Plant Care

Plant Care

We’ve created a quick guide for how to care for each of the plants we carry at Art Terrarium. Please click through to learn more about what kind of sun and watering schedule is recommended for your plants.

Air Plants

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Air plants are special little critters that don’t need soil to survive. They DO need water. Give your air plant a soak in a bath of water for 20-30 minutes once a week. After the soak, shake off excess water and let it dry. You can also mist your air plant with a water bottle in between baths. Air plants like indirect sunlight, but can also thrive under fluorescent lights.


 Baby TearsBaby Tears

Origin: Corsica + Sardinia
Tolerates medium light- prefers bright indirect light. No direct sun though! Keep soil moist but never soggy.  Likes humidity! Good for kitchens or bathrooms.


Bird’s Nest Fern
Birdsnest Ferns

Grows best in medium to low indirect light. Keep the soil consistently moist, but not soggy, soil. Loves a good misting! Can tolerate soil drying out from time to time.  Fun Fact: Bird’s Nest Ferns grow on trees in the wild, so they can be mounted on plaques and hung on your wall!


 

Boston Fern

Boston Fern

Origin: Florida + Tropical Regions of Pacific Rim
Indirect light + a cool space.
Needs humidity + loves to be misted especially in the winter.
Make sure soil remains damp.
Repot every 2 years.
Prune discolored fronts w/ sharp clean scissors.
Non toxic!


Cacti

Cacti Group

Don’t let water stand or pool on the surface of any cacti. Place in a warm sunny location where it will get 4-6 hours of light a day. Don’t overwater! Let soil dry out completely between waterings. Water 1-2 times a month. Cacti can go for months without watering, but rot from overwatering is an instant killer. When repotting- use a specialized cactus mix.

 

Croton

Croton
Fussy about being moved- may lose foliage when moved. Also resilient tho- leafs will quickly grow back. Prefers high light but will tolerate medium light.
Water until water flows out the bottom of the container- when topsoil is dry.
Likes humidity and misting, keep it away from drafts and cold.
TOXIC-Not safe for pets or small humans to munch.

 

Dragon Tree

Dragon Tree

Origin: Madagascar
Prefers bright indirect light. Leaves will scorch with too much direct sunlight.
Keep soil slightly moist, but not soggy. Water less in the winter- don’t allow to dry completely. Use distilled/ filtered water- sensitive to fluoride.
Mist if tips begin to turn brown! Repot every 2 years in the spring.
This is a super air purifier!
TOXIC- not good for pets or offspring to munch on.

 

English Ivy

English Ivy

Thrives in bright filtered to low light. Ample light = leaves have more color.
Keep soil moist spring-summer. And on the drier side in winter.
Likes a periodic washing. Instead of dusting it- place in the shower and allow water to run over it for a few minutes. Needs a consistent temp! Avoid drafty areas.
Excellent air purifier!
TOXIC to pets and children.

Foxtail Fern

Foxtail Fern

Origin: South Africa

The more sun, the faster it grows. It will tolerate low light. Turns yellow when thirsty, brown when over watered. Likes moderate humidity. Mist your foxtail fern frequently! Can grow up to 2 feet. Actually a member of the lily fam!

Toxic to pets and small children.

 

Money Tree

Money Tree

Full sun to partial shade. Deep but infrequent watering. Let soil completely dry out between waterings. Dislikes being moved around. Avoid drafty areas. Repot every two years in a peat moss mixture.

Pitcher Plant

Pitcher Plant

Origin: SE Asia, India, Madagascar
Likes moderate to bright light. Avoid intense direct light.
Water as needed to keep the potting soil moist but not soggy. Don’t allow them to dry out completely. Use distilled water or rain water!
When repotting- use a combination of half perlite + have dry sphagum moss.

 

Ponytail Palm

Ponytail Palm

Actually a succulent! Likes bright light, but is a forgiving plant. Let the soil dry out completely between waterings. Repot only when it gets root bound and into a pot that is only an inch or two bigger than the previous pot.