Live Terrarium Plants

Live Terrarium Plants provide many benefits when they are used correctly. Not only do live terrarium plants look amazing in a terrarium or vivarium, but they contribute directly to providing a fresh, clean environment for your pets. When costructing a vivarium with both plant and animal inhabitants, remember that the needs of both must be taken into consideration when designing and constructing the vivarium. Plants can easily become the focal point of a vivarium, with colorful leaves and showy foliage quickly stealing the spotlight from the animal inhabitants, such as poison dart frogs.

All of the live terrarium plants sold at Josh's Frogs are pesticide and fertilizer free, and completely safe for use with animals. We do recommend gently rinsing the plants in room temperature water before planting them. Josh's Frogs cultivates over 300 different varieties of plants directly at our facility for use with a wide variety of animals. Our live terrarium plants have been used by numerous zoos, public aquaria, and thousands of private hobbyists to bring a slice of nature inside. 

Not sure how to properly care for or plant your live terrarium plants? Check out Josh's Frogs care articles on how to care for live terrarium plants in a vivarium by clicking here.

Josh's Frogs strongly recommends that live terrarium plants are used in conjunction with our Naturalistic Vivarium Substrates, in order to create an ideal habitat that both live terrarium plants and animals can thrive.





Our terrarium plant packages are designed to give you a variety of plants suited towards setting up various size terrariums. We will choose plants for you. These may or may not be plants in the regular catalog, but all are grown with the health of your animals in mind. We never use chemical pesticides, and fertilize as little as possible. All of these plants are grown in our greenhouse, we know exactly what goes into them and these plants are exactly what we use for our own tanks.


