This Melastomaceae hails from China and only reaches 7-8 inches. It is easy to grow and well suited to terrarium culture, although it may be able to survive in an open-air environment. It slightly resembles Peperomia, with its rounded leaves and rosette-forming habits. New growth is bright red, and older leaves are dark green. All […]
This rex type Begonia is a vigorous grower that does well in a terrarium or a windowsill, provided it doesn’t dry out too much. It has beautiful silvery leaves with reddish-purple leaf venation.
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 […]
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, […]
Begonia chlorosticta is a species from central Sarawak where is grows in lowland dipterocarp forest. It can be found on rocky slopes and damp cliffs at 450m elevation. Originally collected in 1967 and introduced into cultivation, it has since developed a reputation of being challenging to keep. I can attest to this, as I’ve lost […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]