Ten Plants to Grow in Closed Terrariums & Under Cloches

Ten Plants to Grow in Closed Terrariums & Under Cloches

I love having indoor plants around though sadly I can not tell you how many I have actually gone through in the past ten years. I am a big sucker when it comes to the intriguing store displays and admit I have been guilty in the past of purchasing plants simply because of their beauty – not really having the time to dedicate to their actual needs once I get home. The popularity of terrariums and large glass cloches now-a-days makes it easier than ever though to have lush greenery indoors without requiring a lot of care and upkeep.
 terrariums & cloches pictured via Pottery Barn
Closed terrariums or glass cloches create a warm environment for your plants, allowing moisture to recycle providing a consistent level of humidity. They need minimal care since the enclosed environment creates its own eco-system once established – so they do not need the typical watering a regular houseplant would require
{just a tablespoon or two of water when the soil appears dry will suffice}.
For this weeks Tuesday {ten} I have gathered a list of some great houseplants that thrive well in the high humidity conditions created with closed terrariums and large glass cloches. I have had great success keeping many of the plants listed below alive and even though some appear to be delicate and dainty – they require very low maintenance and practically take care of themselves in the enclosed environments.
{The only thing you really do have to pay attention to though is the correct lighting conditions}

please note succulents do not do well in closed terrariums and typically should be kept in open containers
 {source: Home Depot}
Lemon Button Fern
This is one of my most favorite types of houseplants. Very easy to grow.
Grows up to 12-18 inches tall
Place in a spot with plenty of indirect light
Keep soil moist with high humidity
Intense sunlight will dry out the leaves and they will start to turn brown
Maidenhair Fern
Despite the dainty delicate leaflets this plant prefers very high humidity and does very well in terrariums.
Grows 12-24 inches tall
Place in low indirect light – partial to full shade
Keep soil consistently moist with very high humidity
These are best kept above 70º and will go dormant if the temperature drops too low or the plant dries out.
{source: Plant Care.Com}
Artillery Fern
 Although this plant has soft fleshy stems and tiny round leaves that resemble a fern, it is technically not a fern at all – but a member of the Pilea family and very easy to grow.
Grows to 12 inches tall
Place in bright indirect sunlight
Keep soil barely moist with medium to high humidity
Although this plant thrives with minimal care – occasionally pinch back the stems to keep the plant bushy and prevent it from becoming too leggy.
{source: EHow}
Mini English Ivy
The woody vine and heart shaped leaves of this plant can handle a wide variety of conditions and the miniature version is ideal for contained gardens. Comes in lots of varieties and some with variegated white, gold or yellow leaves
Ivy will climb as high as it is allowed
Place in bright light – but out of direct sunlight
Keep soil evenly moist but not soggy
 If growing a variegated variety and the leaves start to turn all green – the plant is not getting enough bright light.
Creeping Fig
Very hardy plant and can easily establish itself in a terrarium – growing quite quickly.
This fast growing plant can easily take over a terrarium and should be pruned and trimmed back to encourage branching and help keep the plant compact.
Place in bright light or partial shade – but out of direct sunlight
Keep soil evenly moist with high humidity
 The trailing vines can be trained to creep up and climb structures and other plants in terrariums.
{source: HPotter}
Baby Tears
 Small low growing plant that does very well in contained terrariums.
Grows up to 6 inches tall
Place in bright indirect light – but out of direct sunlight
Keep soil evenly moist, but not soggy, with high humidity
Direct sunlight will burn the edges of the leaves and too much water will turn the leaves yellow. This fast growing plant can be invasive, though frequent pruning with scissors will keep it contained.
{source: Sears}
A very popular, almost indestructible, easy to grow houseplant – often called  philodendron.
Growth depends on variety and how it is grown. Can become unruly in contained settings and will require pruning to keep it under control.
Place in bright but indirect light – the full green variety will tolerate low light conditions.
Be careful not to over water – close established terrarium conditions should suffice
Pale leaves indicate the plant is receiving too much sunlight and should be moved to a shadier location – brown or black leaves indicate the plant is receiving too much water.
Aluminum Plant
Fast growing plant with silvery white marking on the leaves.
The leaves have a neat quilted pattern as well.
Grows up to 12 inches
Place in bright to medium filtered light
Keep soil lightly moist
Plant can easily become leggy so pinching terminal buds and pruning is necessary to keep it bushy.
{source: Art Knapp}
Also known as the polka dot plant – found with colorful pink, red, and silver splashed leaves. Easy to are for and grows quickly in the correct lighting conditions.
Plants can become leggy and new growth should be pinched off – encouraging stems to branch out creating a fuller, bushier plant.
Place in medium to bright indirect light
Keep soil evenly moist but do not allow to dry out or stand in water
Wilted and dry leaves are caused by the plant not receiving enough water – Yellow leaves indicate the soil is too soggy.
{source: Apopka Foilage}
Rex Begonia
Beautiful painted pattered leaves found in shades of silver, pink, burgundy and cream. High humidity loving plant that does well in enclosed terrariums or with a cloche.
Grows up to 12 inches
Place in moderate to bright indirect light
Keep soil continuously moist with high humidity
Avoid getting water on the foliage as it will damage the leaves.
Happy planting ~ enjoy.


