Lava Rock for Pings?
Hi! It's been a while!
After browsing the web I've found a lot of really neat lava rocks with pings growing out of them. How is this done?
1) How big does the lava rock have to be?
2) Does it require ANY soil?
(I find myself having a lot of issues with peat or sand. I do well with almost pure perlite though. I am not good at watering my pings. Some of them died from root rot this past summer because I over-watered them by accident).
3) Is it true that you can just plug the pings into larger holes and they do just fine without anything but the rock? (I really want to know this)!
4) How would you water them when they're in a lava rock? Do you just pour on top or fill up the tray by an inch? (This is also important to me because I am AWFUL at watering my poor pings)
5) Do I have to drill holes into the Lava Rock?
6) Is there a specific kind of Lava Rock I should get? (something porous or dense)?
7) Does anyone have a thorough and well-written guide I can look at?
I don't want to try this only to end up killing all my pings. The ones I have are tropical and I must say have been very strong with such a terrible owner.
(If this also helps, I used this for lighting on top of setting my pings on the windowsill). http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Last edited by Firemousey; 01-18-2015 at 09:12 PM.
Wow your lava rock ping looks gorgeous!
What do you use for substrate? Pure mineral or mixed?
I'm not very good at propagating pings...I tried but all of the leaves ended up rotting away. =(
use rather calcareous rock
a lot of ping temperate or mexican are calcareous or grow in clay and limestone environments.
So far, in my experience, rotting ping leaves usually occur from either using too damaged of a leaf or keeping the leaves contained in too humid of an environment.
Originally Posted by Firemousey
I use 100% turface for my mexi-pings.
I tried it... I bought a rock at the pet store and took a masonry drill bit and made 3 holes large enough for some soil and roots. Washed and soaked the rock 24 hrs in clean rain water. Planted 3 pings on it and it's been over 6 months and the pings are happy. I have it sitting in a water tray and that's it.. I want moss to cover the rock but over time I guess it will. I will post a picture later...
it looks great !!
very very nice
I have some P. esseriana on lava rocks and they're doing great, I even have a plantlet growing with no media (not to mention a small P. gigantea that will probably need to be removed from said rock soon)
Last edited by Joseph Clemens; 01-20-2015 at 08:14 PM.
I use weathered granite because it absorbs water ...like a sponge made of sand