Can Plants Grow in Glass Containers? Terrariums explained!

Plants are very sensitive to changes in their environment. They need a constant temperature, consistent humidity, and good air circulation. If you give them the right conditions they will grow well. Glass is one of the best materials for growing plants because it provides all of these things. You can use glass as an indoor container or outdoor pot. It’s also safe and easy to clean.

What are terrariums?

Terrariums are containers that have been specially designed to keep your houseplants happy. The idea behind this kind of container is to make sure that the plant has everything it needs to thrive. Terrariums have been trending over the past few years because they’re so much fun!

How do terrariums work?

They provide a natural habitat for your plants by mimicking what would happen if you take your plants outside. Your plants get fresh air, sunlight, water, and soil. This makes your plants feel like they’re living in nature. Terrariums are great for beginners who want to learn how to care for houseplants. There are many different types of glass terrariums out there. Some of them are more expensive than others but they all come with some sort of special features. 

Why do terrariums work?

Terrariums work because they mimic the conditions that most houseplants grow in naturally. Houseplants live outdoors in the sun, rain, wind, and dirt. But inside houses, we give our plants artificial environments. We keep them away from direct sunlight and provide them with constant moisture. This causes them to grow slowly and become unhealthy.

Terrariums allow us to bring nature indoors without sacrificing anything essential to plant growth. By providing the correct environment, you can encourage plants to grow quickly and produce more flowers. Also, by keeping your indoor plants healthy, you can enjoy their beauty all year round.

How do I start with a terrarium?

Your first step when starting a terrarium is choosing what type of terrarium you want to build. There are many different types of terrariums available on Amazon. Choose the one that suits your style.

There are two main ways to go about building a terrarium: DIY (Do-It-Yourself) or professional. When building a DIY terrarium, you’ll be responsible for making almost every part of the container yourself. You can either buy premade kits or make your own from scratch.

What supplies do you need to make a terrarium?

To make your terrarium, you’ll need:

1. Glass jars

2. A layer of sand

3. Soil

4. Water

5. Planting medium

6. Potting mix

7. Fertilizer

8. Drainage material

9. Shade cloth

10. Cement board

11. A light source

12. A watering system

13. A misting system

14. A timer

15. Instructions

16. Tools

Step-by-step guide on making a DIY terrarium

1. Start with a clean glass jar. 

2. Fill the jar halfway with sand.

3. Add planting medium.

4. Add fertilizer.

5. Put the lid on the jar.

6. Place the jar into the shade cloth.

7. Wait until the roots reach the bottom of the jar before adding the next layers.

8. Keep adding layers until you’ve reached the top.

9. Use a cement board to secure the layers together.

10. Make sure that the drainage holes are covered.

11. Remove the shade cloth.

12. Cut a hole at the center of the jar using scissors.

13. Insert a piece of plastic tubing or a spray bottle through the hole.

14. Fill the tube with water.

15. Turn on the misting system.

16. Set the timer to turn off after 20 minutes.

17. Enjoy your new terrarium!

If you prefer to hire someone else to create your terrarium, then you should know that this job takes time. Most people choose to hire professionals because they don’t have the patience to wait around for their project to finish. However, you may find that doing the project yourself will actually save you money in the long run.

If you decide to go with a DIY approach, here are some tips to help you along the way:

1. Do not cut corners when creating your terrarium. Cutting corners could lead to problems later down the road. For example, if you cut corners when installing the drainage holes, you might end up having to replace the entire container.

2. Be careful when handling glass containers. They break easily so it’s best to use gloves whenever possible.

3. Always read instructions carefully. If you’re unsure about something, ask questions. It’s better to overdo things than to underdo them.

How to care for a terrarium?

Once you’ve built your terrarium, you must start caring for it right away. The only difference between how you would care for an outdoor garden and how you’d care for an indoor one is that you need to be extra diligent. You’ll want to check on your terrarium every day to ensure that everything is still growing properly.

The first thing that you should do is make sure that there is enough light coming into the terrarium. If you haven’t already done so, place a sheet of aluminum foil over the top of the terrarium to block out as much light as possible. This is especially important if you plan to add any plants that require full sun. The next step is to make sure that the airflow is good. If there isn’t sufficient airflow, you risk overheating your terrarium. To prevent this, look for a fan that provides adequate circulation. If you notice that the temperature in your terrarium has risen too high, lower the thermostat setting on your HVAC system.

You should also regularly clean your terrarium. A dirty terrarium can cause bacteria to multiply and spread throughout your home. When cleaning your terrarium, always wear protective eyewear and rubber gloves. Never use harsh chemicals or abrasive materials such as sandpaper or steel wool.

Make sure that the soil is moistened but not saturated. If you see signs of excess moisture, mist your terrarium with a sprayer until the soil feels dry again. You should never put your terrarium directly onto a heat source like a radiator. Doing so could damage the terrarium and even cause the plants to die. Instead, place the terrarium on a shelf where it will receive indirect heat.

What plants work best in terrariums?

There are different kinds of terrariums and each kind works well with certain types of plants. For example, some people choose to create underwater-style terrariums using water instead of soil. In these cases, you may find it easier to keep the terrarium completely submerged. Plants for these terrariums include floating plants like duckweed, water hyacinth, and lotus.

Some people prefer to use terrariums made entirely out of glass. These terrariums are known as “glasshouses” and come in many shapes and sizes. They’re great for beginners who aren’t very experienced with gardening. Plants for glasshouses include cacti, succulents, and ferns.

If you decide to go with a terrarium that uses soil, then you’ll have plenty of options from which to choose. Some common choices include moss, pebbles, gravel, and decorative rocks.

When choosing what type of terrarium to build, consider what type of plants you like. There are hundreds of different types of plants available today so choose the ones that excite you most.

How long does a terrarium last?

Terrariums last anywhere from six months to two years depending on the size of the terrarium and the type of plants used. As mentioned earlier, you’ll want to change up your plants periodically to ensure that they continue to grow healthily.

With proper maintenance, you can expect a terrarium to live at least three years. However, if you don’t take care of your terrarium, it might not survive more than a month.

Low-Care Plants That Grow Well in Terrariums

The low-care plants that do well in terrariums are:

Aloe vera

This plant grows well indoors and outdoors. It’s easy to care for and doesn’t require much sunlight. Planting aloe vera requires only about an inch of soil per plant. You can buy aloe vera online or at any garden center.

Aquatic plants

Aquatic plants thrive in indoor environments because they need less light than other plants. You can purchase aquatic plants online or at any store selling aquarium supplies.


Cacti are popular houseplants because they provide interesting textures and colors. Most cacti are hardy and easy to care for. The downside to cacti is that they usually need a lot of space.

Carnivorous plants

Carnivorous plants are carnivorous flowering plants that eat insects and small animals. They make wonderful additions to terrariums because their leaves resemble those of real flowers.

Fiddle leaf fig

Fiddle leaf figs are tropical trees that grow well indoors. They’re easy to care for and grow quickly. You can order them online or at any nursery.


Hydrangeas are beautiful shrubs that bloom year-round. 


There are many reasons why people enjoy growing plants inside their homes. If you’ve never tried growing plants in terrariums before, we hope this article was helpful!

Happy indoor gardening! 

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