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Labisia is a genus of small woody and leafy plants with creeping stems and is mainly found in the lowland and hill forests in Southeast Asia, particularly Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam. Labisia species are small shrubs with upward pointing leaves. They root from stem and leaf cuttings.
Labisia pumila was formerly referred to as Ardisia pumila, and these two names are still being used synonymously due to the close resemblance of the two genera. New species were published a number of times, however most of them are synonymous to Labisia pumila
I have some of my Labisias growing in terrarium, while others are potted. For the latter I use the following potting mix:
1 part peat moss
1 part perlite
1 part sphagnum moss
1 part vermiculite
1 part pine bark chips
Labisia plants need high humidity, you will need a terrarium with at least 75% humidity. My terrariums vary from 85%-99%. Brown leaf edges usually indicate insufficient humidity levels.
Labisia sp plants prefer being in the wetter part of the terrarium but not submerged in water. I use tap water that has been left sitting in open container for at least 48 hours.
Labisia sp plants need low to medium lighting conditions (partial shade). They can be grown in natural light away from direct sunlight, or under LED light. I have grown mine in both conditions successfully.
I rarely fertilize my terrarium plants because the growing medium is already quite rich in organic matter. Once every couple of month I water it with highly diluted Growth Technology Nitrozyme and Growth Technology IONIC Cal-Mag Pro. In general, watch out for deformed leaves and stunted growth – those are the indications of nutritional deficiencies.
I am still experimenting with this one. I have recently planted a couple of Labisias in a heated terrarium (23C-24C), and another two are placed under glass domes in room conditions (20C-21C degrees). I will be updating my blog once it becomes obvious which conditions are better for Labisia.
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