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Terrarium Kit Instructions

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Get your succulent terrarium kit if you want to join in on the fun!

Your kit includes:

  • Glass Vessel
  • Drainage Rocks
  • Horticultural Charcoal
  • Cactus Soil
  • Two different succulents/ or cacti 
  • Top Dressing (sand)
  • One pebble colour  
  • Decorative  mosses, precious rocks and a couple other fun ‘surprise’ add ons.

What you need from home:

  • Tongs (Please be very cautious when planting all cacti, they are a bunch of pricks)
  • Small paint brush 
  • Spoon
  • Apron (Optional-but cute) 

Step 1: Clean your vessel (if needed) and lay out all your materials.

Step 2: Cover the bottom of your terrarium with a 1 inch-thick layer of DRAINAGE STONES then add a very thin layer of HORTICULTURAL CHARCOAL. This helps to keep any mildew or mold away.  Essentially, this keeps everything fresh! 

Step 3: Add your CACTUS SOIL. If you have a hanging terrarium, you will want to make sure that the soil reaches the lip of your vessel and try to keep it fairly even across the whole terrarium. Fact: watering over time will compact the soil down so more soil is ok while you assemble. 

Step 4: Add your PLANTS. I typically go from large to small. I will pre-dig  a space for my plant to go,  then I “unearth” the plant by loosing up the root system by lightly pinching the soil and roots after removing from the pot (not too much or you may kill the plant!) Please use tongs when handing our little cactus friends as well.

Step 5: Style your terrarium.  I usually do my TOP DRESSING first, then add whatever other fun items- moss, bark, stones, lil fairy creatures, whatever you feel fits into your design. I like to use a spoon or a paint brush to help place decorative items in tricky places.

Step 6: Mist your new pals and find a proper location for your terrarium. 

Make sure to check out the care tips below. Please feel free to email me at flourishing.mindsco@gmail.com if you have any questions or concerns.

I would love to see your creations so tag me on instagram @flourishingmindscompany

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The Almighty CARE TIPS for your new terrarium. 

1. LIGHT:  I'm sure you already know that succulents need a lot of light, but how will you know how much light is enough? Your plants will actually tell you when they need more or less light. Too little light: Plants will grow tall or  bend in one direction in search of light. That’s called ‘stretching' and it won’t hurt your plant, it just looks kind of strange.  Too little light can also cause your plants to become pale and lose their colour. Solution? Move your plant to a brighter part of your space.  Too much light: Yes, it’s possible to give your succulents too much light, especially when they’re babies. Most smaller succulents will burn if you leave them in hot, direct sunlight for a long time. Sometimes the glass from your terrarium can also refract sunlight, magnifying it into an intensely hot beam. So avoid direct sun. 

 2. WATERING ROUTINE: Only water your terrarium with a small amount of water (1 tbsp) every couple of weeks. Do not overwhelm the plant by soaking it with water, as the roots will become too wet and die. Succulents have a reserve of water in their leaves and will draw from that water if necessary to survive. Keep an eye on your succulents leaves to check for dehydration.

3.TEMPERATURE: Try to avoid drafts. These plants are native to warm climates (lucky buggers) and can be fussy with cool drafts while dealing with our Canadian weather. Try to put them in a spot that wont get too cold or too hot. 

4. TOSS THE DEAD STUFF: It’s totally natural for parts of your succulents to die. Some leaves, especially near the bottom will die sometimes as new ones grow from the top. It’s important that you try to remove the dead pieces so they don’t sit around and cause bacteria or rot near the roots. (Long tweezers come in handy for this!)

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