new terrariums, mold question and lessons learned pictures
Hi, I have several small terrariums I made about a week ago. They came out very nice, but they seem to be growing a filmy white mold in them already. I've taken the lids off to let them air out for a bit but what's the long term solution? I think the culprit is the ornamental sphagnum moss I used for a top layer. Do you think it would be OK to spray the moss carefully with a very dilute bleach solution, trying to keep off the plants as much as possible? What would have been a good way to disinfect the moss prior to placing it in the terrarium? I'm thinking that maybe moistening it and then microwaving it might have killed any mold spores.
Other lessons learned: Plants are a lot bigger in the terarrium than they look in the store. Gravel, charcoal, soil, and top layer take up a lot of the height of the container.