Curating an aesthetically pleasing and ecologically sustainable flowering terrarium is a tricky thing to do.
In this article, we’ll go over some of our favorite flowering terrarium plants. Our list includes seven colorful terrarium plants that flower, are easy to care for, and grow under similar conditions.
Why Flowering Terrarium Plants?
For the most part, flowering plants are more aesthetically pleasing than non-flowering varieties. When you’re growing plants in a terrarium, getting them to flower is an extra challenge. Are you up to it?
The general rule of thumb in differentiating between flowering and non-flowering plants is that the former reproduces by seeds and the latter does not. While this is not always the case – conifers don’t flower and reproduce by seeds – it’s easy to understand the differences conceptually.
Now, in designing your own terrarium, you can undoubtedly introduce non-flowering plants like mosses into your flowering ecosystem. It is essential to note the requirements of each plant in your terrarium, however, to be sure that there are no care concerns between plants. For example, a moss requires significantly more water than a succulent, so it’s probably best not to plant the two together. Have questions in regards to this idea? Comment them below, and I’ll work with you to uncover the answer!
7 Top Terrarium Plants That Flower
You should be able to grow all seven of these flowering terrarium plants together. This list has been curated with similar plant care requirements in mind. If you need any clarification, then comment below and I’ll get you the answer for which you’re looking.
If you haven’t owned lithops before, now is the perfect time to do so. Lithops resemble rocks and are sometimes called living stones, and they have gaps that help them accommodate future leaves and flowers. They’re some of the most unique plants to grow in your terrarium.
MicroLandscapeDesign offers three options when buying lithops. The first option is 25 seeds, and the second option is 25 seeds plus a germination kit. We recommend the third option: 25 seeds, a germination kit, and a mini lithops plant.
It’s incredibly affordable, and almost no buyer has commented negatively on these beautiful lithops – props to MicroLandscapeDesign for their incredible attention to quality.
Lithops are a little more challenging to care for than the rest. They flourish in hot temperatures but require some humidity and one hour of direct sunlight to grow properly.
The lithops could begin to crack and scar during the growing season, but this is normal and doesn’t mean that they’re dying.
Our third pick is USAGardenShop’s rare mix of succulents. We especially love these plants because many of them are exotic and hard to find in the United States.
If you’re lucky, you’ll find some rare Japanese succulents in the mix. Without question, all the plants are colorful and beautiful, and they’re also easy to care for because they don’t require particular temperatures and tend to germinate quickly.
We also noticed that the package comes with an eBook plant guide that’s incredibly detailed and covers everything you need to know about growing temperatures, watering, and common pests and diseases. Incredible value right here, folks!
Arguably one of the most popular terrarium plants is the nerve plant. It’s a tropical plant that commonly has white and green leaves, and other variants include pink and green or green and red leaves.
California Tropicals impressed us with the nerve plant we received in near perfect condition, and it came wrapped in peat pots with bare-rooted cuttings. Even at just under $20, we consider this an incredible value because of California Tropicals’ customer service.
Nerve plants work best in high humidity and moist soil. Don’t forget that they need bright light daily and that you should avoid direct sun exposure for long hours.
These cute and tiny Echeveria plants ship from China, which might make you nervous about ordering this product online. However, we were surprised by the quality of these succulents, and they arrived way faster than we had anticipated and were intact like you’d just bought them from across the street.
There are a variety of plants included in this product. You’ll commonly get Haworthias, which are rosette-shaped clusters of leaves. These plants are easy to grow because they tolerate most growing conditions.
We consider these plants perfect for beginners. As long as you water them and give them some light, they’ll grow into beautiful dark green clusters with white or purplish-red spots.
Our favorite, however, is the Australian Wild Colorata included in the mix. They’re considered rare in the United States and look gorgeous with their pinkish clusters of leaves, and they resemble raspberries and never grow above one inch.
The Next Gardener amazed us with a variety of colorful succulent cuttings. All the plants complemented each other and were full of life. The vendor says they put their best effort into mixing the colors and ensuring no fragile plants get included, and it shows.
If you’re looking for the most extensive assortment of succulents, look no further. We received some aloe veras, roseums, snake plants, hens-and-chicks, and some beautiful agaves. The cutting you receive may be completely different than ours, but rest assured that it’ll share the same colorful, high-quality plants.
Growing conditions are the same as the other plants on the list. Give them an hour of sunlight and water them twice a week. Don’t fret if you lose a couple of leaves initially; they’ll grow back after a few days.
Plants for Pets are well known for their high-quality, hand-picked Echeverias. No pack will look like the other, and the quality of the plants is noticeable from the second you unravel them.
The plants are rooted in two-inch pots, but you can easily remove them and plant them in your terrarium.
We chose this product because they work perfectly well with the other terrarium plants. They’re low-maintenance, colorful, and last for ages.
Finally, we have some beautiful 12-inch bromeliads offered by Costa Farms. Make sure you don’t choose the 20-inch variant unless you own a considerable terrarium.
Bromeliads come in a variety of colors like orange, yellow, red, and maroon. They’re popular in the home and office decor but are also great plants to include in your terrarium.
They’re easy to grow since they can tolerate drought, low-light, and near-freezing temperatures. Just make sure you don’t leave bromeliads in standing water, and preferably don’t expose them to direct sunlight.
Finishing Flowering Terrarium Plants With A Flourish
There’s a wide range of strikingly gorgeous plants from which to choose. Thankfully, all the terrarium plants on our list have similar watering, sunlight, and ventilation needs.
Whether you choose one type or mix and match a few varieties from our list, you can’t go wrong with any of our top picks. Do you have any flowering terrarium plants worth adding to this list? Comment them below, and I’ll do some research to see if they warrant an addition!