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 […]
This Sonerila has started coming in via some plant sellers out of Asia recently. I’ve only had it a few months, so can’t say much about it, other than the necessity of monitoring it closely for the first few weeks. The plant below came in with few roots (maybe none? can’t recall), and wilted multiple times the first week. It’s in a completely sealed bin with moist sphagnum and 100% humidity. Despite this, the stem would go completely limp, with […]
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. […]
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.