This striking Sonerila has recently become available out of SE Asia. I will add more information when I have more experience with it. For the first few weeks after import, it was especially sensitive and went completely limp a few times. After heavy soaking of the sphagnum, it rebounded and now seems more stable.
This tank is about a year old now, and houses over 50 species of plants. It stands 36Lx18Wx26T and has zoomed cork tiles on three sides. The substrate is a mix of turface and red infield conditioner in no specific ratios. The primary purpose of this tank is to give shingling species room to grow vertically. Marcgravias and many others do ok on sphagnum, but their growth is so much faster and more robust when climbing a wood surface. Species […]
This Melastome popped up in a tank of Ecuadorian Marcgravias and grew from seed. It’s about 2 years old now and stands 4″ tall. The leaves are broad but not very sturdy. After a year of growth, it was looking great, but then gradually the older leaves began to brown and rot off. With some monthly dilute fertilizer, it has bounced back and is growing again. On a few occasions I have tried importing Melastomes from Ecuador, they have done […]
This mini Biophytum from Ecuador only grows to 3-4″ tall. The stem is a pale green, and new growth is a yellow-green. It produces delicate looking leaves that are fairly elongated for its short size. Like all Biophytums, it doesn’t like to dry out. In nature many Biophytums grow alongside streams and in floodplanes, so they are generally very tolerant of seasonal flooding. Many species can grow year around with their feet wet.
Begonia chlorosticta is a species from Sarawak, Borneo. It was given the designation U038 before being formally identified. For me it has been the most challenging Begonia species to grow, as it frequently goes through melting spells without any apparent change in environment or care. It can grow to over a foot tall, with shrubby type growth. Pictured below is the red form. There is a green form and black form as well.