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Plant Care & Mounting Supplies

For Bioactive Terrariums & Live Vivariums

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Plant Maintenance
Most plants grown in a terrarium will require pruning from time to time, and we've got the tools to get the job done right. Whether you need a pair of plant pruning scissors or a plant propagation scalpel, we've got you covered. Most hobbyists with just one or two enclosures will do just fine using a pair of basic Hanzo Snips, while enthusiasts with larger-scale collections might want to use the heavier duty stainless steel pruners we most often use in-house. In any case, we've done our best to keep our prices some of the lowest out there!
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Plant Mounting & Training
Growing plants on backgrounds, wood decor, or other hardscape items can produce spectacularly realistic results within a bioactive terrarium environment. The supplies listed below are the same ones we use to design vivariums in-house, and we're confident you'll have good luck using our gear. Not every plant can be mounted to a background, so please be sure to check our plant pages for specific mounting advice. If a plant is listed as "scandent", it will happily grow upward on a background, and the Floral Mounting wire can help you train the plant to grow in the desired direction. If a plant is listed as "trailing", we'd recommend mounting it up high, and allowing it's leaves to naturally trail downward. Plants listed as "epiphytic" will not require substrate or sphagnum around their roots when they are being mounted, so long as the humidity & moisture levels are appropriate for the plant in question. (The term "epiphyte" describes any plant which typically grows on other plants, instead of in soil) Using the tools & advice found on this page, we're confident you'll be able to achieve the results you are looking for! :-)
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Biobizz Individual Bottles

Individual 1-Liter Bottles Of Nutrient Concentrates

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NEHERP Staff Description:
Bio Bloom, Bio Grow, Fish Mix, and Top Max are the most commonly used BioBizz products at NEHERP, and those are all available in discounted 250ml containers through the Nutrient Packs we offer. (That's the recommended option for 95% of our customers!) BioBizz discontinued all small bottles for individual purchase in 2018, leaving 1 liter bottles the smallest size available. Each can make up to 132 gallons of nutrient solution, so these are seriously overkill for most folks outside the hydroponic hobby. With that in mind, these larger bottles are special-order only from us, in an effort to ensure we ship the freshest product possible.
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Alg-A-Mic (0.1-0-0.2 NPK):
Alg-A-Mic is a revitalizing product made from a high-grade organic seaweed con­centrate extracted through cold-press rather than chemical solvents. It contains a high content of trace ele­ments and hormones of vegetable ori­gin, naturally-occurring amino acids, and vitamins catering to the whole spectrum of plants' needs. It provides an exuberant green and is resistant to diseases. Download MSDSext. link.
Bio Bloom (1-2-2 NPK):
Bio Bloom is a complete liquid organic fertilizer containing a small amount of naturally occurring minerals such as nitrogen and and enough phosphorous and potassium to ensure exuberant flowering and fruit settings. Bio-Bloom also works in harmony with the soil to promote flowering and fruit production. Use Bio-Bloom with soil, soilless, or fortified coco as a complete fertilizer from the beginning of fruit or flower production until harvest. Download MSDSext. link.
Bio Grow (3-0-8 NPK):
Bio-Grow liquid organic plant food is a liquid fertilizer applicable to most types of dirt and substrate mixtures. Bio-Grow activates the substrates' bacterial flora due to its base of 100% of Dutch organic sugar beet extract, commonly known as molasses. Bio-Grow contains 70 trace elements and vitamins B1, B2, C, and E. As with all Biobizz products, it has low phosphate contents (phosphates are considered harmful to the body and to the environment). Download MSDSext. link.
Fish Mix (4-0-3 NPK):
Fish-Mix is a liquid organic plant food which conditions substrates to stimulate bacterial flora and accelerate growth. It is an infusion of organic fish emulsion from the North Sea mixed together with the horticultural extract of Dutch sugar beet. Fish-Mix boosts growth of all living organisms, as well as improving and stimulating production of micro organisms and useful bacteria in every type substrate. Using Fish-Mix can turn poor quality soil into rich and fat soil and provide your plants with natural nutrition. Download MSDSext. link.
Root Juice (0.1-0.1-0.1 NPK):
Root Juice organic bio-stimulants are a harmonious balance of premium humic and fulvic acids with sea­weed. This product was formulated for organically promoting a vigorous root development and biological life of the radicular system, producing an explosive growth. It is ideal for hydroponic dirt crops and in coconut substrate because it strengthens crops, making them more resistant to diseases. Root Juice is made entirely from vegetable ingredients and is designed for organic gardening. Download MSDSext. link.
Top Max (0.2-0-0.1):
Top Max improves the nutrient uptake of plants and helps to boost flower production. It's a bloom enhancing strengthener which also helps to improve size & weight. Download MSDSext. link.

