Genus
Reldia See All Search Site
Species
minutiflora
Taxon Family
Gesneriaceae
Origin of Taxon
Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru
Growth Habit
Rosette, Clumping
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Description

Reldia minutiflora is a delightful, miniature gesneriad, which has attractive foliage and cute flowers.

This species is relatively compact and creates a nice mounded specimen.

Its native range is Central and South America 

Foliage

The leaves are stunning in texture and color. Their upper surface is completely covered in small, stiff, hairlike protuberances, giving them a rough and prickly texture, and their undersides and other portions of the plant are laden with small red hairs. The foliage color varies depending on light levels and other factors (see later info about light).

Growth habit

The plant forms a rosette of leaves, but often forms side shoots with more leaves and rosettes, creating a small clump over time.

Flowers

Reldia minutiflora gets adorable, small, white flowers on stalks with red hairs. See the image gallery for a macro photo of a minutiflora bloom.

Culture info

Substrate

Reldia minutiflora prefers a well drained but moist substrate, such as a mix of peat, fine orchid bark, perlite, and perhaps a small amount of shredded sphagnum. You can browse the substrates list on my Amazon page to see all of the exact substrates that I use for my plants and terrariums.

It should be kept evenly moist, never wet, and should not be allowed to dry out.

Water

An occasional light misting of water on the foliage is fine, but in general it is probably best to water Reldia directly at the roots. If the leaves get wet, they should be allowed to dry out relatively quickly. One pro tip for hitting the roots and not the foliage is to use a wash bottle. I use these wash bottles from Amazon.

Humidity

Reldia minutiflora prefers high humidity, so it does well in grow bins and terrariums. Check out my grow bin tutorial to learn more.

Light

This plant looks healthiest when grown in medium to low light. Light levels affect the plant’s size and coloration.

In lower light, the leaves can vary from a very dark green to a bright, vibrant green. In medium-bright to bright light they can include brown, bronze, and red. See image gallery for an example of a plant grown in medium-bright light.

In bright light, the plant tends to stay smaller and more compact, whereas in very low light the leaves generally get slightly larger and the plant grows in a slightly more open shape.

By the way, I have a video that shows and discusses the lights I use for my plants.

Air

Air movement isn’t necessarily required to grow this plant, but it does seem to grow well with a small amount of circulation, provided that the humidity levels are high. Air flow also helps dry off the foliage if it gathers standing water from misting.

Fertilizer

Reldia has an average level of nutrient demand as compared to most other small tropicals. It does well with a diluted liquid fertilizer or a small amount of granular fertilizer such as Osmocote Plus. See my plant fertilization video for more info, or pick up some of my recommended fertilizers on Amazon.

Propagation

Reldia, like most other gesneriads, grows easily from leaf cuttings. Simply pull or cut a leaf off the plant with as much petiole as possible, lay it down on a moist but well-drained substrate with the broken end covered, keep it humid, and wait. Occasionally some leaves will die off, so it’s helpful to start multiple leaf cuttings at the same time to ensure at least some take. See image gallery for a photo of a successful leaf cutting. I like to use deli containers for leaf cuttings, whether they be round with snap on lids, or the hinged clamshell style. Some of the ones I use are listed on my Amazon page containers list.

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