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How to care for succulent terrariums

  • Feb 29 2016


Caring for your Happy Planting terrarium is pretty easy! Succulents are very forgiving and that’s why we love them. But you can trust that we’ve killed our share of succulents when we were starting out, by either watering them too much or giving them too much sun. With experience, we learned that succulents don’t live at the same pace as we do – it takes over a week for them to get hungry whereas it takes us only a few hours. So try not to overcompensate when you notice your plants looking less than perfect.

Watering: Succulents live in arid environments and need very little water, especially when grown in a terrarium. You can spray them with a light mist every week, or water them every other week with a tiny bit of water by dripping water near the roots.  It is much better to underwater than over water these plants, as over watering can lead to rot, which will kill the plants. If the plants are not getting enough water, their leaves may start to shrivel and droop a bit, but they recover quickly once you water them.

Light: Succulents like plenty of indirect light. They do well placed near a window that gets only indirect light for most of the day. Too much direct sunlight will burn the plants as the terrarium can get very warm.

Fertilizing: Succulents require nutrients and should be applied only in spring and summer, at two- to four-week intervals, at approximately one-quarter the dosage recommended on the label. No fertilizer is required from mid-September to March.

Maintenance: Succulents require little maintenance. To discourage rot, it is best to remove fallen leaves from the terrarium. It is also good to allow the terrarium to receive fresh air from an open window when the weather allows.

Hopefully this helps and now you understand how to look after your succulents. These terrariums make great gifts and decor for both offices and homes. If you gave a Happy Planting terrarium to someone as a gift, make sure you send them this article or our website information to help them keep their terrariums happy. Share the article using the social media links below. And don’t forget to enjoy your Terrariums!

Have a Happy Planting!

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