Tips For the Gardener

Ok you bought a plant and you don’t know what to do next, tips for the gardener is the place to answer those questions.  It doesn’t matter if you bought it from Miniature Gardens by Donna or not.  You have made a commitment to a living plant.  We are here to help you.  Here you will find information on the care of  many plant categories. Just scroll your cursor over the individual photos to find general care information.  If you don’t see the information that you need please contact us below.

Care Cards from Tips for The Gardener

Air Plant Care

Aren’t they supposed to be the easiest plant to grow? The answer is Yes! If you know a few simple tricks they will thrive and even reward you with pups (baby air plants). So read on and your green thumb will be the envy of everyone you let enter your home or workspace.

Air Plants are nocturnal. This means that they respire (release oxygen and absorb nutrients from the air at night). So, they prefer to be watered during the day.

If your air plant is permanently attached to a magnet or display dish, lightly spritz the lant with distilled water 1 – 2 times a week. Then gently shake the plant off as they do not like to sit in water. If your plant is sitting loose in a display dish, you can soak it for 20 minutes or spritz with distilled water, shake gently, and return it to the display dish.

Your air plant likes bright indirect light which can be sunlight or consistent indoor lighting.

Mine also enjoy soft rock and jazz music and laughing at me when I glue my fingers together. Just saying….

Succulent Plant Care

Succulents are typically easy to care for plants.  There is always an exception to the rule. The good news is at Miniature Gardens by Donna we believe simple plants can be beautiful and bring satisfaction and enjoyment to their owners.


Your plants have been planted in commercially produced soil specific to their needs. That means the soil is not easily compacted and drains quickly.


Succulents do not like to be overwatered. Water your plants with distilled water every 2 – 4 weeks depending on your home’s humidity and how much light they receive.


Succulents like bright indirect light which can be sunlight or consistent indoor lights for 4-6 hours.

Dish Garden Care

Your Dish Garden has been planted with plants suited to the indoors or a protected porch.  They are planted in commercial house plant soil. Your container may not be watertight, and we recommend using a drainage tray until you are certain that your surface is safe from water leakage.


Depending on your home environment (dry or humid), your dish garden will need to be watered every 7 – 10 days.  A good way to tell if your plants need to be watered is the touch test.  Does the surface of the soil feel dry? If so, it is time to water.


Your dish garden likes bright indirect light which can be sunlight or consistent indoor lighting.

Closed Terrarium Care

Terrariums were invented by Dr. Nathaniel Bagshaw Ward in1842.  While raising moth pupa he noticed that the moss and various plants were thriving in the enclosed case. These cases became known as “Wardian Cases” and were used to transport rare plants from around the world by Botanists, in the 1800’s and today.


You have chosen a closed terrarium. This means, it has a lid and will mimic the natural rain cycles of the great outdoors.  You will see water droplets forming on the inside of the container.  If the condensation lasts more than 24 hours, please open the lid and let the container dry out for a few hours. Otherwise, the plants may not survive the mini monsoon.


Your terrarium likes indirect light which can be sunlight or consistent indoor lighting.

Herb Care


Herbs may not like to be over watered but they do like humidity so a light spritz of water from a spray bottle will help keep the happy.


Herbs need at least 6 hours of direct sunlight.  If this is not possible, I recommend you use a grow light for 10 hours.