Starting your terrarium

Moss loves a balance of hydration, dappled light and ventilation. With these three things in mind here are some starter tips to create your happy Sanctuary.

Setting up your Sanctuary M

Sanctuary M - Rainforest

  1. Collect your piece of beautiful moss.

  2. Cut it or gently break apart to fit the insert, approximately 12cm in diameter. Some overhang is fine.

  3. Place it over the insert and gently tuck in the edges. You can rub your finger around the serrated edge to break the moss apart.

  4. Mist the moss to lush it up.

  5. Place on the lid.

  6. Press down glass top gently to form a tight seal.

    Condensation is normal and part of the natural process of the closed mossarium but if you think the moss is too wet or rotting, open and give some indirect sunlight. Mist less and regularly give your moss some airflow after your misting routine.

    If you believe there is too much condensation, this could be a sign that your terrarium may need a new, cooler position or reduced misting schedule.

    You can gently press down on the moss to feel how much water it is holding. As a general rule spritz weekly or as required.

    Moss does well with dappled or indirect sunlight and ventilation. Be sure to lift the lid regularly to check on moisture levels and allow the terrarium gasses to balance.

Sanctuary M - Rainforest

  1. Collect your plants, 2 small terrarium plants will work best (see here for plant ideas)
  2. Shake off any excess soil.
  3. Fill the insert with some small stones and activated charcoal. If you have purchased a marble or concrete version you can pierce the insert to allow excess water to drain into the base.
  4. Place your plants in the centre, gently press down soil around the plants.
  5. Add any large decorative stones, this may also help hold the plants in place.
  6. Smaller stones and moss can help to cover any remaining area.
  7. Give the arrangement a good misting.
  8. Ensure stones are not protruding over the edge where the glass will rest and wipe down the silicon insert.
  9. Place insert into the base
  10. Gently locate and place the glass top.

Choose a position for your Sanctuary according to the care instructions from the plant tags and water as recommended. As a general guide, check your plants for watering once a week or water when soil is dry to touch (usually a cup of water is plenty). In hotter months soil can dry out faster in a shallow pot so watering may need to be increased. Regular misting can help maintain a humid environment for plants that require it.

On the contrary, if you notice between waters the soil is still quite damp/dark and the leaves are withering you may be overwatering and you can lengthen time between watering.

At Botanica we pot with bonsai soil but any soil can be used that suits your plants needs. Stay in tune with your Sanctuary by admiring your terrarium daily. Lift the glass to water and prune your plants as needed to maintain a manicured miniature garden.

Sanctuary M - Arid

  1. Collect your plants, 2-3 small succulents or cacti will work best.
  2. Shake off any excess soil.
  3. Fill the insert with some small stones and activated charcoal. If you have purchased a marble or concrete version you can pierce the insert to allow excess water to drain into the base.
  4. Place your plants in the centre, fill with remaining soil and press down lightly.
  5. Add decorative stones or sand to cover the arrangement.
  6. Give the arrangement a misting.
  7. Wipe down the silicon insert and place in the base.

Setting up your Sanctuary S

  1. Collect your piece of beautiful moss.
  2. Cut it or gently break apart to fit the base, approximately 7cm diameter. Some overhang is fine.
  3. Place it over the base and gently tuck in the edges.
  4. Mist the moss to lush it up (You can add a splash of water in the base if the moss is dry).
  5. Place on the lid.

Manage the environment further by opening side ventilation when necessary.

Condensation is normal and part of the natural process of the closed mossarium but if you think the moss is too wet or rotting, open and give some indirect sunlight. Mist less and regularly give your moss some airflow after your misting routine.

If you believe there is too much condensation, this could be a sign that your terrarium may need a new, cooler position or reduced misting schedule.

You can gently press down on the moss to feel how much water it is holding. As a general rule spritz weekly or as required.

Moss does well with dappled or indirect sunlight and ventilation. Be sure to lift the lid regularly to check on moisture levels and allow the terrarium gasses to balance.

Setting up your Biodome

  1. Collect your plants, 2-3 small terrarium plants will work best (see here for plant ideas)
  2. Shake off any excess soil.
  3. Fill the base with some small stones and activated charcoal.
  4. Place your taller plants off centre clear of the glass flute, gently press down soil around the plants.
  5. Use large decorative stones and soil to arrange and hold the plants in place.
  6. Pack down soil.
  7. You may fill any voids around the plants with stones, leaving 1 centimetre clearance around the edge where the glass top rests.
  8. Style with moss.
  9. Give the arrangement a good misting and water.
  10. Ensure stones are not protruding over the edge where the glass will rest.
  11. Gently locate and place the glass top.

Biodome enjoys regular misting of moss and the bottom of plants.

Leaves that are touching the glass, and are wet, may begin to brown. Trim these back if you prefer or let them break down on their own.

Once a week leaving the lid off for half a day gives Biodome plants a good burst of fresh air and helps eliminate any odours caused by plant breakdown.