Aftercare

Loof Terrariums

Aftercare

All our terrariums are sent with a small 'How To' guide to help with looking after your new purchase. Terrariums are known for being easy to maintain with minimal effort. Here you can find how to look after the plants living inside your terrarium. If you are still unsure on how to look after it, here's some additional information to read. Or just email us with any queries you might have. All terrariums are watered before being delivered.


Succulent Aftercare

We use a lot of succulents in our terrariums as we love the look of them and you get so many varieties! Succulents are very easy to look after, only needing to be watered occasionally as their bodies/leaves are able to store water when in drought season. Succulents are native to hot dry regions such as Mexico, thus are used to drought periods.

  • Where to keep it - Place your terrarium by a light, warm window but not where there’s too much direct sunlight. Placing your terrarium in direct sunlight could cause damage to the plants inside or the glass itself. Remember to rotate your terrarium around so all the plants can get an even amount of sunlight. 
  • Watering - You should drizzle water around the plants in your terrarium once a week, during the summer months. They don’t need a lot of water so be careful not to over water them, you'll be able to tell if you're watering your terrarium too much if there is water building up at the bottom of the glass or leaves start to go soggy. If there is water built up leave your terrarium until all the water has evaporated before watering again. During Autumn, only water on sunny days, we'd recommend every couple of weeks, and during the winter reduce watering completely to once a month as plants do go dormant.   
  • Any Growth or Flowering - If looked after well in the summer period you might see some growth or even flowering. When flowering, depending what plant is in flower, a stalk will grow from the middle of your succulent upwards with a cluster of flowers on top. It can take up to a couple of years to flower. Once it has flowered and then dies, carefully twist and remove the stalk. This will keep your plant healthy. If there are any dead leaves or foreign objects they should be removed from your terrarium immediately.
     

Tillandsia Aftercare (Air Plants)

Tillandsias are plants that naturally found in the forests, mountains and deserts of South and Central America. They don't need any soil to survive but use the surrounding trees as host. They don't cause any damage to the trees, they use their high branches to be able to catch water and sunlight. Again, tillandsias are low maintenance which makes them great plants to have in your home or office and we love using them for their interesting look and wide varieties.

  • Where to keep it - Place near a window where there is enough sunlight but not direct sunlight, we find southern or eastern facing rooms work the best. 
  • Watering - Tillandsias we recommend that you mist the plant once a week, but they also require a soaking. Firstly you will need to obtain a tub or bowl that is large enough to soak your tillandsia in. Use fresh, room temperature water in your basin and after carefully removing your tillandsia from it's terrarium, submerge the plant in the water for 20-30 minuets. Once you've removed it, allow the plant to air dry, upside down before placing it back in it's terrarium. We recommend soaking in the morning to allow it time to dry in time, it can take a few hours for it to dry, and air dry upside down to prevent rotting. Soak your tillandsia every 3-4 weeks. 
  • Any Growth or Flowering -  Tillandsias only flower once in their life, the blossoms will last a few days to a few months all depend on the variety. After flowering the plant has reached it's matured age and will mean that it will die. However we hope that your tillandsia will reproduce by producing baby plants known as "pups". These will form at the bottom of your plant. These will need removing when they have grown by a third or half it's size. Then the cycle will continue. 

If the glass of your terrarium is starting to look a little dirty, to clean use water and a paper towel. Be careful when cleaning the inside of your terrarium as some of the plants are very delicate as you don't want to cause any harm.