Terrariums are all the rage right now, and it's not hard to see why. They bring greenery to indoor spaces, are beautiful and unique to look at, the plants can come in an array of shapes and sizes and can also survive the harshest conditions- meaning they will flourish and thrive with even the most infamous *accidental* plant assassins as their owners.
And with our new terrariums freshly in stock, we thought what better way to celebrate these mini eco habitats than to give you the run down on our favourite plants to keep within them...
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1.) Moon Valley Friendship Plant, or Pileas
Not only do these plants have possibly the best name ever given to a plant ever, but these fast-growers tolerate low lighting and high humidity, so are perfect for terrariums. It may just surprise you with little delicate pink flowers, too.
2.) Baby's tears
(Photograph © Kerry Michaels)
Despite the slightly off-putting name, this plant is made up of beautiful tiny fresh green leaves that look great in a small scale to fill the base of your terrarium.
3.) African Violets
These bright beautiful blooms are native to Tanzania. Their attractive, velvety foliage, compact growing habits and wide variety of long blooming flowers make this one of the world’s most popular indoor plants. They require a humid, warm environment making them the perfect candidate for your new terrarium.
4.) Kalanchoe Tomentosa, or panda plant
Panda plants like average to warm temperatures, bright light and well draining soil. They are super easy to care for and maintain owing to their thick, furry, velvet like leaves which store water, meaning less watering for you!
5.) Tri-Coloured Sedums
These mutli-hued plants are excellent ground cover plants, particularly for hot, dry places such as terrariums. They form a low carpet of small green leaves, dappled with pink and creamy-white. Clusters of soft-pink star shaped flowers also appear in summer.
6.) Sempervivum, or Houseleeks
Possibly the best-known of terrarium plants, the houseleeks provide magical rosettes of succulent leaves and should be grown in bright sunlight, in light, well draining soil. Water liberally, then allow the soil to dry out before watering it again.
7.) Hen and Chicks plant
In the same family as the houseleek, the hen and chicks plant is a succulent native to southern Europe and northern Africa. The "hen" is the main plant, and the "chicks" are the offspring, which start as tiny buds on the main plant and soon sprout their own roots, taking up residence close to the mother plant.
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Excited to start your own now? Get yours going with one of our new terrariums and don't forget to let us see how they're looking by tagging @maria_allen_boutique in your Instagram photos!