Terrariums

terrarium is a clear water- tight container that can hold soil, small plants, and decorative additions. It allows both heat and light to enter. Terraria (plural) can be open to the environment or sealed.

Use an open terrarium for succulentLearn the definition of a succulent plant and why they are called a "fat plant." or semi- Succulent PlantLearn the definition of a succulent plant and why they are called a "fat plant."s (“dry plants”) that prefer dry air rather than high humidity. Some of the best plants for an open terrarium are air plants, echeveria, jade, kalanchoe, sedum, hawarthia, or small cacti.  Plants that require bright direct light also do better in an open terrarium. Avoid using plants with a large root system.

Closed terrariums are mini ecosystems that create a humid environment by retaining much of their moisture. In fact you may have to open a sealed terrarium and wipe down the sides if too much humidity builds up inside. Excellent plants for a closed terrarium are: pilea, nerve plants, baby’s tears, spider wort, aluminum plants, mini begonias, mini orchids, button ferns, and creeping fig. Avoid using tall climbing plants and plants with a large root system.

When creating a terrarium, be sure to use plants that have the same lighting, watering, humidity, and feeding requirements. It’s a recipe for failure to put a Succulent PlantLearn the definition of a succulent plant and why they are called a "fat plant." that needs very bright lightVery few houseplants should be placed in direct sun. High light refers only to bright indirect light since direct sun often burns the leaves of indoor houseplants. An area that is too hot and dry encourages Spider Mites and causes blooms to quickly fade. A northern exposure really doesn't provide enough light for high light plants. These plants need to be placed directly in front of an east-facing window, within 1-3 feet of a west-facing window, and within 5 ft. of a south facing window. A high light area has over 300 ft. candles of light., dry soil, and low humidity in with a fern that thrives on moist soil, high humidity, and medium light. Find care requirements for specific plants in the Popular Houseplants section of the website.

Photo: Regenwaldterrarium by Rolf Kolasch

 

Hindu Rope Plant

Unique Hindu Rope plants, Hoya carnosa compacta, are draping succulentLearn the definition of a succulent plant and why they are called a "fat plant." vines that produce clusters of star-shaped waxy flowers. The thick, twisted, curly, cupped leaves of a Hindu Rope plant are why it’s often called Krinkle Kurl. Hindu Rope plants can be found in solid green or with variegated leaves. This type of hoya plant is very easy to care for as long as you have plenty of light and are careful with your water.

Bromeliad – Aechmea fasciata

A Bromeliad Fasciata (Aechmea fasciata), sometimes called a Silver Vase Plant or Urn Plant, is a flowering plant native to Brazil. In nature, it is an epiphytic plant, which means it grows on other plants or trees. This bromeliad variety has thick, arching, gray-green leaves.These unique leaves are arranged in a circular fashion so that they form an upturned waxy cup in the center. This central cup, or reservoir collects the water and nutrients that the plant needs. After three or four years, as a Bromeliad fasciata matures, the plant produces a tall flower stalk with numerous pink bracts. The real flowers are small blue blooms that grow between the pink bracts. Although the blue flowers quickly die, the bright pink bracts often last 5 or 6 months. When buying a Bromeliad fasciata, avoid purchasing one that already has small blue flowers since this indicates the pink bracts have been visible for a while and may soon fade.   

 

 

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Hoya Shooting Stars Plant

The Hoya Shooting Stars Plant is native to Thailand and Malaysia. White blooms on the Hoya Shooting Stars plant appear in large clusters, with the waxy petals leaning back behind the center of the flower, like shooting stars. There are over 200 species of the easy to grow almost indestructible Hoya Plants. Hoya Plants are often referred to as Wax Plants because of the waxy nature of their leaves and flowers.  Hoya Plants grow best hanging in front of a bright sunny window. Even a houseplant novice will be successful growing a Hoya Plant.

Dracaena Lemon Lime

The dracaena lemon lime plant, native to Africa, is a very close relative of the dracaena warneki (green and white striped leaves) and the dracaena janet craig (solid green leaves). The dracaena lemon lime has 12”-24” long sword shaped leaves with bright green and yellow stripes. Like other dracaena plants, the leaves are arranged in a rosette and grow off a very thick stem. A dracaena lemon lime is very easy to care for and can easily reach a height of 5ft-7ft. indoors. It also makes a beautiful bush. Because of the bright colors in the leaves, the dracaena lemon lime needs a little more light than other dracaenas. It’s a great plant to brighten up any room in your house.

