dave s wusong@evilemail.com
Sun, 27 Dec 2009 11:28:28 PST
Almost absurdly, geophytic *Euphorbia* of the E. decaryi group do very well
with constantly damp soil and moderate light - think "African violet."
Closed terrariums with very high humidity tend to cause fungus issues, but
they grow lushly when given the above-mentioned conditions and adequate
ventilation.  *E. decaryi*, *E. cylidrifolia* and *E. francoisii* are all
good choices.  If I may make another suggestion, the vastly underrated genus
of terrestrial bromeliads, *Cryptanthus*, will work under the same

On Sat, Dec 26, 2009 at 11:24 PM, Dennis Kramb <dkramb@badbear.com> wrote:

> So I have a 65g hex aquarium & stand that I want to set up as a
> terrarium.  I've never made one before, and I figure that I've got two
> options.
> 1) Transplant all my various potted cacti into the terrarium and use it
> is a dry terrarium.
> 2) Get new plants that prefer a humid environment, and take advantage of
> the closed lid, etc, and enjoy something new!
> Probably I'll do #2 and so I thought I'd pick your brains to see if any
> geophytes make good terrarium specimens.  I'd love to try irises, but I
> suspect they need temperature fluctuations throughout the year to grow &
> bloom properly???  I'm guessing.
> Another option would be to experiment with native plants.  Like maybe
> try the native Opuntia humifusa (which I grow outdoors just fine) or
> Manfreda virginica, or something.  But somehow that doesn't appeal to me
> as much as growing something tropical.
> I hope this stirs up some good conversation!
> Dennis in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
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