Have you been dying to make your own DIY terrarium, but don't know which plants to use? Terrarium kits are very popular, but can be pretty basic and lack creativity when all of the elements - plants, terrarium moss, rocks, and terrarium jar - are given to you. These materials can be bought for cheap at any craft store, allowing you to choose the style of every aspect of your terrarium!
Now for the most important part, THE PLANTS FOR YOUR TERRARIUM! The most exciting part of building a terrarium is creating your own little ecosystem and choosing the plants that will be the backbone! When choosing plants there are a few things to keep in mind:
- Choose plants that love humidity - especially for closed terrariums. The purpose of terrariums is to create a little greenhouse where the water vapor given off from the plants gets recycled back into the system! This makes terrariums much easier to care for!
- Choose plants that have the same needs! Choose plants that have similar watering, humidity and sunlight needs so they all thrive together, rather than some of them dying because they aren't in the proper conditions. (luckily our plants mentioned are already grouped together in their respective families)
Pick Me! Pick Me!
Now that you know what plants to group together, we can start this terrarium guide with my favorite plants for terrariums:
Ferns will bring a forest floor vibe to your space, thriving in the high humidity of its terrarium. Ferns are great for both large and small terrariums as well as open and closed terrariums. They like moist soil so be sure to place them with plants of the same taste!
The droopy nature of their leaves also makes them great for a hanging terrarium!
The striking foliage of the prayer plants will bring different textures to your terrarium, as well as some intrigue with their moving leaves! Prayer plants, like the ferns, love moist soil, so pairing those two together (or plants similar) in a large terrarium is a smart idea!
Pileas and Peperomias are two VERY similar (often mistaken for one another) plants that will thrive in a terrarium! Both plants stay relatively small, compact and are very fond of humid environments, making them perfect for terrariums. Especially peperomia plants as they have shallow root system! Though they are similar and grouped together, pileas prefer a little bit more moisture in the soil, rather than the peperomia who prefers the soil to dry out more. These two plants may go together in a terrarium, but with a little more care and attention needed. (and maybe a good amount of space between them in a large terrarium)
With their strikingly colorful leaves and characteristic low-growing, creeping nature, Nerve plants should be at the top of your list! They are small plants (that stay small) which loveee humidity and moisture, making them perfect for terrariums!
Great plants for terrariums, especially open terrariums since succulents prefer less humidity. Succulent terrariums are one of the reasons that terrariums are as popular as they are now. The little care that succulent terrariums need is ideal for a beginner with plants! Succulents would also be paired well with peperomias as these plants are also succulent-like.
Find The Perfect Terrarium Idea?
After looking over all of these plants we hope you've been inspired with many terrarium ideas, from a closed terrarium to a glass terrarium to a hanging terrarium or even a whole terrarium table! Don't forget to use some terrarium moss, decorative rocks and other natural elements - like sticks/bark - to really spruce up your terrarium and make it stand out!
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