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Joe

The Hardscape Guide to Spider Wood Driftwood (Azalea Root)

One of my favourite aspects of designing a terrarium is the hardscape. The combination of selection and placement is key in bringing a dynamic scene to life, and when it comes to organic hardscape – nothing does that better than Spider Wood.  Honestly, Spider Wood (Spiderwood) is to hardscapes what butter is to bread.  (Because,

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Jewel orchid
Dan

Jewel Orchid 101: How to Grow Real Gems (Varieties & Care)

Orchids have long been prized for their beautiful blooms, but the recent rise of jewel orchids now offer an exciting alternative. Instead of their flowers, these gorgeous species are coveted for their stunning leaves. Honestly, like nothing I’ve ever seen before. Perhaps more flashy than any other kind of plants – the foliage on offer

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terrarium ideas
Joe

11+ Fun DIY Terrarium Ideas to Try – Get Your Craft On!

The wonderful thing about the terrarium hobby is that there are so many ways to be creative and conjure original and beautiful work. It is a niche that lies at the intersection between nature, art, and science. It is, therefore, a field ripe for experimentation and one in which new ground is broken constantly.   So,

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Joe

How to Make a Moss Terrarium (Mossarium): Step-by-Step Guide

Moss is a much loved, staple ingredient used in closed terrariums. Its bouncy, verdant nature effortlessly gives texture and depth to any design. Whether it’s to create an effect of rolling hills, dense jungle, or a wild grassland – there’s a different kind of moss to suit each occasion. The mossarium puts moss at the

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Dan

What Makes a Terrarium Plant? How to Judge Size & Suitability

There really is a lot to consider when judging if a plant is a good fit for a terrarium. Whether it’s the plant’s shape, spread, max height, leaf diameter, zodiac sign, or daily tendency to tantrum… every plant is going to play out differently. “Will it fit?” is probably the first thought, followed closely by

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perlite
Dan

What is Perlite? The Mineral That Rocks Your Plant Substrate

These days, you don’t have to be a geologist to have heard of perlite. This foamy white rock is a true horticultural staple; found in garden centers, homes, hydroponic setups and outdoor growing spaces worldwide. It’s able to both improve your soils and substrates, or in some cases completely replace them. Making perlite a versatile material

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dragon stone (ohko stone)
Joe

4 Creative Ways to Use Dragon Stone (Ohko) In Your Terrarium

When I design terrariums, I create organic, luscious environments that have the texture and detail of a living ecosystem. I will use wood and stone to elevate the intricacy of my designs and, quite frankly, I revere Dragon Stone as the king of hardscape materials. Warm, earthy hues and a striking scaley appearance are the

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coconut coco coir
Joe

The Definitive Guide to Coco Coir (Why We Love It!)

If you’re into terrariums, houseplants, hydroponics, or gardening, chances are you’ve heard of coco coir before today. It’s an incredibly popular substrate medium and for good reason! But, not everyone knows why, what to look out for when buying, or how it is best used in practice. This will be the definitive guide to coco coir. Let’s

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What is Vermiculite
Dan

What Is Vermiculite? Grow Plants with this Natural Mineral

Vermiculite, perlite’s lesser known cousin. This naturally forming mineral may not be the go-to plant soil/substrate amendment for people yet, but it’s actually better than perlite at some things. Honestly, you just need to know its uses. It’s a hit for growers with the thirstiest of plants, so maybe it’s just what you’re missing? Personally,

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Sphagnum moss
Dan

Sphagnum Moss 101: The Multi-Tool of the Plant World

If you’ve got a plant dilemma, there’s a reasonable chance that sphagnum moss is the answer. Honestly, this wonder material is ridiculously versatile and has all sorts of uses (it was even used to treat wounds in World War 1). Whether you’re growing, attaching or propagating plants – sphagnum moss is here to help. Though,

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moss pole
Dan

How (& Why) You Should use a Moss Pole for Plants

Honestly, the idea of a vertical indoor jungle is just as appealing to your tropical plants as it is to you and me (and trust me, that’s a lot). So many of the exotic houseplants we know and love can really benefit from having something to attach to and climb up. Bigger leaves, stronger fenestrations,

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