Despite the slightly unfortunate name (no babies were harmed in the making of these terrariums! lol), this plant is perfect for terrariums. It has very small leaves and grows close to the ground, which makes it an excellent part of your DIY garden design toolkit.
Known by a thousand names, Baby’s Tears, Angel’s Tears, Irish Moss, and, well, 997 more we won’t bother to list/make up, whatever you choose to call it, it provides a beautifully variegated groundcover texture for most temperate or tropical terrarium styles.
Much like a real infant, Baby’s Tears requires constant proper care to ensure that it’s health doesn’t get out of hand. It grows quite well in a terrarium environment, almost aggressively, so keep a close eye on it to ensure that it doesn’t threaten the other plants you’ve chosen to include. It’s best used a background plant, not an exterminator. Bright, indirect light will create optimal growing conditions, but be sure to avoid direct sunlight, even in the protective confines of a terrarium environment.
One of the most appealing features of Soleirolia for terrarium growers is that it is exceptionally easy to propagate, as all you have to do is gently divide the main clump of stems and roots in order to create a new specimen for a new project. If you’re an avid terrarium experimenter, you might do well to create a special growth chamber for this plant and nothing else.