Best Low Light Terrarium Plants

Terrariums are popular gifts for indoor gardeners, and with the Best Low Light Terrarium Plants, you can experience success even as a beginner? Living in the state of Pennsylvania, I know how low light during the winter can challenge houseplant growers? Learn how to accomplish creating this type of garden, so read on to learn how step-by-step?

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Terrariums Come in All Shapes & Sizes



Of course, your first step is shopping for a terrarium. You can find these in all shapes and sizes, and this means no matter what your budget, this type of gardening is possible for everyone? Let us explore some of them to give you an idea, I want you to know enough to choose the best one?

  • Mini glass geometric
  • Round wall hanging
  • Geometric glass
  • Angel type for single plants
  • Hanging teal vase
  • Wall hanging mini fishbowls
  • Jar terrariums
  • Desktop and tabletop
  • Geometric glass greenhouse picture above
  • Better Homes & Gardens Metal & Glass
  • Large tabletops
  • Hanging glass globes

You now have a better idea of what types are available, but if you just wish to go small to try this out any clear glass container with a lid will do? Many people start out with a simple mason jar, and then upgrade to a larger container if this type of garden appeals to them?

Terrarium Materials You Need

Let us move on to what else you will need, you will get a better idea of what is involved in creating your own terrarium on your own? This can be a great gift for birthdays and Christmas, and this is especially an awesome family activity for family time?

  • Aquarium gravel for adequate drainage to prevent root rot
  • Gardening charcoal
  • High-quality potting mix
  • Fine metal screening
  •  Low light terrarium plants

Another option to consider is terrarium kits, I will provide some of these for you in my next paragraph? What people starting out like about these is everything above is included, you might want to consider both options before going any further?


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Terrarium Kits for Every Budget


Terrarium Kits

I am sure you are wondering which option is going to save you the most money, so we are going to compare buying the materials and the kits next? This will save you time and frustration trying to figure this out on your own, let us just see which one of these is going to get you the most for your money?

Material Price List

  • Terrariums start out at $10.00
  • Aquarium gravel $5.00 per bag
  • Gardening charcoal $15.00 per bag
  • Potting mix $10.00 per bag
  • Fine metal screening $10.00 12 X 8 inches
  • Low light terrarium plants $10.00 per plant
  • The minimum cost would be approximately $60.00

You must consider how large of a terrarium you desire, and also how much of the materials you are going to need? You could create a small single-plant terrarium for the total price above? Now we are going to need to check out the kits, and this will at least give you an idea of the cost of going with each of these methods.

Terrarium Kit Price List

As for the kits, you can purchase a nice beginner kit with everything included for actually less of an investment? When buying everything separately for a single plant it will cost you more, if I was starting this hobby, I would go with one of the kits? Remember every kit does not include the plant, so you will need to add this to the cost as well?

 Best Beginner Terrarium Kits

Shopping for terrarium kits is more complicated to price than creating your own, you can find a variety of them ranging from as low as $10.00 and as high as $200.00 plus? For a small single plant, there are many inexpensive kits to choose from? I recommend you shop around before purchasing an expensive one, and this is even more important if you are a beginner?

  • Dinosaur volcano $24.99
  • Floating orb $47.95
  • Mini fishbowl desert $14.99
  • Terrarium jar $11.49
  • Glass greenhouse $30.99
  • Medium greenhouse $36.74

I am sure you are noticing there is something for every price range, you will find most beginner kits are only large enough for one plant? For the serious gardener, you will want to shop for the greenhouse types? For beginners, there are many low-cost alternatives to test the water before spending too much money?

Step-by-Step Terrarium Plan

Since you have your material list you are ready to set up your new garden, you will find this a very simple process? I have listed the steps in order for you, read on if you decided to do this yourself?

  1. Add approximately 1-3 inches of the aquarium gravel, you will find these usually come in 5-pound bags? Depending on the size you choose will determine how many bags you will need, but for the majority of single plant terrariums, one bag will do the job?
  2. What you want to do next is place your metal screening on top of your aquarium pebbles, and this will prevent your potting mix from falling into your pebble drainage base?
  3. Ready now to mix the potting mix with the gardening charcoal in a separate container, you will add approximately one-third of garden charcoal to two-thirds of your potting mix?
  4. Now you will add water to the mixture before adding it to your terrarium.
  5. Once you have done this, you are ready to place the potting mix with garden charcoal on top of the metal screening.
  6. Add your low light terrarium plants by planting them in the soil, if you really want to impress your guests add some decorative pebbles?
  7. Place your new garden in a spot in your home that provides your plants indirect light, so next, I am going to provide you a guide on low light terrarium plants?

Creating this type of garden is a fun project for everyone no matter what your age, you might find this a great family time activity during the cold winter months? It is time to learn what plants are your best choices, and remember you want low light ones to do the best?


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Best Indoor Winter Plants


Low Light Terrarium Plants

I will be providing the best low light plants for your new garden in this paragraph, you can also use these for houseplants instead of in a terrarium? The lack of light is the main obstacle with this type of indoor gardening, so do you really want to consider the ones in the list below?

