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Guide to Succulent Terrariums in Singapore [2024]

Succulent Terrarium Singapore

Succulent Terrarium Singapore
Succulent Terrarium Singapore

Succulent terrariums comprise compact plants and create miniature health gardens that you can bring into the coziness of your home and office. Low maintenance and decorative greenery, succulent terrariums have proven hugely popular, especially among residents in housing estates with only a handful of earthy soil scrubbed off the edges of Singapore. In this guide, we’ll delve into the ins and outs of succulent terrarium cultivation in Singapore, from selecting your plants to caring for your indoor sanitarium.

Understanding Succulent Terrariums

A terrarium is a glass-potted garden. The petite succulent terrarium shown contains more than one succulent. That kind of succulent is also named succulents, which are a perfect organic material to build terrariums as they save water in thick, fleshy leaves, so they need a few drops a week to water and they will grow well within a small space. There is a little plant soil at the terrarium, decorative stones, rocks and a succulent plant.

Choosing the Right Succulents

Depending on the light and water needs of your terrarium shops the succulents you choose, not all of them will thrive together. Pick the following succulents when making a terrarium:

  • Echeveria: Sun-seeking echeveria is a succulent with multi-coloured rosettes, a lovely drought-hardy terrarium plant.
  • Lithops (Living Stones): Looking like little stones, the succulent lithops are the perfect terrarium accent for a touch of surprise and interest.
  • Donkey’s Tail (Sedum morganianum): With its trailing stems and fleshy, teardrop leaves, Donkey’s Tail is made for hanging terraria.
  • Sedum Mexicanum: Bright greenish-yellow leaves on a succulent, which thrives in direct light; place in the sunniest part of your room.
  • Senecio Rowleyanus (String of Pearls): The string of pearls is known for its round leaves and makes a great trailing addition to your terrarium.

Creating a Succulent Terrarium

Building a succulent terrarium is a fun and very creative gardening process. Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you get started:

Materials Needed

  • A glass container (open or closed)
  • Cacti and succulent potting mix
  • Decorative elements (pebbles, moss, figurines)
  • Small rocks or activated charcoal (for drainage)
  • A variety of succulents


Prepare the Container: Clean your glass container thoroughly to remove any dirt or residues.

  • Layer drainage: A layer of small stones or charcoal at the bottom of the planter so they can drain. (And the roots are not in water and cause root rot)
  • Potting Mix: Fill your container with cacti and succulent potting mix to a depth that will accommodate succulents.
  • Plant the Succulents: Start with the largest succulent in the back row and work left to right, from largest to smallest. Place your plants in the soil and use your hands to fill in around the succulent roots.
  • Add décor: Pebbles, moss, and figurines can help.
  • Water: Spray the soil lightly with a watering can or spray top, making sure to moisten but not waterlog the soil.

Caring for Your Succulent Terrarium

Proper care is essential to keep your succulent terrarium healthy, happy and thriving. Here are some tips:


  • Water your succulents sparingly, typically once every one to two weeks.
  • Spray with a spray bottle or watering can fitted with a fine nozzle to prevent overwatering.
  • Ensure the soil is completely dry before adding more water to prevent root rot.


  • Place your terrarium in a location with bright, indirect sunlight.
  • Avoid direct sunlight, as it can cause excessive heat and damage the plants.
  • Rotate the terrarium periodically to ensure even light distribution and balanced growth.

Temperature and Humidity

  • Succulents thrive in temperatures between 18-25 degrees Celsius.
  • Maintain humidity levels between 50-70% to mimic their natural environment.

Pruning and Maintenance

  • Dead and yellow leaves should be trimmed regularly so that your terrarium puts its best foot forward.
  • Shake it off, being careful to remove dust and pests (aphids or spider mites).

Troubleshooting Common Issues

Despite their low maintenance nature, succulent terrariums can face a few common issues:

  • Yellowing Leaves: This could indicate overwatering or inadequate light. Adjust your care routine accordingly.
  • Mould and Fungal Growth: This is often caused by overwatering or poor air circulation. Increase air circulation and waterless.
  • Pests: Aphids and spider mites occasionally can invade terrariums. Remove any infested plants and treat if necessary with insecticidal soap.

Showcasing Succulent Terrarium Inspirations

The style-conscious residents of Singapore seem to favour several categories in the trends for succulent terrariums, among them: minimalist open terrariums and eclectic closed ones Here are some ideas and inspiration to get you started:

  • Open terrariums: Use an open container filled with sand, pebbles, and succulents such as Aloe Vera and Echeveria.
  • Sealed terrariums: Fill your glass with a lid to create a humid environment (the kind that ferns or mosses would grow in) and water it less often.
  • Hanging Terrariums: Super-size round containers such as fishbowls or lightbulbs, and hang them from the ceiling to add a layered look. Mix succulents with ferns for a bright burst of fun.

Where to Buy Succulent Terrariums and Supplies in Singapore

Several shops in Singapore offer a wide range of succulents terrarium supplies, bouquets, and other creative gardening needs. Here are some recommended options that you can contact:

  • Potta Plantta: Known for its soothing ambiance and variety of indoor plants, including succulents.
  • Rabbit Island SG/Etsy: Dried flowers and succulents. You better have a boho girl on your hands.
  • FittoniaMania: A marketplace for indoor plant and terrarium supply in the heartland malls.

Succulent Terrarium Singapore

Succulent terrariums are low-maintenance indoor displays of life and nature. As long you remember the basics then choose the right plants and take good care of your creation, a thriving in-home mini-garden could be yours. Want to get started? Take a piece of the green lifestyle with you and join our regular blogs and workshops that await you in Singapore.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

If you have any questions about Succulent Terrarium Singapore, you can refer to the frequently asked questions (FAQ) below:

Are succulent terrariums suitable for indoor spaces in Singapore?

Indeed, succulent terrariums are a good choice as an indoor plant in Singapore because they can tolerate the tropical climate which is both hot and humid, and suitable for indoor conditions.

How do I choose the right container for a succulent terrarium?

Choose a glass jar with a wide opening and let as much light in as possible (it should have holes in the base to drain well so that water does not become stagnant).

What types of succulent plants are suitable for terrariums?

Some favorites are Echeveria, Haworthia, Crassula, and Sedum. Select plants that are unhappy with similar light and watering conditions.

Are there terrarium workshops in Singapore?

Yes, many stores such as Green Capsule and FunEmpire offer succulent terrarium workshops, provide DIY kits to help you learn more about making and caring for succulent terrariums.