This rhizomatous Begonia hails from Sumatra and is easy to grow. New leaves are red, and keep a subtle red edging when mature. The leaves are very soft, and sort of shimmery. The internodes are short, so it’s appearance remains compact. I’ve been growing it in 100% clay but I think it would do well in many other substrates. Begonias.org suggests an addition of bone meal, with a light porous primary substrate. It does well in temperatures in the 70’s […]
This stunning Begonia species is native to Borneo, and does well in terrariums with good air circulation. In my experience it is a slow growing plant, and prone to melting suddenly. When established it can form a large plant nearly 2′ in height. I’ve had it for years though, and it’s never gotten more than 8″. Maybe you will have better luck 🙂 There is also a red form of this species in cultivation, but I can’t seem to find […]
This Episcia is native to French Guiana and does wonderfully in terrarium conditions. It will grow partially up a wood surface or over substrate. The leaves are under 4″ when full grown, and flowers are fringed white with purple in the center.
For two years now I’ve been putting all my “stragglers” in this terrarium. Anything that isn’t doing well in my plant bins goes in here. The Bryophytes and orchids are just starting to come into their own, and this Pleurothallid is more or less always in bloom. There are also a trove of epiphytic ferns in here that I’m hopeful will create some nice colonies within the decade 🙂
Clay Types Over the past ten years I have experimented with a handful of clays in the terrarium, both as substrates and backgrounds. Below are the types I’ve used, with some details on the qualities and uses for each type. Bentonite Pelleted type -this clay really needs to be kneaded, or else certain parts will remain dry while others are oversaturated. Letting it sit in water does not suffice, because whatever clay isn’t touching water will not even get wet. […]
This one is difficult to photograph well from the front, but is more photogenic from a birds eye view thankfully. It has been setup since 2014 and was my first attempt at building a terrarium from scratch. It is a 14″ cube with a sliding glass lid that comes out the front and is held in place by clear H channel. This design was preferable to a front opening door because these particular frogs were very bouncy when I received them […]
By the time I’d noticed this plant, it was close to blooming size, probably grown from seed on an order of plants from Ecuaflora. In person the leaves look a bit more bronze than they do here. So far it has been easy to grow and it flowered within a few months of germinating. Right now it’s about 5″ tall but looks like it could get a bit taller with more room.
This Dircanopygium was a lucky replacement for another Dicranopygium I ordered from Ecuaflora, the original I don’t even remember now. It has stayed under 18″ tall, and has been tolerant of a wide range of conditions. Currently it’s growing atop a piece of wet wood, with it’s roots bundled in sphagnum and other plants. The leaf is forked about 1/3 the way up, the forked halves remaining close together for the entire leaf. The fragrance is strong, and even though […]