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dieffenbachia for a closed terrarium?

Posted by pieheart 6 (My Page) on
Sun, Mar 25, 12 at 14:16

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?


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RE: dieffenbachia for a closed terrarium?

I would put a fern.

RE: dieffenbachia for a closed terrarium?

Closed terrariums are good environments for humidity loving 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?

RE: dieffenbachia for a closed terrarium?

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.

RE: dieffenbachia for a closed terrarium?

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:

Here is a link that might be useful:

RE: dieffenbachia for a closed terrarium?

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

RE: dieffenbachia for a closed terrarium?

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.

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