Welcome to our guide to closed terrarium plants. They have really risen in popularity recently. My youtube feed these days is about 50% videos people setting them up! I love them, they need a few easy to care for, humidity loving plants, we run down all you need to know…
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What Plant Can I Put In A Closed Terrarium?
Here’s a list of plants that will grow well in a closed terrarium:
- African violets
- Baby Tears
- Carniverous plants
- Ferns (maidenhair ferns do well)
- Fittonia (nerve plants)
- Jewel Orchids
These are all easy to grow, and can adapt well to a closed terrarium environment. You can put a variety of plants in a terrarium but it is best to keep it simple to start with, as the terrarium will be subject to a number of different conditions over the months and years it is closed.
Small Closed Terrarium Plants
Plants like baby tears and maidenhair fern are great small closed terrarium plants, especially if using small jars or bottles. You can also use small cutting for peperomias.
Closed Terrarium Plants – Low Light
Some good low light terrarium plants are:
- Baby Tears
- Jewel Orchid
- Maidenhair Fern
- Philodendron hederaceum.
You want plants that tolerate low light and high humidity.
Flowering Plants For Closed Terrariums
Peperomias, begonias and African violets are great flowering plants for terrariums.
Succulents are better for open terrariums, they do not tolerate the high humidity of closed ones.
How Long Can A Closed Terrarium Last?
A closed terrarium can technically last forever. If set up correctly they should not need opening very often, if at all.
Where Should A Closed Terrarium Be Placed?
Give a closed terrarium as much light as you can without giving it and direct sun. Direct sun can cause it to heat up and burn the plants inside so be careful.