This delicate looking Peperomia is surprisingly adaptable and will happily grow in a terrarium or as a houseplant in a bright window. It has a compact growth habit and usually stays around 5″, but can grow to about 7″ in time. Each leaf is beautifully marked with maroon-purple veins that diffuse out in dendritic fashion. The stems are a nice ruby red. It is native to Ecuador.
This hybrid is a cross between B. alice-clarkiae X B. imperialis var. brunnea. It was created in 1975 by Rudy Ziesenhenne and named after a former member of the ABS Santa Barbara branch. It has a reputation for being more challenging, but so long as its given high humidity it seems to be an easy keeper. If given too much light it is prone to looking rather washed out.
This exceptional hybrid is a cross between rajah and goegoensis. It has kept the leaf shape and size of goegoensis but taken some color and leaf structure from rajah. Depending on conditions, the leaves can range from a pinkish-red to deep purple. It is vigorous but prefers terrarium conditions. It can be grown as a houseplant if humidity is higher (about 60%).
This no-fuss Peperomia does wonderfully as a houseplant or in a terrarium. Its vigor and resilience make it an ideal plant for beginners and those looking for a plant they can quickly share with friends (it propagates readily from leaf cuttings). There are many forms of caperata in cultivation, this one has a lot of pink. I have no idea how it got into my collection. I think it may have grown from seed. So, I don’t know anything about […]
This Central American species is easily distinguished by the red leaf spot marking the point where the leaf attaches to the petiole. It is a compactly growing rhizomatous species that grows to 6-8 inches. This species can be grown as a houseplant or a terrarium plant. I have my mother plant in an east-facing window and it is not too much light. The flowers are white and stand on a tall flower stalk above the plant. The flowers, a bit […]
Inevitably, if you collect plants long enough, and with enough vigor, you will run out of space. My partner and I bought our house two years ago, at which time all my plants and frogs were confined to two walls of a small bedroom. Both of the small spare rooms are now filled to the brim, and the living space is not far behind. It has been a fun challenge, to find plants that are suited to terrariums and open […]