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Where to purchase miniature plant seeds

I have would like to grow my own fairy garden plants from seed, but am having a difficult time finding a resource.

Can anyone refer to me any online resources to purchase these seeds?

lmontestella

Sorry, but the suggestion made above for succulents in a terrarium isn’t a good idea. By definition, succulents do not want an area of high humidity (terrariums), as it’s likely to promote their rotting.

I know succulents & terrariums are big now, trending & being displayed in many BBS.

Sadly it’s bad for the plants, if you go on over to the C&SA forum, nearby, you’ll see posts explaining to folks how problematic this can become. Will look good, but only briefly before the plant begins to decline. Just so you know.

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paul_

That is a tough one. Many (perhaps most?) of the miniature plants used for terrs are propagated vegetatively (by cuttings or divisions). This, at least in part, due to many of the real mini’s being flukes of nature that would not come true from seed. Then there is the fact that many of the plants used for things like fairy gardens are not actually mini’s at all. Instead, they are “regular”-sized plants that are:
*kept small by regular pruning (of top growth and even roots);
*stunted by the lack of growing space and nutrients available in a small pot; and/or
*removed/replaced when they get too big.

What did you have in mind?

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cooperdr_gw

With fairy gardens you might want to think about some kind of succulent seeds because of what Paul said- there aren’t really mini-plant-seeds. Some succulents grow real slow so they might work for you. Even bonsai trees aren’t really grown from a type of miniature tree they’re just shaped to look miniature. Cactus seed is easy to find in stores. Then Aloe and something called Haworthia are succulents too.

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Linda1684

Well, that’s intersting information. I was looking for a more cost effective way to get these small plants. When I look to purchase them they anywhere from 5.00 up to 15.00 per plant. I want to make several containers of small plants/terriums so that would be a bit of change.

I am fine with some ground cover type plants, but I have a mini hosta & would love more plants like that.

Any other ideas?

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cooperdr_gw

You’d probably want something that you could divide. If you spend six or seven dollars on a plant that needs to be repotted you could get two or three plants from it. It’s up to you what kind of plant you want. I just thought that there are a lot of small succulents so that would work.

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paul_

â¢Posted by Linda1684

I was looking for a more cost effective way to get these small plants. When I look to purchase them they anywhere from 5.00 up to 15.00 per plant. I want to make several containers of small plants/terriums so that would be a bit of change.

Completely understandable. Unfortunately, your options are quite limited if you desire plants that remain “mini” in size and/or are something other than the “same old, same old.” Because many of the true mini’s are not fast growers, it takes some time to get a plant large enough to actually divide or to grow up to a saleable size. For example, I have a type of Epipremnum which tops out at around 3-4″ tall and is clump forming. I find it very cute as it reminds me of a mini rubber tree (Ficus elastic). However, it is a SLOW grower so my opportunities to divide them are rather few. Once in a while when I have divisions to spare, I sell them off either to folks who email me for a division or to a gent I know who grows plants for the terrarium/pdf hobbyists (he then pretty much doubles the price and then “flips” them). When I sell them off, I do so at around $8-10 for a 2″ pot. If they were fast growers, I could sell off divisions much more frequently and far cheaper.

Do you have an idea of what “look” you are aiming for?

Will these gardens be strictly outdoor plantings or strictly indoor? Will they spend time both in and outdoors?

Cooper’s suggestion of finding a plant in a large pot and dividing it into several small plants is a good one for cutting costs . provided it has the look you are going for.

I have would like to grow my own fairy garden plants from seed, but am having a difficult time finding a resource. Can anyone refer to me any online resources to purchase these seeds? Thanks, Linda

Miniature Plants

Fairy Garden Plants and Miniature Trees for Small Containers

These varieties of miniature plants and trees are suitable for use in smaller containers. Whether you are making an alpine trough, succulent hypertufa planter, bonsai garden, fairy garden or miniature garden, you will need small, rather slow growing trees and plants. Even miniatures require pruning or an occasional trim to maintain the petite size or to encourage rebloom. For more information about individual miniature trees and miniature plants, follow the links to find a useful description for each variety.

How to Find the Right Plants for Your Miniature Garden

When choosing miniature trees or miniature plants for a small-scale garden, let your imagination run free. The process is almost like painting a scene on a canvas. Start by picturing a “life-size” plant. Next, find a comparable miniature tree or plant to place in the garden. Magically this tiny plant becomes a large shrub in a flower bed or a majestic tree in the woodlands of the miniature world. Need a lawn? For a lawn, plant Baby Tears to establish lush, green grass in the front yard of the cottage. Be creative when planning the greenery for your miniature fairy garden.

How to Plant Your Miniature Trees and Fairy Garden Plants

Contrary to conventional wisdom, some trees and plants can successfully be left in their plastic pots and planted right into the container or garden. Using this technique restricts the growth of the miniature tree or miniature plant. They will be root bound by the end of the season, but during that growing period the trees and plants will retain their size much better than if they were planted directly in the soil. Remember to pay a little more attention to the watering! This method works very well for plants like fairy vine, sedum, or topiaries, but not for spreading ground cover plants. Use the same technique for miniature trees too. Consider planting miniature woody evergreens in their pots to keep the small size during the growing season.

Fairy garden plants and miniature trees should be small, rather slow growing. To keep them small and encourage rebloom prune or trim them occasionally. Find miniature plants and miniature trees right for you.