Our terrarium bromeliad offset collections are chosen from small and miniature plants with a preponderance of Neoregelia species and hybrids. We may include plants from other genera, but all are of a smaller size that will work in most terrariums. Other criteria considered are suitability to average terrarium light and humidity, smaller spines to protect fragile animals and water holding capability and leaf axils suitable to accomodate frogs, at least in some selections.
We do not include Cryptanthus, atmospheric Tillandsias or any terrestrial bromeliads. A good assortment is given but there will be duplication.
Depending on the quantity of plants ordered, we will include from one to five of each variety and on some larger orders, up to ten of a variety. At least one of each variety will be labeled, and bundled with others of the same type. We can offer some choice as to overall size, etc, but no choices can be given regarding variety. An exception can be made if a certain variety is not acceptable to you, you can request that we not include them.
All plants will be well grown, healthy and free of pesticides. However, since we are regulated by the state, some pesticides are occasionally used. We do not ship freshly treated plants in terrarium orders, but we would rather see you take the precaution of rinsing your plants with clean water prior to installing them in the terrarium environment.
Reported to be a natural hybrid of amoena var. rubra x sanderiana, we unfortunately do not know anything of the origins of the plant. Aside from that it is a beautiful plant with leaves that tint purple in an upright rosette. Has some dark banding and fairly large spines.
Billbergia amoena striata x 'Ralph Graham French' clone #2
A hybrid by Ray Coleman. Plant has a nice shape reminiscent of Bil. vittata. Three inch wide leaves form an upright vase shaped, tubular rosette of chocolate brown, with silver cross banding on the undersides. The upper sides of the leaves are glossy and the undersides have a light scurf.
This is quality coconut coir product in fiber form. Coconut fiber is environmentally safe – it is a re-purposed waste product from a renewable resource and can be used more than once. It is also insect-neutral.
Coconut fiber is often used to create air pockets in growing media.
Our slabs are flat and vary in size from about 6 inches to over 12 inches wide and 12 to 30 inches long. Thickness varies from about a half inch to two inches with the majority being in between those numbers.
To get an idea of size to weight, you can figure roughly a square foot per pound, rarely under that, usually over. This material is widely touted to be the best and most durable substrate for mounting epiphytic plants; resisting rot and pests and lasting for many years under greenhouse conditions. The upper surface is rough and craggy and the underside, harder and fairly smooth. Great for use in terrariums or cages and useful as a decorative background to display jewelry or other objects.
This product is harvested sustainably in Portugal from Quercus suber, the cork oak, and it’s main use is for bottle stoppers and shoe soles. This is a completely natural product. Easily broken into any size needed and can be ‘drilled’ with an awl or ice pick.
Quantity is sold by the pound.
Cryptanthus 'Faux Menescal'
This Ed Edmiston hybrid is a cultivar of ‘Jet Age’ x lacerdae ‘Menescal’ having 10+ lanceolate leaves forming a medium plant to 12″ in diameter with a full round, open, flat rosette. The plants are larger than Cryptanthus lacerdae ‘Menescal,’ but lacks the long stolons.
The light chocolate background leaf color is marked with silvery grey central and marginal longitudinal stripes. The bottom of the leaf is covered in a medium dense lineated white scurf.
Cryptanthus 'Martini Olive'
This is a 2007 cultivar of ‘Durrell’ x ‘San Juan’ by Steve Hoppin.
The shape is a loose rosette up to 10 inches tall and 24 inches across with shiny green leaves that are wavy and have serrated edges. The leaves have an olive green color that has a hint of bronze along the edge and slight scurfing on the underside of the leaves.
Cryptanthus 'Red Eye Gravy'
A cultivar of ‘Sunburst’ x (‘Red Cabbage’ x ‘Pele’) by Carole Richtmyer.
A fairly large grower with broad leaves in a symmetrical star shape. The color is mottled green with red highlights, especially up the center of the leaves, becoming overall reddish-pink with stronger light.
A large growing beauty by Stephen Hoppin can grow to a 24 inch rosette. The color is black to dark chocolate brown, glossy with wavy, silvery cross bands. Some silver shading in the leaves. Leaf tips turn downward.
Deinacanthon urbanianum SEL96-0113 Argentina
Only a collector could love this oddity. A Bromelia-like terrestrial from Paraquay and Argentina that rarely reaches over a foot tall, has stiff, fleshy leaves, armed with backward pointing spines. The color is brownish with faint banding. The plants have a stoloniferous habit, sending up offsets a foot or more from the original. Culture can be as a pot plant in a 6 inch or larger container.
Deuterocohnia brevifolia v. chlorantha
The former Abromeitiella brevifolia, a name still used by many, especially in the succulent world. An interesting, miniature terrestrial from Bolivia and Argentina, smallest of the genus, with neat, compact rosettes about the diameter of a U.S. nickel, with short, succulent, silvery leaves ending in a sharp spine.
In nature it grows on steep hillsides or rock faces in cool, arid regions, forming mounds of tens of thousands of plants. Adapts well to pot culture, forming pillow-like clusters. Likes plenty of water in warm weather, but prefers to be allowed to dry thoroughly after watering.