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Self Care

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Kokedama

To water a kokedama, place the twine ball in a sink or bowl of water for 30-60 mins on their watering days. The length of time is required to ensure the water has soaked through to the middle. When enough time has lapsed, drain any excess water and return to its normal place.

Kokedama need to be watered as often as the plant within the wrappings would normally require water if it were in a pot.

  • For lush plants (plants that I consider NOT succulent or cacti varieties), we recommend watering once every 1-2 weeks.
  • For plants of the succulent or cacti variety, water once a month.

If the ball feels damp or heavy for its size at all, withhold from watering until it feels drier. Watering too often can cause mold or rot of the ball. This can be remedied by either removing the infected twine and re-wrapping the twine, or if it is not wanted anymore, the whole ball can be buried under regular potting mix in a pot or the ground (where suitable light requirements for that plant are). The ball will break down into the mix and the plant and roots will resume growth within its new environment. 

If a kokedama is watered suitably, the plant within the kokedama can last for years to come.

 

Terrariums

There are three types of terrariums that we produce at Leaf & Moss. Open green terrariums, open succulent/cactus terrariums and enclosed terrariums. All terrariums are design to be kept OUT OF DIRECT SUNLIGHT strictly. This means that if the rays of the sun rest on the glass then it needs to be moved. Otherwise the interior temperature will elevate too much for the plants survival. Filtered or indirect sunlight is best for our products and brightly lit environments will ensure your plants will flourish. If a terrarium's placement is too dark, it will also deteriorate over time too. If the moss looks too dark or grey, the plants are yellowing and dying then the terrarium needs to be moved somewhere brighter.

open green terrariums

An open green terrarium is considered so when the plant within the glass is not of a succulent/cactus variety and the glassware is not fully enclosed with a lid or otherwise.

To care for an open green terrarium, ensure it is watered cautiously as there is no drainage in the bottom. Add enough water to keep the sphagnum moss layer moist and the bottom rocks wet. Do not let the level of the water rise past the sphagnum moss layer into the soil as this promotes root rot and growth of mold and mildew which may harm the terrarium.

These terrariums are suitable for people who regularly see their terrariums and check their water levels.

 

open succulent/cacti terrariums

An open succulent or cactus terrarium does require very little care. Unlike the green terrariums, this style of terrarium needs watering cautiously approximately once a month. Due to the lack of drainage in the glass, the water that is residing at the bottom must dry out completely before any more water is added. If it is watered too much or too often, root rot will set in and the plants can not be saved once rot has begun.

These terrariums are perfect for the low maintenance plant lover! It needs a little care but not much!

 

enclosed terrariums

An enclosed terrarium requires almost no care at all. This terrarium has a lid on it to prevent or eliminate any water evaporation so the level of water and moisture within the glass has been stabilised and does not need to be added to. If the lid of the vessel is not completely airtight, the water level may need to be monitored over time (a very long time) to ensure the level does not dry out too much but this is done 6 months to a year at a time before any water should be added if needed at all.

 

With all types of terrariums, the plants within are living and some will have older leaves die off. This is perfectly normal for all plants and should not be worried about. You can remove the dead or dying leaves if their appearance bothers you but this is not necessary for the terrariums survival. Alternatively you can push them down into the soil at the base of the plant for extra nutrients for the plant. If a leaf dies against the glass and leaves a mark that you don't want, you can simply wipe the mark off with a finger (if you can reach) or a cloth or paint brush. 

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