Araceae and Pilea Cadierei: Two Great Plants for Terrariums

We often turn to plants for a beautiful home decor; however, we're not always too sure on which species to use. Here are two great options that are very original.
Araceae and Pilea Cadierei: Two Great Plants for Terrariums

Last update: 08 March, 2019

Plants are definitely a wonderful decor element, so today, we want to show you Araceae and Pilea Cadierei. They’re two great options for terrariums and decorating your home.

Their green colors offer freshness, freedom, stillness, and beauty. They can work in any room, but they’ll need natural light so avoid keeping them closed away in dark spaces.

The wonderful thing about plants is that they give off fragrance, color, and aesthetics. They’re truly a very useful decorative resource as just one plant can give you so much more than your other home objects.

Terrariums: decoration and nature

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First and foremost, we need to explain the importance of terrariums from a decor perspective. They’re glass containers that harbor life and they offer plenty of possibilities on an aesthetic level.

People plant mini gardens in the glass containers but you can also go a different route: reuse glass containers. It might have an obvious impact but it can transmit an innovative decor.

Using at least 3 centimeters of a mixture of river sand and perlite is fundamental. On top, add around 10 centimeters of compost and after, plant the seeds.

— If you can’t plant them by hand, use a spoon. —

Which Araceae varieties should you choose?

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In the Araceae family, choose one variety that makes a wonderful houseplant with a beautifully original appearance: Aglaonema Trevi.

  • Terrariums hold a limited amount of substrate so your plant will grow up to 20 centimeters tall. It’s a plant that adapts very well to small spaces.
  • As for its appearance, it has a rich green color and during the summer, white flowers bloom, providing a nice contrast with the plant’s original dark green color.
  • This plant requires a lot of light. But it doesn’t have to be direct sunlight. You’ll need to keep it in an open space with large windows that allow plenty of light to flow in.
  • In the summer, water twice a week and in the winter, just once every 10 days. But ultimately, it’ll depend on your heating system. Plants in a warmer setting might require more watering.
  • In the summer, your plant will need liquid fertilizer every 15 days. It also needs a clean setting, free of smoke and steam.

— Decorating your home in natural tones is a wonderful idea. —

Pilea Cadierei, an uncommon beauty

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In the center of your terrarium, araceae will work great and peep out of the container’s opening. But our next, smaller plant will work wonderfully around the araceae without up-showing it.

Its scientific name is Pilea Cadierei but it’s commonly known as Pilea. This plant has several leaves and a combination of white and green tones.

  • This plant can grow up to 30 centimeters tall. However, in a terrarium, they normally don’t surpass 20 centimeters. It’s a small, subtle plant.
  • Its flowers are smaller as well. They’re truly discrete and might even go unnoticed between the green leaves, especially during the summer when the plant reaches its most leafy and plentiful state.
  • Pileas also require light but to a lesser extent than Araceae. Avoid long periods of direct sunlight to prevent them from drying out or dying.
  • They need watering twice a week during the summer and once every fortnight in the winter. Similar to the Araceae, this will depend on your heating system. Try to keep the heat low to avoid frequent watering.

These two plants have become great options for terrariums. You can also plant them in pots or in a different area where they can grow freely.

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  • Güther, Heide: Plantas de interior: rápido y fácil, Hispano Europea, 2003.