As a collector, of information and plants, there is often an urge to organize, to categorize and put like plants with like plants (both informationally and physically). This is one such time where it backfired, certainly not the first, and definitely not the last. Most of my Selaginella species are only subtly different to my non-expert eyes, and now they are even more disorderly and difficult to distinguish (yes, there are pots in there, under that mess). At least they […]
I found this Ranitomeya uakarii tadpole dangling from a Costus amazonicus today. I’m not sure how it ended up here as I check the tank daily and this tadpole looks to be about 10 days old. My best guess is that this Costus grows so fast, the egg was laid in a newly formed leaf and then the leaf unfurled and the egg ended up at the newly horizontal leaf tip. But, no way to know for sure!
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. […]
I’ve never seen it growing along the leaf venation like this before, and wonder if more nutrients are available in these areas for their ability to hold water and sediment. It reminds me of an experiment in which oats (a favorite slime mold food) were oriented to resemble the way cities are scattered around Tokyo. The slime mold’s path to consuming the oats was refined in a matter of hours to bear a strong resemblance the Tokyo public transit system. […]
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.
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). […]
A handful of plants on this site will be labeled with bogus names. The plant archive is largely a database for myself so I can keep information organized. I apologize if the naming causes confusion or if it is in any way insulting to those who have collected the plants or those with more experience with certain groups of plants. If plants come to me with descriptive or singular names, even if they are not species names, I will keep […]
Admittedly, many of these are not commonly grown as terrarium plants, but, some such as the Peperomia serpens and Peperomia sp. Costa Rice are. They have adapted wonderfully to windowsill life! Philodendron joepii is one that I’ve tried growing as a house plant, and it did alright for a few months but the ambient light didn’t seem to be enough. With proper light though, I think that would be another good candidate. Philodendron verocossum also has been grown with success […]