Who doesn’t love a terrarium? They are the perfect little eco-systems, requiring little to no maintenance so even the brownest of thumbs can keep them alive! They look great with modern decor and like all indoor plants, can have added health benefits. But what plants work best? Here are 6 of our top picks perfect for your new terrarium garden.
Fittonia ‘Nerve plant’
Fittonias, also known as nerve plants because of the bright leaf veins, are a great choice for obvious reasons! It’s hard not to love these cute little plants with such amazing detail featured on the leaves. There love of moist soil and humid air also makes them one of the best terrarium options going. Fittonia’s don’t deal well with direct sunlight, their natural habitat is the deep rainforest after all. Fittonia will do well at room temperature, or if in an airconditioned environment, a fully enclosed terrarium. Be sure to place it in a non-drafty spot and avoid northerly windows.
Button fern (Pellaea rotundifolia)
The Button fern is an Australian native and is a great option for beginners. It enjoys evenly moist soil and its quick growth fills any space at speed.
Friendship plant ‘Moon Valley’ (Pilea involucrata)
The friendship plant grows to 12 inches tall and has distinct leaves with deep craters. A good choice for terrariums because friendship plants prefer moist soil and full shade to partial sun.
Maidenhair fern (Adiantum raddianum)
Earning its name from its fine leafstalks resembling human hair. This fern prefers bright light, rich well-draining soil and high humidity. Keep the soil moist, but don’t over mist the leaves because it can encourage mould.
Variegated Spider Fern
Variegated spider ferns enjoy the moist potting mix and high humidity found in a terrarium. Its glossy leaves shine behind the glass creating texture and visual interest.
The star-shape starfish plant has strap-like leaves that change colour depending on the light. Its slow-growing nature reaches only around 15cm at maturity which makes it well-suited for a terrarium.