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By now we hope you have a terrarium of your own, and if you don’t, we hope you’re highly considering getting one!

Terrariums are nothing short of a miniature garden inside of a glass container and they’re all the rage right now! Rightfully so! 

So what are the best plants for a terrarium? There is no right or wrong answer here. Read on to figure out which plants are best for YOU! 

First, it’s important to assess the space you’re looking to raise your plant in. Ask yourself, does this space get a lot of light? Is it too far from the window? Is it far enough away from your office AC/Heater units?

You’d be surprised how many people treat the AC/Heater unit as a window sill! It’s either producing cold air or hot air and either way, both are not the best conditions for your plants! 

Generally speaking, your terrarium plants should be petite – you don’t want them to touch the sides of the jar.  They also need to be resilient to humidity and low, indirect light.  

Bearing this in mind, here are nine plants to consider when planting your own terrarium.

1. Succulents 

Low maintenance. That’s the #1 reason why we love succulents so much! 

Little water and care are needed to help your succulent bloom. With the right amount of light, airflow, and adequate drainage, your plant will be set up for success. 

Pro-Tip:  When you water your succulents, try to avoid getting water on the leaves of the plants.  Succulents aren’t efficient at absorbing the water on their leaves and petals and the water droplets act as a magnifying glass in the sun.  As a result, the sun has a greater chance of burning the leaves where the droplets are.  Ouch!

2. Tillandsia (aka Air Plants) 

We love these because they require zero soil! They’re also a fun and exotic way to spruce up your space. Just make sure that you’re putting them in a place that receives enough sunlight because these guys love the good light! We recommend you place them no further than 3 feet from a light source (making these plants great for window sills!).  

Your tillandsias should be watered once per week with a longer, 2-hour soak recommended every 2-3 weeks. If you are in a drier, hotter climate, more frequent watering or misting will be needed.

1-3 hours is the optimal drying time for your air plant after soaking.

With proper care and a friendly environment, your Air Plants can live and reproduce for many years to come! 

3. Golden Clubmoss 

You may also know this as Spikemoss. 

Golden Clubmoss does best in a damp to moist soil, and will even tolerate wet conditions that might discourage other plants. If you’re working on a wetland terrarium or something similar, this plant is a great choice.

4. Aquamarine

This might be one of our favorites! It’s a simple plant with small, rounded leaves. It can be used as a cover plant in the base of your terrarium.

If you’re not keen on having so much soil as your base, this is the way to go! 

It’s also pretty low maintenance too! It’s not too picky with how much sunlight it gets and it doesn’t grow more than about an inch in height. 

However, it does love humid climates so when this plant is in a terrarium, it’s in its happy place!

5. African Violet 

Adding African Violets to your terrarium is the easiest way to add a fun pop of color to your design!

This gorgeous, purple-blossomed plant can be difficult to grow in an open pot which is why this plant is a perfect choice for your terrarium! 

6. Watermelon Peperomia

It has leaves which look identical to a watermelon rind.

It’s also an excellent choice for a terrarium because it only grows to be about eight inches tall. This plant enjoys a damp environment as well. 

7. Baby’s Tears 

Baby’s tears is a small plant that you may be called by many different names. The plant can also be called angel’s tears, mind-your-own-business, peace-in-the-home, Pollyanna vine, mother of thousands, and the Corsican’s curse.

Baby’s tears can be known for being invasive, taking over whole gardens. In a terrarium, it will behave itself quite well and it’s a lush, low-growing plant that prefers bright light and consistent moisture. 

8. Hatiora salicornioides “Drunkard’s bones”

We love this plant because not only is it easy to care for, but it also it creates a underwater vibe in a terrarium.

This plant is best for low light areas! 

9.  Super Micro Ferms 

Ferns are a very common plant used both inside as houseplants and as garden foliage.

Ferns don’t love a ton of sun so these make for great plants if you live within a space that has limited light or within a basement!

While they don’t love light, they love water and require more water than a succulent does. They like to remain damp (but never soaking) so they have a little more up keep than an air plant or succulent but nothing unmanageable. If you are to go away for a week vacation, you may want to ask someone to water your fern for you (no one likes going thirsty).

While those are just our top 9, there are many others that would fit well in your terrarium!

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