Types of Succulent Grow Lights and How to Choose the Right One

Types of Succulent Grow Lights and How to Choose the Right One

Succulents need light to thrive but it might not be enough for plants grown indoors or areas that receive minimal natural light. While some succulents can tolerate low-light conditions, most varieties may grow thin and pale as they stretch toward the source of light. To grow sun-loving succulents indoors, you need to place them directly…

White Fuzzy Mold on Terracotta Pots? Here’s What to Do

White Fuzzy Mold on Terracotta Pots? Here’s What to Do

Terracotta pots are made from clay which is naturally porous. As such, they allow air and moisture to pass through their walls. This is very beneficial to plants that don’t like excess moisture around their roots such as cacti and succulents. However, these pots are prone to mold. The formation of a white fuzzy mold…

5 Key Succulent Terrarium Layers and Planting Ideas

5 Key Succulent Terrarium Layers and Planting Ideas

Creating a succulent terrarium can be rewarding. It is a great way of displaying various succulent varieties in your indoor garden. However, if not designed well, terrariums can become excessively humid, leading to overwatering and mold issues that can kill the plant. You can create suitable growth conditions for succulents in a terrarium by layering…

Does Potting Soil Go Bad? Here’s How to Tell

Does Potting Soil Go Bad? Here’s How to Tell

Potting soil also known as potting mix is made from a mixture of organic and inorganic materials which provides nutrients and proper drainage that plants need to grow. When choosing potting soil, it’s important to consider its shell life, what your plants need and the ingredients used. Using contaminated or expired potting soil can severely…

How to Sterilize Potting Soil (Kill Pathogens, Weeds & Pests)

How to Sterilize Potting Soil (Kill Pathogens, Weeds & Pests)

Soils naturally contain various organisms including fungi, bacteria, pests, and weed seeds, some of which can harm or kill your newly grown plants. Sterilizing the soil helps in killing these organisms to give plants a better chance of survival. Unfortunately, sterilizing soil can also kill beneficial microorganisms that are essential for the health of the…

6 Problems With Self Watering Pots – Must-Know for Cacti Owners

6 Problems With Self Watering Pots – Must-Know for Cacti Owners

Self-watering pots sound like a great deal for people who travel frequently or who have extremely busy schedules to the point of forgetting to water their plants regularly. As the name suggests, these are pots designed to water plants whether the plant owner is around or not. Before you know how self-watering pots work, don’t…

How to Use Worm Castings in Potted Plants

How to Use Worm Castings in Potted Plants

Worm castings, also known as vermicompost, are the organic waste produced by worms as they digest organic matter. They are highly rich in nutrients and beneficial microbes. Using them in container gardening can help improve soil fertility, drainage, moisture retention, and aeration. Unlike traditional compost, worm castings are absorbed into the soil immediately, making nutrients…

Coco Coir vs Peat Moss: Differences + Which to Use

Coco Coir vs Peat Moss: Differences + Which to Use

Coco coir and peat moss are both popular products used in container gardening and hydroponic growing. They are all processed and sold as potting media, soil amendment, or mulch. Let’s compare coco coir and peat moss in terms of their characteristics, benefits, sustainability, and effectiveness.  Peat moss is harvested from bogs containing sphagnum moss and…

5 Ways to Increase Humidity in a Terrarium

5 Ways to Increase Humidity in a Terrarium

Most plants grown in a closed terrarium have adapted to thrive in humid conditions. Therefore low humidity can have negative effects on the health of the plants and the overall ecosystem. That’s why it’s important to keep monitoring the terrarium moisture levels and adjust as needed. On the other hand, excess moisture is potentially damaging….