Tips for Watering & Fertilizing a Terrarium

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Watering and fertilizing a terrarium is important to the health of your plants, get expert tips and advice on terrariums and vivariums in this free video. View Video Transcript

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Wes Major

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Hi, my name is Wes on behalf of Expert In this video segment I am going to talk to you about watering and fertilizing your tropical plants terrarium. If you want to know about terrariums and carnivorous plants you can visit us at So after we have planted and accented our terrarium you want to make sure to water it very well. Nepenthes require almost daily spraying. You can use a spray bottle which is perfect for something like this. But also depending on the kind of plants you have inside of your terrarium it is really going to depend on what kind of watering requirements they need. So here we just spray down the entire tank making sure that everything is nice and wet. Remember these plants are very tropical so they love lots of water. Another thing you can do with nepenthes is you can refill their traps. They should be about halfway full. You want to do this because usually when you are planting nepenthes the water can spill out of their traps. Another thing you can use is fertilizer. Now when you are planting a carnivorous plant terrarium you want to make sure never to use fertilizer. These plants require a very nutrient rich soil in order to survive and most fertilizers will kill them in a matter of days. But depending on the kind of plants you have, you may want to use fertilizer. I like to use a very good mild organic fertilizer that you can mix. You use jut a capful or two and an entire 32 ounce spray can. You want to mix it up very well and incorporate it very well into the water and then spray it on your plants. Again, we never want to use fertilizer when we are working with carnivorous plants. But that essentially is how you want to water your terrarium. Another advantage of this kind of terrarium is you can see where your water level is at inside of this clay base. Here our water level is fairly low. We can’t see it right now but it should only get to be about half way up here.