If you are looking for a Begonia species that has it all for terrarium culture, this is an excellent choice. It is a small growing, compact species that is easy to keep and propagate, and has beautiful foliage (even the backsides of the leaves are something to marval at). It is a Rhizomatous species native to Central China. “Leslie Woodriff called it the “Fairy Carpet” begonia because of the velvety appearance of its dark green leaves, frosted with silver and […]
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 Brazilian hybrid has dramatic leaf green leaf venation, cast against a darker green (or red if new growth) foliage. It is easy to keep and is a rhizomatous species. The name ‘sole-mutata’ means sun changing, as it’s leaves will vary their color depending on how much light it is receiving. It does well as a house plant as well as a terrarium plant, and depending on conditions reaches about 12-18″ in diameter, and half as tall.
According to Dave’s Garden, this Begonia is hardy down to 10F! I’d be a little afraid to test that out, but anything close to that is pretty impressive for a species that also does excellent in warm terrariums. It is a rhizomatous species that can grow to 18″ tall, but has a tendency towards rambling in a terrarium, with a more horizontal spread. The leaves only grow to about 3″ and are spiraled with undulating edges. The leaves are velvety […]
This Begonia forms dense clumps, usually 3-4″ in diameter. It’s leaves only reach about 1″, and the whole of the plant is covered in small hairs. The color is a darker green but can express more red in bright light. Stems and undersides of leaves are pink. It is an excellent choice for smaller terraria given its diminutive size. It’s a rhizomatous species native to Brazil.