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Glass Terrariums on Etsy
Dan

These Unique Glass Terrariums on Etsy Are STUNNING

Now, I’m all for upcycling containers for terrariums (I’ll take any excuse to drink more wine) but sometimes you want something special – and that’s exactly what I have here. From grand wardian cases to exquisite prisms, all of the terrariums in this article (and the others on offer from these sellers) are beautifully made

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Orchid Bark for Terrariums
Dan

Terrarium Orchid Bark / Fir Bark Substrates (Pro’s & Cons)

Orchid bark is a fantastic naturalistic substrate for all kinds of terrariums. It brings a host of benefits to more comprehensive mixes (like the ABG mix) or it can be used as a standalone substrate for some kinds of plants. In this article, we’ll cover when and how to use orchid bark in a terrarium,

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10 Etsy Sellers With Gorgeous Terrarium Plants for Sale

Etsy can be an absolute goldmine of tropical terrarium variety.  With so many sellers on the platform, we’re able to access a great diversity of plants from a single marketplace. Plus, the fact that many of these shops specialise in one type or another really helps to ensure we’re getting the best quality possible! In

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Terrarium Mushrooms
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Mushrooms in Terrariums: What Are They There Spore?

Intentionally or not, mushrooms can often appear spontaneously in terrariums. They can sometimes hitch a ride in our plants and substrates, or their spores can literally find their way in through the air at any time. To be honest, they can actually be quite hard to stop if you’re using native plants and materials… but

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Terrarium Humidity
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How to Keep Humidity High in Terrariums (5 Easy Ways)

Humidity is a key part in what makes a terrarium such a valuable horticultural tool. The ability to trap moisture is fundamental to creating the tropical environment that allows us to grow such interesting and exotic plants.  But, humidity is a fickle mistress…  She’s as quick to change as the weather, and when it comes

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ABG Mix – The Classic Terrarium Substrate Recipe

The ABG mix, first developed (and named for) the Atlanta Botanical Gardens has been the gold standard substrate in the terrarium and vivarium industry for many years. If in doubt, this is a tried-and-tested option for tropical terrariums of all kinds.  In this article, we’re going to break down the components that make this mix

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Tropical Terrarium Plants
Dan

12 Totally Tropical Terrarium Plants for a Slice of Paradise

I don’t know about you, but when I think of a tropical paradise I think of lush rainforests with broad leaves, exotic foliage and rich greens – with dashes of vibrant colours. And a margarita in hand… Cocktails aside, to achieve that tropical vibe in your terrarium you’re going to need the right mix of

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False Bottom Terrarium
Dan

What Is a Terrarium False Bottom? (And Do You Need One?)

I often like to say that a terrarium is a lot like building a house, but truth be told, that’s not entirely true. You see, both houses and terrariums need a strong and stable foundation with good drainage (like us, plants don’t want to be swimming in water in their homes) but a house should

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Terrarium Supplies
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Basic Terrarium Supplies for DIY Projects (+ Shopping List)

There’s nothing worse than starting a new terrarium project, cleaning and preparing all of the plants, and then finally realising you’ve forgotten one key component.  It’s probably not going to be the soil let’s be honest, but there are some key terrarium supplies involved in almost every build – and they’re not always quite so

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Low Light Terrarium Plants
Dan

10 Low Light Terrarium Plants (That’ll Thrive in the Shade!)

Whether you’re trying to brighten up that shady corner in your living room, or you’re making the most of an apartment that only gets light from one direction – low light terrarium plants are your best friend. In reality, many terrarium plants prefer indirect sunlight, but only a select few can handle the conditions at

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Bright Indirect Light
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What is Bright Indirect Light? The Terrarium Gold Standard

If you keep more than a few varieties of houseplants, you’ll know the familiar challenge of swapping and changing plant locations to keep them happy. Just when you think you’ve got everything perfect, the season changes and the game resets. Nightmare. Thankfully, terrarium plants – in all their wonderful diversity – actually tend to share

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Call in the Clean-up Crew: Terrarium Insects & Bugs

Today we’re talking about terrarium bugs. The good, the bad and the ugly. Love them or hate them, insects and bugs can make a valuable addition to a terrarium ecosystem. Provided you get the right ones. Some insects can keep your terrarium clean, rich in nutrients and free of pests, whereas others simply are the

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