For the most part, water and light are the two biggest players in maintaining a healthy (and happy) Wee World. 


CLOSED TERRARIUM

If low-maintenance is your thing, then look no further. A "closed" Wee World will generally thrive on benign neglect. In fact, it’s pretty much a self-sustaining biosphere, with its own unique ecosystem… water cycles and all. 

It can take  a little time for your terrarium to reach this state of equilibrium (where the moisture levels are just right). But once it's there, your Wee World will only need occasional TLC to maintain its delicate climate.

YOUR CLOSED TERRARIUM NEEDS:

  • A humid climate
    Once a fortnight, give your Wee World a light mist with filtered or rain water. You'll want to skip tap water as it contains nasty salts; which over time won't do any favours for plant health. 
  • Indirect sunlight
    A foot or two away from a window ledge usually works nicely. Too much sun and you'll run the risk of cooking your plant. And too little... well, that's no good either. 
  • Impoverished soil
    No need for any soil enrichers. The aim is to slow down growth to maintain our mini landscape.
  • A breath of fresh air
    Once a week, pop off the top for an hour or so and allow your Wee World to breathe. This will also help if there's too much condensation clouding the glass.

BONSAIARIUM

On top of the general suggestions for Closed Terrarium care, you'll want to help your bonsai stay in tip-top shape. Pinch and trim back new growth (with your finger tips is fine) to maintain, or train a new look. You'll want to also pick up any dead leaves to prevent decay.

SAVAGE WORLDS

If your Wee World is home to a carnivorous resident (Venus Flytrap or Pitcher Plant), you can offer the occasional sacrificial insect (dead or preferably alive). Try lawn beetles, flies or other small bugs. Keep in mind; while offering a cube of juicy meat might seem like a good idea, it's really not.

SPECIAL CARE FOR VENUS FLYTRAPS

When feeding, avoid anything that the trap's mouth won't fully close around.  Your Flytrap needs to make a tight seal around its meal to get the digestion process going in earnest.

You'll find, over time, individual traps will die and turn black - welcome to the Circle of Life. As long as the rest of the plant is looking healthy, there's no need to fret. Trim and remove the dead trap.

You see, each set of jaws chews up an enormous amount of energy every time it snaps shut. So, remember: while it's tempting to trigger a trap for sh*ts and giggles, each trap will only snap a couple of times before dying.

During spring, your plant may also flower. You'll want to nip these delicate white blooms in the bud. This will help to promote healthier trap growth.


OPEN TERRARIUM

With an "open" Wee World, you'll need to invest a little more time and attention.

Your terrarium will rely on you to "bring the rain", with the frequency of showers varying depending on room conditions. For example, when the weather's warm or if your terrarium is sitting in air conditioning, you may need to water more often while keeping a closer eye on moisture levels.


YOUR OPEN TERRARIUM NEEDS:

  • A little rain 
    As a general rule, if the  layer of soil looks dry, you'll need to give your Wee World a gentle mist with filtered or rain water.  The aim is to keep things moist but not damp. It's important to also bear in mind: tap water contains nasty salts, which over time won't do any favours for plant health. 
  • Indirect sunlight
    A foot or two away from a window ledge usually works nicely. Too much sun and you'll run the risk of cooking your plant. And too little... well, that's no good either. 
  • Impoverished soil
    No need for any soil enrichers. The aim is to slow down growth to maintain our mini landscape.