A slight departure from what’s normally posted here, but, eventually I’d like to have an archive of drought tolerant evergreen plants (focusing on the glaucous species) in addition to the tropical species. Most of the plants below were obtained from Cistus Nursery and Xera, located in Sauvie Island and SE Portland respectively.
This is one of the most widely distributed jumpers in the US, and commonly referred to as the ‘Bold Jumping Spider’. Males reach 6-13mm, and females 9-18mm. The one below was found in my house, climbing on the walls. Immediately when put into a jar with two crickets, she hunted and consumed them both within a few hours, and her girth doubled. This one has particularly nice blue chelicera.
This miniature species only reaches about 4 inches tall, and the leaves stay under an inch. It’s rosette forming and is easy to grow, but also prone to melting. This species prefers a shadier location compared to most Peperomias, and does especially well with a coco choir substrate.
I’ve not been keeping this species for long (only a few months), and was horrified to notice one day that my male had developed what looked to be a severe eye infection in his right eye. Just a day prior, all had looked completely normal. As I write this, it has now been almost five weeks since the onset of the infection and it has cleared completely and he seems to have recovered good vision in the right eye. Below […]
Freshly started bins of Pearcea hypocyrtifolia and various Pilea species. These are repotted every 3-6 months, and the process repeated ad infinitum. They seem to grow significantly better on fresh potting soil. After a desirable base number of plants is established, the repotting is done to maintain nice looking plants, not increase production. The larger pots at the base of the Pilea bin are second copies of the mother plants (backup stock kept elsewhere for better protection against possible disease). […]