Hammer & Vine

This weekend I made it down to Portland, Oregon and finally got a chance to visit Hammer & Vine. I’ve seen them at reptile shows (even got my favorite fern from them, seen in the last picture on this post) and admired their glass on Dendroboard (blown glass egg pods? NEED.) but I hadn’t gotten a chance to visit the actual show until this past Friday. It’s pretty spectacular.


This is the corner I was looking for! The store was full of all sorts of plants, including a large selection of tillandsia, succulents, bromeliads, carnivorous plants, orchids, and numerous other tropical plants. I picked up a jewel orchid and a small philodendron while I was there.


The philodendron can be seen on the far right. I haven’t IDed the species yet, but I really like the darker green veining.


Lots and lots of tillandsias.


Tillandsias everywhere.


Some interesting mounted orchids. Once I set up a larger tank, I’ll start collecting these too, I’m sure.


They had a beautiful selection of bromeliads. I was particularly attracted to some of the striped cryptanthus and the one on the far left below. Again, I need a larger tank before I start collecting these. Only the tiniest species work in the tanks I have now.


Once I pulled myself away from the plants, the rest of the shop was pretty amazing too.


The glass dart frog egg pods I want are similar to these. Much better than film canisters! Hopefully Hammer & Vine will start selling them again soon.


Vases? Sea creatures? Seed pods? I’m not sure, but I really like them.


This frog lives in a tank under the register.


Hammer & Vine is located on Burnside in North West Portland, about half a mile west of Powell’s City of Books. If you’re in the area, I strongly suggest visiting both! I stocked up on a bunch of books right after leaving Hammer & Vine… or more like an hour after leaving. I got lost in the book store for quite a while!


  1. Devin says:

    Thanks so much for the wonderful blog about our store! I’m stoked you like it.

    I believe the philodendron you are referring to is actually a juvenile monstera pinnatipartita, it will eventually get quite big and develop holes in the leaves as monsteras tend to do. I get most of my philodendrons and monsteras from a local nursery who’s owner has a passion for these genera of plants.

    The striped cryptanthus you are referring to is cryptanthus ‘thriller’ and I believe the other bromeliad you are referring to is a vriesea ‘red chestnut’. I get these as starts from a lab that produces them from tissue cultures and raise them up to a hardy size. I just got about 100 new bromeliads and about 100 jewel orchids in a few weeks ago and I’m hoping some will be ready to sell at the Portland Metro Reptile Expo in January.

    Thanks for the kind comments about my frog pods too. I just glued the magnets on a new batch and still need to seal them with silicone. Keep an eye out on dendroboard, they should be up in the next week or two.

    I’m glad the microgramma is doing well for you. It’s a lovely little fern and I’m glad it found someone who can truly appreciate the beauty and rarity of it.

    Please drop me an e-mail, I’d love to have you over for a beer sometime, show you my frog room and talk shop.

    • Ryan says:

      You’re quite welcome! Your store is awesome.

      You’re right, I’m talking about the juvenile monstera. The girl working that day thought it was a philodendron, and so did I. I wonder if you get them from the same place Portland Nursery does. They’ve had some really cool philodendrons and monsteras. I’m a sucker for both, although I need to get a little better at telling them apart. lol

      100 jewel orchids?! I definitely need to be at the January show if they’re ready then! The microgramma is doing really well. It’s just about ready to be split or moved into something larger. I think it’s in the middle of a growth spurt, possibly thanks to the new lights I got recently. It would be hard to pick a favorite plant in my collection, but it’s one of my top three for sure.

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