Frequently Asked Questions
These are some questions I get asked a lot.
Do you sell plants?
There are times that I will sell a few plants, but it is very rare. So in general, the answer is no.
Do you sell any products?
While I don’t yet sell my own products, I am an affiliate for the amazing Moss Terrarium LED
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.
To find all of these people and sources, build friendships and networks, takes a lot of time and work, but it’s worth it. Many of my sources are personal / private and therefore I can’t give out their information.
One of the best ways to build your own personal network is to join groups on Facebook that are about terrarium plants, vivariums, and so on. Some groups even have sales and auctions. You can also search online for the plants you’re looking for and sometimes that will turn up some companies that are selling things.
Online Specialty Nurseries
I also occasionally buy from online specialty nurseries. Sometimes I will order from plant importers that bring things in from other countries. Most of my sources are private.
A Few Sources
Some good sources of plants in the USA are:
Glass Box Tropicals. They have a wide selection of uncommon and rare species, as well as lots of supplies for terrariums, vivariums, horticulture, microfauna, etc.
Andy’s Orchids. HUGE selection of all kinds of orchids, including many miniature species. They have much more than is shown on the website, so call them if you don’t see what you’re looking for online
Buce Plant. Lots of great amphibious species which can be transitioned to emersed growth for terrariums, wabi kusa, and other builds.
Where can I get terrarium moss?
My recommendations are in this in-depth article about Where to get mosses for terrariums
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.
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.
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.
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.
Can you identify this moss/plant/bug?
Sometimes yes, sometimes no.
Moss, plants, bugs, and so forth are very difficult to accurately identify, for several reasons.
First, the photo quality, detail, lighting, and level of magnification required are often not met by the typical person looking for an ID.
Second, many mosses, bugs, and other tiny things require specialized knowledge, an identification key, and a magnifier or macro photos.
Your best bet is to get close up, sharp, well-lit photos, and then post them in some Facebook groups which are relevant to the thing in question.
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.
Another World Terraria focuses primarily on plants and plant-related topics.
If you have animal-related questions, I would advise joining relevant online forums and Facebook Groups.