  At Josh’s Frogs, the Tropicals live terrarium plant category simply is a catch-all for those tropical plants that do wonderfully in a vivarium that do not easily fit into the other categories. Tropicals includes many great plants for use in a naturalistic vivarium, including Sygonium, Spathiphyllum, and Athurium. These plants are known for their large, broad leaves which make excellent calling and egg laying sites for dart frogs.  
  Mosses are considered bryophtes, or non-vascular plants. These primitive plants may not be as evolved as many other tropical plants offered by Josh’s Frogs, but they’re just as appropriate for use in the home vivarium. Mosses will quickly spread in a tropical vivarium, and really add to the jungle vibe. Green foliage and interesting growth habits make mosses a group unto themselves when it comes to selecting live tropical vivarium plants for a naturalistic vivarium.  
  Vines are a great addition to a terrarium. Vines rapidly cover backgrounds and provide hiding places for frogs. Frogs are more visible when they have a hiding place close by, so vines will help you see your frogs more! Vines also tend to grow quickly, helping to uptake excess nutrients in the tropical vivarium. Plant vines in the substrate of the vivarium, and watch them grow up the background and hardscape, towards the light. No vivarium is complete without a couple vines from Josh’s Frogs!  
  Water feature plants from Josh's Frogs are perfectly suited for water features in naturalistic vivaria and terrariums. Water feature plants can be grown completely submerged or with just their roots in the water, as long as the humidity is high enough. Water feature plants are also great for aquatic or semiaquatic species, such as clawed frogs or reed frogs. Plant out your pool or pond with plants from Josh's Frogs!  
    Carnivorous plants have taken a different route than most other plants. Typically inhabiting nutrient poor soil, carnivorous plants rely on catching other organisms (typically insects or other arthropods) for nutrients. Canivorous plants are found the world over, and consist of over 600 species. Carnivorous plants are fascinating to keep and are worth of a vivarium all to themselves. Josh's Frogs does not recommend keeping carnivorous plants with frogs.  
  Succulents are adapted to dry, less humid conditions. The succulents offered by Josh's Frogs are grown in pesticide and fertilizer free conditions, and are perfect for use with live reptiles. Create your own slice of desert with the wide variety of succulents available at Josh's Frogs! We do not recommend these for humid terrariums, but they will work well for temperate or desert vivaria with non-herbivorous inhabitants.  
  Begonias are revered worldwide by gardeners and terrarium hobbyists alike. Grown and hybridized for their hardy nature and showy foliage, begonias are known for their colorful leaves. Begonias from Josh's Frogs make an ideal choice for any tropical naturalistic vivarium. Begonias grow quicky, bloom readiy, and soon provide ample hiding places and visual barriers with color, showy foliage.  
  Bromeliads are one of the most unique groups of tropical plants regularly used in naturalistic vivaria. Best known for their ability to hold water (and thus function as rearing sites for poison dart frog tadpoles), most bromeliads are epiphytes, which means they naturally grow without soil. Bromeliads often grow on trees in the wild, and are best mounted on wood or the background in a naturalistic vivarium. Cryptanthus are also bromelaids, but tend to do better when planted terrestrially in the vivarium. Also known as earth stars, Cryptanthus are available in a variety of cultivars, which display different colors, patterns, and growth habits.  
  The genus Dischidia is a diverse group of epiphytes related to milkweeds. Dischidia make excellent terrarium plants. While the flowers are not particularly large or interesting, the foliage and growth habit of Dischidia varies widely among the species. Grow Dischidia mounted or in small pots sunk into the background. Ideally Dischidia should dry a bit between waterings. Dischidia are easy to grow from cuttings.  
  Ferns are considered bryophtes, or non-vascular plants. These primitive plants may not be as evolved as many other tropical plants offered by Josh’s Frogs, but they’re just as appropriate for use in the home vivarium. Ferns will quickly spread in a tropical vivarium, and really add to the jungle vibe. Green foliage and interesting growth habits make ferns a group unto themselves when it comes to selecting live tropical vivarium plants for a naturalistic vivarium.  
  Ficus is a huge genus of plants, members of which can be trees, shrubs, or vines. Commonly kept as houseplants, many varieties of ficus do quite well in the vivarium if kept as a bonsai. Grown larger, they are perfect for chameleons and the like.  
  Gesnariads are a large and diverse group (over 2,500 species) of primarily tropical plants that grow primarily epiphytically in nature. This group of plants includes many commonly seen plants, including african violets, Sinningia sp., Lipstick Plant (Aeschynanthus), Goldfish Plant (Nematanthus), Cape Primrose (Streptocarpus), Flame Violet (Episcia), and Cupid's Bower (Achimenes).  
House plants for sale   House Plants are always in demand, and are an easy way to add a touch of nature to any interior space. Many of the different species and cultivars of plants we grow for terrarium use also make great house plants! Add some foliage to your family room while saving some green with these great house plants grown by Josh's Frogs.  
  Jewel Orchids are small, terrestrial orchids native to tropical and temperate regions worldwide. Jewel Orchids do bloom, but their flowers are generally pale colored and insignificant. What makes jewel orchids stand out (and gives them their name) are their foliage. Jewel Orchids are known for having amazingly colored and patterned leaves, oftentimes with a metallic sheen. These characteristics really make them stand out in a naturalistic vivarium. Jewel orchids generally prefer humid conditions, but do not tolerate standing water on their leaves.  
  Grown primarily for their flowers, orchids make a colorful addition to any naturalistic vivarium. Largely epiphytes in nature, most orchids are best mounted on wood or the background of a tropical vivarium. Orchids will not tolerate standing water on their leaves, and greatly benefit from regular air circulation in the vivarium. Make sure to utilize a well-draining substrate when planting orchids. Most orchids, with the exception of jewel orchids, should be planted epiphytically.  
  Peperomias are a large group of plants, with over 1500 known species. Mostly from Central and South America, many Peperomias are ideally suited for use in naturalistic tropical vivaria. Most Peperomias actually grow as epiphytes in cloud forests, but tolerate being planted terrestrially quite well when used in a naturalistic vivarium. As a general rule, Peperomias do not appreciate a soaked or saturated substrate.  
  Philodendron is a large genus of mostly tropical flowering plants, with currently over 900 species. Philodendrons are commonly kept in vivaria, and many of them also make great houseplants. Philodendrons are primarily found in the Americas and West Indies, but have been introduced on virtually every continent except Antarctica. Philodendrons can grow in a wide variety of growth habits, depending on species.  
    Pilea are a large group (over 600 species) of mostly tropical and subtropical plants that occur in warm and wet regions the world over. Pilea are known for their colorful foliage, that often has eye catching patterns and interesting texture. Pilea require high humidity in order to thrive, making them ideal plants for a tropical vivarium.  
  Wandering Jew is a large family of plants, many of which are commonly kept as houseplants. Known for their showy foliage and swift growing habit, Wandering Jew is the perfect addition to a tropical naturalistic vivarium. Wandering jew grows very quickly, and is an excellent choice for froglet and rearing bins, in addition to any tropical naturalistic vivarium.  

Ground Cover Plants are perfect to help fill in your vivarium! Check out the wide variety of ground cover plants available at Josh's Frogs! All plants are grown here, to ensure they are safe for use in a vivarium, or as a houseplant. Ground cover plants will stay short and creep horizontally, eventually filling in the ground space in a vivarium, planted garden, pot, or fairy garden.


Plants by Animal. All of the live terrarium plants we work with are perfectly safe to use with animals. Many plants work well with specific species or groups of animals, and can serve many beneficial purposes in a vivarium, such as uptaking nutrients/waste, providing hiding places and visual barriers. Some amphibians even utilize plant leaves as egg laying and calling sites! Below, you'll find the top 10 plants we recommend for many different species of pet reptiles and amphibians.

 Josh's Frogs Green Gro LED Bulb (13 Watt)  

Terrarium and Vivarium Lighting is vital to the success of a healthy reptile or amphibian pet. Vivaria, enclosures that contain both living animals and plants, are quickly growing in popularity. One of the more difficult aspects of keeping a vivarium is lighting. Lighting for vivaria is typically necessary just to keep the plants happy. There are 2 popular forms of vivarium lighting currently offered by Josh’s Frogs; LED and T5 lighting.

live terrarium plant accessories for sale  

Live terrarium plant accessories from Josh's Frogs! Live Terrarium Plant Supplies make keeping and maintaining live plants in a container garden or vivarium easy. Live Terrarium Plant Accessories available from Josh's Frogs for a low price, with same day shipping and the best customer service in the industry.