Create A Festive Christmas Terrarium
By SheriAnnRicherson on December 02, 2012
Plants clean the indoor air and add a touch of elegance to indoor decor. The holidays are a wonderful time to incorporate a few extra plants into your living areas. Plants make ideal centerpieces. They liven up a corner of a room - just make sure you have enough light for the plants you choose - and don't forget to mist or water them as needed to keep them looking good.
Poinsettia are a typical holiday plant. They come in all colors, shapes and sizes. My personal favorite is the rose poinsettia because the bright red flowers - which are really bracts - resemble a rose. Unfortunately the poinsettia is not fragrant, however placing a few scented pinecones throughout the room certainly makes up for that.
These days you can find poinsettias in all sizes from miniatures that will grow into full size plants over time to large plants that make a statement on their own. For a terrarium, choose the size that best fits inside the one you own. My terrariums are rather small so a miniature rose poinsettia was the perfect size for it.
A single plant typically isn't enough to make a grand statement in a terrarium, so you will need to choose a second plant that compliments the first one. I chose the frosted fern, Selaginella krausianna variegatus because I loved the cream and pink "frosting" on the edge of the green leaves. To me, the variegation added a very festive look and complimented the rose poinsettia perfectly.
Once the plants were in the terrarium it seemed something was missing. Holiday decor! That was it! Colorful balls in shades of silver or gold would have worked perfectly. However since I didn't decorate the house for the holidays this year I did not have any Christmas ornaments to pick and choose from, so I chose the next best thing - a crystal ball from my curio cabinet. The clear color picked up the red and silver from the foil that I used to line the bottom of the terrarium with.
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