This is the green form of this Pearcea, not often seen, and it seems to be quite a bit slower and less vigorous than the standard form. I received one very small plant years ago and just this year do I have plants available. I have not yet seen the flower, but suspect it’s the same bulbous orange blooms as the standard type. The leaves can reach 6″ but it often stays around 4-5″ in the terrarium. The foliage is […]
This plant is perhaps my favorite to use in terrariums. It is not particularly showy, but it stays small and compact and is somewhat non-descript ‘green foliage’ that does not look to me, particularly new world, or old world. For that reason, I use it in most of my biotope inspired (biotope+whatever else looks good) vivariums. It is native to Eastern Ecuador and is an IUCN Threatened species. In my experience, it only reaches about 8″ tall and stays compact. […]
This striking Sonerila has recently become available out of SE Asia. I will add more information when I have more experience with it. For the first few weeks after import, it was especially sensitive and went completely limp a few times. After heavy soaking of the sphagnum, it rebounded and now seems more stable. A cutting rooted in clay below, taken as a small cutting off the mother plant. It rooted within one month in clay. For a species prone […]
This Pilea is somewhat unique in it’s growth habit. Many Pileas grow in a rosette, and some trailing pileas move across the ground in a similar fashion to creeping Peperomias. This is somewhat of a hybrid, in that it grows a full little rosette, and then sends out a horizontal stem a few inches away, and grows another full looking rosette. It makes beautiful little colonies this way and doesn’t end up looking ‘shrubby’ like many Pileas. Here it is […]
This lobe type Sonerila is from Borneo, and so far has only attained a leaf size of about 4″. New leaves come out bright pink and very very slowly grow out into longer lobed leaves. Mine flowered shortly after I received it, but the seed pods were already dry. If anyone has experience with collecting seeds of this species and cares to share their experiences, please post below or contact me.
There are two forms of cf. U577, this is the green one. It is a trailing species from Thailand introduced in 2009 and is easy to grow, but prone to bronzing imperfections on the leaf. The leaves stay under 5″ and are defined by a broad silver-green stripe that radiates out. Between this marking is are sections of dark green and maroon.
After a few months of a serious green water problem, some more experienced aquarist friends suggested installing a UV sterilizer. I don’t know very much about aquariums generally, but from what others have said and from a little research I’ve done, there aren’t any big downsides to using the sterilizer. The appliance “utilizes a germicidal fluorescent lamp that produces light at a wavelength of approximately 254 nanometers (2537 Angstroms). … As the light penetrates the bacteria/algae, it mutates the DNA (genetic […]
This was a Gesneriad show purchase, and unfortunately, this one didn’t come with an ID. It is not surprisingly very easy to grow and propagate and seems to stay an appropriate size to use in even smaller vivariums. The leaves only reach about 2″, and the growth habit is such that it will ramble as much as you let it, but its root structure is rather ill-formed (at least in humid terraria) so it is very easy to cut back […]