This cute little Peperomia is found in Peru and Ecuador, and perhaps elsewhere in South America. Its leaves only grow to be about 1″, and the entire plant stays under 6″ in my experience. Perhaps given something to lean on, it could get a little taller. It is tolerant of a wide variety of terrarium conditions, but doesn’t seem to like standing water on its leaves.
This rare Philodendron is from Ecuador, and has just made its way into cultivation. I have not seen it offered for sale in the US. It is a smaller, more purple verrocosum, staying a similar size (so far) to the dwarf type offered, with 4-5″ leaves. I cannot say for certain that it would not get larger with time, but in the three years I have had it, it has only produced about 8 leaves, and they are all 4″ […]
With all Gobenias, it’s best to handle them as little as possible. Doing a bleach dip or anything like that is strongly cautioned against and would likely kill them. It is also best not to mist or water them until they are well established, as standing water on their leaves is enough to cause them to melt overnight. In my experience, it’s best to put them in a closed bin with pre-moistened sphagnum, lie the stem delicately down, and forget […]
This small Melastome is a wonderfully polite Melastome for the terrarium, only reaching about 12″ 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.