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10 Low-Maintenance Plants That Thrive in Terrariums

Terrariums are great indoor plant ecosystems that don’t require much maintenance or upkeep on your part in order to stay beautiful and healthy year-round. They are gorgeous, small garden that are a great way to decorate any home!

Here are seven low-maintenance plants that will thrive in your terrarium and look amazing when you want to show them off to your friends and family.


Tropical 'Epipremnum Aureum Marble Queen' pothos houseplant with white variegation in flower pot on wooden table
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Pothos is a great plant for beginners because it’s very low-maintenance. It can thrive in a wide variety of different lighting conditions, from low light to bright indirect light. Plus, it’s a fast grower, so you’ll see results quickly. 

This plant is also super easy to propagate, so you can share your plants with friends or start a new terrarium with ease. The plant will stay alive and looking fresh for months with minimal care! If you do want to give it a little extra TLC, try placing it in indirect sunlight for a few hours each day. 

English Ivy

English Ivy
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English ivy is another plant that requires minimal attention, making it perfect for a terrarium. You should place the pot in an area where the temperature stays between 65 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit and make sure that there’s plenty of surrounding humidity. Other than that, all you need to do is water it every two weeks. 


Fern Plants
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A fern might not be at the top of your list when considering plants for a terrarium, but they’re actually quite popular among experts. They require high humidity and partial shade. If you live in a humid climate then these conditions should be easy to provide. Place them near an open window on days when the air is dryer outside or purchase a humidifier/dehumidifier combo to add moisture to the air during dry periods.


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Aeonium is a plant that stems from a large group of about 35 species of different succulent plants. The aeoniums plant are stemless or shortly stemmed succulents that often have rosettes of leaves at the tips of the stems. The flowers are produced in terminal racemes or panicles – when the main stalk grows flowers. 

Many species of Aeonium are popular as ornamental garden plants. They tolerate light shade to full sun and require little water once established. Make sure not to overwater them, because they can quickly rot. One thing that people don’t realize about these plants is that they love to get their feet wet so, if you have them planted in soil, be sure to add some sand around the roots so it stays moist!


Sansevieria leaves in close up
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A member of the Asparagaceae family, the Sansevieria is a genus of flowering plants native to Africa, Madagascar, and southern Asia that do great in terrariums. The genus was named after Prince Raimondo di Sangro of San Severo, an 18th-century Italian nobleman who was an avid collector of exotic plants. The most common species is the snake plant (S. trifasciata), which is known for its hardiness and ability to thrive in low-light conditions. Other popular species include the bird’s nest fern (S. dichotoma) and the zebra plant (S. zebrina).


Jade plant in a white pot
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A popular choice for terrariums, jade, is a low-maintenance plant that can tolerate a wide range of conditions. It prefers bright light that isn’t too direct but can also tolerate low light and some shade. Jade is a succulent, so it doesn’t need much water. Allow the soil to dry out completely between watering again and make sure to fertilize monthly during the growing season with a balanced fertilizer. 

You can start your plants from seed or purchase them as small plants. Position jade plants near other plants in your terrarium for better air flow. Place two or three seeds into the potting soil, and cover lightly with additional potting mix and water. As they grow, gradually increase their exposure to direct sunlight until they are receiving six hours per day. Maintain an average room temperature; do not allow below 50 degrees Fahrenheit or above 95 degrees Fahrenheit. Once they reach three inches tall, you’ll typically want to transplant them.

Graptosedum “Burrito”

Sedum Donkey Tail ‘Burrito’
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Another low-maintenance plant that works well in a terrarium is the Graptosedum “Burrito,” a beautiful succulent that is native to Mexico. This plant is perfect for terrariums because it requires very little maintenance and can also tolerate a wide range of conditions. The Graptosedum “Burrito” is a great choice for beginners because it is very easy to care for. It can thrive just fine if exposed to around six hours of partial sunshine per day and will continue to do well if you forget to water it once. Ensure that the plant is kept away from cold weather and only water when the soil is completely dry.

Haworthia Cooperi

haworthia cooperi in vase
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Another beautiful succulent plant that thrives in terrariums is Haworthia cooperi. This plant is a flowering species, meaning it produces colorful and interesting flowers during its blooming period, which usually occurs between March and May. 

The Haworthia cooperi can grow anywhere from two to eight inches tall and has short, fat leaves with greyish brown coloration on top while the leaves have a green tint on their underside. While Haworthia cooperi is not one of the most low-maintenance plants on our list, it’s worth growing because of its distinctive appearance. These plants require around four to five hours of sun throughout the day.

In addition, they only require watering around once per week when the upper two inches of soil start to feel dry.

Orchid Cactus Bromeliad

Mammillaria Pincushion Cactus
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Orchid cacti are epiphytes, which means they grow on other plants or trees instead of in the ground. They have long, thin roots that are perfect for draping over the edge of a terrarium. Bromeliads are another type of epiphyte that come in a wide range of colors and sizes. They have thick, fleshy leaves that store water, making them perfect for terrariums. 

For best results, place your bromeliad on top of a layer of sphagnum moss. Mosses can be added to the bottom or sides to create interesting effects. The orchid cacti plant is also easy to care for and does well with low light levels. Keep this plant moist by spraying the soil twice per week with room temperature water until it is completely soaked. If you live in an area where it gets too cold, consider placing a heat mat underneath the pot. 

Variegated Wax Plant

The variegated wax plant is a beautiful, low-maintenance plant that does well in terrariums. It’s a fast grower, so it’s perfect for filling in gaps, and its glossy leaves add a touch of elegance to any space. Plus, it’s easy to care for  — just give it some bright indirect light and water when the soil is dry. You can even put it outside during the summer if you want to take it out of your terrarium.

Easy Peasy Terrarium

Finding the right plants for your terrarium might seem like a daunting task at first, but giving any of these plants a try will have you one step in the right direction. So, did you create a terrarium? Let us know what plants you used in the comments below!