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The Best Plants To Grow In Your Terrarium

We have all seen or heard of one of the most iconic home decor staples of the seventies – the terrarium. This ideal piece of creativity and inspiration is once again gaining popularity with homeowners and gardeners, especially millennials.

These miniature ecosystems bring a touch of nature and greenery inside homes and offices.

Along with adding to the overall aesthetic of the decor, there are many other advantages to having a terrarium garden in your space.

Many studies suggest that gardening or just spending more time around these green living organisms helps to reduce your everyday stress and enhance the quality of life, just by interacting with your body, mind, and space.

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How Many Plants do You Need?

There is no set rule when it comes to the amount, varieties, or types of plants that you can keep inside your home or office to reap their rewards.

Each space is different and we all have an individual approach, but one thing is sure, you have to make sure it works for you.

For starting to purify the air, use 1 plant per 100 square feet. To help reduce fatigue and stress, try placing one large plant at every 129 square feet. In-office settings, you should position plants so each person has greenery in view.

So What are the Simplest Plants for a Terrarium?

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

You have several varieties of plants from which you can pick, whether your choice is based on low maintenance, not acquiring a lot of light, or simply what is appealing to your eye.

You can also check terrarium guides to educate yourself on how to create terrariums. What are the best plants you can grow in your terrarium? What do you need to put inside?

If you still have trouble deciding on the perfect greenery concoction, luckily for you there are several DIY kits for small terrariums to help you get started. Sometimes you just need someone to make the choice for you so you can decide if the plants are the right fit for your space.


Low maintenance. That’s the number one 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.

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Tillandsia, also known as Air Plant

You will 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! It’s better to place them no further than 3 feet from a light source.

Your tillandsias should be watered once per week but make sure no water gets stuck in all of the crevices because it can cause plant rot.

Watermelon Peperomia

Watermelon peperomia features green and silver variegated leaves, very similar to watermelon skin. This plant loves moist conditions and grows up to 8 inches tall, making it an ideal choice for terrarium life.

Strawberry Begonia

The heart-shaped foliage offers a two-tone pattern of green and deep red vertical stalks and flowers give this plant the nickname strawberry begonia.

Reaching a max height of 8 inches, this extraordinary cute plant offers a pop of color even when the flowers are not in bloom. If well-tended, the plant will last a very long time, as do many other terrarium bloomers.

Golden Clubmoss, also known 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.


This might be one of our favorites! It’s a simple plant with small, rounded leaves. You can use it as a cover plant on the surface 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.

Micro Ferms

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

They don’t love a ton of sunlight so it makes them great plants if you live in a space that has limited lighting. While they don’t love light, they do love water and require more water than a succulent does.

They like to remain damp but not soaking so they have a little more upkeep than an air plant or a succulent but nothing unmanageable.

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Spread the Green Around

In this era of global warming, terrariums may not be the cure, but it’s still a joy to ascertain more green scattered around our jungle.

And to scale back your carbon footprint, old, unused, and recycled materials might be used while making your terrariums. You can breathe fresh air into some unwanted objects.

You no longer have to throw away the old coffee jug or the old fish tank, you can now grow plants in them. Cool way to contribute to saving the environment.

Final Words

Whether you like to have the green badge or you just want a mini-garden as an addition to the overall aesthetic of the home space or office decor, a terrarium definitely has its appeal.

As we previously mentioned, terrarium plants should be petite for one simple practical reason – to fit in the terrarium.

But despite this fact, you have a tremendously big palette of choice when it comes to terrarium plants, you can pick everything you find attractive and your body and mind will be most grateful.

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