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Biobizz Nutrient Pack #1

Ultra-organic nutrients from the same brand we use in-house!

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NEHERP Staff Description:
Bio Bizz's nutrients are about as natural & mild as it gets while still maintaining product effectiveness. This pack includes 250ml each of Bio Bloom (1-2-2 NPK), Fish Mix (4-0-3 NPK), and Top Max (0.2-0-0.1 + Micronutrients). In combination, these three products can be used to customize your own NPK nutrient ratio around your specific plant's needs. We've found the lower Phosphorus number helps to avoid bioaccumulation in the drainage layer, which is a concern with that particular nutrient. We often apply in a diluted 5-2-5 ratio, at 1-2ml of each ingredient per liter of water. (This concentrated pack can create up to 50 liters of nutrient solution!) Every plant is different and everyone's collection varies, so we strongly urge you to use caution, common sense, and tread lightly while working with any nutrient. Please be sure to do your research before applying! These are ultra-organic nutrients certified by a number of organizations, and the most-used nutrients in our grow rooms. We recommend only creating enough "ready to use" liquid to get you by for that particular day. Once diluted, the contents should be used fairly quickly to prevent spoilage. (We refrigerate our concentrates after opening)
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Manufacturer Descriptions:
Bio Bloom (1-2-2 NPK):
Bio Bloom is a complete liquid organic fertilizer containing a small amount of naturally occurring minerals such as nitrogen and and enough phosphorous and potassium to ensure exuberant flowering and fruit settings. Bio-Bloom also works in harmony with the soil to promote flowering and fruit production. Use Bio-Bloom with soil, soilless, or fortified coco as a complete fertilizer from the beginning of fruit or flower production until harvest. Download MSDSext. link.
Fish Mix (4-0-3 NPK):
Fish-Mix is a liquid organic plant food which conditions substrates to stimulate bacterial flora and accelerate growth. It is an infusion of organic fish emulsion from the North Sea mixed together with the horticultural extract of Dutch sugar beet. Fish-Mix boosts growth of all living organisms, as well as improving and stimulating production of micro organisms and useful bacteria in every type substrate. Using Fish-Mix can turn poor quality soil into rich and fat soil and provide your plants with natural nutrition. Download MSDSext. link.
Top Max (0.2-0-0.1):
Top Max improves the nutrient uptake of plants and helps to boost flower production. It's a bloom enhancing strengthener which also helps to improve size & weight. Download MSDSext. link.

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Disclaimers:
1) Additional nutrients are most commonly required for bioactive terrariums which do not contain primary inhabitants. We use these outside of enclosures for the most part, so please use common sense and perform your due diligence when using any nutrient around animals. Most properly designed complete bioactive vivarium ecosystems will receive all the nutrients required from the animal's "natural fertilizer", beneficial leaf litter, and NEHERP Vivarium Substrate. If your enclosure's plants aren't thriving while housing an animal which does not require spot cleaning, we recommend considering variables like Lighting & Substrate before concluding the problem is nutrient related. In our experience, these products do not negatively impact beneficial detritivores like Springtails & Isopods, but they are not marked specifically for use around animals. That being said, we haven't been able to find any other brand which meets a higher standard of "stupendously organic". :-)
2) Totally organic nutrients smell totally organic. To be up front, it can be a little stinky at first. Don't over-do it with the nutrients (especially fish mix) if you'd like to keep the odor down. We fully understand this is probably a turn-off from a potential sale, and that's OK. It's a trade-off we're willing to make to keep things as organic as possible. If you are looking for a lower-odor solution and don't mind the trade-off for a slightly less balanced NPK ratio, we'd recommend the other BioBizz Nutrient Pack.

