Cactus and Tender Succulents forum: cactus in terrarium

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MAMA
Jul 26, 2013 9:59 AM CST
would like to know what kind of cautus that be ok in terrarium and what kind of soil and that doesn't give much light cause no hood on the tank
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Cinta
Jul 26, 2013 11:28 AM CST
Are you saying you do not have a hood and light on the tank?

Are you going to give it some type of supplemental light or just light from a window.

The type of lights you are going to give the plant will help with a selection.

Off hand I do not know of any catus that would do well in terrarium but there are some succulents that you could use depending on light.
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Cinta
Jul 26, 2013 11:58 AM CST
Okay I went searching for this idea I saw a long time ago.

There is a designer that does undersea displays with succulents He calls it "under the seas" He designs beautiful displays using succulents.



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Dutchlady1
Jul 26, 2013 12:03 PM CST
how very cool!!

Name: Mark Mallon
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a2b1c3
Jul 26, 2013 3:06 PM CST
you should try any cactus that is a jungle cactus, and i am thinking quite a few of the opuntia's would grow , poorly , with little light in a terrarium. Cinta is correct however, you should be looking for succulents. You will need to be very careful watering cacti or succulents in a terrarium as it will act as a very small greenhouse, ie heat fast and stay humid with mass condensation. as far as soil i would use one part potting soil to two parts lava rock or pumice or even just styrofoam packing peanuts. The trick is soil that water will move through quickly and have a deep layer for the water to go.
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Name: Mark Mallon
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a2b1c3
Jul 26, 2013 3:12 PM CST
check out http://www.succulentsandsunshine.com/succulent-terrarium-tut...
and dont forget you can topdress the cheap soil with fancy gravel to save a buck
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plantladylin
Jul 26, 2013 6:55 PM CST
Cinta: Thank you so much for that link; it led me to google for more information and I found that the Undersea Succulent Garden is on display at San Diego Botanical Gardens. I'm going to be in SD for a few days next month and I sure hope I get to the visit the gardens! I think most of these are actually outdoor gardens made to look like undersea coral reefs but it could be done on a smaller scale in a terrarium.

http://poolandpatio.about.com/od/patiolandsaping/ig/Succulen...

http://www.google.com/search?q=Undersea+Succulent+Garden&tbm...

I also found this site ... some amazing succulent displays; I love the second photo with the metal bench and farther down the ones that resemble roses are really awesome!

http://www.socalnurseryplants.com/tag/succulents/
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Cinta
Jul 26, 2013 7:30 PM CST
You are welcome. I saw it in person when I was on a business trip. Go and see it if you get a chance. It could be done in an aquarium very easy. When I first heard about it I said I was going to make one in an aquarium. Then I moved and decided to do one in my yard with hardy plants and maybe use some of my tender succulents in the summer.

Please keep us posted what you decide and pics if you do this. I love pics. Hilarious!
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plantladylin
Jul 27, 2013 6:53 AM CST
Oh, I will definitely have my camera along for the trip!! Green Grin!
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Name: Mark Mallon
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a2b1c3
Jul 27, 2013 2:47 PM CST
boom ok
Opuntia ssp.
That means Prickly pear and types
Schlumbergera ssp.
that is xmas cactus easter cactus etc
sedum ssp.
anything that grows outside in your area that is succulent
all cactus are succulents not all succulents are cactus
links to help
http://cactiguide.com/article/?article=article19.php
http://homeguides.sfgate.com/make-cactus-terrarium-31310.htm...
http://pinterest.com/mc1r/terrariums-succulents-cactus/

Good Luck
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