Is this safe to put in my terrarium? My friend gave it to me today and I think it looks really nice, but I am unsure as to what it is exactly and whether it would survive. Any ideas?
Look up poka-dot plant.....I can't think of the species name off the top of my head.....I have some in my viv, it does get leggy though which can take away from the pretty foliage. Pinch it back and it will stay a bit more bushy....
The stems are extremely delicate. I was worried I would break themBonnie is correct. Hypoestes is a member of the Acanthaceae, same family as Fittonia, Ruellia, Aphelandra and Crossandra. Two points:
1) It tends to grow much taller than Fittonia w delicate stems;
2) Needs bright light to maintain good color.
(Poy-ser-nal-ly, I prefer Fittonia)
Any issues with the bleach solution killing your plants?Be sure to wash it off, good, so you don't get snails or slugs in your tank. I take all the dirt off of new plants and let them soak in a 10% bleach and water solution for a few minutes. Then rinse very well! Then just plant into the substrate. Well, that's how I do it, anyway.