Terrarium comes from the Latin word ‘terra’, which means ‘Earth’. As the name suggests, they are little pieces of Mother Earth, that you can place on your tabletop.

Terrariums are partially enclosed, small environments for plants - a mini greenhouse. The containers are transparent - typically plastic or glass. Terrariums create their own ecosystem and need less maintenance as compared to normal indoor plants.


Typically, foliage or succulent plants grow best in terrariums. It is important to avoid plants which grow too fast. The best plants for a terrarium are:

  • Ferns (Bird’s nest, Button ferns, etc)

  • Airplants (like Tillandsia)

  • Succulents (Cacti, Hawthornia, Echeveria, etc)

  • Carnivorous plants (Venus Flytrap, etc)

  • Peperomia

There are many benefits of terrariums too! They help grow plants which are difficult to grow in dry air. They do not need to be watered too often, making them a perfect decor piece for your living room!

Apart from the general watering and sunlight care, there are some special points to focus on for the care and maintenance of terrariums.

  • If the leaves turn yellow and brown, prune them ASAP, as it is a sign of rot and disease. You may have to remove the whole plant if it is at a bad stage.

  • A dry, brown leaf indicates dehydration or too much sun. In this case, change their placement to a neutral place.

  • The extreme growth of a plant indicates a lack of light.

Winters are the dormant time for plants. So be careful to water your terrarium even less than the usual cycle. Do not fertilise your terrarium in winters. In summers, a small dosage, about ¼ of the usual is enough to feed it.

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