Here's six reasons why you want a terrarium...

Six reasons why you'll want to garden INDOORS with a terrarium!

If you are reading this, the chances are that you already have a house plant or two.  But you could go one step further and join the trend for a terrarium. Or perhaps you already have! If not, you'll probably want to jump on trend right away, and here's why:

Trendy stuff

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Reason number 1:  If you want to be in with the 'in crowd', jump onto a trend!

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Reason number 2: The styles and ideas have already been tried and successfully tested, i.e. they are not just a whim.

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Reason number 3: Terrariums are great to look at!

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Reason number 4: they are easy to manage

Planting a terrarium is far easier than dealing with a bottle garden. It is no longer necessary to insert growing medium, drainage material and plants through a tiny neck opening.  The tiresome task of cleaning up the inside of the enclosed glass has also been banished to distant memory. bottle garden, terrarium, indoor gardening, plants, house plants, houseplants, gardening, gardens, interior decor, Planting up a bottle garden isn't an easy task. Modern terrariums often have opening sides or panels. They now come in all sorts of beautiful shapes, as witnessed on Instagram and Pinterest. terrarium, plants, indoor planting, house plants, houseplants, interior design, decoration, living art, artwork, You can create a living piece of art with this house-shaped terrarium which is available from Perfectplants.co.uk.

Reason number 5: plants in this environment are amazing!

As with many twists within the fashion world, new styles often come with their own set of challenges. Modern terrariums tend to have open sections which distort the concept of the original sealed bottle garden.  You might need to re-think the choice of plants because the environment is more open. Some people who first created their exotic bottle gardens almost 60 years ago have revealed that the same plants are still thriving within! The containers have remained unopened for literally decades. Their owners have enjoyed their plants without needing to water them or even provide extra air! How amazing that some plants can be completely self-sustaining without any input whatsoever. Many people desire to own the terrarium ‘look’, and that’s entirely understandable.  Make sure you do a bit of research before planting this type of glamorous glass display cabinet, however.  You do need to understand which sort of plants are likely to thrive within such an environment. Take care over your plant selection and remember to consider the needs of the species rather than choosing by appearance alone.

Reason number 6: you too can become wise!

The terrarium environment represents a mini-greenhouse and this micro-climate creates a protective setting. The resulting humid capsule suits woodlanders; jungle floor-dwellers; ferns and mosses. It definitely doesn’t suit desert-lovers. These plants include cacti and succulents which need bright light, dry air and free-draining compost. cacti and succulents, terrarium, plant wisdom, know your plants, right plant right place, bottle gardens, Be careful which plants you select for your terrarium. Desert-dwellers won't like the humid atmosphere and damp soil.

Terrific for a terrarium

Choose plants that like a humid atmosphere and a damp soil. These are the jungle-lovers that will be happy in a steamy container in medium or even low light levels. Select your plants with care and always remember the mantra: 'right plant, right place'.   Here’s a few suggestions of house plants that might love a terrarium home: fittonia, plants, house plants, houseplants, terrarium, bottle garden, indoor gardening, Fittonia have some beautiful colour on their distinctive leaves. Perhaps the perfect plant for terrariums.

Small leafed Tradescantia

Scindapsus such as ‘Golden Pothos’ and 'Njoy'

Pilea, with its rounded foliage

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Fittonia: perfectly suited to low light and high humidity and they have amazing foliage too!

Begonia rex with its beautifully coloured leaves

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Various ferns including Asplenium, which is also known as the bird’s nest fern

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Adiantum, the maidenhair fern

Athyrium ferns

Nephrolepis ferns

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Creeping moss

Ivy can normally cope with a wide range of conditions and you can easily cut it back to fit the space

Various little orchids of the Aerangis family

The spider plant: Chlorophytum comosum

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