These terrarium plants are best suited for the small, confined humid environment that is unique to a closed-in terrarium. You can make incredible displays using a wide variety of different containers?many of which you may already have at home. Choosing the right terrarium plants makes it easy to enjoy these spectacular houseplants without fussing over their care.
Terrariums are a fun way to bring something different to typical houseplant displays. They are also incredibly easy to care for, provided you use the right plants to begin with. That?s why I?ve put together this list of the best plants for terrariums to help you experience the joy of indoor gardening!
Terrarium Containers to Try
Before we get into talking about the best terrarium plants, let?s chat quickly about the containers. Choosing your terrarium containers will have a huge impact on how the final project looks.
You can easily find suitable containers at a local gardening store, or even a thrift store. Of course, there are plenty of great online options too!
Just make sure to choose a glass container that has airflow?airtight containers will suffocate your plant. Here are a few of my favorite terrarium containers:
Remember, you can also go for the unexpected! It?s part of the fun of terrarium making. You can even make one of these for something unique. Just have fun with it?it?s hard to go wrong.
The Best Terrarium Plants
There is a seemingly endless amount of terrarium plants to choose from. I put together some of my favorites on this list, each with varying sizes, colors, and textures. I like to use a combination of plants so that they look pleasing when planted in combination with one another.
Remember, nothing with terrariums has to be permanent. That?s the beauty of plants! If you don?t like how it looks, or if you want to try a new look, simply rearrange them and try again.
Cryptanthus bivittatus is more commonly known as ?earth star.? This terrarium plant is a bromeliad that is small with a starburst shape. The spiky plant gets up to six inches tall and six inches wide and has foliage tinged with either bright pink or purple around the edges, so it really stands out against other plants in a terrarium.
This plant does well in sunlight, so if you find a sunny window, it might be the perfect spot for this terrarium plant. If your earth star looks pale, trying moving it to a brighter spot. Water them as often as you find the soil is dry with small amounts at a time.
Frittonia has the common name ?nerve plant? because if they don?t get enough water they will fade quickly or ?faint.? To prevent this, be sure to water them regularly. Don?t worry, though, they are easy enough to revive if you forget to water them?simply give the plant a good soak and it will spring back.
This terrarium plant likes humid environments and low light, so these plants are perfect to brighten up a dark corner of the house or even the bathroom. Plus, their vibrant pink, white, or red-veined leaves will add a pop of color wherever they are displayed. These plants tend to grow well with soil that can retain moisture but also drain well.
Also called ?pixie? peperomia, this little houseplant grows well in both low light and bright conditions. These plants prefer their soil more dry than wet, so you do not need to over water.
If you have had a hard time growing indoor plants in the past, give this one a try. It does not need much attention at all and is a slow grower, so it is the perfect plant to plunk into a terrarium and not have to think twice about it. Plus, its variegated leaves are striking with bright white stripes which will add interest and contrast nicely with other plants in your terrarium.
Pilea plants come in many different varieties, most of which thrive and look beautiful in terrariums. Some species have bright colors, interesting variegation, and saw-tooth leaves, while others are bright green with small, very round leaves, so there is a lot to choose from in terms of aesthetics. One of the most common varieties is the Chinese Money Plant, which works well as a larger terrarium plant or a house plant.
There are also creeping varieties which work well in terrariums as they will crawl and spill over the edges. These plants do well in either indirect sunlight or shade. Keep the soil relatively dry?you?ll be able to see the leaves slightly droop when more water is required.
Also known as ?club moss,? Selaginella is a lush moss with delicate, lacy frills that make it look like something from an enchanted forest. It loves humidity and low-light conditions, making this one of the best terrarium plants. Keep the soil moist but not soggy and your club moss will be very content.
I have quite a fondness for moss as they add unexpected texture and visual interest while also being simple to care for. If you?d like to read more about , read this post.
I know I?m not supposed to have favorites, but when it comes to plants in terrariums?this may be the one. I?m wild about air plants, . Tillandsia is a great choice for terrariums of all kinds as they don?t even need soil to grow. They come in a lot of different shapes, sizes, and colors and are easy to care for if you know
To keep these plants properly watered, remove the air plant from the terrarium completely. Then, allow it to take a nice soak in a bowl full of water for an hour or so before returning it home. Do this about once every month.
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Learn how to make bath bombs! Love those awesome fizzing bath bombs but don?t want to spend $6 a piece? It?s easy to make your own DIY bath bombs with natural ingredients that soften your skin. Rather than large round balls, these DIY bath bombs are half the size. It is just enough for one bath which makes them go a lot further. Using floral or decorative molds makes these look pretty and a breeze to make without the fuss and headaches of trying to get the round bath bomb to stick together.
