Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Safe Plant List for Crested Geckos

The following are all safe for Crested Geckos.  I will work on getting some photos of the below and better care directions to help with all the growing needs for your planted tanks.

If you have any other suggestions, concerns, or advice on keeping planted terrariums, please email me or leave a comment.  I always like adding fan photos to the blog.

I personally like Coleus in my planted tanks and they add good colour!

Abelia (Abelia grandiflora)
African Violet (Saintpaulia ionantha)
Sweet Alyssum (Allyssum species)
Asperagus Fern (Aperagus setaceus plumosis)
Aster (Aster species)
Baby Tears (Helxine soleirolii)
Bird's Nest Fern (Asplenium nidus)
Boston Fern (Nephrolepsis exalta)
Bottle Brush (Callistemom)
Bouganvillea (Bouganvillea)
Bridal Veil (Tripogandra multiflora)
Bromeliads (Aechmea; Bilbergia; Cryptanthus)
Cactus, spineless (Astrophytum)
Camellia (Camellia japonica)
Coleus (Coleus)
Corn Plant (Dracaena Fragrans)
**Creeping Charlie (Pilea nummulariifolia)
**DO NOT CONFUSE ABOVE WITH !!!!Glecoma heteracea!!!!
Croton (Codiaeum species)
Dracaena (Dracaena species)
Emerald Ripple (Peperomia caperata)
Eugenia (Peperomia caperata)
Fuschia (Fuschia)
Geranium (Pelargonium species)
Hen and Chicks Succulent (Echeveria)
Hibiscus (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis)
Hoya (Hoya exotica)
Iceplant (Mesembryanthemum crystallinum)
Impatiens (Impatiens)
Jade Plant (Crassula argentea)
Japanese Aralia (Fatsia japonica)
Jasmine (Jasminum officinale: J. grandifloum)
Lavender (Lavandula officinalis)
Marigold (Calendula officinalis)
Monkey Plant (Ruellia makoyana)
Mother of Pearl (Graptopetalum paraguayen)
Natal Plum (Carissa grandiflora)
Painted Nettle (Coleus)
Palms (Areca species)
Pampas Grass (Cortaderia selloana)
Parlor Palm (Chamaedorea elegans)
Peperomia (Peperomia caperata)
Petunia (Petunia)
Phoenix (Phoenix roebelenii)
Piggyback Plant (Tolmiea menziesii)
Pilea (Pilea species)
Pink Polka-Dot Plant (H. ypoestes sang.)
Ponytail Plant (Beaucarnea recurvata)
Prayer Plant (Maranta leuconeura)
Purple Passion: Purple Velvet (Gynura)
Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum)
Staghorn Fern (Platycerium bifurcatum)
Swedish Ivy (Plectranthus australis)
Tree Mallow (Lavatera assurgentiflora)
**Umbrella Plant (Eriogonum umbrellum)
**DO NOT CONFUSE ABOVE WITH !!!!Scheffiera actinophylla!!!!
Velvet Plant (Gynura aurantaca)
Wandering Jew (Tradescantia albiflora)
Warneckii (Dracaena deremensis)
Wax Plant (Hoya exotica)
Zebra Plant (Calathea zebrina)
Zinnias (Zinnia species)

*Aechmea fasciata (Urn plants/Silver Vase Bromeliad) – Large
*Billbergia nutans – (queens Tears) partial shade to bright indirect light
*Cryptanthus zonatus (Earth stars) – warm, humid, bright light
*Guzmania lingulata – warm, humid, bright light
*Nidularium – 12-15 inches, low to Med. Light
*Tillandsia – Air plant, warm & humid
*Vrisea splendens (sword bromeliads) Light shade

~Other Plants:
*Acalphya (copperleafs, chenille plants)
*Adiantum (maidenhair ferns) – cool and dry in winter
*Aglaonema (Chinese evergreens) – do well in low lights, highly recommended
*Alocasia (elephant ears) – must be kept moist, humid and warm, will either not do well or overgrow everything
*Asplenium (Bird’s nest fern) – moist soil, up to 3 feet high
*Bamboo - (live or dry)
*Beaucarnea recurvata - (Ponytail Palms)
*Calathea zebrine - (Zebra plant) – moist moderate temps, moderate light
*Ceropegia woodii - (Rosary Vine,Hearts entangled, or String of hearts) Water thoroughly, and then allow the soil to completely dry out before watering again.
*Chlorophytum (spider plants) – average humidity, moderate light, should be allowed to get almost dry before watering
*Cissus (kangaroo vines, grape ivys) – no moist soil
*Codiaeum variegatum (often confused for Croton, because of this it is often labeled "croton" as a common name)
*Crassula ovata - (Jade Plant, Friendship tree or Money plant).
*Cyrtomium - (Holly ferns)
*Dracaena - (Dragon plants)
*Ficus (rubber trees, ornamental figs) should be washed of when dirty, do well in spotlight, Use caution with any plant of the ficus family that has a "milky sap" when leafs/stems are broken, it is a skin and eye irratant.
*Maranta - (prayer plant) warm temps, high humidity
*Peperomia - (radiator plant) some in this family are an epiphyte or air plant. Clippings will generally produice.
*Radermachera sinica - (China Doll)very difficult to root, Growth slower used by nursery will grow fast and less bushy.
*Sanseveria - (Snake Plants) aethiopica, caniculata, kirkii pulchra, parva, pinguicula, sinularis, thyrsiflora & trifasciata
*Scindapsus (Pothos) - looks like philodendron, very hardy. Clippings will produice.
*Schefflera arboricola - (Umbrella Plant)
*Spathiphyllum - (peace lilies)
*Tradescantia zebrina - (wandering Jew/ spiderwart) Can cause skin irritation in humans when handled frequently. Called inch plant because it can grow up to an inch a day!

Thank you to Ellis from Reptile Forum UK for this information that I have found to be very useful.

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