The idea behind the capsules terrarium is to keep them as much as possible self-independent ecosystems. Once looked hermetically it would be possible, but with time they would be much less aesthetic and decorative. Therefore, they are made to be easily open and they do require minimal care.
Following a few simple, but important requirements, will keep your terrarium healthy & looking gorgeous for you to enjoy as long as possible.
- place your terrarium as close to a window as possible, but not in direct sun, as the sun will cause the terrarium to overheat
- water terrarium sparingly when needed (usually once each 2-4 months, depends on the type of garden you choose)
- rotate your terrarium periodically to ensure even growth of all plants
- micro-gardening; remove any fallen or dead leaves (needed especially with all terrariums with bonsai trees)
- clean the glass within your terrarium periodically, either by spraying as you water your terrarium or by wiping with a damp cloth where possible.
More detailed specification of watering the gardens, depends on the type:
- ferns forest capsules: the moss should always be damp & there should be condensation on the glass. Ferns need filtered light so avoid placing in direct sunshine at all times. Enclosed terrariums may only require a light spray every month or so. Water should be visible in the bottom rock layer, about 1cm-2cm is sufficient. Do not overwater.
- rainforest, orchids or carnivous capsules: the moss or soil should always be damp & there should be condensation on the glass. Enclosed terrariums may only require a light spray every month or so. Water should be visible in the bottom rock layer; about 1cm-2cm is sufficient. Do not overwater.
- desert capsules – keep the lid open. Succulents & cactus require minimal watering. Water with a spray bottle every couple of weeks or so, allowing the soil to dry out fully between watering.
- seascape capsules: grass Ostsee/Baltic type need regular watering, it’s the most demanding type of capsuled gardens. Water it once a week, then let the sand to dry out fully between watering. Airplants one takes some of their moisture requirements directly from the air, however, they do benefit from a light spray of water. Enclosed terrariums, about once a month (allowing plants to dry before replacing lids) whilst open ones, every week or so during summer, and fortnightly during winter.