This is a plant I’ve tried importing half a dozen times, and never had much success with. Even though leaves fall off in transit, an intact stem is enough to grow Gobenias back if conditions are good. There are many ‘clones’ of tropaeolifolia, some of which could be different species, but it is hard to know for sure. The nicest colony of this species I’ve ever seen was at an orchid growers greenhouse, and it sat, neglected, on a giant […]
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 is probably the easiest Gobenia (also known as Goo-benias, 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 […]
A stretch of road that should have taken an hour to drive is easily stretched out to multiples of that with a plant-lover in the car. To make it worse we had 2 plant-lovers in the car, each with a view of the opposite sides of the road. The happy conversations of the road is replaced with the silence of concentration scattered with the phrases “What was that?!”, “Wait, back up a little” and my favorite “Stop, stop, stop!” Even […]
This new Begonia species from Southeastern Ecuador has burgundy red veining and full round leaves. It seems to be quite slow growing for a Gobenia type, but it also seems sturdy and has shown none of the melting or die back that others have exhibited.
These three Begonia species from the section Gobenia were introduced into cultivation sometime in the 1990’s. All three were from the area around Pacto, Ecuador. I don’t know if they were found sympatrically or if they were at various altitudes. They do seem to be variable in their tolerance of heat. Pacto has an average elevation of 1300 meters. So while meeting their temperature needs is not incredibly difficult, they seem to do their best if temperatures are kept on the cooler side.