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The Best Plants For A Closed Terrarium | Expert Recommendations

This article showcases our top picks for the Best Plants For A Closed Terrarium. We reached out to industry leaders and experts who have contributed the suggestions within this article (they have been credited for their contributions below). We are keen to hear your feedback on all of our content and our comment section is a moderated space to express your thoughts and feelings related (or not) to this article This list is in no particular order.

Nephrolepis exaltata – True Boston Fern

This product was recommended by Caitlyn Parish from Cicinia US

They provide such a personality to a terrarium with their sword-shaped fronds of vivid green. Although, depending on the type and species of fern, they can actually appear either sharp or soft. The Boston Fern is a common fern in many contemporary homes, but it may grow quite large. Kind of huge, like several feet tall. Fortunately, the genus does have a few dwarf varieties that are much more manageable in size (such as Marisa and Fluffy Ruffles), or some other species, such as N. cordifolia Duffii, are also much more compact.

Bloomify Persian Violet with Sundew Moss – Live Flower

This product was recommended by Rob Greene from Price of Meat

Why? Beauty may well be in the eye of the beholder, but few flowers are as universally drop-dead gorgeous as the Persian Violet, and as it doesn’t take up much room, is supplied in its own sealed terrarium, you just find a space for it on a shelf and gaze in rapturous wonder at one of nature’s many miracles. And who among us would want to while away an hour or two doing that?

Hirt’s Gardens Reverse Variegated Spider Plant

This product was recommended by Brett White from Addicted to Veggies

I love closed terrariums, and a plant that I think makes a closed terrarium look like a jungle floor is the Spider Plant. Known for its long, green, and white tendrils, the spider plant is one of those long plants that complement the rest of the terrarium and works well with other plants. It also loves moisture and is very easy to care for.

Natural Live Moss, Fake Moss for Potted Plants

This product was recommended by Alan Lee from Hairbro

Mosses are always the best place to start when creating a terrarium. It is also best to look for local ground-level plants that are adapted to humid conditions and can be found in the same environment as mosses. Selaginella is a common and very pretty primitive plant that is often found growing alongside mosses.

Peperomia Puteolata Plant

This product was recommended by Alexa Justine Callada from Stayyy

Peperomia Puteolata is a very popular houseplant that can be grown in a closed terrarium. It is native to Central America and the Caribbean, and it is often found growing wild in the marshes of these regions. The Peperomia Puteolata plant has a wide range of uses, from medicinal to culinary. In some regions it is used as a natural remedy for anxiety, depression, and headaches. In other regions it is used as an ingredient in dishes such as stews or curries.

Begonia maculata, Polka Dot Begonia

This product was recommended by Blake Brossman from PetCareRX

The Polka Dot Plants thrive in enclosed terrariums because they give the terrariums color and they don’t grow very tall. Not only that but they can survive in enclosed terrariums because they can survive in humidity. All you have to do is make sure you prune them so they don’t become too leggy!

Soleirolia Helxine Baby’s Tears Plant

This product was recommended by Jim Campbell from Honeymoon Goals

A fantastic plant for a base of a closed terrarium to really give it that wild feel is Baby’s Tears. Don’t let the name put you off, these plants look fantastic at the bottom of a closed terrarium, and the small green leaves look beautiful in a moist environment. What’s more is that this plant loves humidity, and will thrive in close quarters with other plants.

Fluker’s Repta Vines

This product was recommended by Jennifer Jones from Beginner Guitar HQ

These arrive in different stages and meant for terrariums with reptiles. Lifelike, natural-looking hanging vines are the perfect addition to any terrarium. Comes with suction cups to affix to the tank and are made of non-toxic polyethylene material for easy cleaning and disinfecting. Available in English ivy, Purple coleus, and red coleus.

Exo Terra Silk Abutilon Terrarium Plant

This product was recommended by Avaid Faruz from Faruzo

The Exo Terra Abutilon is the best plant for a closed terrarium because, compared to other terrarium plants, this one is easier to maintain. When it hangs in your terrarium, the abundance of green foliage will make your reptile believe it is living in a natural environment. The plant provides the same benefits as real plants, whether the goal is ornamental, to provide hiding locations, or to expand the living area. The Exo Terra Abutilon Terrarium Plant is appropriate for use in more sterile environments where actual plants cannot grow or live. I have these silk plants, and my little fish love to hide among their leaves.

Pilea depressa (Depressed Clearweed)

This product was recommended by Jen Stark from Happy DIY Home

Pilea depressa grows well in a damp environment away from harsh and direct light, making it perfect for growing within a closed terrarium. When temperatures drop, the moisture from the plant and soil will condense on the glass walls because of the warm atmosphere. During the day, the same water will flow down into the growth media and be absorbed by the plant. The cycle repeats as the plant transpires. Pilea depressa thrives in arid climates, allowing it to be cultivated inside without the protection of a terrarium or bottle garden. You may expect evergreen leaves at any time of year with careful care.

White Fittonia California Tropicals

This product was recommended by Granger McCollough from Elite Patio Direct

If you are looking for a plant that really stands out in a closed terrarium as well as thrives in the low light and moisture of a closed terrarium I would really recommend the Nerve Plant. It gets its name from the striking white or red veins that run along its leaves, making it a real stand-out piece especially around other moisture-loving plants like Moss.

Succulent Plant Moss Fern

This product was recommended by Michael Woods from Uniwide Formation

A close terrarium plant should be heat and moisture friendly. For this, the best one is the fern. These plants are happy with low light and a cozy environment. These eco-friendly plants are ideal for a close terrarium as they can adjust to the artificial hot environment and enhance the show and look of our room.

Succulents Terrarium Display Glass Moss Planter

This product was recommended by Lorie Carson from Real People Finder

Planting tropical plants, orchids, ferns, cacti, air plants, or dried flowers in geometric glass pots is a good idea. Even if someone is using it as a box for a snail habitat. The 10inch height gold geometric glass terrariums have a door and latch, gaps between the glass panels, and the door hinge allows air to flow, maintaining good humidity levels and a warm environment that is more suited to plant growth.

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Written by Zak Parker

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