tend to come from warm and dry places such as deserts, so they really do not need a lot of water. It is best to let the soil dry out between watering, which is usually accomplished through simply watering your succulents every 1 to 4 weeks (depending on your house/office conditions). Note that in winter, some succulents and most cactuses go dormant, so they really only need to be watered once every 3-4 weeks.

We recommend using a 10 ml syringe to water the succulent at its base. In the case of watering succulents - less is more! Over-watered succulents tend to get soggy and perish, whilst under-watered succulents tend to look shriveled and droopy. If they are under-watered, Do not overcompensate by giving it too much water, just give them some water every 2-3 days until they start to look better.  

 

Light

Place your plants in a nice bright spot, but out of hot, direct sunlight (as it can burn the plants through the glass). Early morning and Winter sun are great. Your succulents will really thrive with lots of hours of natural sunlight. Please note that some succulent varieties, such as most echeverias require as much sunlight as possible. They would do best right on a window sill or with artificial grow-lights.

 

Upkeep

Keep your plants looking great by getting rid of any dead leaves. This is normal as succulents grow out from the top. If a succulent is getting very tall, trim the top leaves so it fills out more evenly. If a whole plant dies (usually happens from watering it too much), remove it. You can replace it with a succulent cutting, or another succulent plant, or even use other decorative items such as rocks, driftwood, shells to cover the spot.

Echeveria Care Instructions

 

Water

Echeveria doesn’t like to be kept too wet, but they also don’t like to be kept too dry. When you water Echeveria, water the soil and not the rosette. Pour on the water until it drains out the bottom. Repeat this a couple times. Then don’t water again until the soil has dried out. You don’t want your plant to remain soaking wet all the time. To help prevent this, don’t let the pot sit in a saucer full of water. The time between watering depends on the temperatures and conditions of the plant.

 

Light

Indoors, put them near the brightest window in your house. Your plants will stretch if they don’t have enough sunlight. Ideally, you would put your plants near a south-facing window. If that isn’t an option, though, put them near a window that gets the most light.


Repotting

Generally use the smallest size pot possible, or something that is just bigger than the root ball is the right choice. People sometimes worry about overpotting. This is when you use a large container for a small plant. The potential problem is that greater soil volume can hold more moisture and lead to the risk of rot. However, the soil you use with succulents should have excellent drainage anyway and larger pots shouldn’t pose any problem. So, find the container that you think looks great, small or large, and let your Echeveria grow.

Terrarium Care Instructions

 
Open Terrariums 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Light: A nice bright spot, but out of hot, direct sunshine as it can burn the plants through the glass. Early morning and Winter sun are great. Succulents thrive with lots of hours of natural light.
 

Water: Succulents/cacti are desert plants, so they don’t need a lot of water. The general rule of thumb is to let the soil dry out in between watering (approx. fortnightly). If you have the patience, use a syringe  to water the succulents/cacti. Water at the bottom of each plant, spreading the water over the soil around the plant. Indicators: overwatered succulents go soggy and usually die. Under watered succulents look shriveled and droopy – don’t overcompensate by giving them too much water, just water every 2-3 days until they look better. If your terrarium has moss, it will love to be misted with a spray bottle every few days.
 

Upkeep: Keep your terrarium looking good by getting rid of dead leaves (very normal as succulents grow from the top).If a plant is getting tall and spindly, trim the top leaves so it fills out. If a whole plant dies (usually from over-watering), make sure you remove it. You can replace it with a cutting, another succulent or collect some pebbles/shells and cover that spot.
 

Airplants: If your terrarium has an airplant, mist it with a spray bottle at least once/week – make sure it dries out within a few hours – if it stays soggy it could rot.
 

Insects: All our terrariums are chemical free, and sometimes tiny gnats take up residence. If you prefer to get rid of them, mist insecticide (pyrethrum is good) onto a cotton wool ball, cover the terrarium with glad wrap and leave in overnight, repeating the process after a few days.
 

Reindeer Moss: Reindeer moss in your terrarium is living and should be sprayed by little amount water every two weeks. They will expand and grow.


 
Glass Bottle or Container Terrariums
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

Light: A semi to bright spot, but out of direct sunshine as it can burn the plants through the glass. Early morning sun is great.
 

Water: The key is not to over-water your terrarium because it doesn’t have external drainage. A healthy drizzle of water over each plant once/week is a good guide. If the pebbles in the bottom of your terrarium become submerged in water, you are probably giving the terrarium too much – put it in a bright spot and don’t water for a couple of weeks. If your terrarium has moss, it will love to be misted with a spray bottle every few days. Indicators: If the stem is turning brown/soggy, the plant is being overwatered. If a plant looks droopy, it may be under watered.
 