These plants are considered by the ASPCA to be poisonous to cats and dogs. Read more about common houseplants that are poisonous in Don’t Feed Me To Your Cat! A Guide to Poisonous Houseplants

 

Dracaena Lemon Lime

Philodendron Selloum

A Philodendron Selloum or Tree Philodendron is native to South America, but also grows outdoors on the East and Gulf coasts of the United States. Indoors, the easy-care, self-heading Philodendron Selloum takes up a lot of space, often spreading 5ft. or more with 2ft.-3ft. leaves. The dark green, shiny leaves are large and deeply lobed. A Selloum does grow a trunk as it matures, but the huge drooping leaves usually hide it.

These plants are considered poisonous and should be kept away from pets and children. Read more about common houseplants that are poisonous in Don’t Feed Me To Your Cat! A Guide to Poisonous Houseplants

 

Swedish Ivy Plant

Swedish Ivy plants did not originate in Sweden nor are they an ivy plant. However, Swedish Ivy plants did originally become popular as a houseplant in Sweden and they do have long cascading stems like a regular ivy plant. “Creeping Charlie” is the nickname for a Swedish Ivy and it is closely related to the mint plant. This is a lush almost succulentLearn the definition of a succulent plant and why they are called a "fat plant."- like trailing vine with thick, bright green, shiny scalloped leaves. A Swedish Ivy  looks great in hanging baskets. When given enough bright lightVery few houseplants should be placed in direct sun. High light refers only to bright indirect light since direct sun often burns the leaves of indoor houseplants. An area that is too hot and dry encourages Spider Mites and causes blooms to quickly fade. A northern exposure really doesn't provide enough light for high light plants. These plants need to be placed directly in front of an east-facing window, within 1-3 feet of a west-facing window, and within 5 ft. of a south facing window. A high light area has over 300 ft. candles of light., a Swedish Ivy produces delicate, white or purple tubular-shaped flowers. Some varieties have a special aroma when touched. You can hang a Swedish Ivy outside in partial shade during the summer, but bring it indoors before the temperatures dip below 50°.  Swedish Ivy, is a fast- growing, easy- care plant, is great for beginners.

Agave Plant

The Agave plant, which originated in Mexico, the Southwest US, and Central & tropical South America, is an easy care, impressive looking succulent plant that makes a great indoor or outdoor plant. It’s a common misconception that Agave plants are a type of Cactus plant. There are over 450 varieties of Agave plants available, from small to huge, select a variety that will not outgrow your room if you plan to keep it indoors. Agave plants are slow growing plants that need little care as long as they are getting plenty of very bright light. These succulent plants have multi-layered rosettes of thick fleshy leaves with spiny margins that end in a sharp point. The sap of an Agave plant is quite irritating and the spines and sharp points are painful. These plants are considered poisonous and should be kept away from pets and children. Read more about common houseplants that are poisonous in Don’t Feed Me To Your Cat! A Guide to Poisonous Houseplants

 

Agave Plant

 

Pencil Cactus Plant

A Pencil Cactus, Euphorbia tirucalli, is not a cactus plant at all but rather a member of the euphorbia family like a Poinsettia. This unique looking plant, native to Africa and India, is also referred to as Indian Tree Spurge, Naked Lady Plant, Aveloz, Milk Bush Plant, and Petroleum Plant. The green succulent stems of a Pencil Cactus, which are about the width of a pencil, branch upwards in an almost geometrical pattern. This is a very different looking plant that I wouldn’t call beautiful and lush, but it is quite a conversation piece. A Pencil Cactus grows quickly and can reach a height of 10′-15′ outdoors and up to 6′ in an indoor container.  Although this is an easy care plant that just needs bright light and a little bit of water to do well, it does have a downside. All parts of these plants are considered poisonous and should be kept away from pets and children. Read more about common houseplants that are poisonous in Don’t Feed Me To Your Cat! A Guide to Poisonous Houseplants

 

Crown of Thorns Plant

A Crown of Thorns Plant (Euphorbia milii), a bushy slow growing Succulent PlantLearn the definition of a succulent plant and why they are called a "fat plant." native to Madagascar, is an easy- care flowering houseplant that thrives on neglect, blooms throughout the year, grows indoors or outdoors, and is very easy to propagate. According to legend, a Crown of Thorns Plant got its nickname after it was associated with the Crown of Thorns worn by Jesus. Under ideal conditions, a Crown of Thorns Plant can reach a height of 3ft and a width of 2ft. Crown of Thorns plants have sharp 1/2” thorns that grow on fleshy dark brown stems, and clusters of bright green tear shaped leaves that often last only a few months. Like a Poinsettia plant, also a kind of Euphorbia, the most beautiful part of a Crown of Thorns plant is the bright colorful bracts that surround very small flowers. The bracts of a Crown of Thorns plant may be red, yellow, or pink and appear at the ends of 2” stalks; the stalks are covered in a sticky substance that gets on your hands when you touch the plant.

These plants are considered poisonous and should be kept away from pets and children. Read more about common houseplants that are poisonous in Don’t Feed Me To Your Cat! A Guide to Poisonous Houseplants