Suitable Terrarium Plants -C

***This post is a part of my April A to Z series where this year I will be highlighting different plants each day.  Check out this page to see all of my posts combined on one easy sheet. ***


Chamaedorea ‘elgans’

This species of small palm tree can be grown in most areas as a houseplant.  Although this plant grows slow, it can reach heights over 6′ tall.


$4.49/each at Josh’s Frogs

Photos taken by Josh’s Frogs.  Check them out here.

Origin:Southern Mexico & Guatemala

Soil: evenly moist – underwatering is better than overwatering

Light: can tolerate low light up to moderately bright conditions

Temperature: 68-80 degrees F.  Slow/ no growth may be seen if the temperature is too cold



Cryptanthus ‘Earth Stars’

These species have a very large range of size.  The smallest varieties can stay around 3″ but other varieties can reach 3′ tall.  Make sure to figure out how large the variety you are looking at grows before planting in a terrarium.


Photo taken by Terrarium Plants & Supplies.  Check them out here.

Glass Box Tropicals offers many varieties.  I think my favorite is pictured below Cryptanthus ‘Watermelon Blush’.

Soil: Medium moisture

Light: indirect light but varies based on variety

Temperature: warm

These cryptanthus’ are terrestrial so they do best while planted in substrate and prefer the constant humidity of a terrarium setup.


$7.99/each at Glass Box Tropicals

Photos taken by Glass Box Tropicals.  Check them out here.

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4 thoughts on “Suitable Terrarium Plants -C

  1. So the ‘small palm tree’ you showed, do you know if it’s safe around children? I’m just wanting a little extra greenery and shopping around. Great post!

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