Planting List for Terrariums and Bottle Gardens

I love creating terrariums and bottle gardens!  Here’s a list of plants that are great choices to grow inside terrariums, vivariums, orchidariums, and bottle gardens, I hope this information will help you, if you decide to set up your own indoor garden!

This is a planting list with a difference!  To find out more about a particular plant, simply click on the plant’s profile for more information, where you’ll also find links to every article that features that particular plant species on pumpkinbeth.com.  Some individual plants can be followed as they grow from young seedlings to mature flowering plants through my regular terrarium reviews and updates, where you can discover more about each plant’s character, how well the plants grew, how often they flowered, how long they flowered for, the care I have given these plants, and much more besides.  You’ll find these links by clicking on each relevant plant page.

This planting list includes ferns, miniature and small sized orchids, alongside some rather lovely terrarium plants.  If you’d rather see a planting list for terrariums and bottle gardens that features only mini miniature sized orchids, please click here.  If you would rather see a planting list of beautiful ferns and terrarium plants that excludes orchids, please click here.

If you would prefer to see three planting lists of orchids suited to cool growing, intermediate, or warm temperatures, please click here.

You’ll find the details of the garden centres, nurseries, and suppliers, where I have purchased the terrarium plants, orchids, ferns, mosses, and cork for my BiOrbAir terrariums, my Madagascar Terrarium, my Miniature Orchid Trial Terrarium, my White Orchid Trial Terrarium, my Orchidarium, my Rainforest Terrarium, my Tall Orchidarium, my Glass Globe Terrarium, and my other indoor gardens, at the bottom of this planting list.

If you’re planting a terrarium of any size, don’t miss my step-by-step guide for how to plant up a bottle garden or terrarium, the article I wrote showing how I built my Orchidarium, my article explaining my design for my Rainforest Terrarium, or the article I wrote about how I set up my Tall Orchidarium.

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Actiniopteris australis is a tender fern that requires warm temperatures to flourish.  This pretty little fern can be found growing in the wild in a wide range of countries and locations, including: Madagascar, Australia, Africa, and Asia. Producing very pretty, palm like fronds on a…

Adiantum pubescens is a small to medium sized terrestrial fern – a fern that grows in the soil or is planted in a container or planter.  This fern produces soft-bronze coloured new growth; as the fronds grow their colour soon changes – established fronds are…

Adiantum raddianum ‘Fritz-Luthi’ is a pretty fern that thrives in partially shaded to shaded conditions.  This is a tender fern that flourishes in a very humid environment.  Adiantum raddianum ‘Fritz-Luthi’ requires well-drained but moisture retentive compost, and soft, indirect lighting.  These are the keys to…

This Adiantum is a species of miniature fern, which originates from Colombia, where this fern grows terrestrially – in the soil, and also as an epiphyte – on the branches of trees. This miniature fern grows well in soft, diffused light, in temperatures from 15 –…

Aerangis arachnopus is an orchid species from tropical Africa.  In the wild, Aerangis arachnopus orchids grow as part of the ecosystem in evergreen forests in the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, and Zaire.  Aerangis arachnopus plants are usually found in a range from 400m to 1000m…

Aerangis articulata is a miniature orchid species from Madagascar and the Comoros Islands.  These handsome orchids produce very decorative, pendent snow-white flowers. This orchid species grows as an epiphyte.  Epiphytic plants grow upon another plant; these orchids are not parasitic – they don’t take any…

Aerangis biloba is a small sized, epiphytic orchid species, which is endemic to Africa, where this plant grows on the branches of trees that grow in humid forests and woodlands. Before I grew Aerangis biloba myself, I was previously under the impression that Aerangis biloba…

Aerangis calantha is a miniature, epiphytic orchid species that can be found growing in a variety of locations including: the Congo, Africa, Angola, and Uganda.  Before humans encroached into and altered the landscape of this orchid’s natural habitat and environment, Aerangis calantha could be found growing upon…

