Terrarium plants and what they are for

So what is a Terrarium plant and who can use them?

Well to know what a terrarium plant we first must look at a terrarium. A terrarium is is effectively is miniature ecosystem, generally in a sealed glass container. A sealed container can create a small scale water cycle. This will happen because water from the soil and plants will evaporate and then condense on the glass, effectively ‘raining’ back onto the plants and preventing them from drying out. Some terrariums are open to the atmosphere rather than being sealed.

So now you know what a terrarium is, whats so special about terrarium plants?

Firstly Terrarium plants, unlike aquatic plants do not need to be kept in water. These plants thrive in tropic conditions, high heat, high humidity and minimal water. Too much water and they will melt but without enough the will dry out and wilt. Examples of Terrarium plants can be found here

However there are some terrarium plants that have adapted to dry environments. These plants are perfect for open top terrariums. They are excellent for removing any excess moisture from the air in the terrarium.

Closed terrariums require a special soil mix to ensure good growth and to reduce the risk of microbial damage.

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Size of my aquarium plants

Many people often query us on why the plant they received is so small compared to a previous plant they purchased or if you can believe it, too big!!

Well I’m going to give you a brief understanding of what affects the plants and in what ways.

Firstly as I’m sure you know, most plants need good light and the right temperatures to really flourish. This means that during the summer in the high temperatures and lots of sunlight the growers will get lots of nice big, bright plants. These plants may well run into the first few months of winter.

However on the flip side during winter when its cold, dark and damp the plants will still grow but slowly. This will mean that they arrive with us small and as it even colder here that it is where the growers are we have very little chance of getting much growth.

These smaller plants will often run into the first few months of summer as there will be an overlap of when plants struggle and when they thrive.

Hopefully this has given you a bit of insight into how and when you will receive larger or small plants 🙂