Terrarium Plants: How to Care for Succulents

We all love our terrarium plants because they’re low maintenance—but they do require some maintenance to stay alive and healthy. Below you’ll find a few tips on keeping your pretty plant picks at optimum health and a handy guide to watering each succulent.

1. Rose Quartz Cactus

These cacti do well in succulent gardens or when potted and placed on a window sill. They like fast-draining soil, bright light and exposure to full or half-day sun. Water only when the soil is dry to the touch.

2. Tillandsia

Air plants or tillandsia require filtered light and twice-a-week misting. Do not keep your air plants in wet or standing water.

3. Octopus Agave

These beauties love exposure to full sun, but they also thrive in partial shade. Water your octopus agave 1-2 times a month during the summer, and make sure the soil is soft and well-drained.

4. Sunset Aloe

Place your aloe in the kitchen away from direct sunlight for easy access and relief from cuts and burns. Water thoroughly, but then allow the soil to dry (a good standard is 1 to 2 inches deep between waterings) to discourage rot. During the winter months, water even less.

5. Rocks

Helps with drainage and protects against the risk of plant roots rotting (in case you overwater).

6. Watch Chain

We love how this plant’s delicate tendrils spill out of a pot! Water once a month and let thrive outdoors in the sun.

7. Pachyveria

Water lightly when soil is dry to the touch. Requires light, fast-draining soil.

8. Kiwi Perennial

Water intermittently and expose to direct sunlight for at least 6 hours a day.

9. Soil

Terrarium soil should be high in organic matter. Packaged potting soil is often all you need for healthy, thriving terrarium plants.

10. Activated Charcoal

Charcoal absorbs toxic chemicals in the soil, water and air that can build up inside your terrarium or potted succulent. Adding activated charcoal to the soil helps clean it of pollutants and also acts as a soil conditioner.

11. Ghost Plant

Like most succulents, this drought-tolerant plant thrives in sunlight, so place it in a location where it will receive full or half-day sun. When grown as a houseplant, keep it near a window.

12. Senecio Haworthii

Water once a month. During the summer months of July, August and September, water more frequently. Avoid fungal attacks by making sure that the soil is soft and well-drained.


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  • Jacquie Y. Dennis

    Thank you for the insight. This article was extremely helpful. Looking forward to giving them out to my friends and family as gifts.

  • smita

    Very useful Article , helpful to understand terrarium plants care .


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