Aerangis citrata is a miniature, epiphytic orchid species, which is endemic to Madagascar, where plants can be found growing upon the branches and trunks of trees, in areas of evergreen forest. This miniature orchid species produces long, pendant, flowering stems, which feature up to thirty,…

Aerangis collum-cygni is a miniature to small sized orchid species that grows in humid forests, moist woodlands, and rainforests.  These plants also make themselves at home in areas that were once forests, in regions where the forest’s native trees were roughly removed to make way…

Aerangis fastuosa can be found in the eastern and central Madagascar highlands, between 900 and 1750m.  This miniature, epiphytic orchid species grows in a number of different natural habitats, from humid, evergreen forests, to mountain and coastal forests, where it flowers from July to December each…

Aerangis fuscata is a miniature sized epiphytic orchid species, which is endemic to Madagascar, where this orchid grows on the twiggy, moss and lichen coated branches of large shrubs and small trees, in rainforest and forested areas.  Aerangis fuscata can be found growing in both…

Aerangis hariotiana is a miniature to small sized, epiphytic orchid species that originates from the Comoros Islands, where this orchid can be found growing on trees, in areas of humid forest. Aerangis hariotiana originates from a group of islands which offer warm to hot growing conditions. …

Aerangis hyaloides is an orchid species that’s endemic to Eastern Madagascar, where this miniature, epiphytic orchid species grows on the branches of trees, in moist areas of shady, evergreen forests.  Aerangis hyaloides produces racemose inflorescences of up to twenty, white coloured, glistening blooms, from winter to…

Aerangis kirkii is a miniature to small sized, epiphytic orchid species, that originates from South Africa, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Mozambique.  Plants can be found growing upon both trees and shrubs in forested areas, close to rivers or near the coast line; this orchid species can…

Aerangis luteoalba var. rhodosticta is a miniature epiphytic orchid species that originates from Kenya and Africa.  This beautiful and very distinctive miniature orchid produces attractive white, crystalline flowers, which have a bright orange-red column, or centre. Aerangis luteoalba var. rhodosticta plants enjoy growing in warm,…

Aerangis macrocentra can be found in Madagascar.  This miniature orchid species is often found low down, almost at ground level, growing as an epiphyte, upon moss and lichen covered trees, in the forests of the highlands of central Madagascar.  Aerangis macrocentra produces long, pendant, many…

Aerangis modesta is a small sized, epiphytic orchid species, which is endemic to Madagascar and the Comoros Islands, where this orchid can be found growing upon trees, in forested areas.  You might not look twice at this plant when it’s not in bloom, but Aerangis…

Aerangis mooreana is a miniature, epiphytic orchid species, which originates from Madagascar and the Comoros Islands.  This orchid can be found growing on the branches of trees, growing on fairly low-lying ground, in humid forests.  Aerangis mooreana produces pendent flowering stems holding a number of…

Aerangis mystacidii is a miniature, epiphytic orchid species, which originates from Africa, Malawi, and Zambia, where this particular orchid species is found growing upon trees, in forests, close to streams, pools, and springs. Aerangis mystacidii produces pendent flower spikes, which bear up to twenty, beautiful white, fragrant…

Aerangis punctata is an epiphytic orchid species, which can be found growing in central highland Madagascar, and also on the island nation of Reunion, at elevations between 900m and 1500m. Aerangis punctata grows in humid, evergreen forests, and in highland forests and scrubland, where this plant can…

Aerangis seegeri is a miniature orchid species from Eastern Madagascar and Nosy Boraha, a small island located near the East Coast of Madagascar (Nosy Boraha used to be known as île Sainte-Marie).  These orchids grow in the coastal forests of these plant rich areas, at…

Aerangis somalensis is a small sized, epiphytic orchid species, which can be found growing in various locations.  Plants grow in both dry areas of woodland, as well as near streams and rivers, in Africa.  The second part of this orchid species’ name – the specific…

