Top Terrarium Plants

CrotonTerrariums are a great gardening project for the winter to keep your thumb green all year long! There are a wide variety of terrariums that you can use, as well as plants to choose from.

Terrariums are a sealed glass container in which plants are grown.  These containers can range from hanging glass spheres (pictured) to beautiful tabletop terrariums that appear to be miniature greenhouses.  You may already have a container that you'd like to use for a terrarium, and if not, you can find large glass containers, either open at the top or closed at craft stores. We have hanging glass terrariums for sale at the greenhouse, as well. 

The difference between closed containers and open containers are the type of plants you can use. Closed containers hold more humidity and create a jungle-like atmosphere. Open containers are ideal for cactus and succulent gardens, as well as other plants that prefer less humidity. No matter the container you use, plants will typically need little care. The key is to choose plants that fit into the container you have chosen to use for your terrarium.   The following are the best plants to use in a terrarium:

Crotons add a lot of color to any terrarium. They have thick, colorful leavesthat come in a huge array of amazing colors and shapes. To grow the healthiest, crotons like bright light, and are best when growing them in open jars.

SucculentsButton Fern
Ferns in general do well in terrauims, but the Button Fern is an unusual folidage that is a fun texture to add to a terrarium. These ferns do not stand upright but are mop-headed. Button ferns like bright, filtered light and consistent moist conditions, which makes them perfect for a terrarium.

Baby's Tears
Baby's tears is a small plant with delicate foliage. In a terrarium, it is a lovely, low-growing plant that prefers bright light and consistent moisture.

There are lot of different types of peperomia. These are a slow growing plant that do beautifully in terrariums, prefering low to bright indirect light. Peperomia sometimes produce cool-looking flower spikes and have textured foliage.

 Pothos Vine
Pothos vine is the traditional houseplant, that is very low maintenance and can look fabulous in a terrarium. However, be careful not to over-water this plant and keep it in bright indirect light. Prune it back regularly so it doesn't become unruly and your pothos should look good for years.

Also referred to as the Polka Dot Plant, Hypoestes come in pink, red and silver varieties. They are extremely easy to take care of and do well as a houseplant and in container gardens during the summer.  They like bright, indirect light and may need to be pinched back if they get too tall or start to get spindly.

Golden Clubmoss

Clubmoss is also known as Irish Moss at the greenhouse.  This great houseplant does not get very tall, making it ideal for terrariums.  It does, however, like to spread, so keep it trimmed inside a terrarium.  Keep the soil moist but not wet.


Succulents are the easiest plants to use in terrariums and containers in general.  With terrariums, it is best to use containers that have an opening, as well as sandier soil in place of potting mix.  These require hardly any water but lots of bright light.  The different varieties that are out there will give you lots of plants to choose from.  Mixing the different varieties together will give you a great look as they each have different textures and shapes to combine into a beautiful terrarium.

Christian Goers