We all love fresh, green plants in our terrariums, but this Spring we’re in the mood for color! You have a lot of options when it comes to adding color to your enclosed mini gardens, and we’re excited to share some of our favorites with you.
British Soldier Lichen (Cladonia cristatella)
This one is tiny (only about an inch high), but their beautiful red spores truly bring a new life to terrariums both large and small. Like moss, keep this plant in a terrarium with other dry plants that love dry environments in cool areas. When using British Soldier Lichens, don’t expect them to get much bigger as they only grow one or two millimeters each year!
African Violets (Saintpaulia)
We’ve talked about African Violets before, but how could we fail to mention them again in a post about color? From a deep indigo to a brilliant violet this flower is absolutely stunning. The light with this plant is a little tricky—allow for moderate to bring indirect, indoor light. If your plant stops flowering in needs more sunlight, but if brown spots develop on the flowers and leaves it is getting too much sun. Keep the soil moist and allow the roots to dry before watering to encourage blooming.
Venus Flytraps (Dionaea muscipula)
They may be green on the outside, but when this carnivorous plant opens its “mouth” it displays its gorgeous red insides. This plant is a favorite for kids and adults alike. (Who doesn’t love a plant that acts like an animal?) Keep them in a location with lots of light, and remember that the key to a long life for your Venus Flytraps is a hibernation time over the winter. Just stick them in your fridge for 2-5 months and you’ll keep this plant happy and healthy for one more year!
Hen and Chicks (Sempervivum)
Because this plant variety is so easy to care for and multiplies like crazy, I see these decorating many yards in my neighborhood. Also known as “hen and chicks” this plant is hardy and thrives with neglect. They love full sun, well-hydrated soil (sandy clay is ideal), and very little water. There are so many varieties that range from luscious green to deep reds—this is the perfect addition to any terrarium.
Scarlet Star (Guzmania Lingulata)
This beautiful, garnet-colored flower comes from the tropical island of Hawaii, and can easily bring a little island flair to your home. Scarlet Stars like moderate to bright light, but prefer fluorescent bulbs to direct sunlight making this the perfect office plant. They need to stay well hydrated, so don’t pair this plant with the desert-dwellers that we talked about above.
If you have any questions about how to spruce up your terrarium or you need help caring for your plants, we’d love to help! Stop by our store or email us with any questions.