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 cute little Peperomia is found in Peru and Ecuador, and perhaps elsewhere in South America. Its leaves only grow to be about 1″, and the entire plant stays under 6″ in my experience. Perhaps given something to lean on, it could get a little taller. It is tolerant of a wide variety of terrarium conditions, but doesn’t seem to like standing water on its leaves.
This miniature fern only grows to about 1.5 inches tall, forming dense matts in the terrarium given time. It prefers to be mounted to something, rather than growing on the foreground. Treefern poles work wonderfully, as do cork and treefern flats, and likely most other wood surfaces. This species enjoys high humidity, with some opportunity for the leaves to dry out between waterings. It is found in Borneo.
This small growing species is from Mexico and only grows to about 6″ in diameter. It is a rhizomatous species that enjoys cooler temperatures and is an easy keeper. Leaf undersides are light red, and flowers are pale pink. It is a very compact plant, sometimes called Pennywort or Pond Lily Begonia.
This unique looking Begonia has an almost alien-like iridescence. Leaves are purple-green with bright green spotting and red undersides. It is a trailing species and will grow quickly if given space and high humidity. It is found in Laos and Thailand.
This small Melastome is a wonderfully polite Melastome for the terrarium, only reaching about 12″ tall, with slow growing, compact rosettes. It can be propagated by taking a cutting containing a few leaves and at least two inches of stem, in sphagnum. I’ve tried taking smaller cuttings, leaf cuttings, putting them in potting soil, and it hasn’t worked at all. While not all that challenging to keep alive, it is a more difficult plant to flower and grow to a […]