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Biobizz Nutrient Pack #2

Ultra-organic nutrients from the same brand we use in-house!

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NEHERP Staff Description:
Bio Bizz's nutrients are about as natural & mild as it gets while still maintaining product effectiveness. This pack includes 250ml each of Bio Bloom (1-2-2 NPK), Bio Grow (3-0-8 NPK), and Top Max (0.2-0-0.1 + Micronutrients). In combination, these three products can be used to customize your own NPK nutrient ratio around your specific plant's needs. We've found the lower Phosphorus number helps to avoid bioaccumulation in the drainage layer, which is a concern with that particular nutrient. When applied at 1-2ml of each ingredient per liter of water, you'll end up with a potassium-rich 4-2-10 ratio. For a 5-4-9 ratio, add 2ml Bio Bloom + Top Max, plus 1ml Bio Grow per liter. For a closer-to-balanced 6-6-10 ratio, add 3ml Bio Bloom + Top Max, plus 1ml Bio Grow per liter. Every plant is different and everyone's collection varies, so we strongly urge you to use caution, common sense, and tread lightly while working with any nutrient. Please be sure to do your research before applying! These are ultra-organic nutrients certified by a number of organizations, and the most-used nutrients in our grow rooms. We recommend only creating enough "ready to use" liquid to get you by for that particular day. Once diluted, the contents should be used fairly quickly to prevent spoilage. (We refrigerate our concentrates after opening)
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Manufacturer Descriptions:
Bio Bloom (1-2-2 NPK):
Bio Bloom is a complete liquid organic fertilizer containing a small amount of naturally occurring minerals such as nitrogen and and enough phosphorous and potassium to ensure exuberant flowering and fruit settings. Bio-Bloom also works in harmony with the soil to promote flowering and fruit production. Use Bio-Bloom with soil, soilless, or fortified coco as a complete fertilizer from the beginning of fruit or flower production until harvest. Download MSDSext. link.
Bio Grow (3-0-8 NPK):
Bio-Grow liquid organic plant food is a liquid fertilizer applicable to most types of dirt and substrate mixtures. Bio-Grow activates the substrates' bacterial flora due to its base of 100% of Dutch organic sugar beet extract, commonly known as molasses. Bio-Grow contains 70 trace elements and vitamins B1, B2, C, and E. As with all Biobizz products, it has low phosphate contents (phosphates are considered harmful to the body and to the environment). Download MSDSext. link.
Top Max (0.2-0-0.1):
Top Max improves the nutrient uptake of plants and helps to boost flower production. It's a bloom enhancing strengthener which also helps to improve size & weight. Download MSDSext. link.

Show Manufacturer Descriptions
Disclaimers:
1) Additional nutrients are most commonly required for bioactive terrariums which do not contain primary inhabitants. We use these outside of enclosures for the most part, so please use common sense and perform your due diligence when using any nutrient around animals. Most properly designed complete bioactive vivarium ecosystems will receive all the nutrients required from the animal's "natural fertilizer", beneficial leaf litter, and NEHERP Vivarium Substrate. If your enclosure's plants aren't thriving while housing an animal which does not require spot cleaning, we recommend considering variables like Lighting & Substrate before concluding the problem is nutrient related. In our experience, these products do not negatively impact beneficial detritivores like Springtails & Isopods, but they are not marked specifically for use around animals. That being said, we haven't been able to find any other brand which meets a higher standard of "stupendously organic". :-)
2) This pack has a more nose-friendly odor than the other BioBizz pack we offer, but it's not able to create as balanced of a NPK ratio. That's OK in many circumstances, but if your plants are especially sensitive to Potassium, we recommend sticking with the other pack.

$27.99/ea Pack
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Plant Mounting Kit

Our discounted package of plant mounting favorites!

