Are you looking for cool terrariums for your next get together? A good choice is a glass fish tank. They are super low maintenance, super easy to care for, lots of fun to create, and will be an impressive statement piece in any room. At first glance, they may seem a little extreme (there are some really cool terrariums available), but they do not need to be super intricate to be beautiful. Here are some easy terrarium plants for you to choose from.
Mosses make some really beautiful terrariums because they are so versatile. There are so many different looks that mosses can take, from a dark greyish green with a few fine white lines through to a vivid orange hue with thick green fringes. The beauty of mosses is their ability to adapt to different environments and light conditions, which allow them to create so many different looks without a drastic change in the environment. Mosses are also very easy to keep healthy and disease free, which is always important if you are putting live animals in the terrarium
One of the easiest terrarium plants to maintain is an indoor plant that uses activated charcoal as a soil base. Activated charcoal works by filtering and neutralizing any excess moisture in the soil, so that it only forms a thin film on the top of the plant. Once this film has formed, the water, minerals and air are easier to extract. These types of plants can survive in any range of terrarium environments and generally perform well in any range of conditions.
Some other extremely easy terrarium plants to maintain are mosses. Mosses do very well in most any environment, whether you’re planting them in terrariums or in your home garden. They tend to grow slowly and keep to themselves, being very low maintenance plants. There are quite a few different species of mosses, some easier to look after than others, so be selective about what type of moss you use and how you grow it. Generally speaking, mosses work well in all terrarium conditions, although there are certain species of mosses which will not do so well in low lighting environments.
One of the most popular terrarium plants to grow is actually moss species called Hyoscyamus Nudibranchs, or “glass plants”. Hyoscyamus is also very easy species to maintain, especially if you are growing it in a glass container. It’s very low maintenance and performs well in all terrariums, being particularly good if you are trying to mimic the look of aquatic plants. It’s hardy and durable enough to cope with extreme temperatures, which is another reason why many people keep hydrangeas in their aquariums.
In a way, terrarium plants inside a tank can act as a “self-watering” system. They don’t rely on the sunlight to recharge themselves, so you won’t get your freshwater plants dying if the tank is left unused for a few weeks. The best terrarium plants to grow are those that require less light, or don’t need to get water at all. For example, there are several kinds of Java Fern which grow well in low light terrariums but Ficus are better when you put them in the same terrarium as Java Fern.
For an image source of a plant that will grow well in most terrariums, you’ll probably want to start off with Java Moss. It is quite hardy and is extremely durable, and is sometimes referred to as the Victorian Moss. The good thing about using Java Moss is that it has a tendency to get big and lush, so it fills out a tank rather nicely. As it grows, you’ll notice that its branches reach up to several meters in length.
Many terrarium plants also have “guardians” which keep them in place. Some examples include Java Fern and Pansy, both of which have guard hairs that keep them from falling over. Some of the other guard plants are Pterocarpus spp., and Pterocarpus santalinus. All of these plants have the ability to grow large and lush, and they can also be used as a backdrop for images, too. Glass terrarium plants are also popular because they are easier to clean than most other types of plants.