Moss and fern play a vital role in a terrarium planting, especially on ground covers. They give the greenery scene on the soil and they add the total impact of your terrarium landscape. However, there are varieties of it that can give messy effect and can ruin other plants. It is important that you pick the perfect type of it so adds a picture-perfect scene in your house. Now, here are the picture-perfect moss and ferns you can choose for your terrariums.
Soleirolia soleirolii or known as baby’s tear. It has many common names, but the most popular name is baby’s tear. It is a fragile-looking crawling moss with bright green or yellow leaves that is very juicy to look at and it has numerous tiny white flowers. Commonly used in ornamental gardens together with ferns. This is perfect for terrariums that need greenery effect. They can spread throughout the container beautifully. Although, they can be very invasive to other plants. You can just trim them down with scissors to maintain its shape.
Lycopodiopsida or known club moss is an evergreen herb that has needlelike, scalelike or often cone in shape leaves. It is a spore-producing plant that can spread beautifully in a terrarium container. This lovely colour green moss is flawless when put together with any other plants. You need to trim down excess leaves when it touches the top.
Selaginella or known as spike moss, just like the club moss has a scalelike leaves that produce spores to reproduce. This moss turns to dark, dry ball when it doesn’t receive water, but comes alive when they did. They are known to be resurrection plant. They are also perfect for terrarium plants or even accents to garden bed borders. If they can be perfect for terrarium, then they are notably durable for any kinds of atmosphere, tough indeed.
Button fern goes perfectly along with the plants in a terrarium. Once this fern is settled, it can be very easy to take care for it. They have small, round, leather-like and dark green leaves and grows quickly but stays small. When this evergreen fern gets old, it changes the shape from round to oval, the stems turn to dark red, the arches expands and some spores start to appear. You also need to trim down some excess leaves to make it more beautiful.
Adiantum or known as maidenhair fern is a genus plant that derives its name from Greek, meaning “not wetting”. They have the ability to stay wet without any water. Amazing, right? The gray-green, feather-like foliage is perfect for any landscape setting, even in terrariums. They make great ground cover and gets along with other plants in a container. This fern is very easy to grow and care. It is important that this plant lives in a well-draining soil that terrariums should also have.
Asparagus or known as emerald fern is a genus evergreen perennial plant that is commonly found climbing at the top of some trees. It is used as an ornamental plant and usually lives in rainforest. They are easy to grow in pots, hanging basket and even in terrarium. It has hidden thorns that you will be scratched on with no gloves upon trimming down long tips. The leaves of this fern look like feather and needle-like shape with bright green colour and have soft stem. You need to check this fern when put in a terrarium with other plants, their roots can wrap around its vicinity, but they are really perfect in it.
Bird’s nest fern
Bird’s nest fern gets its name because of the center of the plant that resembles a bird’s nest. Many people think of a seaweed plant that grows on a dry land when they see this plant. They have flat long green leaves that have wavy edges and can be grown in containers or hung on a wall. When you are going to thrive this plant in terrarium, make sure when they grow, you transfer it to another container because this plant can grow wide and big.
Just a reminder, you need to observe the different behaviour each plant possesses that you know how to handle them.