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Terrarium Planting FAQ

FAQs about planting your H Potter terrarium

Why start with a layer of pea gravel and mix in a handful of activated charcoal, spreading this mixture evenly on the bottom of your tray?

 

The gravel helps with drainage and root rot prevention, the charcoal keeps decay at bay.

 

Why add a layer of sphagnum moss, followed by a layer of soil to nearly fill your tray?

 

The moss acts as a filter and keeps the soil from falling into the drainage.

 

Why should you tease the roots if your plant has a root ball?

 

You want your plants roots to grow out horizontally, not to continue growing in a circle as they were in their original pot.

 

Why should I tamp the soil to help remove air pockets?

 

Air pockets can cause the root of your plant to dry out. You want the plants roots to be surrounding soil.

 

Why only water the soil very lightly?

 

Your terrarium will be recycling its own water and you don’t want waterlogged soil.

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