  1. I love terrariums even though I’ve never had one, I am always fearful that my non-green thumb will ruin the poor plants. I think I will give it a try soon because our home could use a little plant indoors. 🙂

  2. I’ve been waiting to find a few more plants because I want to make a terrium, too.
    Your post will help me select the right ones! Glad I saw some familiar “faces.”

  3. I really love this look, I have a large glass cloche and have been wondering what would look really fresh for the Spring, I think I just found it!! Thank you!

  4. Thank you so much for this information! I’ve never really been able to keep plants alive, so I’m hoping a terrarium and the plants you mentioned will make me successful!
    🙂 Liz

  5. Thank you for a beautiful, informative post. I’ve never used a cloche for a real plant nor had a terrarium but I think you’ve convinced me to try my hand with one or two of these plants you suggested. I’ve got several cloches so this will be fun to try, and hopefully I’ll succeed!

    Thanks again!


  6. I love plants and have a couple of cloches and jars in need of some sparkle and life. I can’t wait to try some of these plants in them. Thanks for sharing.


  7. This is exactly what I needed. How did you know? I’ve been looking for plants to put into a bottle garden. This was a big help!

  8. this is really cool!! i was actually wanting to make one , but i didnt know what plants to use! i mean, some would need more O2 right?

    love K

  9. I love terrariums and how magical the plant looks
    underneath the cloche. I love this post. You have wonderful ideas and are so creative. New Follower. Would love for you to share on Simple & Sweet Fridays.
    Have a great weekend!


  10. I’ve never put charcoal in my terrariums. maybe next time i will to see if there is a difference in how they grow. great info.

  11. Stephanie Lynn O. :

    When I came across this post I thought to myself “this is so helpful!”. I’m making a terrarium for a friend’s baby shower gift and I want to choose plants that need little care and will grow with the baby. It wasn’t until I got to the end of the post that I noticed the name “Stephanie Lynn”. That’s my name, too. No wonder you’re so helpful and crafty. Stephanie Lynn’s are special that way 😉 Thanks for you post!

  12. I planted a Baby Tears in a small window box about 4 years ago. It has climbed out of the window box and up the glass of a window. The window area has some coolness and great morning sun all year around. I am wondering how to pry it from the window as I want to transplant into a large metal bucket. I am hoping it will creep up the inside of the bucket and down the outside of the bucket. What do you think?

  13. Great article, Love the take on low light plants. Always good info to keep in mind as unfortunately there is only so much space next to my window for my plants.


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