Craftzine.com blog : Tiny Terrariums

Craftzine.com has a dead link to this idea, though if you’re persistant, you can find a lot of information about making small terrariums. There’s a number of ways you can make similar items – there’s a great globe here, and an excellent site here for other creative terrariums of all shapes and sizes.

Reaching back into the archives, I was able to find this information from Kate D. Karam regarding useable plants:

Baby’s tears (Helxine soleirolii): Tiny-leafed spreading ground cover

Coleus: a bit tricky because it can rot, but worth a try

Creeping Charlie (Pilea nummulariifloria): Trailing or creeping perennial with deeply quilted pale green leaves

Creeping fig (Ficus pumila ‘Curly’): Tiny, crinkled green leaves with bright yellow centers (most creeping fig will work—look for small, pretty leaves)

Hedera helix ‘Itsy Bitsy’: Miniature ivy with very tiny, pointed, dark green leaves. Grows in small bushy mounds (most ivies will work—look for small-leafed specimens)

Miniature Pilea (Pilea depressa): Tiny dark green leaves; doesn’t need much water (invasive weed; not suggested for outdoor replanting)

Oxalis (most varieties): Oxalis hedysaroides ‘Rubra’ has red leaves (invasive weed, not suggested for outdoor replanting)

Peperomia caperata: Mounding, with rosette of deeply corrugated, heart-shaped dark green leaves; sometimes sends off spikes of tiny white flowers

Polka-dot plant (Hypoestes sanguinolenta): Pink dots cover deep green leaves; can get tall but takes well to pinching back

selaginella (most varieties): Tiny mosses that range from pincushion habit to arching plumes

Sinningia pusilla: Micro-mini version of gloxinia—dark green leaves; sometimes sends off spikes of purple flowers

Small-leafed Peperomia ‘minima’: Tiny green leaves on upright, bright red stems

Sundew (Drosera intermedia ‘Cuba’): Uses its leaves to trap moisture—very colorful

Sword fern (Nephrolepsis exaltata ‘Fluffy Ruffles’): Densely growing miniature fern with fine, lacy fronds (most small ferns will work)

Wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens): Spreading ground cover with fragrant, tiny leaves

A Word About Moss
Think twice before adding moss to your tiny terrarium. Many mosses can rot, turning your terrarium into a moldy, mucky mess. Use only living sphagnum (ask a florist) or Java moss (used in aquariums and found at fish/pet-supply stores).

Hmm. Okay, nix peeling the moss off the wet step behind the house.

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