An Education on Terrarium Health

There are many little gardens in glassware classified as terrariums on the market these days.  We specialise in an enclosed terrarium and this blog post will be discussing the health of our enclosed terrarium system.

Our special layer system in each vessel we create is to ensure our terrariums have long life.  One of the most common questions we receive is concerning mold or leaves turning brown.  While it is true that some terrariums can develop mold, this is rarely the case with our terrariums.  What people are mistaking as mold is nothing more than a composting leaf or two or three.  We also have information on our FAQ page with troubleshooting advice.

If you take a walk outside and check out the leaves on plants and trees alike, you will notice on any given day that plants have either a brown leaf or a leaf that has fallen off.  The same happens in a terrarium, the difference is; inside a terrarium the wind has not blown it away.  The leaf will typically begin it's compost cycle inside the terrarium (unless you remove the leaf before it composts down).

This is all completely normal and actually good for your terrarium to obtain nutrition and carbon dioxide through the decomposing leaves.  If this happens all too regularly, watch out for too much moisture and ensure your terrarium is not getting too much indirect sunshine (no more than 20 minutes a day if any).

This picture illustrates common misconceptions of mold inside terrariums.  

Another misconception is that moss in a terrarium should always be bright luscious green in colour.  Moss comes in all shades of green and brown; it will live through different seasonal life cycles.  Once again, if you look at moss in the outdoors, this is true of moss in it's natural habitat.  The underside of moss is always a browner colour.  Over time you may also notice some white fluff in the moss, this will be the leaf matter composting down.  Moss used in our terrariums is naturally harvested from the forest floor, not commercially grown and is natural bush moss; not preserved or painted moss.

If you are concerned about your terrarium health, check the layer system has moisture and that the glass has slight condensation.  Unless the terrarium is air-tight, we suggest a water between 2-6 times a year (depending on terrarium size) with all of our enclosed terrariums.

What you can do to eradicate the moldy leaf is simply remove it, or like we do - use a blunt object to push it into the soil to naturally compost in your terrarium.  In most cases new growth will bounce back in the coming weeks, however terrariums are a very slow process. 

Enjoy the natural wonders these little eco-systems bring and the joy of watching nature contained!


The Bigger The Better?

Over the last few years, we have come to choose our most favourite plants to use in our Kokedama range.  The reason being is; longevity and lush healthy plants are always paramount for us in both the Little Lands terrarium range - and our Kokedama range.  Not all plants are happy to be used in Kokedama.

So does size matter?  The size of the Kokedama ball is reflective on the species of plant.  The species we use, like a larger home for their roots, and this aides in not needing to water your kokedama as often.  So, for us, yes - size does matter.

Check out our online range available for shipping to most Australian states.


It has been time to expand the size of Little Lands to keep up with demand  - so we decided to open a bigger new store in Melbourne's outer Olinda.  The Olinda store is a 7 minute drive from our Monbulk Workshop and positioned right next to the famous Pie in the Sky restaurant.

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Terrarium Eye-Candy

A few snaps taken instore during the month of April.  

Our huge vintage demijohn with it's original tap, this piece stands approximately 80cm tall and is planted out with stunning fern and moss - terrarium loving plants.  This terrarium is also air-tight, so will never need watering.

One of our classic Honeypot Terraiums, a beach scene - mother and child nuzzling against one of our inddor plants.

princess peach terrarium

We are also getting ready for Comic-Con Melbourne where we will introduce the love of nature to pop-culture!

Our terrariums meet airplants in this stunning glassware - or change the airplants for a candle instead!