This Begonia has deep maroon leaf undersides, which are quite noticeable given how upright the leaves are. It was a hitchhiker from seeds Darrin Norton at Mountain Orchids received out of Vietnam, sp. U636. It seems an easy species to grow so far. I accidentally left my pot of it out for too long, and all the leaves wilted and it looked pretty bad, but after a lot of water it rebounded in less than a week, and quickly produced […]
This Peperomia is from Ecuador and gets around 8″ tall, maybe a few inches taller in excellent conditions. It stays this deep maroon color, with red stems as well. It is a rosette growing species and the leaves flatten out with maturity and make excellent perches for frogs and geckos.
Clay Types Over the past ten years I have experimented with a handful of clays in the terrarium, both as substrates and backgrounds. Below are the types I’ve used, with some details on the qualities and uses for each type. Bentonite Pelleted type -this clay really needs to be kneaded, or else certain parts will remain dry while others are oversaturated. Letting it sit in water does not suffice, because whatever clay isn’t touching water will not even get wet. […]
This coveted Marcgravia is a newer species out of Ecuador and has elegant red-purple foliage. The leaves easily reach 5″, and will get a few inches larger outside a terrarium. Leaf undersides are red. The foliage remains this dark red-purple when mature. Like other Marcgravias it does well growing up a vertical surface, but this one also likes growing in a basket or otherwise pendant fashion.