Top 5 terrarium plants

April 28, 2015

Terrariums are an adorable way to bring a piece of the great outdoors into your home, but finding the right flora isn't always easy. Whether you're an avid gardener or just getting started, it's important to strategically seek out plants that will thrive in your living room or kitchen. Otherwise, you might spend unnecessary money and time on this project, as the plants might not last as long as they should.

Here are the top five plants for creating a terrarium. 

1. Cacti
These low-maintenance plants thrive in the most bleak of desert conditions. Perhaps that's why HGTV suggested using them in terrariums. When building yours, be sure to use a container that's open because it won't trap humidity as easily as a closed one. 

Further, it's a good idea to try to recreate a cactus' environment right in the terrarium. This means you should mix sand in with the soil. 

2. Ferns
Besides cacti, ferns are perfect for terrariums. Better Homes and Gardens magazine specifically named the Variegated Spider Fern as a top choice for your do-it-yourself project. This particular type of fern is ideal because it seems to do well in the terrarium's humid environment. Not to mention, it does well without much sunlight

These plants can grow to be quite tall, which means you might have to create another terrarium or transfer the fern to a different location or a garden. 

3. Snake plant
The Garden Helper mentioned this plant on its list of terrarium-friendly options. That's because the succulent doesn't require buckets of water, though it does need to be watered on a consistent basis. A sparing amount several times a day should do the trick.

Hang this succulent in your bedroom, living or even garage if you want. It can survive in all different ranges of sunlight

4. Arrowhead vine
The Garden Helper also suggested this plant, but unlike the snake plant, you won't want to keep in it in places that are too shady. It requires a moderate amount of sunlight. Also keep in mind that this plant "forcibly" releases its pollen seeds, which means it might make the members of your household sneeze if they have allergies. 

5. Baby tears
Although this plant can get out of control, it still makes an excellent terrarium plant. The Garden Helper pointed out that soil should remain moist. 

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