Yesterday I redid our terrarium. After few years, one plant, the Begonia rex dominated the limited space in the glass container. I hardly watered it so it went unchecked. If only I regularly trimmed the plants, probably it would never happen.

Other indoor plants seem to be good.

Terrarium and Begonia rex:

The 2 pictures above are the terrarium after redoing in 2013, Begonia rex was one of the plants. It seems that it was the most suitable plant to survive inside a terrarium and gradually took over and did not give the other plants a chance to survive. Just before I redid the terrarium yesterday, the colourful Begonia plant was the only survivor, the pretty leaves grew crowded and filling the whole confine space of the glass container. If I gave more attention by pruning it regularly, probably the invasion would never happen.

The photos underneath are the terrarium after replanting/redoing yesterday:

The colourful Begonia that grew out of control inside the terrarium has been transplanted. One small cutting goes back in the glass container together with a Sanseviera hahnii and a Peperomia. I deliberately not to overcrowd the terrarium, so hopefully each plant will have enough room to grow.

The remaining large part of the Begonia rex was replanted in a Chinese ceramic pot. The colourful foliage still look crammed after growing in a confined space for a long time. Hopefully it will grow and look better over time.

Parlour Palm (Chamaedorea elegans):

My friend Viv bought this plant when we visited Vasilli’s Garden Shop in Coburg few years ago. One pot had a clump of the pretty miniature palm, and she divided them into two and gave me one part.

Rattlesnake Plant – Calathea lancifolia:

I read that this plant is a bit hard to grow in colder climate, but ours seems to be happy sitting near south facing window next to my computer. Occasionally I give the plant water from the fish tank and the new leaves grow bigger and longer.

Golden Pothos – Devill’s Ivy – Epipremnum aureum:

This indoor plant with heart shape leaves and interesting colours is very versatile. Need to be kept moist but not too wet. Here in Melbourne this plant can be grown outside under protected veranda. In the winter keep it away from cold draught, otherwise just keep it indoor in a brightly lit room. Propagation is by stem cuttings after the trailing plant has grown too long.

Mother in Law’s Tongue – Sansevieria:

Another tough and easy to grow indoor plant. The interesting leaves come in different colours and patterns. Some grow tall and others are miniatures. The ones that we have are variegated standard with long blade like foliage (Sansevieria laurentii) and the other one is miniature (Sansevieria hahnii). I remember this plant grew wildly along the edge of a dirty and smelly creek behind my grandmother’s place in Solo when I was a child.


Few years ago I cut out Dracaena fragrans (Cornstalk Dracaena) into 3 parts and replanted the top part with leaves in a pot, and the two cuttings in another pot. Since then, they have grown quite good. I keep one with two cuttings inside and the other one stays outside under the veranda.

The three lucky bamboo plants (Dracaena sanderiana) don’t grow in water anymore. I replanted them in  soil.

Polka Dot ot Plant – Hypoestes phyllostachya:

If grown inside, Polka Dot plant will tend to grow taller and lanky. To make it look fuller, it needs to be prune once the branches has started to grow long. I find that this plant need a lot of water, especially during hot days. If the leaves start to look a little limp, it needs watering.