Category Archives: Terrarium Plants

How to make a Terrarium with Carnivorous Sundew Plants

A terrarium made with Sundew plants could be the an interesting way for you to go if your feeling sinister (for a humorous take on using carnivorous plants in a terrarium, click here).

Sundew plants are the best option for a carnivorous plant vivarium, as long as you are able to pay attention to the needs of every plant and take appropriate plant care.

You can also use Venus Flytap instead of Sundew Plants

Carnivorous Plant Terrariums (This is a Venus Flytrap, not Sundew Plants)

What Are Carnivorous Plants? What are Sundew Plants?

Most of the carnivorous plants feed on insects for their living. They attract, confine and digest insects they find on their leaves. Eating these insects provides nutrients and energy to the carnivorous plants. It’s kind of crazy to think:

True carnivory is thought to have evolved independently six times in five different ordersof flowering plants, and these are now represented by more than a dozen genera. These include about 630 species that attract and trap prey, produce digestive enzymes, and absorb the resulting available nutrients. – Wikipedia

630 species. Whew. Here’s a kind of gross time lapse video of a sundew plant killing a fly.

What are the Benefits of a Sundew Plant Terrarium?

Well, if you keep a house as clean as Martha Stewart, then you never have to worry about gross bugs. However, if you’re like me and have the occasional pest flying about, sundew plants will help you control your pest problem.

Also, carnivorous plant terrariums make great conversation pieces. Imagine how interested someone will be when they find out about it!

Unique Considerations if Making a Carnivorous Plant Terrarium

The carnivorous plant terrarium setup can be formed by choosing a bowl or a dish to grow the plants in. However, while you are planning for a carnivorous plant terrarium setup, the first question that crosses the mind is how to care for a sundew plant? Obviously, a fully enclosed carnivorous plant terrarium is not a good choice, otherwise, no insects will be able to get in and your plant will starve to death. You need to leave it at least partial open.

While using a terrarium, use natural or diffused sunlight for proper growth of the plants. As terrariums are humid, be sure to water at the areas surrounding the plant rather on the leaves. This may avoid diseases in your plant.

Avoid feeding fertilizers to the plants. The fertilizers will kill most of the insects leaving the plants without nutrients as you have planted most of the plants that eat bugs.

Pumice, sand or perlite mixed with peat moss or spaghnum helps in providing the best soil. However, DO NOT USE actual soil.

Carnivorous plant care can be maintained by using distilled water, if possible. Otherwise, let your tap water sit out for a couple of days to evaporate.  Be sure to mist it once or twice a week. Also leave your sundew in indirect sunlight.

DIY Terrariums: Succulent Ideas on How to Make a Terrarium

Imagine a world of minimal maintenance and lasting green beauty. That’s what DIY succulent terrariums are all about. These succulent ideas will inspire your to start a DIY terrarium that requires little care. Plus, you really don’t need to be a gifted gardener. There is nothing more than a few important details that anyone can learn.

What are Succulents?

A cactus is not the only type of succulent around, although it is certainly one of the most unique and striking plants to look at. Aloe, jade, desert rose and agave are four other great choices when trying to come up with succulent ideas.

Succulent Ideas for your DIY Terrarium

Succulent Ideas for your DIY Terrarium

Cacti and succulents are special plants, in that their thick fleshy leaves, roots or stems are able to store water. That means these plants do very well in just about any environment, including DIY succulent terrariums. Cacti and succulents are almost impossible to destroy, and their beauty makes for gorgeous interior displays in a sunny spot in the home.

Succulent Ideas

Succulent ideas are easy to come up with, especially when visiting a Home Depot or Lowe’s type of store that features garden outlets. Succulents are often on display and at inexpensive prices. Purchase a large-mouth glass Apothecary Jar and you’re half-way there. Hereare some other good uses of succulents indoors.

How to Make a Succulent Terrarium

A layer of Charcoal Soil Conditioner is a key product to include for a successful and vibrant display. Placing about a half inch layer of the gardening charcoal keeps everything fresh and avoids bacterial and drainage problems. Succulent terrarium charcoal makes a major difference in maintaining a proper and healthy environment for cacti and succulents.

Other important items needed for excellent succulent terrarium care include a layer of Organic Cactus and Succulent Soil Mix which will go on top of the charcoal layer at the bottom of the jar. Your assortment of succulents will go in next. Then you will add sand. Lastly, you can adorn your lovely succulent ideas with Pretty River Rocks or small garden ornaments like snails or adorable seashells.

Succulent Care

Simply use a spray bottle for watering. Just barely dampen the soil. Some plants don’t require much watering at all. Watch to see how the succulents are coming along to gauge the amount of tender loving care needed.

Succulent terrariums are a great introduction into the art and hobby of terrarium making. But in the meantime, you can be plenty proud of the DIY succulent terrarium you have created!