Aerangis spiculata is a miniature epiphytic orchid species, which originates from Madagascar and the Comoros Islands, where this plant can be found growing upon trees, in areas of humid forest. Aerangis spiculata produces large, white, pendant flowers, in racemes that feature up to 20 inflorescences,…

Aerangis verdickii is a miniature epiphytic or lithophytic orchid species, which grows both low down on rocks and high up in the branches of woodland trees, in dry forests and mountainous areas.  In its native environment, this orchid species can be found growing near the…

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I purchased the plants that you can see and read about in my terrarium articles, in my BiOrbAir reviews, in my step-by-step Orchidarium build, my Rainforest Terrarium, my Tall Orchidarium, my Glass Globe Terrarium, my Madagascar Terrarium, my Miniature Orchid Trial Terrarium, my White Orchid Trial Terrarium, and all of my Terrarium Trial updates from the following nurseries:

The following miniature orchids were purchased from Akerne Orchids:

  • Aerangis luteoalba var. rhodosticta
  • Bulbophyllum ambrosia
  • Bulbophyllum falcatum ‘Minor’
  • Bulbophyllum sessile
  • Dryadella simula
  • Leptotes bicolor
  • Masdevallia rechingeriana
  • Neofinetia falcata
  • Phalaenopsis parishii
  • Platystele examen-culicum
  • Restrepia citrina
  • Restrepia seketii

The following plants were purchased from Araflora:

  • Anthurium ‘Mini Jungle’
  • Asplenium x ebenoides
  • Ficus pumila
  • Peperomia prostrata
  • Pilea cadierei
  • Pilea depressa
  • Pilea libanensis
  • Spathiphyllum ‘Mini’

The following miniature orchids were purchased from Asendorfer Orchids:

  • Phalaenopsis micholitzii

The following terrarium plants, ferns, and orchids were purchased from Ben’s Jungle:

  • Adiantum species from Colombia
  • Aerangis biloba
  • Arnemia sp.
  • Athyrium species
  • Biophytum sensitivum
  • Deinostigma tamiana
  • Doryopteris cordata
  • Humata repens
  • Humata heterophylla
  • Pellaea rotundifolia
  • Pyrrosia serpens
  • Rumohra species

The following miniature orchids were purchased from Burnham Nurseries:

  • Aerangis macrocentra
  • Amesiella philippinensis
  • Barbosella australis
  • Ceratostylis philippinensis
  • Gastrochilus retrocallus (Haraella retrocalla)
  • Holcoglossum flavescens
  • Lepanthopsis astrophora ‘Stalky’
  • Masdevallia tovarensis
  • Ornithophora radicans
  • Porroglossum muscosum
  • Restrepia contorta
  • Restrepia purpurea ‘Rayas Vino Tinto’
  • Restrepia sanguinea
  • Schoenorchis fragrans

The following orchids were purchased from Claessen Orchids:

  • Aerangis calantha
  • Angraecum compactum
  • Angraecum ochraceum
  • Brachypeza semiteretifolia
  • Dinema polybulbon
  • Microsaccus griffithii
  • Oncidium hians
  • Phalaenopsis celebensis
  • Phalaenopsis malipoensis
  • Psygmorchis pusilla

The following orchids were purchased from Ecuagenera:

  • Phalaenopsis equestris
  • Phalaenopsis lueddemanniana

I purchased the following orchids from Elsner Orchids:

  • Aerangis fuscata
  • Aerangis hyaloides
  • Aerangis somalensis
  • Aerangis verdickii
  • Angraecum aloifolium
  • Angraecum arachnites
  • Angraecum distichum
  • Angraecum dollii
  • Angraecum drouhardii
  • Angraecum elephantinum
  • Aerangis seegeri
  • Ceratostylis pristina
  • Holcoglossum weixiense
  • Hymenorchis javanica
  • Lepanthes telipogoniflora
  • Ornithocephalus manabina
  • Paphiopedilum concolor
  • Paphiopedilum esquirolei
  • Paphiopedilum fairrieanum
  • Paphiopedilum henryanum
  • Phalaenopsis deliciosa var. alba

