What to Grow in a Mini Greenhouse

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What to Grow in a Mini Greenhouse
Grow small plants, like the pincushion plant, in miniature greenhouses. (the orange berries in a clay pot image by Danuta Kania from Fotolia.com)

Miniature greenhouses serve as a touch of living decoration for your home. Any glass container can become a small greenhouse, meaning your tiny garden can be as eclectic or streamlined as you like. You can also help your child create one as a science project. The key to planting a successful tiny greenhouse is choosing plants that remain small and require little maintenance.

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Begonia Rex

Begonia Rex is a low-spreading, leafy shrub featuring heart-shaped leaves with white to bright pink patterns painted over them. The leaves curl into a shallow funnel near the stem. They cluster together in a canopy-like formation.

The begonia Rex loves bright indirect light, humid conditions and acid soil. A little peat moss in the soil and an almost entirely enclosed greenhouse works well for these plants. They prefer moist soil, but you should part the leaves before watering. Water sitting only the leaves promotes mildew.

Pincushion Plant

The pincushion plant natural grows as a small, leafy ball of a shrub. Its leaves are bright, pale green and curled into small round shapes similar to mouse ears. It begins forming little berries the size of marbles in early fall that ripen to a bright orange in late October. After the berries begin to fade, cut watering back a little. The pincushion plant normally enjoys moist, well-drained soil. In winter, let the soil become dry before watering. Keep this plant in a sunny, warm room in a mostly open greenhouse. This plant enjoys air flow.

Scottish and Irish Moss

Neither Scottish nor Irish moss is moss in the strict sense. Both of these small, vining plants creep low to the ground with lush, pale green foliage. Scottish moss blooms with tiny purple flowers while Irish moss has white blooms. Irish moss is also more delicate than its Scottish cousin; both make attractive background plants for higher-growing plants.

Plant both kinds of moss in rich, well drained potting soil. Keep the soil moist, letting it dry between waterings. Place them in bright, indirect sunlight in a greenhouse with good airflow.

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