Tissue Cultured Plants

Hard to source species for especially humid environments


Grown in Germany & shipped to the USA, the plants offered in this section were cultivated in a laboratory under sterile conditions and are completely free of algae and pests. We did some comparative research before settling on our tissue plant supplier, and we're confident that you'll be satisfied with the quality & amount of plant material in each cup. These are ready for immediate planting after a quick rinse to remove the nutrient medium. We've specially selected the inventory below to include mostly species which can also thrive when planted in aquatic, semi-aquatic (marginal), and terrestrial locations.

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Most of the plants below require higher humidity & moisture levels than many of the other plants we grow and sell at NEHERP. We don't recommend the below plants unless your enclosure will average over 70% relative humidity. Glass Inserts for Exo Terra and Zoo Med enclosures can help ensure humidity stays nice & high, and automated Misting Systems will go a long way to help. As always, don't hesitate to contact us if you've got questions. We're happy to help!

Hemianthus callitrichoides 'Cuba'

Dwarf Baby Tears

Hemianthus callitrichoides Dwarf Baby Tears Terrarium Plant
General Description:
Sold in a well grown 2.75in clear cup. This species has a 3-5cm (1.2-2in) max height, and is considered a medium-speed grower.
NEHERP Staff Description:
Description for Terrariums / Vivariums
This species has some of the smallest leaves of any plant commonly grown in a terrarium environment. Since the leaves are so small, this species will form what looks like a green carpet when conditions are right. Dwarf Baby Tears requires high levels of humidity to thrive in a terrarium, and does best with frequent misting. Any of our NEHERP Vivarium Lighting Kits will provide plenty of light. Not recommended for use in less humid environments, or in enclosures which don't use automated misting. Dividing this plant into very small portions & allowing it to spread outward will be the fastest way to create a carpeted look.
Grower Description:
Description for Aquariums
The Cuban pearl herb was discovered only a few years ago in a stream on the island of Cuba. Because of the only a few millimeters large leaflets this Hemianthus is considered the smallest aquarium plant in the world. With regard to the water values, the pearl herb is very adaptable; important, however, are a very good lighting and a good CO2 supply. The plants are divided into small pieces and planted in portions. Within a few weeks, this creates a dense carpet in the foreground. An aquarium design together with a stone landscape looks very decorative and natural.
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Microsorum pteropus

Java Fern

Microsorum pteropus Java Fern Terrarium Plant
General Description:
Sold in a well grown 2.75in clear cup. This species has a ~40cm (15in) max height when grown in great conditions, and is considered a medium-speed grower.
NEHERP Staff Description:
Description for Terrariums / Vivariums
We've been told that this species can thrive out of water if kept in a highly humid environment which is misted frequently. For the most part, we recommend using this fern in water features, paludariums, and aquariums with the roots submerged or partially submerged in water. The leaves will grow out of the water feature, and the plant will grow to creep alongside the rim.
Grower Description:
Description for Aquariums
The Java fern is one of the most popular fern species used by aquarists, and is widespread in tropical Asia. The species is very variable with many leaf shapes and sizes. Due to its forgiving nature, it is the perfect beginner plant. The plants grow best with the rhizomes attached to stones and roots. A moderate to normal lighting is completely sufficient, the plant grows well even under strong lighting. Often daughter plants are formed on older leaves, which can be re-tied elsewhere with floral mounting line.
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Ranunculus inundatus

River Buttercup

Ranunculus inundatus River Buttercup Terrarium Plant
General Description:
Sold in a well grown 2.75in clear cup. This species has a 10-15cm (3.9-5.9in) max height, and is considered a fast grower.
NEHERP Staff Description:
Description for Terrariums / Vivariums
This funky & small species thrives in humid enclosures which are misted frequently, and is one of the more tolerant & flexible tissue cultured plants we offer. We recommend planting it in any brightly lit location directly in vivarium substrate, and in the path of an automated mister when possible. These can also be grown directly in shallow water, where it will creep out & spread slowly. This is also a popular species in the hobby of kokedama. External link
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Description for Aquariums
The River Buttercup is a very decorative and new plant in the hobby. At the natural site in Australia, this plant grows in damp locations, partly in the shallow water of ponds and lakes. The most striking feature are the beautifully shaped leaves in the form of a slotted umbrella. Similar to Hydrocotyle species, the plant permanently forms in a rhizomatous pattern. These usually crawl on the ground and form new leaf stems at the junctions.
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Riccia fluitans

Floating Crystalwort

Riccia fluitans Riccia For Terrariums
General Description:
Sold in a well grown 2.75in clear cup. This species has a ~5cm (1.9in) max height, and is considered a fast grower.
NEHERP Staff Description:
Description for Terrariums / Vivariums
This is probably one of the most sought-after "moss-like" species in the vivarium hobby, and is one of Mike's (the owner of NEHERP) favorite plants for ground cover. (The photos above don't do Riccia justice!) It will grow directly on our vivarium substrates, but requires high humidity and/or fairly frequent misting to thrive. We also recommend one of our enclosure-specific recommended LED lighting solutions if you'd like to give this plant a shot. We've also seen Riccia thrive when planted on Cork, Ghostwood, and Custom Backgrounds, so long as everything is humid & misted frequently enough. Recommended only for use with very small inhabitants, since anything much larger than a dart frog will fairly easily knock-off and/or damage this plant. Also grows well aquatically either floating on the surface, or when pinned down beneath the water.
Grower Description:
Description for Aquariums
Riccia is distributed worldwide and populates floating water surfaces or moist soils. Takashi Amano first introduced this floating moss to the aquarium. In many of his designs, Riccia can be admired as a foreground plant. Culture and care are very simple: the moss is tied to stones or roots using floral mounting line and can grow up there beautifully. The compact growth is preserved, if you trim the light green upholstery from time to time with scissors.
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Taxiphyllum barbieri