  • Swedish Ivy
  • Arrowhead Plant
  • Heartleaf Philodendron
  • Peperomia
  • Bromeliads
  • Pilea Plants
  • Pellionia
  • Butterwort
  • Irish Moss
  • Lichen
  • Polka Dot Plants
  • Bird’s Nest Ferns
  • Philodendron Birkin
  • Lightning Jewel Orchid
  • Selaginella
  • Creeping Fig
  • Nerve Plant
  • Mistletoe Cactus
  • Drunkard’s Bones
  • Barth Stars
  • Heart Fern
  • Haworthia
  • Gasteria
  • Artillery Fern
  • Aluminum Plant
  • Baby Tears
  • Button Fern
  • Prayer Plant
  • Croton
  • Lemon Button Fern
  • Moss
  • Maidenhair Fern
  • Spider Plant
  • False Shamrock
  • Venus Flytrap
  • Indian Holly Fern
  • Pitcher Plant
  • Spiderwort
  • Strawberry Begonia

Growing these low light plants in closed terrariums will thrive, how many of you are interested in open terrarium plants? That will be my plant list coming next, so keep reading if this interests you?

Open Terrarium Plants

How many of you realized you can grow plants in a terrarium without being closed, we often think of these as aquariums for fish and reptiles? I do have some very good ones for this type of garden as well, so here are my best choices for you?

  • Hens & Chicks
  • Red Pagoda
  • Polka Dot Plant
  • Zebra Cactus
  • Starfish Plant
  • Air Plants
  • Button Fern
  • Living Stones
  • Pies from Heaven
  • Pregnant Onion
  • Jade Plant
  • Tiger Jaws
  • Aloe Vera
  • Chocolate Soldier
  • Flap Jack Plant
  • Ghost Plant
  • Mountain Aloe
  • Paddle Plant
  • Burro’s Tail
  • African Violet

For those of you interested in creating an open terrarium here is a list for you, no matter which type you choose I have you covered with the best plants? This really can be a great addition to your indoor gardening, you will also be adding awesome new houseplants to your home?


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Terrarium Garden Gifts


Plant Lover Gift Ideas

Anyone shopping for possible gifts for plant lovers, I decided to share with you some that you will not find in your local stores? Finding unusual houseplant gifts for my mother is like a hobby for me, now if you are interested in unique products I have some for you today?

  • Mini terrarium kit above
  • Self-watering herb pot
  • Window plant pod
  • Terrarium candle
  • Coconut fiber sloth planter
  • Jellyfish air planter
  • Coconut fiber dinosaur planter
  • Garden pot hanger
  • Coconut fiber giraffe planter
  • Metal ostrich planter
  • Natilus air planter
  • Smart planter with grow light
  • Coconut fiber dog planter
  • Avacado tree sprouter
  • Magnetic propagation station
  • Coconut fiber elephant planter
  • Perfectly watered plant pot
  • Ceramic animal planter
  • Self-watering seed starter
  • Beard & mustache planter
  • Water-generating planter
  • Smart brass greenhouse
  • Crochet hanging flower basket
  • Coconut fiber hedgehog planter
  • Smart self-watering planter
  • Coconut fiber fox planter
  • Embrace Planter
  • Hanging basket hummingbird feeder
  • Modern desktop terracotta planters
  • Metal giraffe planter
  • Crystal illusion hoop earrings

Does any of these interest you, there are some clever and unique gifts here? You can visit the website by clicking directly on the link. How are you liking this article so far, I would love to hear from you in my comments?

Houseplant Freebies

Whenever I can find something free for you, I provide the opportunity for you to take advantage of my find? Today I have some Free Printable Houseplant Freebies, and if you like them let me know? These I found on a website called The Cottage Market, you just might want to keep this in mind to visit in search of more freebies?

  • Free printable houseplant vignettes
  • Download them at no cost to you
  • 5 x 7’s
  • 8 X 10’s

If anyone downloads these please let me know, this will help me to know if these interest enough people to do it again in the future? You can help me make this website even better with your feedback, and I thank anyone who has commented on Rare Exotic Plants?

Free Printable Garden Planner

Frugal Home website is kind enough to provide a free printable garden planner, I thought this would be something many of you could use? With these, you can set up your very own garden planner? Frugal Home used them to set up their own garden planner, so if you are interested take a peek?

  • Garden worksheet
  • Square garden plan
  • Square foot planning guide
  • Monthly planning planner
  • Seasonal planning planner
  • Monthly garden chore list
  • Garden project tracker
  • Garden expense worksheet
  • Seed starter tracker
  • Plant tracker
  • Pests & problem worksheet
  • Fertilizer & soil worksheet
  • Seed harvesting tracker
  • Dailygarden journal
  • Weekly garden journal

Frugal Home seemed to include everything you need for an efficient garden journal, if you think this will help you be a better gardener it is Free To Print?  How many of you use a journal, I would love to hear from those of you who can spare a few minutes? Just leave your answer in my comments section for me to read, you also can leave any requests or questions as well?




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