The following orchids and ferns were very kindly given to me by my friends:

  • Angraecum elephantinum
  • Chiloschista parishii
  • Dendrobium striolatum
  • Doryopteris cordata
  • Epidendrum porpax
  • Maranta leuconeura var. ‘Fascinator’
  • Maranta leuconeura var. kerchoveana
  • Mediocalcar decoratum
  • Nephrolepis species
  • Pellaea rotundifolia
  • Phalaenopsis amboinensis
  • Phalaenopsis fasciata
  • Phalaenopsis inscriptiosinensis
  • Phalaenopsis lueddemanniana ‘Woodlawn’
  • Phalaenopsis pallens
  • Phalaenopsis pulchra 
  • Phalaenopsis ‘Purple Princess’
  • Pilea microphylla
  • Pilea peperomioides
  • Podangis dactyloceras

I purchased the following orchids from Großräschener Orchids:

  • Aerangis fastuosa
  • Angraecum aloifolium
  • Ceratostylis philippinensis
  • Chiloschista lunifera
  • Constantia cipoensis
  • Paphiopedilum lowii
  • Phalaenopsis stobartiana
  • Phalaenopsis taenialis
  • Phalaenopsis wilsonii
  • Schoenorchis scolopendria
  • Schoenorchis tixieri

The following plants were purchased from Hampshire Carnivorous Plants:

  • Pinguicula hybrid

The following orchids were purchased from Joseph Wu Orchids:

  • Phalaenopsis appendiculata
  • Phalaenopsis chibae
  • Phalaenopsis cornu-cervi ‘Green’
  • Phalaenopsis cornu-cervi ‘Red’
  • Phalaenopsis gibbosa
  • Phalaenopsis lobbii
  • Phalaenopsis lobbii f. flavilabia
  • Phalaenopsis lowii
  • Phalaenopsis malipoensis
  • Phalaenopsis micholitzii    
  • Phalaenopsis parishii alba
  • Phalaenopsis thailandica

The following orchids were purchased from Junginger Orchideen:

  • Aerangis biloba
  • Aerangis calantha
  • Aerangis hariotiana
  • Aerangis hyaloides
  • Aerangis kirkii
  • Aerangis x primulina
  • Angraecum aloifolium
  • Angraecum compactum
  • Angraecum cucullatum
  • Angraecum pectinatum
  • Angraecum peyrotii
  • Angraecum sacciferum
  • Cryptopus dissectus
  • Lemurella culicifera
  • Mystacidium gracile
  • Oeonia volucris
  • Phalaenopsis lowii
  • Phalaenopsis parishii
  • Phalaenopsis stobartiana
  • Phalaenopsis thailandica
  • Phalaenopsis thailandica f. aurea

The following orchids were purchased from Kopf Orchideen:

  • Angraecum pyriforme
  • Porroglossum echidna
  • Porroglossum schramii

The following plants were purchased from McBean’s Orchids:

  • Coelogyne cristata
  • Tillandsia usneoides

The following orchids were purchased from MSB Orchideen:

  • Aerangis hyaloides
  • Schoenorchis fragrans – this miniature orchid was removed from the terrarium and disposed of shortly after planting.

