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    I have had virtualy no experince growing them. I am working on gas exchange in photosynthetic velamentous roots for my thesis and just recently got some of my first leafless species. The gentelman supplying the plants has had mixed results. His advice was inorganic substrate, generaly an empty plastic basket, high humidity and diffuse light. Marie Selby Botanical Gardens recently got several Polyradicion (Florida's Ghost Orchid) and they are trying them on a living substrate. They are useing a small potted pond apple in one of their greenhouses. I know they have had these plants in the past and killed them.

    I am playing around with a flask of Harrisella porrecta that was given to me for my project. Though I haven't had it long enough to really say much about how to grow them. I did remove a small plant from it and put in my vivarium to see how they would do. So far all seems well. I think I may try to maintain them in a similar manner in my lab.

    I have a leafless Vanilla that I recently recived as well. From what I had heard they were very fragile and difficult to establish. I stuck it in the pot with my V. planifolia about 3 weeks ago and had come to the conclusion that it wasn't going to make it. But, yesterday I found that it had rooted. So in the next few months I expect to see a little new growth. I will keep you in mind if it ever takes off.

    Sorry, I couldn't be more help on the cultural info.

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    And before I forget, how is the V. planifolia I sent you?

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    its doing well as far as i can tell, it has rooted. none of the leaf nodes have erupted yet to start a new vine but other than that it looks good. i have it in a mix of orchid bark and long fibered sphagnum and placed it in with my Neps. how are the Utrics? acouple of those divisions were small. are they still doing well?

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    All except one have taken off. Of course it was the expensive one that didn't make it. lol

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    well give me another month or two and i should be able to replace it. its not doing much but it is spreading slowly for me. maybe it will speed up once it gets some size. ill give yah a bigger chunk this time and maybe it will adjust better. good luck with your research. its much to technical for me but they are very interesting plants and i hope to wind up with one come September. definatly keep me in mind should that leafless Vanilla do good for yah.

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    I don't grow any of those, but have seen them at Oak Hill (www.oakhillgardens.com). They seem reasonably healthy (I was there yesterday... didn't look at the vanilla, but saw a few leafless orchids, Polyradicon and probably Cholochista of some sort).

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    i have found the leafless orchids. ive seen 3 or 4 ppl who regularly carry them on ebay that usually sell for around $20 for the more "common" ones, as of yesterday i think there were 4 or 5 different species on there from 3 different ppl. if it comes down to it ill purchase one in a month or two but right now i was just looking to trade.

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