This stunning species hails from China and possesses velvety leaves and a hardy constitution. It looks rather delicate, but in the terrarium at least, has proven to be a vigorous grower with little care. It blooms often. The undersides of the leaves are bright reddish-pink and visible when viewed directly from the front due to the growth habit of the plant. Somewhat versatile in it’s coloration, taking on red leaf venation in some conditions, and other times with more silvery […]
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 trailing Gesneriad makes an excellent house plant as well as vivarium plant, and blooms often. The flowers and white with tattered edges. Is a very easy species that can grow as a foreground plant or in a hanging basket, where it will grow long pendant vines. It is found in Mexico, Costa Rica, Brazil, and Peru.
This Epidendrum was a purchase from the local Portland Gesneriad Society sale this past fall. It didn’t come with an ID but has recently bloomed, so I’m hoping someone will be able to tell me what it is. After four months it’s still alive, and has even grown, so I’d say it passes the preliminary orchid hardiness test. And the foliage,
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. It is a virogous grower and a big enough plant will flower more or less constantly. It’s reached about 9″ for me but may get larger […]
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 […]
This Tricyrtis was blooming in my yard this week, (end of September). I’m not sure what type it is, but it sends out pretty little blooms the end of summer that hang off the growing tips, it’s easy to not even notice them.