Hello again my fellow Fairy Garden enthusiasts! I have previously shared with you some great miniature plants for outdoor Fairy Gardens, so today I am going to share some of the best plants for fairy gardens inside your home or office. This list contains live miniature houseplants that grow well in containers, and are either naturally small or can be regularly pruned to maintain a smaller size.
The Haworthia variety of succulents are excellent indoor plants because they are adapted to lower light conditions. They have a slow growth rate and remain pretty small. What they look like varies between the different varieties. Some are soft and fleshy, some have leaves that are rigid and bumpy, some have white dots or stripes, some have what looks like webs.
They all bloom little white flowers that open up for a duration of two or three days, but they aren’t very interesting or pretty. They are, however, easy to remove!
Soil needs to be well draining. Their roots do not like to very wet for long. You can take a regular store bought potting soil and mixing it 50/50 with something like poultry grit, aquarium gravel, or perlite. Any of those choices would work best. It is advised not to use sand for these plants because it has a tendency to clog the pores in the soil.
In the higher heat seasons, water once a week. In the colder times of the year, only water once a month or every three weeks. Be sure not to let water remain in the drainage dish under the pot (the roots don’t like being very wet, remember?!
Their ideal temperatures are between 75 to 90 degrees F, but if the soil isn’t real wet they can tolerate temperatures as low as 40 degrees F and as high as the lower 100’s if they are shaded.
At full maturity they will reach around 2” to 8” tall, depending on the variety.
There is a wide variety of different plants included in this particular family. The most well-known name would be the ‘Hen & Chicks’ variety. The leaves are usually thick and wide and have either a powdery, waxy or velvety type surface to them. Their shapes often resemble that of a rose, and they come in a wide range of colors from solid greenish-blue to green with red tips to a very deep red that almost looks black.
These plants thrive in desert like conditions, so make sure soil is very well drained and to NEVER allow them to sit in standing water, EVER! During hot weather, water them moderately and allow the soil to dry all the way before watering them again. Water even less during the cold seasons.
They may like the desert like conditions, but they prefer milder climates. When indoors, you need to put them where they will get lots of bright light. However, if located in an area that experiences extreme heat summers, it is best to keep them out of the direct sun.
At full maturity these plants can reach, at the very most, 8” tall.
“GOLDEN JAPANESE STONECROP”
This particular ‘SEDUM’ plant has foliage that is a bright golden yellow when it gets lots of sun, but more of a lime green color when it resides more in the shade. Each stem of this plant grows an abundance of leaves that are approximately ¼” in width, and come together towards the top to resemble the shape of a flower. The stems also will take root anywhere they touch the ground (or soil), which makes it perfect for using as a ground cover.
When growing indoors it needs a lot of bright light exposure if it’s not getting any full sun. When the temperatures are hot, be sure it gets more shade instead of direct sun during the hotter part of the day. This will prevent the leaves from getting sun burned.
This plant prefers well drained soil that is a slightly loamy, sandy and acidic. It also prefers soil that doesn’t retain much moisture. A suggested potting mixture that you can make yourself and works well is combining potting soil, coarse sand, peat and a small amount of either perlite or crushed charcoal.
Water only when the soil has gone mostly or all the way dry during the warmer seasons, and even less frequently during the colder seasons.
At full maturity it is usually only 2” tall and can reach around 12’ wide.
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(Caring for dwarf coleus plants stays pretty general throughout the different types that I am going to list, so I am just going to give the information once instead of for each individual plant. Following those general instructions, I will list the specific ones I wanted to include and list any information specific for each one.)
Coleus plants are popular and loved for their very colorful foliage. They have a wide variety of different colors, all of which are rather vibrant. They do great indoors if cared for properly, and having them in containers will help with keeping these plants to stay small. The flowers they produce are less than attractive and should be removed as soon as they begin to bud.
These plants will do best if they get full sun during the morning, but then kept out of direct afternoon sun, only getting bright indirect light during those warmer parts of the day.
If they are getting too much sun, their leaves will lose their color. If they receive too little light, their leaves will start to fall off.
They prefer soil that is well drained and kept slightly moist. Be sure to never leave them too wet for long or allow the soil to get completely dry.
Here is the list of the Dwarf Coleus that I wanted to include in this article for you:
At full maturity this plant reaches around 6” to 10” tall.
“SEA URCHIN NEON”
:At full maturity this plant reaches around 4” to 10” tall.
“SEA URCHIN COPPER”
At full maturity this plant reaches around 4” to 10” tall.
“TERRA NOVA SMOKEY ROSE”
At full maturity this plant reaches around 4” to 8” tall.
“TERRA NOVA LOVEBIRD”
At full maturity this plant reaches around 4” tall.
“TERRA NOVA MACAW”
At full maturity this plant reaches around 4” tall.
JUST ANOTHER PRETTY PLANT
“POLKA DOT PLANT” (aka ‘Freckle Face’)
The leaves of the Polka Dot plant are unique with their markings and bright colors, which are the very reason this plant is a favorite addition to any garden. The foliage is covered in spots of red, rose, or pink and green. It is these spots that earned it the nickname ‘Freckle Face’.
When you see this plant begin to develop flower spikes, you should pinch them off. They aren’t anything spectacular and will only take away from the beauty of the foliage.
The best placement when growing indoors is to be around 3’ to 4’ from a window that receives a lot of bright light. This will ensure it is being provided enough indirect sunlight that is much-needed.
If you notice the leaves are starting to curl up, you need to move the plant further away from the window where it is placed and allow a little more shade, or just a little less indirect bright light. That’s how the Polka Dot plant tells you it’s getting a sunburn. Being exposed to any direct sunlight, especially during extreme heat conditions, will also cause for the leaves to get burned.
In the area of watering, this ‘Freckle Face’ can be a bit picky. Over watering causes the leaves to turn an icky yellow color and under-watering will make the leaves fall off. It prefers the soil to stay slightly moist, so allow the soil to dry about ¼ of the way before watering again. And make sure the soil is well draining.
At full maturity this plant can reach around 30” tall if left to grow freely. But if regularly and properly pruned, it can be maintained to be around 4” to 6” tall at least.
There are, of course, many more excellent houseplants that could be implemented into an indoor enchanted space. This list was simply some of my favorite houseplants that are fairly easy to care for and make magical additions to any indoor miniature or dwarf fairy garden! And I know you will get just as much enjoyment from their presence as I do!!
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