Don?t get me wrong here, I love a round bath bomb and have made many in my days crafting up skincare and beauty products. I?ll admit it though: the technique does take a bit of practice to master.
To be honest, there are times when you just want to make a bunch of them to give away as gifts and know FOR SURE that they will not crack or explode and look pretty enough to give away. When you press one into a , , they will almost certainly turn out beautifully!
That?s why these DIY bath bombs are a great project for beginners and kids. That being said, if you WANT to make a round bath bomb, then you can certainly use this recipe and there are instructions down at the end of the post.
As this recipe is part of the , you can feel good that the ingredients are natural and safe for your skin and for the water. I see so many projects (unicorn rainbow, anyone!?) that are loaded with artificial dyes and colorants that are just not needed. Plants and nature have provided us with so many wonderful scents in the form of real essential oils and just as many natural colour options. There is a better way!
Making the Switch to Natural Ingredients in Homemade Bath Bombs
I know there are a lot of other recipes that recommend using synthetic fragrance and colouring out there and I know that they make bright and beautiful bath bombs. I don?t want to say that they are toxic, but I choose to use natural ingredients for myself. You can certainly look up the ingredients that you plan to use for your DIY skin care projects and prepared packaged products on the .
Natural Fragrance for DIY Bath Bombs
I will say that I choose to use essential oils as natural fragrance because they can offer helpful properties to the bath bombs, like aromatherapy. The soothing fragrance of lavender is the perfect compliment to a relaxing bath.
Just a few drops of essential oils in your bath bomb will add a subtle fragrance that can help to soothe stress and restlessness.
You can also add lavender buds, , or other flowers right onto the DIY bath bomb like I did on the cover of my !
How to Add Natural Colour to a Homemade Bath Bomb Recipe
As for colouring, there are many options available that are plant based and will not harm you when absorbed into your skin. Try powders like:
- turmeric for a golden yellow
- ratanjot for a lovely purple
- blueberry for a blue/purple
- spirulina for a blue/green
- madder root powder for pink
Want a visual? Check out this post on to see how these natural colours turned out.
Bath Bomb Recipe
You can feel confident that when you use these natural products or give them as gifts, that they are healthy for the body. Making your own DIY bath bombs is a great way to know exactly what is going into the water and on to your skin (or the skin of those who you love!).
DIY Bath Bomb Ingredients and Supplies
Makes 6-7 large / 12-14 small bath fizzers (one-sided), or 3-4 large / 6-7 small bath bombs (two-sided)
- 2 cups
- 1 cup
- 10-20 drops of 100% pure essential oils (do not use fragrance for any bath or body products)
- natural colorant (green=spirulina, yellow=turmeric, purple=ratanjot)
How to Make Bath Bombs
1. In a large bowl, measure in the and and mix well.
2. Add a 1/2 teaspoon of coloring and mix well. Add more coloring if you want a deeper color, but keep in mind that too much coloring will leave a ring in your tub, so go easy. The color will become more pronounced when you add the witch hazel anyhow.
3. Add 20-30 drops of and mix well.
4. Using an atomizer or spray bottle filled with , spray the entire surface of the powder mix and mix with your hands. Keep spraying and mixing rapidly until the mixture holds together when scrunched with your hand (think of making snowballs).
5. Working quickly, firmly press mixture into the . You can use soap-making molds, chocolate molds, ice cube trays, or even plastic Christmas tree ornaments that snap into two parts. The key is that they are plastic and large enough for the homemade bath bombs to set.
6. Gently tap the mold so that the bath bomb releases and carefully lay on a towel or tray to dry.
7. Let the DIY bath bombs dry for 30 minutes or until they are firm and won?t fall apart.
To make a round bath bomb, over-fill two round halves and press them together firmly before tapping the molds to release the bath bomb. Or you could simply package them up in pairs in an organza bag.
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DIY Bath Bombs
plastic molds in the shape of your choice
- 2 cups
- 1 cup
- 20-30 drops
- natural colorant green: spirulina, yellow: turmeric, purple: ratanjot
In a large bowl, measure in the and and mix well.
Add a 1/2 teaspoon of coloring and mix well. If needed, slowly add more colour.
Add 20 drops of essential oils and mix well.
Use an atomizer or spray bottle filled with , then spray the entire surface of the powder mix and mix with your hands.
Keep spraying and mixing rapidly until the mixture holds together when scrunched with your hand (think of making snowballs).
Working quickly, firmly press mixture into the .
Gently tap the mold so that the bath bomb releases and carefully lay on a towel or tray to dry.
Let the DIY bath bombs dry for 30 minutes or until they are firm and won't fall apart.