Newbie are these plants woodland or rainforest

NY718April 14, 2012

I am trying to build a woodland and a rainforest terrarium. My goal is to show a mini ecosystem of woodlands vs rainforest plants. I am unsure which terrarium woodland or rainforest ( mini ecosystem) plants should be placed. African violets, Hypoestes, spider plants, basil and parsley. I plan on leaving the top off on the woodland terrarium and leaving the top on for the rainforest terrarium.

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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

Basil and parley don't qualify for either of those ecosystems. Think in terms of sunny Mediterranean environments.

Forest ecosystems would include many plants that are not suited to indoor culture at all. I guess I am really stumped by that one. What are you trying to achieve with this one?

Your rain forest terrarium could include ferns, epiphytes, pilea, orchids, mosses, really...any number of your very common tropical house plants.

    Bookmark   April 14, 2012 at 11:01PM
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It's for a science fair project.

    Bookmark   April 14, 2012 at 11:10PM
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Some plants that might be suitable for your woodland planting would be ferns, mosses, maybe ivy, oxalis (shamrock), lilies.

African violets might not like terrarium living. Spider plants would probably be happier in the lid-off situation, but they have roots that store lots of water & like well-drained soils, and pots with holes.

Good luck with your project!

    Bookmark   April 14, 2012 at 11:10PM
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You may have searched web, but if not here are few links with plant suggestions:

How To Make A Plant Terrarium


Good luck with your project - maybe you can post some photos when finished?

    Bookmark   April 15, 2012 at 8:27AM
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