FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
MOST IMPORTANT CARE INSTRUCTIONS
Never place your ecosystem in direct sunlight.
Find a semi-shady spot to place your ecosystem and your tiny world will thrive.
You need a little bit of condensation on the inside of the glass.
Mist lightly every four weeks with water, only if the moss feels dry.
If you see cotton-like growths or bigger shapes of mold, remove them ASAP!
Then, ventilate the jar and replace lid.
MOSS ECOSYSTEM CARE
Q: WHAT IS A ECOSYSTEM AND HOW DO I CARE FOR IT?
A: Inspickle DIY kits are living, miniature ecosystems in an closed glass picklejar. Due to condensation, the ecosystem will water itself. You will see this as a light misting of the inside of the glass. Pretty cool, huh?!
Q: HOW OFTEN SHOULD I WATER MY TERRARIUM?
A: Mist lightly every three weeks with filtered water (only if dry). The lid on your jar allows water to cycle itself within your ecosystem and retain proper humidity levels, so be sure to leave it on otherwise. You do not want to see more than a little bit of moisture on the interior glass – if excess water droplets build up, remove the lid to evaporate, then replace. Too much water can lead to mold. Moss doesn’t have traditional roots and takes in nutrients from water on its surface leaves. Resist the urge to water as you would a houseplant, since there is nowhere for stagnant water to evaporate to in a closed jar. Remember, less is more!
Q: SHOULD I PUT IT ON A WINDOWSILL?
A: You want to avoid putting it in direct sunlight – this can lead to too much humidity, and mold development. However, although most varieties of moss thrive in shade in their natural habitats, when indoors they grow best in bright artificial light (great for offices!) or indirect sunlight. So no, don;t put it on a windowstill.
Q: HOW DO I PRUNE/REPLACE MY MOSS?
A: Just like with any live plants, it is normal for some areas of your terrarium to thrive and others to need trimming or perhaps replacement. Trim away any pieces that are getting too long to promote fuller re-growth. For replacement of larger pieces, you can gather it outside yourself (think shady spots by bodies of water, but no city/state parks or private properties!) or you can purchase a touch-up pack from the webshop.
If you are moss-hunting yourself, be sure to get a little bit of the substrate the moss is attached to as well. Moss doesn’t have roots, it has threadlike “rhizoids” that anchors it to surfaces, so no worries about digging only about 1-2 cm underneath it. You may wish to spray with a de-bugger such as Organicide if you’re not a fan of insects. Once you have your moss simply put your piece into the space in your jar, lightly pushing it into place.
Q: HELP! MY MOSS IS TURNING BROWN.
A: There are several factors that could be causing this. First, you’ll want to re-set the moisture level in your jar as it’s possible it’s too high. Remove the lid and allow all water to fully evaporate, then mist your moss lightly and replace the lid.
Moss can also turn brown if you are using tap water that has a lot of chlorine in it. Then we advise you to use filtered water.
Or your moss could also need more light – try moving your terrarium closer to a bright indoor light or spot with indirect sun.
Q: I SEE MOLD…
A: You may have heard that moss ecosystems are basically indestructible, but over-watering can be their downfall by causing mold. If you see wispy white cotton-like growths, try to wipe them away with a paper towel. If the mold is successfully removed, re-set the moisture level in your terrarium by removing the lid and allowing water to fully evaporate, then misting the moss lightly and replacing the lid. If the moldy spot is thicker and you can’t wipe it away, cut off and remove the moldy moss using a sharp knife or scissors. It is okay to carefully pick the moss up as it does not have traditional roots. If you do not remove the moldy pieces, the mold will spread. See replacement of moss two questions above to fill your empty spot back in with some healthy new moss.
Q: I SEE INSECTS…
A: Your moss comes from mother nature. Even as it was preserved it’s possible that little bug eggs were present in the moss. They can hatch and little insects can emerge. We try not to use ensecticides. If you have little flies, simply open the lid and let them fly away. Although we have never encountered snails or caterpillars, please remove those if they ever come present in your ecosystem. Other insects will be harmless and you can also choose to keep them as inhabitants of your ecosystem.
Q: I CAN’T FIND MY ANSWER
A: We are people that like to help you. So if you have a question you can always email us. You can expect an aswer within 3 working days. And remember, we are just people, trying hard to make the world a greener and happier place.