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Left Image Description:
(Numbered For Reference)
1) Neoregelia mounted with Sphagnum & Mounting Wire
2) Moss, Peperomia, and Tillandsias mounted with picks & Wire
3) Sphagnum Wrapped in NEHERP Moss, attached w/Mounting Wire
4) Dischidia ovata trained to grow along custom background w/picks
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The red Neoregelias were drilled into the wood decor & secured with wire, and the green Neoregelias were secured using wire disguised with NEHERP Moss. The ferns & (non-slurry) Moss were lightly wrapped around Sphagnum Moss for moisture retention, and each section was pinned using wooden picks. The hanging plants were each wrapped in Sphagnum Moss, and pinned in place by wire clips.
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Our Terrarium Plant Mounting Kit includes everything necessary to get plants placed exactly where you'll want them within an enclosure. The manageable 4in sections of flexible, cuttable mounting wires are ready for immediate use on very large plants, or to be further cut-down & shaped to create mounting & training clips. They are easy to shape by hand, and perfect for every job from mounting large Bromeliads to training ultra-delicate vines & trailing plants onto backgrounds. The small wood picks are free in this pack, and are perfect for pinning plants wrapped in Sphagnum and/or NEHERP moss onto backgrounds, cork decor, tree fern, and more. As simple as it seems, they are a really convenient solution in tough-to-reach backgrounds. We've also included 16oz of dried AAA-Grade New Zealand Sphagnum Moss, which expands significantly in water. These three things are the same we use in-house at NEHERP when we build enclosures, and we're confident that they'll help get your vivarium planted right. For most applications, this pack will last through multiple vivarium builds.
Each Plant Mounting Kit Includes:
• 16oz New Zealand Sphagnum Moss
• 18 4in textured floral mounting wires
• 20 wooden picks (Included for free!)
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Our records show that this product has very little or no stock left at the moment, but we're expecting a shipment imminently. If ordered today, we'd expect it to ship within 1-5 business days.
Please mount carefully! The ends of the mounting wire will usually be pushed into a surface. If not, please be sure to protect your vivarium's inhabitants by trimming/hiding any sharply cut ends.
Any exposed pointed wood pick ends must also be snipped by hand, with scissors, or with a wire cutter. This product's retail labeling is still in development, and may vary from photo.

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Plant Mounting Line

Clear nylon monofilament line for mounting plants

Floral Mounting Line How To Mount Plant To Terrarium Background
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Above right: Dischidia sulawesii trained to grow up wood decor
NEHERP Staff Description
Orchid and epiphytic plant enthusiasts often use clear nylon fishing line to mount plants to surfaces like cork, tree fern panels, and other surfaces. Our line is a super light gauge which is perfect for plant mounts, training delicate vines, and more. Once a plant has acclimated and grown gripping roots onto the surface, the line can be removed if desired. If this product will be used in an enclosure containing live animals, be sure to not leave any partial loops or gaps behind the lines uncovered for safety.
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Plant Mounting Picks

Toothpicks are a simple solution for mounting plants to a surface

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Above right: Pilea glauca, Peperomia sp., and NEHERP Moss mounted using picks
NEHERP Staff Description
One of the easiest methods for mounting plants to a background surface. These are the thicker (square center) picks that won't break as easily as the basic rounded type from a grocery store. (Ours are cheaper, too!) Cut off the ends of the picks once they are inserted into the background to make them as close to invisible as possible. A single pick can be angled into a custom background in an effort to train a plant to grow in a specific location, or two picks can be criss-crossed to box a plant into tricker spots. To illustrate how we've used these in the past, we've included a few freshly planted pictures below. (Click to view)
Example 1 | Example 2 | Example 3
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Plant Mounting Wire

Our original, super-easy floral mounting solution!

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Our textured floral mounting wire has been used by the hobby since 2010, with popularity increasing every year. Mounting wire can be used to mount many different types of plants to backgrounds, hardscape decor, and more. It's flexible enough to bend by hand, soft enough to cut with sharp scissors (or a wire cutter), and rigid enough to be poked into cork & poly foam backgrounds. It's also ideal for training plants to grow onto certain surfaces, and works great in combination with either of our background kits and included texture mix. Use Sphagnum Moss to wrap the roots of non-epiphytic plants, to allow for plenty of moisture retention. It's green, matte texture blends into backgrounds seamlessly, and can be further disguised with a little NEHERP Moss, if desired. These can naturally break down & dissolve after 10-24 months (depending on humidity), which leaves plenty of time for any plant to grow it's own supporting roots.
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Please mount carefully! In most cases, the ends of these will be pushed into a surface. If not, please be sure to protect your vivarium's inhabitants by trimming/hiding any sharply cut ends.
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Precision Cloning Scalpels

