Succulent terrariums bother me. In fact they make me angry. This blog idea came to me because of something I saw on HGTV. Do you know what you shouldn’t put in a terrarium? I’m not calling anyone out, but if I see one more succulent terrarium, I’m going to scream. (Song from Willy Wonka going through my head.)
Succulents do NOT belong in closed terrariums. They are better suited for dish gardens like the one below.
Why not a succulent terrarium?
So why shouldn’t you use succulents in a terrarium? First, let’s look at the reason we put plants in terrariums. Terrariums are enclosed containers so the humidity does not escape. What kind of plants need high humidity? Ferns, selaginella, calatheas, mosses, and more.
Do succulents like high humidity? No. Also, most succulents need to grow in high light. If you put a covered glass container in high light, what is going to happen? Your plants will literally bake in the container.
Typically, high-humidity plants are also lower-light plants. That fact makes them better suited for terrarium life. In the large jar below, I planted three humidity-loving tiny plants. I included two ferns and a selaginella.
Plants not to use in a terrarium
Here are plants that should not be used in a closed-top terrarium. You may see these used in terrariums on television (as I did), on Pinterest, in books, and in other places, but I would love to see those succulent terrariums a few weeks after planting them…..
Say NO to a succulent terrarium
When making a terrarium, choose plants with thinner leaves, indicating they need higher humidity. These include ferns, mosses, episcias, and some orchids.
Steer away from succulents and cacti. You’re setting yourself up for failure and disappointment. Not to mention a container full of dead, mushy succulents.
Have you had this happen to you? Do these kind of things drive you crazy like they do me? Let me know your thoughts in the comments.
Have a great week, plant friends!
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