Dish garden care.
Hydration: Check the soil of your dish garden daily. If the soil is dry below the surface, the garden should be lightly watered. Keep in mind that plants generally require less frequent watering during the winter months. Plants that are in pots which are porous or have drainage holes require more frequent watering than plants that are in pots without adequate drainage. Do not overwater. This can lead to root rot which will destroy the plant. Again, feel the soil regularly. Most plants like the soil to be evenly moist, but not soggy. Blooming plants generally require more water than foliage plants. It's also a good idea to rotate your plants ¼ turn when watering to assure even growth. Grouping plants can help them to retain moisture when you are away for a few days. Plants that thrive in high moisture conditions can benefit from regular misting, a humidifier or occasional placement near the shower.
Plant Placement: Most plants require at least medium to bright light. Avoid drafty locations. Keep the plants away from doors and open windows during the cooler months. Keep plants away from air conditioning and heat ducts.
Fertilizer/Food: Plants require some, but very little fertilizer and any choice in plant food will keep your plants healthy. Generally you should cut back on fertilizer/food during the plants' dormant period, which is usually during the winter months.
Pests: Keep an eye out for infestations. Many pests are very tiny, so look for damaged leaves, fine white webs, spotting or anything out of the ordinary. Pesticides are available at most garden centers. A quick solution is to wash the leaves with warm, soapy water and rinse.
Caring for your terrarium is easy. Place your terrarium within 10 feet of a window. Be careful of placing directly in south facing windows. Never expose your terrarium to direct sunlight. Check every couple of weeks to see if your terrarium needs water. Feel the soil to see if it is dry and add water if it is. If your terrarium is closed, take off the top at least once a month to air it out. If you see lots of condensation or have added too much water, leave the top off until it has had a chance to dry out. Pull off any leaves that show signs of yellowing or damage and prune plants if they grow too large. Don’t fertilize your terrarium because you don’t want to encourage growth.
Fairy Garden care.
Fairy gardens do best planted in a typical potting mix that can be found at any garden center. If you decide to make your own, use 50% potting soil with 50% perlite. Fill your container about one inch from the top. A light application of a time release fertilizer is recommended. Keep your fairy garden well watered. Adjust watering according to climate and location of your garden. Make sure to bring your gardens indoors if there is a possibility of frost or during extreme heat. Trim plants when necessary. You can pinch or snip off larger foliage. Don't forget to remove any spent blooms.
Carnivorous plant care.
Planting: Venus fly traps like very humid and swamp-like conditions, so it can be difficult to find a place to grow them at home. Good choices include a terrarium or aquarium. They also like acidic soil, so it's best to use a mixture that includes sand and sphagnum moss. Make sure to place your Venus fly trap in an area that is bright, but the plant will likely do best if it is kept out of direct sunlight.
Hydration: Venus Flytraps should be monitored, especially during hot and dry weather, to ensure that their growing medium does not dry out completely. The growing medium ideally should be just moist, not soggy or waterlogged. Therefore the tray method is best used while the plants are in direct sunlight in hot weather, or when one goes on vacation, to ensure that the medium does not dry completely. The "tray method" is simply a method wherein you place pots in a tray that has standing water in it. However, because the plants are sensitive to chemicals, be sure to water them only with distilled water or rain water. If you are going to use tap water, allow it to sit in an open container for a day or two. In the winter months, Venus fly traps go dormant for about three months. When this happens, the plant should be stored in an area where the temperature is between 45 degrees and 50 degrees F.
Feeding: Venus fly traps only need to eat two or three times a month, and unnecessarily tripping the plant's food trap
- either with food or your finger or a stick - can cause the plant to die because it drains its energy and makes its trigger hairs less sensitive. Common insects to feed Venus fly traps include flies or crickets. Insects can be alive or dead, but make sure not to give the plants insects that were killed by pesticides or other chemicals. Never feed your carnivorous plant raw meat.