These account for most of the species in my collection currently, excluding utter NOIDS. Aeschynanthus sp. Alsobia dianthiflora Andinia nummularia Andinia schizopogon Anthurium gracile Anthurium pentaphyllum Anthurium ‘Chirique Grande’ Anthurium corrugatum Anthurium sp. (from Richard VanIngen) Anthurium sp. Z Ardisia mamillata Ardisia sp. Pinky Asplenium aff. fragrans I Asplenium aff. fragrans II Asplenium holophlebium Asplenium stoloniferum Asplenium sp. Mindo Asplenium sp. Panama Asplenium Tingo Maria Asplenium sp. Mittens Asplenium sp. 1-3 from Ecuador Asplenium sp. Sauce Asplenium sp. Tiny Begonia […]
Returning from Richard’s Greenhouse with two flats and three grocery bags filled with plants requiring high humidity, I had to quickly scrounge to find space for them all. One of the ferns even got a little droopy during the 30-minute drive home. The terrarium they ended up going in was meant for glassfrogs (on the right). Here it is next to the Ranitomeya biolat terrarium. They both have cork backgrounds, which made it easy to mount the new plants. Despite its messyness, […]
Richard Van Ingen was kind enough to let my partner and I stop by for a greenhouse tour and some plant shopping last weekend. It was definitely a high point this winter! The greenhouse is a massive 1500 sf and 52×30 (about 400 sf bigger than our house…) He did a lot of the greenhouse construction himself, and if I remember right just hired an electrician and someone to lay the foundation. He did the plumbing and a lot of […]
This large fish bowl is about 18″ wide at the center, with an 11″ opening at the top. When filled with water, it proved to be 11 gallons! The Bolbitis is my favorite, so I used those as the dominant plant. The wood had to be boiled so it sank. This air pump is super tiny! Originally I tried a cobalt light, but it did not work with the curved lid as the neck was not adjustable and would have […]
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!
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. […]