Comprehensive Guide to the Best Terrarium Plants for Beginners

Welcome to our comprehensive guide on the best terrarium plants. If you’re new to terrarium-making crafts or looking to expand your collection, we have curated a list of carefully selected plants that will thrive in your mini ecosystem. In this article, we will explore the best terrarium plants with each plant’s unique characteristics and provide detailed care instructions. Let’s dive into the wild world of terrariums and discover the perfect plants to create your own miniature ecosystem.

Fittonia (Nerve Plant)

The Fittonia, commonly known as the Nerve Plant, is an excellent choice for beginners due to its vibrant foliage, selection of colours and easy care. Its delicate leaves feature interesting patterns and veins, adding a splash of colour to any open or closed terrarium. Nerve Plants thrive in moderate to low and medium light conditions, making them perfect for your mini ecosystem. To ensure optimal growth, keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged. You can learn more about Fittonia care in our care guides.

Hypoestes (Polka Dot Plant)

The Hypoestes, or Polka Dot Plant, is a visually striking terrarium plant that is sure to captivate attention. With its vibrant, variegated leaves featuring splashes of pink, red, or white, the Polka Dot Plant adds a playful touch to your terrarium. It prefers bright, indirect light and well-draining soil. Keep the soil evenly moist to prevent it from drying out. Regularly pinch back the growing tips to encourage bushier growth and maintain its compact form. To make sure your Hypoestes will thrive check our care guides.

Asparagus Fern

The Asparagus Fern is a graceful and feathery plant that adds a touch of elegance to any terrarium. Its delicate, cascading foliage creates a lush and airy atmosphere. Asparagus Ferns thrive in bright, indirect light and prefer slightly moist soil. They appreciate higher humidity levels, so misting the leaves or placing a tray of water nearby can help maintain the required moisture. Keep an eye on the soil’s moisture level to avoid overwatering. Read more about fern care here.


Ferns are classic terrarium plants known for their delicate, lacy and intricate fronds. There are various fern species suitable for terrariums, such as the Boston Fern, Maidenhair Fern, and Bird’s Nest Fern. Ferns generally prefer low to moderate light conditions and well-draining soil. They thrive in higher humidity levels. Avoid placing ferns in direct sunlight, as it can scorch their delicate foliage. Learn more about fern care instructions here.


Terrarium craft provides a delightful and rewarding experience for beginners, allowing you to create miniature ecosystems within the comfort of your home. In this guide, we have explored some of the best and easiest terrarium plants for beginners, each bringing its own unique colour and texture to your terrarium. If you are not sure which one to choose why don’t try our terrarium plants bundles which are perfectly selected to thrive in open and closed containers. 

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Terrarium kit

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