Upkeep: Keep your terrarium looking good by getting rid of dead foliage. If a plant is getting tall and spindly, trim the top leaves so it fills out. If a whole plant dies (usually from over-watering), make sure you remove it. You can replace it with a similar plant or just collect some pebbles/shells and cover that spot.
 

Airplants: If your terrarium has an airplant, mist it with a spray bottle at least once/week – make sure it dries out within a few hours – if it stays soggy it could rot.
 

Insects: all our terrariums are chemical free, and sometimes tiny gnats take up residence. If you prefer to get rid of them, mist insecticide (pyrethrum is good) onto a cotton wool ball, cover the terrarium with glad wrap and leave in overnight, repeating the process after a few days.

 

 
Closed Terrariums
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

Light: A semi bright spot, but out of direct sunshine as it can burn the plants through the glass. When you first put the lid on the terrarium, it will fog up, and gradually the fog will become water droplets on the glass. If you have had the terrarium for more than a month and the glass is always ‘sweaty’ on all sides, you may need to move it to a cooler spot. Make sure it is not in a position where it could overheat, eg an office with no open windows/aircon on the weekend in Summer.
 

Water: Closed terrariums need very little water as they create their own water cycle – that’s why the glass has condensation. A few sprays of water when there is no condensation or your plant is looking droopy is a good guide – once a month, even more rarely for containers with a good seal. Leave the lid off after watering for half an hour – wait until foliage is dry before replacing the lid. If the glass has condensation droplets on all sides, it is too wet, so wipe down with a paper towel.
 

Tip: use filtered, rain or distilled water to help keep your moss nice and green.
 

Air: Take the lid off for around half an hour, once a week to give your terrarium some fresh air.
 

Upkeep: Pinch off or trim leaves as they grow and touch the glass so they don’t go brown. Clean internal glass if needed with a paper towel.
 

Airplants: If your terrarium has an airplant, mist it with a spray bottle at least once/week – make sure it dries out within a few hours – if it stays soggy it could rot.

 

Insects: All our terrariums are chemical free, and sometimes tiny gnats take up residence. If you prefer to get rid of them, just soak a few cotton wool balls in pyrethrum insecticide, pop them in the terrarium (not in direct contact with the plants), put on the lid and leave overnight. Repeat after a few days.
 

Fungus: Always remove dead foliage as it can attract mould and fungus. If you see any fungus, remove straight away with a tissue and leave the lid off overnight. If the fungus keeps coming back, add a teaspoon of 3% hydrogen peroxide (available at pharmacies) to your spray bottle of water, remove the fungus, spray the affected area and leave the lid off overnight. Don’t worry, the hydrogen peroxide won’t harm the plants, just the fungus!

 
Sand Terrariums
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Light: A semi to bright spot, but out of direct sunshine as it can burn the plants through the glass. Early morning sun is great.
 

Water: The key is not to over-water your terrarium because it doesn’t have external drainage. A full 10ml syringe of water at the bottom of each plant (so not to damage the sand design) once/week is a good guide.
 

Upkeep: Keep your terrarium looking good by getting rid of dead foliage. If a plant is getting tall and spindly, trim the top leaves so it fills out. If a whole plant dies (usually from over-watering), make sure you remove it. You can replace it with a similar plant or just collect some pebbles/shells and cover that spot.
 

Airplants: If your terrarium has an airplant, mist it with a spray bottle at least once/week – make sure it dries out within a few hours – if it stays soggy it could rot.

 
Airplant Terrariums
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Light: A nice bright spot, but out of hot, direct sunshine as it can burn the plants through the glass. Early morning and Winter sun are great. If an airplant suddenly falls apart, it probably wasn’t getting enough light, so move your terrarium to a brighter spot.
 

Water: Airplants do not have roots, so they get all of their water through their leaves. Mist them with your spray bottle around once/week, more often in hot weather or if they are exposed to heating or aircon. Make sure they are in a position where they can dry out completely as they can rot if they stay wet.
 

Upkeep: Keep your terrarium looking good by getting rid of dead leaves and trimming the brown ends off leaves with nail scissors.
 

Replacements: The beauty of airplant terrariums is that if the plants don’t survive, they are very easy to replace – just pop in a new one! If your terrarium has an airplant that is ‘suspended’ on driftwood and it needs replacing, gently twist it off the wood (I lightly adhere these with plant-safe glue so they don’t move during transit). Nestle a new plant in its place.