Java Moss*

* Although it's often called Java Moss, T. barbieri is technically a different species (See below)
Taxiphyllum barbieri Java Moss For Terrariums
General Description:
Sold in a well grown 2.75in clear cup. This species has a 5-10cm (3.9-5.9in) max height, and is considered a medium-speed grower.
NEHERP Staff Description:
Description for Terrariums / Vivariums
Another highly sought after species which we're excited to carry. Most sources & growers call this stuff Java Moss, but our supplier is quick to note that technically isn't. Wikipedia explains External link some conflicting information between this species & Vesicularia dubyana... Regardless of what you call it, this moss is an awesome & fairly versatile species. Although frequently marketed as an aquatic species, dart frog enthusiasts keeping enclosures with high humidity levels (over 75% R/H) have had luck with this plant out of water for years. We consider some die-off normal at first, since the plant will need a little time to acclimate to life outside the water. This species is frequently planted epiphytically on Ghostwood, Cork, and other types of wood decor if the enclosure is humid enough, but can also grow directly on vivarium substrate. If you'll be planting it on substrate in hopes of creating a green ground cover, we recommend dividing the portion into smaller areas and planting each an inch or so apart. The practice of planting this species into evenly spaced divisions will result in a full ground cover faster than planting it all in one spot and waiting. Recommended only for use with very small inhabitants, since anything much larger than a dart frog will fairly easily knock-off and/or damage this plant. Also grows great in water features & paludariums.
Grower Description:
Description for Aquariums
Taxiphyllum barbieri is falsely referred to as java moss. The "real" Java moss, Vesicularia dubyana, was gradually supplanted by Taxiphyllum barbieri in the 1970s. It is an undemanding and very variable moss with some growth varieties. Even in very shady areas, it grows satisfactorily and is very tolerant of different water levels. Planted by tying the plant on roots and stones using floral mounting line to create magical moss landscapes.
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Vesicularia ferriei

Weeping Moss

Vesicularia ferriei Weeping Moss For Terrariums
General Description:
Sold in a well grown 2.75in clear cup. This species grows trailing downward, and is considered a slow grower.
NEHERP Staff Description:
Description for Terrariums / Vivariums
Weeping Moss is a less commonly used species in the terrarium hobby, since it requires fairly high levels of humidity & moisture to thrive. We've seen images of this stuff growing on backgrounds, but we haven't had enough personal experience to confidently recommend doing so at this point. This is a beautiful species which can be planted in and around water features, paludariums, and in other locations where an abundance of moisture is found. If you'll be planting it under water, we recommend pinning it to some sinking driftwood (Malaysian or Mopani) for the best results. Recommended only for use with very small inhabitants, since anything much larger than a dart frog will fairly easily damage this plant.
Grower Description:
Description for Aquariums
Hardly any other moss is as popular as the sleeping moss plant Vesicularia ferriei. The trade name 'Weeping Moos' refers to the drooping fronds of this attractive moss. Ideally, the moss is tied to roots or stones using floral mounting line, with fine hard roots it grows quickly. Frequent trimming of the moss pads can create beautiful layouts. A special art form are small miniature trees made of filigree roots and the Weeping Moos as a "tree crown". In care, this moss beauty is very simple and robust.
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Vesicularia montagnei

Christmas Moss

Vesicularia montagnei Christmas Moss For Terrariums
General Description:
Sold in a well grown 2.75in clear cup. This species has a 5cm (3.9in) max height when grown in water, and is considered a slow grower. In our experience, this species stays a little shorter when grown in terrarium conditions.
NEHERP Staff Description:
Description for Terrariums / Vivariums
A favorite plant of many dart frog enthusiasts, Christmas Moss is extremely versatile. So long as conditions are humid & the growing surface is kept moist, we've seen Christmas Moss grow successfully on hardscape decor, backgrounds, and even as a ground cover. If conditions are good enough, some infrequent maintenance (trimming) may be necessary to ensure the plant grows in a preferred & appropriate way. Like most of the plants on this page, we strongly recommend high humidity (over 70%), and fairly frequent misting while the Moss acclimates. Recommended only for use with very small inhabitants, since anything much larger than a dart frog will fairly easily knock-off and/or damage this plant.
Grower Description:
Description for Aquariums
This beautiful moss comes from the Sunda Islands in Indonesia. In trade it is also called "Christmas moss". This name derives from the hanging down rungs and is reminiscent of the branches of a Christmas tree. In the culture very easy and easy to maintain, it can be cut in shape anytime. V. montagnei likes to grow on roots and stones, and can be mounted using floral mounting line. This also has the advantage of being able to reshape a landscape in a few simple steps.
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