Top Plants You Can Grow in a Terrarium

Terrariums are a small, enclosed environment for some plants. Think of it as a mini-greenhouse. Containers for terrarium gardens are usually transparent, such as glass or plastic. Terrariums have gained popularity in recent years, and you all know why. And they are very easy to care for – provided they are getting the right amount of light. Choosing the moist terrarium plants can be difficult because there are so many wonderful options that look great and thrive in terrariums. Here we have listed terrarium plants that are easy to grow that even a complete novice can have success with. In today’s article, we will talk about top plants that can grow in terrariums. 

Friendship Plant

The Friendship plant grows to 12 inches tall and has individual leaves with deep pits. A perfect plant choice for terrariums because these plants prefer moist soil and full shade to partial sun. 

Baby Tears Plant

Known by a variety of names, the baby’s teardrop has small leaves and is an excellent groundcover. It prefers consistent moisture and bright light, so a closed terrarium is a good choice. One caution: Given the right circumstances, baby tears can be seriously invasive. A baby tear plant will stay small — only 12 inches tall — making it easy to tuck into any terrarium.

Air Plant

Air plants are more likely to live in your terrarium than in most outdoor gardens. Stunning, funnel-like blue, purple, or pink flowers atop its slender, pale green leaves make the plant a natural terrarium choice for both color and texture. Other good textured plants include ferns and mosses.

Polka Dot Plants

Polka dot plants have a great sense of humor. This plant is happy and comes in silver, red, pink varieties. Easy to care for; if it gets too long or starts to get spindly or leggy it may need to be pinched back.

Nerve Plant

Turn up your terrarium tropical by adding a nerve plant with distinctive patterned leaves in burgundy and green. It thrives under the moist, warm air of the terrarium and will reach only 12 inches when fully mature. To plant a plant inside a terrarium, start with a 2-inch layer of pebbles mixed with a teaspoon of Martin charcoal; Even a small amount of charcoal acts as filtration for your terrarium plants and helps remove toxins and odors that may be sealed inside.

Dwarf Sweet Flag

Acorus Gramineus can grow up to 18 inches tall and as wide as that. Its rounded form and variegated foliage make it a nice addition to a terrarium. Give it partial to full sun.


There are about 1,000 varieties of peperomia. The common Peperomia Caperata may have either all-green leaves or leaves that turn red to red with some. This slow grower does beautifully in the terrarium. Peperomia sometimes also produces spikes of cool looking flowers. If you’re lucky, these flowers will add a nice color to your terrarium.

Creeping fig

A dwarf variety of this tree-like plant can look like a small forest inside your terrarium. Creeping figs can survive in indirect light. They grow quickly but can be easily cut back.

How to care for a terrarium

Terrariums have very few maintenance requirements. Closed terrariums prefer to be alone, creating their own microclimate. Occasional airing is suitable for plant maintenance. Remove the lid and spray it with water once a fortnight. Remove dead leaves and unruly stems regularly to give the plants the desired shape and promote continued plant growth. It also helps airflow around the leaves to reduce disease and fungal problems.

Benefits of a terrarium?

There are some advantages of terrariums, such as:

  • They help grow plants that are difficult to grow in dry air.
  • They provide a limited amount of space for a garden – a ‘mini garden’.
  • You can use artificial light, such as fluorescent or LED, very efficiently.
  • Terrariums do not require frequent watering.

So, these were the plants you can grow in your terrarium and some care tips with benefits. If you are planning to buy terrarium online for your garden, there are many online nurseries that provide home delivery services. Order one for your garden today! 

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