dieffenbachia for a closed terrarium?

pieheart(6)March 25, 2012

I originally posted in the terrarium forum but realized it wasn't that active and I'd be more likely to find someone who can help here.

I have a closed terrarium (like a large glass cookie jar with lid) I'd like to use. Would a dieffenbachia be a good choice to put in it?

Thanks!

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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL

I would put a fern.

    Bookmark   March 25, 2012 at 3:44PM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

Closed terrariums are good environments for humidity loving plants...like the fern purple mentioned, but there are many others. I built one many years ago that I still like to think back on; it had a Venus Fly Trap in it, as well as a couple of other things. Boy, did that VFT ever like it in there.

Of course, you can create an arid terrarium, too, and plant it with cacti, earth stars, etc.

As far as dieffenbachia goes, I know that there are table top sized varieties, but even they would outgrow the dimensions of the typical glass cookie jar terrarium (I have one). You don't want a plant that will be smushed up against the sides or top of the container.

What kind of dieffenbachia are you thinking about?

    Bookmark   March 25, 2012 at 4:16PM
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pieheart(6)

I honestly don't know the cultivar, it was gift. I have a cat who eats plants and thought a terrarium would be a safe place for this poisonous plant. I may have to re-gift it to a petless friend.

A venus fly trap is a good idea, though. What kind of light does it need? I have bright, indirect light.

    Bookmark   March 25, 2012 at 4:28PM
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summersunlight(5b)

Dieffenbachia CAN grow in terrarium conditions so if it fits in there now I think it's worth a try. You will probably have to prune it to keep it to a good size though.
If you decide to try to grow carnivorous plants, here is a helpful website: http://www.sarracenia.com/faq/faq2000.html

Here is a link that might be useful: Sarracenia.com

    Bookmark   March 25, 2012 at 7:52PM
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pieheart(6)

Thanks so much for the link, summersunshine! I have a lot of reading to do tonight.

    Bookmark   March 25, 2012 at 7:57PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL

I agree it's worth trying. I thought your goal was to find the best plant for your terrarium but keeping a treasured toxic plant away from a cat is a worthy endeavor.

    Bookmark   March 26, 2012 at 10:06AM
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