5 Terrarium Tips That Are Extremely Helpful

**Title: 5 Incredibly Helpful Terrarium Tips | Improve Your Terrarium Making Skills**

Are you looking to enhance your terrarium making skills and achieve healthier and more attractive terrariums? Look no further! In this video, I’ll be sharing five incredibly helpful terrarium tips that are often overlooked. By implementing these tips, you’ll see a significant improvement in your terrariums’ look and overall health.

**Tip 1: Top Dressing – A Game-Changer for Terrariums**

One of my biggest pet peeves is seeing bare patches of soil in a terrarium. That’s where top dressing comes in handy. Not only does it enhance the aesthetics of your terrarium, but it also helps retain moisture in the soil, reducing the frequency of watering. Additionally, if you use organic materials like moss, it will break down over time, improving the soil structure and quality. Inorganic materials like lava rock or akadama are perfect for creeping plants with shallow roots, thriving in a moist and airy medium. It also provides a hiding space for microfauna such as springtails. [^source1]

**Tip 2: Add Leaf Litter for Micro Fauna and Soil Improvement**

In nature, leaf litter plays a crucial role in promoting a healthy ecosystem. The same principle applies to terrariums. Adding leaf litter, whether from outside or purchased from reputable sellers, can be incredibly beneficial. Microfauna within your terrarium will appreciate it, as they feed on the decaying organic material. Even if you don’t have microfauna, the leaves will decompose and improve soil structure. Just make sure to inspect the collected leaves for any unwanted insects or creatures before adding them to your terrarium. [^source2]

**Tip 3: Simplify Your Soil with Molar Clay**

Finding the right soil mix for terrariums can be challenging, but molar clay has become my go-to bonsai medium. It’s cost-effective, readily available, and excellent at retaining water while providing adequate drainage. For a simple and effective terrarium soil mix, combine one part molar clay, one part worm castings, and one part coir. This mixture surpasses anything you’ll find at a garden center. Remember, terrarium soil doesn’t need to be complicated. [^source3]

**Tip 4: Create Bioactive Terrariums for a Thriving Ecosystem**

One of the most rewarding aspects of terrarium building is observing the creatures within the ecosystem thriving. Creating a bioactive terrarium mimics nature and promotes a self-sustaining environment. Microfauna like springtails and isopods play important roles. Springtails consume mold, preventing outbreaks, while isopods feed on fallen leaves, dead plant matter, and aerate the soil. For a fantastic selection of microfauna, check out reputable sellers like Micro Exotics. Their passion for what they do shines through in their products. [^source4]

**Tip 5: Choose the Right Moss Species for Healthy Terrariums**

Have you ever wondered why your moss turns brown? It’s likely due to using the wrong species. Choosing the correct moss species is crucial for a vibrant and healthy terrarium. Some of my favorite moss species include Lukobium glorcum, Bun moss, Iridium tamariskinum, Tamarisk moss, and Mood moss. However, it’s important not to collect moss from the wild, as it takes a long time to regrow. Instead, purchase moss from reputable sellers like Moss Clerks, who ethically source their moss from areas being cleared for development or timber production. Sustainability is key! [^source5]

If you’re passionate about terrarium making and want to take your skills to the next level, be sure to watch this video for in-depth explanations and visual demonstrations of these fantastic tips. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to create stunning and thriving terrariums!

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5 Incredibly Helpful Terrarium Tips

I have no doubt that these 5 tips will help you improve your terrarium making skills and accelerate your growth! I feel that these tips aren’t spoken about enough and by implementing them you’ll be making your terrariums healthier and better looking.




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  1. I had no idea moler clay was a thing until I explored your videos. I just purchased my moler clay and I will soon build my first terranium. I joined your FB group as well. Thanks for everything you do!

  2. Love your videos! I am just getting into Terraiums and love your from the UK 🇬🇧 to recommend UK sites for produce.
    For moss I got flat moss, any tips to make sure it will do well? As not mentioned in this video, would be appreciated 😊

  3. Hi there! I just wanted to let you know that I made my first large mossarium! It's quite lovely, and I am enjoying it quite a lot. Thank you for all the tips, they have been quite useful!

  4. I would reccomend adding millipedes! they help clear up decaying plant matter, They burrow and areate the soil and they are fascinating to watch! I was deconstructing an old dying terrarium recently and found a milipede nest full of eggs in the soil. I transferred it to a heathy terrarium and now there are loads of baby millipedes crawling around!

  5. Great tips/advice! My clients usually have problems with mold and struggle with the best placement for their terrariums in their home to where they aren’t cooking the plants in direct light or starving it out with not enough light smh! Lol!! This is good stuff my friend!

  6. I just made my first terrarium, a temperate one for carnivorous plants. Can I use sphagnum moss instead of leaf litter or do I need both?

  7. Given its more available here, im thinking of mixing in carbonized rice hull (CRH) w/c is known to be good for aeration and home to helpful bacteria. Widely used for potted plants. Need to see yet how it goes tho..Also ive been keeping my own worms for a while now, in that way i know what goes into their food. Thanks to your work and channel Ben. Im gaining more and more inspiration and learning helpful info on how to build a proper terrarium💎. Great outdoors btw🤩

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