I really gotta stop coming up with weird titles lol.
Anyway I just performed a mass leaf pulling on all of my pings this Friday (06/27/14) and thought I would start a development thread incase anyone was interested.
I am too lazy to retype all the pings so I am just copying the description from my photobucket page:
Top Row Left - moranensis "Fraser's Beaut", 6 leaves and 3 plantlets; Top Row Right - kondoi, 3 leaves and plantlets in center; Second Row Left - sp. "Lautner 92/52", 4 leaves and plantlets in center; Second Row Right - "Pirouette", 3 leaves; Third Row Left (top three) - emarginata green, 3 leaves; Third Row Left (center) - potosiensis, 1 leaf; Third Row Left (remainder/U-shape) - jaumavensis - 5 leaves; Third Row Right - ehlersiae albiflora, 3 leaves; Bottom Row Left - agnata true blue, 2 fresh leaves and 1 about one month old with multiple plantlets; Bottom Row Right - cyclocecta, 9 leaves
Almost all of the leaves were pulled that night except for a few plantlets that were started anywhere from a month to a couple months ago. My soil mix is a slight variation of Eric Patrat's mix. For reference each "part" = one red solo cup. This mix contained roughly 3 perlite, 2 vermiculite, 1 "small" black lava rock (less than 1 cm diameter), 2 crushed black lava rock sand, 2 pool filter silica sand from lowes, 1/2 Carib Sea Live Sand (aragonite) for calcium, 2 peat (great if you can establish springtails), 1 Orchiata pine bark, 1/2 finely chopped Chilean long fibered sphagnum moss.
I have recently become a huge fan of the crushed black lava rock sand. I will sift large bags of lava rocks down to large, medium, and small sized rocks. As I rinse the rocks I slowly collect the precipitate that settles in the bottom of the bucket and use this as my "sand". I then wash the sand to the point that even pouring water directly into it will not cause the sand to move for more than a second or two. Just a heads up I spent almost 5 hours washing about 8 gallons worth of lava rocks to get all of this, it's not for the faint of heart lol.
I will add a few more close up shots a little later. My month old agnata pulling looks pretty awesome with around 6 plantlets forming at the base. I'm just to lazy to post them at the moment. Hope you guys enjoy!