Creating a terrarium is an enjoyable family project and takes only a few minutes to assemble. Almost any glass container of any shape can be used, from a brandy snifter to a large bottle or, of course, a Wardian case. An aquarium is particularly easy to use, with a large opening that’s child-friendly. Covering the top with a piece of Plexiglas will reduce watering needs to almost nil.
- Terrarium (enclosed glass container, such as an aquarium)
- Potting soil
- Pebbles and decorative rocks
- Small scoop
- Dwarf ferns such as maidenhair (e.g., Adiantum hispidulum) and button (Pellaea rotundifolia) types
- Parlour palm seedlings (Chamaedorea elegans syn. Neanthe bella)
- Earth stars (e.g., Cryptanthus bivittatus)
- Carnivorous plants* such as Venus flytrap (Dionaea muscipula) and sundews (e.g., Drosera capensis)
- Flame violets (Episcia reptans, E. cupreata and their hybrids)
- Creeping fig (Ficus pumila)
- Fittonia (Fittonia albivenis)
- English ivy (Hedera helix)
- True mosses
- Pileas (e.g., Pilea depressa, P. microphylla)
- clubmoss (e.g., Selaginella kraussiana)
- Miniature sinningias (e.g., Sinningia pusilla)
Now that you have your materials, watch the video!
*Carnivorous plants are extremely sensitive to minerals of any kind, so use only rain or distilled water.