The following orchids were purchased from NT Orchid Nursery:

  • Phalaenopsis appendiculata

The following orchids were purchased from Orchid Alchemy:

  • Angraecum rutenbergianum

The following orchids were purchased from Orchid Garden:

  • Aerangis mooreana
  • Aerangis spiculata
  • Angraecum dollii
  • Angraecum elephantinum
  • Diplocaulobium chrysotropis
  • Paphiopedilum chamberlainianum
  • Phalaenopsis gibbosa
  • Phalaenopsis lindenii
  • Phalaenopsis lowii
  • Phalaenopsis pantherina

The following miniature orchids were purchased from Orchids-shop.eu:

  • Aerangis fastuosa
  • Aerangis fuscata
  • Aerangis punctata
  • Angraecum equitans
  • Diplocaulobium abbreviatum
  • Domingoa purpurea
  • Masdevallia decumana

The following orchids were purchased from Orchid Wubben:

  • Angraecum bancoense
  • Angraecum rutenbergianum

The following plants were purchased from Perfect Plants:

  • Fittonia albivenis (Verschaffeltii Group) ‘Joly Josan’ (PBR)
  • Fittonia albivenis ‘Mosaic White’

The following orchids were purchased from Petrens Orchid Shop:

  • Aerangis citrata
  • Aerangis modesta
  • Aerangis punctata
  • Aeranthes arachnites
  • Phalaenopsis deliciosa
  • Phalaenopsis honghenensis

The following orchids were purchased from Phalaenopsis and More:

  • Aerangis fastuosa
  • Angraecum compactum
  • Amesiella minor
  • Amesiella monticola
  • Phalaenopsis cochlearis

The cork bark, flat, and cushion moss used in my Madagascar BiOrbAir Terrarium, in my White Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium, and in my Orchidarium, was purchased from Porters Foliage.

The following orchids were purchased from Popow Orchids:

  • Amesiella minor
  • Amesiella monticola
  • Angraecum didieri
  • Angraecum distichum
  • Brachypeza semiteretifolia
  • Ceratocentron fesselii
  • Ceratochilus biglandulosus
  • Macroclinium manabinum
  • Trichoglottis pusilla

I purchased the following plants from Rainforestvivs, which is now The Rich Rainforest:

  • Hemionitis arifolia
  • Nephrolepis exaltata ‘Marisa’
  • Peperomia caperata ‘Variegata’
  • Peperomia rotundifolia
  • Pilea involucrata ‘Moon Valley’
  • Pilea involucrata ‘Norfolk’

I purchased the following plants from Rollke Orchideen:

  • Aerangis fastuosa
  • Paphiopedilum lowii
  • Phalaenopsis lowii
  • Phalaenopsis parishii
  • Phalaenopsis pulchra

I purchased the following orchids from Schwerter Orchids:

  • Amesiella monticola
  • Neofinetia falcata
  • Paphiopedilum fairrieanum
  • Paphiopedilum hirsutissimum
  • Phalaenopsis equestris ‘Aparri’
  • Phalaenopsis celebensis
  • Phalaenopsis finleyi
  • Phalaenopsis lindenii
  • Phalaenopsis pulcherrima
  • Phalaenopsis stobartiana
  • Schoenorchis seidenfadenii

I purchased the following plants from Spicesotic Plants:

  • Aerangis articulata
  • Aerangis calantha
  • Aerangis kotschyana
  • Aerangis modesta
  • Angraecum calceolus
  • Angraecum elephantinum
  • Angraecum leonis
  • Lepanthes aculeata
  • Lepanthes matamorosii
  • Lepanthes telipogoniflora
  • Leptotes unicolor
  • Macroclinium chasei
  • Trisetella hoeijeri
  • Phalaenopsis micholitzii
  • Phalaenopsis tetraspis alba

I purchased the following plants from Squire’s Garden Centre in Milford:

  • Fittonia albivenis ‘Skeleton’
  • Fittonia albivenis (Verschaffeltii Group) ‘White Tiger’ (PBR)
  • Phlebodium aureum ‘Blue Star’
  • Pteris ensiformis ‘Evergemiensis’
  • Selaginella martensii ‘Jori’

I purchased the pillow moss I used when I updated the planting inside two of my BiOrbAir terrariums in August 2015, and when I created my Rainforest Terrarium in 2018, from Triangle Nursery.

