Like Terrarium.... these are top terrarium plants

Terrariums came of age with the Victorians and are enjoying a newfound resurgence, fueled in part by their affordability and the continued interest in all things gardening.


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This plant is a perfect size to enclose in virtually any glass container that’s fit for a terrarium, such as cloches or jars. “I’ve even used butter dishes,” Martin says.
Size: To 12 inches tall and wide

Starfish Plant

One of Martin’s favorite plants is the star-shape Cryptanthus bivittatus, also called starfish plant, which is a member of the bromeliad family. The straplike leaves nearly glow with iridescent stripes, which range from red to maroon, white, and deep green; the plant also has tiny flowers.


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The leaf colors of starfish plant change with the intensity of light, and its slow-growing nature – it reaches only about 6 inches at maturity – makes it well-suited for a terrarium. When filling your terrarium, follow Martin’s lead and use 3/8-inch pebbles, horticultural charcoal, and potting soil. “In addition to the plants, those are the only real ingredients that are essential to a terrarium,” Martin says.
Size: To 6 inches tall and wide

Nerve Plant

Nerve plant is a tropical choice with distinctively patterned leaves in burgundy and green. It thrives under the moist, warm air of a terrarium and will only reach 12 inches when fully mature.


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To plant a nerve plant inside a terrarium, Martin starts with about a 2-inch layer of pebbles mixed with a tablespoon of charcoal; the latter acts as filtration to keep everything “sweet” for terrarium plants.
Size: To 12 inches tall and wide

Variegata

ts foliage has little color variation, but the textural ripples or wrinkles on the leaves of Peperomia caperata ‘Variegata’ provide welcome contrast to terrarium plants that may be patterned with color. The plant stays 6 inches tall and likes the low but regular light and moist conditions under the glass of a terrarium. Divide it for a friend – or another terrarium – by taking a leaf cutting.


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Ensure success for your terrarium by layering in 2 to 3 inches of potting soil, Martin says, and insert plants into that. Martin avoids landscape fabric between the layers. “I try to create something more like nature and less like control,” she says.
Size: To 6 inches tall and wide

Golden Clubmoss

Even though Selaginella kraussiana ‘Aurea’, or golden clubmoss, stays compact in height – just up to 6 inches – it likes to spread. In fact, it can reach 2 feet across, so keep it trimmed inside a terrarium.


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The light green foliage works wonders to brighten darker-color plants. Keep the soil moist but not wet. In warmer Zones, it also can be used in shade gardens as a groundcover.
Size: To 6 inches tall and 2 feet wide