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 […]
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 🙂
This is a species that has died and come back probably 8 times in the past 5 or so years. Each time I think it’s the last time, but always keep the pot around just in case. It seems to have found a new home under a large leaf of Philodendron joepii and has been doing better with the shade.