So you've purchased all your materials, and you're ready to begin...so now what?? The simple step-by-step instructions below give you the basics to build your ecosystem...just add your creativity and style!
Have fun and good luck!
CHOOSE A CONTAINER
We have many different styles and sizes available - more than enough to find just the right one!
SOIL, ACTIVE CHARCOAL AND DECO
Gather everything you'll be using to build your ecosystem - soil, sand, pebbles, moss, and decorations for the layers and topdress.
YOU NEED PLANTS!
You need a plant that grows slow, and the best varieties for that are Bonsai Ficus Retusa, Fittonia or Fern.
Different sized and shoped rocks will give your ecosystem character and dimension, so keep that in mind as you proceed. Give the rocks a good wash with water and make sure to NEVER use soap or chemicals of any kind.
LAYER BY LAYER
Rocks will be the base layer of your ecosystem - then sand, active charcoal, and finally soil. Now its time to add plants! Place your plants wherever you want them- there's no right or wrong, just make sure the roots are not visible against the wall of the container. Finally, add decorative sand, and top off with more soil.
DOUBLE CHECK LAYERS
Make sure the layers are in the right order, and that soil covers the top layer. Once your base layer is set, bring out your moss and decorative rocks, and place them around the plants. Press firmly with your fingers to make sure everything is steady.
DOES IT FEEL GOOD?
Are you happy with how everything looks? Are the plants are in the right position? Does anything looked cramped? Do the rocks look to big, or small? If you're feelin' it, just remove what doesn't look right, and change it up! Once you're satisfied, give everything three sprays of water from your bottle
Give one final press to make sure everything is steady, and then place the lid on your container.
For the first few days you will notice excess condensation on the inside of your ecosystem - thats normal, and will taper off after 3-4 days - just leave a hint of water on the walls.
PRUNE / CHECK IT!
Have any leaves fallen off? Any damage to the plants? If so, remove the lid for a couple days so the plant can heal.
LID BACK ON!
After 3-4 days, put the lid back on, check the water status, and place your ecosystem approximately 3 (or more) feet from the window - just make sure it gets sun!
NEED MORE INFO?
Check out our website - we have tips and tricks to keep your ecosystem healthy and happy!
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