In short, terrariums are complete, enclosed miniature plant ecosystems. By creating a terrarium, you get a miniature glasshouse, or a small biosphere, right there on your tabletop. Let’s take a look at plants you can really grow in your open or closed terrarium.
Ponytail palms are a popular houseplant, which is, in fact, not palms at all. They are large succulents which house water in the bulbous base of their trunks, from which long luscious curled foliage grows in the style of a ponytail, giving this plant its common name.
Mammillaria is a genus within the Cactus family, which comprises over 300 varieties. The name ‘mammillaria’ comes from the Latin word for ‘nipple,’ which these cacti are said to resemble. Some types of mammillaria are extremely common and are popularly kept as houseplants or grown outdoors in warm climates. There are also some rarer varieties that are in demand with Cactus collectors.
Ivy plants are climbing evergreen vines that offer great versatility in the home garden. There are many types of ivy to choose from, depending on your climate and what you want from your ivy plant.
Ferns are one of the oldest types of plants in existence, dating back over 350 million years. They are one of the most popular types of plants used for shaded areas, as they thrive in low light conditions, bringing much-needed greenery and life to dark and dull corners of both gardens and homes.
It’s easy to see where this exotic plant got its common name of ‘Persian shield,’ as the leaves are perfectly shield-shaped, and the iridescent purple foliage has a shimmering quality that makes it appear silver in some lights. Interestingly though, the plant hails from Myanmar (formerly Burma), and not Persia, as its name suggests.
The asparagus fern fails to fit into the category of ‘fern,’ though it was likely named as such because the feathery foliage does resemble that of a fern. This is a fairly uncommon houseplant and actually is categorized as a weed, but it works well indoors in containers or hanging pots and is very hardy.
If you have pets or children, it's important to do your research on a plant before blindly bringing it into your home. The risks of some plants outweigh the benefits, as they can be toxic to both people and pets. Some of the most popular houseplants which are of potentially dangerous poisonous levels are listed here.
Lipstick plants come in a wide range of varieties, most of which produce beautiful flowers year-round. Be careful to keep them warm though, as these plants can’t tolerate even moderate temperatures.
Philodendron Xanadu, or Winterbourn, grows fairly easily as long as you’re careful to provide the right lighting conditions and not keep it outside in temperatures below 50 degrees Fahrenheit.
15-20 years. That’s how long it takes for a Philodendron Selloum to bloom. To help it live that long, make sure you keep the soil moist and the leaves dry. Find out more about how to take care of this plant below.
Boston Ferns make provide a fresh, healthy look to your home or garden, but they have rather strict rules. Find about more about how to care for this interesting plant below.