This is probably the easiest Gobenia (also known as Goo-bernias, for their tendency to melt…) to grow in the terrarium. It also handles being moved better than most from this group. Once established, it grows rather quickly. The leaves on this species are between .5-1 inch wide and long, and the stems are a pretty light pink/red. It will grow well over a well drained substrate, creating a dense mat, or it will grow up a vertical surface (usually stays […]
This dwarf Melastome is a wonderfully polite Melastome for the terrarium, only reaching about 14″ tall, with slow growing, compact rosettes. It can be propagated by taking a cutting containing a few leaves and at least two inches of stem, in sphagnum. I’ve tried taking smaller cuttings, leaf cuttings, putting them in potting soil, and it hasn’t worked at all. While not all that challenging to keep alive, it is a more difficult plant to flower and grow to a […]
This striking Marcgravia species is from Ecuador, and is one of the various ‘white’ species that are newer to the hobby (not to be confused with the older white species from Colombia and Panama). It is a slower growing Marcgravia (aren’t all the good ones…) that has stayed rather delicate looking, with only immature foliage produced in the terrarium. This lefthand photo is the more mature growth, (photo by Gilberto Merino of Ecuaflora, where this plant originated from) and the […]
This one of the various ‘white’ species out of Ecuador. New growth is this crazy color and more mature growth has white leaf venation (in high light) and edges. The more mature leaves of ‘white’ are an emerald green with stark white edges. It is a slow growing species, and so far has stayed on the small side. Both of these species pictured below are probably a little paler than usual though, as they have been in very bright light […]
This is a dwarf cultivar of verrocosum from Ecuaflora. In my care, leaves have only gotten about 4-5″, but I’ve only been growing it about a year so cannot say for certain that it would not get slightly larger. Other than the small size, it seems to be almost visually identical to the new growth of a standard Philodendron verrocosum. The only difference is the leaves seem to curl downwards, whereas the standard verrocosum the leaf edges are erect, or […]
This Marcgravia is similar in appearance to the one from St. Lucia, both having elongated leaves with rather pointy leaf tips. This one seems to stay smaller although it’s hard to say how large it would get if given enough room. It is a very compact grower and when growing up a background, the leaves do stay small in my experience. New growth is a nice bright yellow. This species is easy to keep and on the quicker side.
This colorful Marcgravia from Ecuador has only produced immature leaves in the terrarium for me, and it stays very small (leaves under .5 inches, closer to .25 inches). It maintains the nice dark brown/red color and is one of the easiest Marcgravias to grow in my experience. There is a possibility its mature leaves are larger, but it seems unwilling to produce these leaves easily in terrarium conditions.
This pretty little Rhodospathas leaves only get about 2.5″ inches, and it seems to do best when climbing up a semi-vertical surface. It will also grow up a totally vertical surface but so far mine hasn’t gotten as tall this way. It has a shimmery texture and is rather slow growing, and doesn’t like too much light. It will get really pale and bleached out if kept in high light, and is an excellent plant for the foreground of taller […]
This rare Marcgravia isn’t seen often in cultivation, and is rather slow growing. It has a nice pink stem and light green leaves. It grows up a background nicely, but if placed in the foreground will develop a compact little mound unlike many Marcgravia. It has a very whimsical look to it.