This pretty Pearcea from Ecuador is a newer plant to cultivation. It is fairly compact, especially for a Pearcea, and it is a beautiful purple-brown with tiny pink hairs. It usually stays around eight inches but can get a little taller in certain growing conditions.
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 pretty Pearcea has serrated silvery-mint colored leaves. In certain conditions the edges will bronze. Like many Pearcea, this is a fast-growing species. It occurs in Ecuador and perhaps elsewhere in South America. It can reach heights of nearly 12″ but often stays smaller if given ample light and nutrients.
Freshly started bins of Pearcea hypocyrtifolia and various Pilea species. These are repotted every 3-6 months, and the process repeated ad infinitum. They seem to grow significantly better on fresh potting soil. After a desirable base number of plants is established, the repotting is done to maintain nice looking plants, not increase production. The larger pots at the base of the Pilea bin are second copies of the mother plants (backup stock kept elsewhere for better protection against possible disease). […]
This beautiful Ecuadorian Pearcea produces bright orange lantern-like flowers and matures at 6-10″. It is an easy to grow species and fast-growing in most terrariums. The leaves can reach 6″ but it often stays around 4-5″ in the terrarium. The foliage is large enough to withstand trampling by the larger dart frog species. Depending on growing conditions, the leaf venation ranges from white to pink. This species is very fast to root, usually only taking a few weeks.