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"Clear Quartz and Driftwood" Terrarium

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This tall centerpiece features a stunning raw clear quartz, driftwood, and two air plants (tillandsia): medusae and scarposa. Decorative moss, sand, crushed shells, and stones add textural interest.

Size: Approx. 4.5" x 4.5" x 10" (WxLxH)

Please see crystal descriptions and air plant care below.

Quartz is a silicon dioxide mineral that forms in translucent masses, grains and druzy clusters. Most quartz forms in either igneous rocks or environments with geothermal waters. Roman naturalist Pliny the Elder believed quartz to be ice, permanently frozen after great lengths of time. In prehistoric times, varieties of quartz were used for stone tools.

Clear Quartz is known as the "master healer" and is thought to amplify energy and thought, as well as the effect of other crystals. This white crystal is said to aid concentration and memory. Clear quartz are also claimed to help stimulate the immune system and harmonize all of the chakras.

Zodiacs: all

Birthstone: April

Plant care: the air plant should be removed for watering. It is best to water air plants in the morning. Depending on humidity and the amount of sun it receives, air plants should generally be given a bath/soak once a week for 30 minutes. To do this, submerge your air plant in a container of water. It is preferable to use rain water or melted snow (wait until the melted snow has reached room temperature). Tap water can also be used if left to sit uncovered for 24 hours to allow the chlorine to dissipate. Do not use softened or distilled water. Following the bath, shake the excess water from the air plant and place it upside down to dry for at least 4 hours before replacing it. Air plants with "bulbs" (medusae, pruinosa, xerographica) do not like to have their bulbs soaked or filled with water as they will rot. Do not soak the bulbs; instead, swish the plant except for the bulb in the water twice a week and allow to dry before replacing, following all other general care instructions. Do not water or spray the decorative moss.

 

Air plants generally prefer bright but indirect/filtered light. Too much exposure to light will dry out the plant. 

It is normal for leaves to die periodically on your air plant and they can be removed carefully. If your air plant seems a bit crusty or dry, it may be receiving too much sun and/or not enough water. Most air plants produce new leaves from the centre as they grow. If the tips of some of the leaves on the air plant have gone brown, you can trim them with sterilized scissors. Cutting on the diagonal gives a more natural appearance. The brown tips are an indication that your plant needs more water and/or less sun.

Disclaimer: contains small parts which may pose a choking hazard. No parts are safe for consumption. Clear quartz and other clear crystals must not be placed in direct sunlight as it may refract the light and cause damage, including fire. Metaphysical crystal description is provided for information only; crystal healing is not to be considered as a substitute for conventional medicine.

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