For dividing, propagating, and trimming plants

Precision Cloning Scalpel
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NEHERP Staff Description
These are the same scalpels we use to propagate plants at the shop. These sterile, disposable scalpels are ideal for clean and accurate cuttings, and can even be used for precise small-scale pruning work. Each scalpel is individually sealed for sterility, and the plastic handle is marked in cm increments to help ensure precise & repeatable cuttings are taken. Each scalpel has its own safety sheath. Available individually, or by the pack of 10 scalpels.
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Precision Micro Snips

Tiny little scissors for careful plant pruning

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These little horticultural scissors are perfect for trimming plants within live vivariums. They are only about 5in long overall, making them small enough to fit into just about any corner of an enclosure which could use some trimming. We recommend these to anyone looking for an inexpensive tool to keep vivarium plant growth under control. They are also perfect for small-scale horticultural hobbyists! Their straightforward design makes sterilization a snap, too. Made from carbon steel, with a 30mm blade. 5.5in long, 1.8in wide, 0.4in deep.
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Precision Pruning Scissors

High quality pruners to take cuttings or keep plants trimmed

Precision Pruning Scissors
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NEHERP Staff Description
These are the same pruners we use in our grow rooms and for our vivarium displays. They are made from surgical stainless steel, and hold up to even our commercial levels of use. The blades are extremely sharp, and strong enough to trim even woody-stemmed terrarium plants with ease. The tip comes to an exceptionally small point, so pruning precise bits off of plants is a cinch. These work right & left handed, are comfortable to use, and feature a blade lock for safety. A holster is included for those looking to work while on the go, which also doubles as a storage case for protection against the sharp tip. 9in long, 3.1in wide, 0.3in deep.
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Having Plant Trouble In A Bioactive Terrarium?

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Reviewing the most common causes of plants failing to thrive! :-)


Substrate Analysis
Poor substrate is the #1 cause of premature environmental failure, and one of the most common reasons microfauna & plants fail to thrive. This is a common problem with DIY mixes, as well as other blends which don't actually list ingredients or (at least rough) ratios. A properly designed substrate mix will be quick-draining, slightly acidic, have the ability to resist compaction, and should be able to support microfauna & mycorrhizal fungi long-term. Like the original and most proven ABG Mix, all of our NEHERP Substrates contain a mix with over 80% aggregates like like tree fern fiber, fine fir bark, fine hardwood charcoal, calcined clay, and/or cypress mulch. Low-end mixes have far less aggregate material which contributes to premature compaction and a half-dozen other problems. If you are curious, please learn more about our substrates, or see exactly what we'd recommend for your enclosure.

Lighting Analysis
One of the most common causes of poor plant performance in bioactive terrariums is poor lighting, and the problem is most commonly found with knock-off or low-end LEDs. Our support department has seen dozens of cleverly marketed "grow lights" which have comparatively poor PAR light performance compared to brands like Current, Jungle Dawn, Jungle Hobbies, and Value Grow. Many LEDs which look the same have major differences in measurable PAR & Lux performance due to better brands using higher-end diodes & drivers. If your lighting didn't come from our company and your plants aren't thriving, we recommend comparing the light source to the solutions we recommend, and checking the PAR output of each. (See PAR ratings of every LED we carry towards the bottom of Vivarium Lighting 101) We've been specializing in this stuff since 2009, and customers who use our lighting solutions have an awesome track record of success.
Other Common Problems
• Our substrates, plants, and microfauna are recommended for environments which will sustain a bare minimum of 55% R/H.
• If you are growing NEHERP Moss or Moss Slurry, please check the care sheets for advice. (High humidity & PAR will be required)
• Be sure to place plants (especially Neoregelias & Tillandsias) appropriately. Check Vivarium Construction 101 for suggestions.
• Ensure custom backgrounds are completely cured before adding plants, since the fumes from uncured silicone can kill plants!
• If your enclosure contains an animal which requires spot cleaning, additional fertilization for plants may be necessary.
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