What should I watch out for in the event of problems?
The bottle garden is a biological system that reacts to internal and external influences. Every now and then it can happen that the balance gets mixed up. If this happens, action must be taken. On the following pages we have described the tips and tricks for the most common problem solutions so that you can enjoy the bottle garden for a long time.
The glass still steams up after airing it several times. What should I do?
After installation or after a pouring process, a lot of moisture can still collect on the glass wall.
Then the bottle garden should be opened for about 24 hours so that the superficial moisture can be drawn off. This drying process may be necessary 3-4 times in a row until a stable state is achieved. After that, the glass should fog up slightly in the morning and in the evening. Excessive fogging can occur in the following conditions:
The sun is shining on the glass; even if it's only 5 minutes.
There are strong temperature fluctuations, e.g. B. because the window is open.
A convection heater heats one side of the glass while the other faces the cold window.
The temperature in the room is too high (over 27 degrees) or too low (below 18 degrees).
If one of the points applies, try a different location for the bottle garden. open it for 24 hours and give the bottle garden about a week to get used to a new location.
The moss has dried up. What am I doing?
The moss is a good indicator of a lack of water. If the moss loses its color and the glass is no longer fogged in the morning, it is a sign that the bottle garden needs water. As soon as the moss becomes moist again, it reactivates and gets its green color back.
The plant is losing leaves. Why is this happening?
If the leaves first turn yellow, it can either be too dry or too moist. If the leaves are shed while green, the plant is in a fight for survival. Either she has to get used to the new environment or the location and the conditions are not ideal. Often the cause is too dark a location. A change of location or additional lighting with an LED lamp for approx. 8 to 12 hours would help here.
I have animal roommates. Should i remove it?
Animal roommates often come to the bottle garden at the larval stage. Here are z. B. fruit flies, mosquitoes or earthworms are completely harmless and do not have to be removed. Snails, aphids and mealybugs, on the other hand, can harm the plants.
A biological pesticide that is available in every well-stocked hardware store or plant center helps here. After the treatment, the jar should be left open for a few hours. After three to four days, check to see if further treatment is necessary.
The plants butt against the lid. Can i cut them off?
If it gets too tight in the glass and the leaves are touching the glass, they can be cut back just above a leaf base. Then simply hold the jar open for 24 hours to allow the wounds to heal.
My plants have a white coating. Is it mold
Unfortunately, too much moisture promotes mold growth and should be avoided. The ideal state is achieved when the glass is slightly misted on one side in the morning and the other sides are clear. The fogging should resolve during the day. If the bottle garden is in a new location, it needs about a week to adjust. So be patient and give the bottle garden time to get used to the new place.
Mold is often a sign that it is too dark and possibly too damp. Move the bottle garden to a lighter spot and ventilate it a little to dry. Remove the mold with a cloth as soon as possible. If a plant is too moldy, remove it before the mold spreads to other plants.