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.
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 […]
To my knowledge there were only twelve plants of this that came into the United States from Panama. It is reminiscent of the Dicranopygium from Kuna Yala. This species came in as a group of seedlings and it seems as if only one was ever sold, and a handful of others were distributed among friends. I received two of these plants, and have now had them about three years. They were more or less the same size at first. Per […]
This incredible plant occurs throughout India, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Philippines, Malaysia, and Singapore. It is classified as critically endangered, but in the hobby it is a well known, only somewhat rare plant. There are two different leaf forms depending on growing conditions. When climbing, leaves are heart shaped and plastered to the growing surface. When the plant gets so large growing on a tree that it moves off the tree, the leaves become more elongated and in isolation are more […]
This distinctively marked Marcgravia (no pun intended) is from Ecuador and seems to be one of the easier species to grow, and is rather quick once established. The intense white leaf venation gets more dramatic as the plant matures, with new foliage looking rather bland in comparison. The maroon stem offers a nice contrast.