Frequently Asked Questions

These are some questions I get asked a lot.

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Do you sell anything? Where can I buy things?

Do you sell plants?

Sorry, but at this time I don’t sell plants.

See some helpful Tips about where to get plants from.

Do you sell any products?

I don’t yet sell my own products, but can recommend some great products and vendors.

See my helpful Resources Page

Where do you get your plants from?

Friends & Collectors

Most of my plants come from other collectors and friends. I typically do a lot of networking, and befriend other people in the hobby. Then I either buy from them or trade with them. See the Networking Tips info a bit down this page.

Online Specialty Nurseries

I occasionally buy from online specialty nurseries and sites that sell plants for terrariums, vivariums, aquariums, and so on.

Exporters / Importers

Sometimes I will order from plant exporters in other countries, or from importers that bring things in from other countries.

Plant and Supply Sources

Check out the Resources page

Networking Tips

To find all of these people and sources, and to build friendships and networks, takes a lot of time and work, but it’s worth it. Many of my sources are personal and private, and therefore I can’t give out their information. However, I can offer some suggestions to help you in this journey.

One of the best ways to build your own personal network is to join forums, and groups on Facebook, that are about terrarium plants, vivariums, and so on. Some of these even have sales and auctions. You can also send private messages to people in these groups and strike up a conversation.

You can also search online for the plants you’re looking for and sometimes that will turn up some companies that are selling things.

The more involved you get in the hobby and the more time and energy you put into it, the more you’ll start to build up a great list of sources and friends. The key is to be patient, let it happen naturally, and find people who resonate with your interests and personality, so genuine friendships can form.

Where can buy plants and supplies?

Please see my helpful Resources Page

Where can I get terrarium moss?

My recommendations are in this in-depth article about Where to get mosses for terrariums

Plant Care

What lights should I use for my plants?

Please watch my video about what lights I use for my plants.

What fertilizer should I use for terrarium plants?

Please watch my video about Terrarium Plant Fertilization.

What do you grow your plants in?

Please watch my Bioactive Grow Bin Tutorial series.

Terraria

How do you make your terrariums / wabi kusa / etc?

See the How I Built It category of posts, which includes behind-the-scenes videos, photos, commentary, tips, and more.

Where can I see the terrariums you’ve made?

My best work is featured in the Terraria Profiles Portfolio.

Most profiled builds include information about construction, materials, plant lists, and relevant videos.

Which plants are good for terrariums? What plants do you grow?

Check out my ever-growing plant database.

In general, for typical terrariums, I recommend miniature plants, which stay small.

They will look more appropriate in scale, not outgrow the container, and are often more interesting than the larger houseplants available everywhere.

Other Questions

Can you identify this moss/plant/bug?

The short answer:

Sometimes yes, sometimes no. Your best bet is to get close up, sharp, well-lit photos, and then post them in some Facebook groups or forums which are relevant to the thing in question.

The long answer:

Moss, plants, bugs, and so forth are very difficult to accurately identify, for several reasons.

  1. The photo quality, detail, lighting, and level of magnification required are often not met by the typical person looking for an ID.
  2. Many mosses, bugs, and other tiny things require specialized knowledge, an identification key, and a magnifier or macro photos.

Therefore, your best bet to get an ID is to ensure you have high quality photos, and then get in contact with people who have a lot of knowledge specifically about the subject matter; some really great resources are forums and Facebook groups.

Can you answer questions about animals/vivariums?

No, I don’t offer any advice about animals, because I don’t have the necessary knowledge or experience to give the correct answers.

If you have animal-related questions, I would advise joining relevant online forums and Facebook Groups.