I wanted to create a setting that reflects the character of these beakless birds, so I set out to make a planter out of jute and put these fern-like plants in them. I learned about the plant, Brass Buttons or Platt's Black from a public garden I volunteer at.
It likes to be in moist soil, and is not very forgiving if the soil is allowed to dry out. I figured they could handle the humidity in a closed terrarium.
Then my 11-year-old said, those look like pineapples...
Maybe you'd like to make some pineapples....
FIBER: Lightweight jute twine (typically found in hardware stores)
Potting Soil, Platt's Black plant (sometimes this is called Brass Buttons)
ST or st = stitch
CH = Chain
SC = Single Crochet
SL ST = Slip Stitch
DC = Double Crochet
DC2tog = 2 DC together
SC2tog = 2 SC together
ROUND1: Magic Circle 8 SC ( 8 )
For each round, join the last and first st with a SL ST and CH1 from this point on
ROUND2: 2DC in each st (16)
ROUND3: (1DC in next 3 st, 2DC in next st) 4 times (20)
ROUND4: (1DC in next 3 st, DC2tog) 4 times (16)
ROUND5: (1SC in next st, SC2tog) 5 times, 1SC in last st (11)
ROUND6: SL ST around (11), fasten off and weave the end in
Pack with enough potting soil to fill one-third of the way, then insert the plant.
Use an eye-dropper to water the plant from overhead. When placed in a terrarium, it only needs to be watered once a month depending on how well sealed it is.