This easy to grow species occurs throughout South and Central America. The leaves reach about 1.5 inches long (and not so wide). It is a wonderful species to use if you’d like a cascade of green over a branch, as it has a tendency to grow pendently when planted up high. Stems are ruby red most of the time but fade to pink in the shade. It is a vigorous species that can be grown as a houseplant so long […]
This small rosette forming Peperomia is a wonderful terrarium specimen, only reaching 6-8 inches and having a very compact growth habit. It is easy to grow and has wonderfully marked leaves, with a wide silvery-green stripe down the midvein, and dark maroon and red on the rest of the leaf. Peperomia metallica is a Colombian species, but this one looks a bit different from the standard metallica so I am unsure if this one also originates from Colombia. Either way, […]
Begonia chlorosticta is a species from Sarawak, Borneo. It was given the designation U038 before being formally identified. For me it has been the most challenging Begonia species to grow, as it frequently goes through melting spells without any apparent change in environment or care. It can grow to over a foot tall, with shrubby type growth. Pictured below is the red form. There is a green form and black form as well. And here, the same plant a few […]
Sonerila are a diverse group of plants in the Melastomaceae family distinguished by having flowers with three petals (as opposed to five for most other plants in this group). There seems to be alot of variation within a species, and so the ID of aff.heterostemon is a guess. It could also be cantonensis, or something else entirely. Sonerilas are an Asian genus that make excellent terrarium plants. This species is very robust and easily kept provided it does not dry […]
This rhizomatous Begonia has leaves that only reach 2″ in size, with many leaves staying smaller. Younger plants will display red-green undertones with chocolate-purple mottling. As the plants mature, the chocolate-purple becomes the more dominant color. At the point the petiole attaches to the leaf, the color is red (which sometimes fades to yellow). This plant can be grown mounted or potted, both as terrarium plant or house plant (keep out of direct sun and water frequently). Due to the […]
This Ecuador native is an excellent easier Marcgravia with lots of color. New growth and somewhat new growth has bright silvery-white leaf venation and pink-red underlying foliage. More mature growth retains the red tint, but is overwhelmingly that minty-green as shown below.
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. […]