The following orchids were purchased from Vacherot & Lecoufle:

  • Aerangis fastuosa
  • Angraecum didieri
  • Gastrochilus retrocallus (Haraella retrocalla)

I purchased the following plants from the Wisley Plant Centre at RHS Garden Wisley:

  • Adiantum raddianum ‘Fritz-Luthi’
  • Asparagus setaceus (Asparagus plumosus)
  • Asplenium nidus ‘Crispy Wave’ (PBR)
  • Fittonia albivenis Argyroneura Group
  • Fittonia albivenis (Verschaffeltii Group) ‘Bambino’
  • Fittonia albivenis (Verschaffeltii Group) ‘Big Leaf’
  • Fittonia albivenis (Verschaffeltii Group) ‘Forest Flame’ (PBR)
  • Fittonia albivenis (Verschaffeltii Group) ‘Red Angel’ (PBR)
  • Fittonia albivenis (Verschaffeltii Group) ‘White Anne’
  • Nephrolepis exaltata ‘Fluffy Ruffles’
  • Pilea peperomioides ‘Bambino’
  • Polystichum tsussimense
  • Selaginella kraussiana
  • Soleirolia soleirolii 

The following miniature orchids were purchased from the Writhlington Orchid Project:

  • Aerangis mystacidii
  • Barbosella dusenii
  • Dendrobium moniliforme
  • Leptotes bicolor
  • Platystele misasiana
  • Restrepia antennifera
  • Restrepia trichoglossa
  • Stelis muscifera
  • Stelis stevensonii
  • Stelis tridentata

Other articles that may interest you……

To see my step-by-step guide on how to plant up a terrarium or bottle garden, please click here.

To see how my Orchidarium was created, please click here.

To see how my Rainforest Terrarium was designed and set up, please click here.

For information on using cork and looking out for invasive species, please click here.

To read about how I track and record the temperature, humidity, and light levels inside my terrariums, glasshouse, home, and garden, please click here.

To read the first part of my Miniature Orchid Trial – Growing Miniature Orchids in the BiOrbAir, please click here.

To read the first part of my White Orchid BiOrbAir Terrarium Trial, please click here.

To read the first part of my Madagascar BiOrbAir Terrarium Trial, please click here.

To find out how to mount epiphytic orchids onto cork bark or other wood mounts, please click here.

To read about the new features that the new 2017 BiOrbAir terrarium offers, please click here.

To find out about the Writhlington Orchid Project, please click here.

To read my review of the BiOrbAir’s special features, please click here.

To read about using decorative sculptures, quirky ornaments, or natural features in your terrarium, please click here.

To read about BiOrbAir’s long handled terrarium tools, please click here.

To read about the general maintenance and general care I give my terrarium plants, please click here.

To read about carnivorous plants, please click here.

To read my Planting List of beautiful miniature orchids to grow in terrariums, please click here.

To read the first part of my long-term review of the BiOrbAir – this review starts from planting and covers the next six months after planting up the terrarium, please click here.

To read my article about the BiOrbAir and traditional terrariums, please click here.

To read about growing delicious, edible mushrooms indoors, please click here.

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One thought on “Planting List for Terrariums and Bottle Gardens

  1. Tony H

    June 27, 2019 at 4:28pm

    I’ve been looking for ages for this kind of article to do a bottle terrarium. Outstanding work, detail and passion that you have shown here. The links to the places you got the plants is an absolute godsend.

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      Pumpkin Beth

      June 27, 2019 at 11:54pm

      Thank you Tony. I put a lot of effort in – I am so glad that you’ve found my terrarium planting list helpful. I have a dedicated terrarium section, which includes step by step instructions to help you create a number of different terrariums. You can follow some of my terrariums and see how the plants have grown over the past few years or so. Enjoy and good luck with your terrarium! Best wishes, Beth

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