Hey guys, do you think it's feasible to grow your own LFS? I have 3 wide pots of live LFS growing now and I'm thinking of consolidating them into one fish tank and letting the thing grow. Then I can just take the dead bottom layer or somethg? Wld that work?
Did you manage to get the LFS to grow from the type you get at FEF? Or did they come from elsewhere? I was under the impression that those from FEF were processed and any spores contained within would have been destroyed. Haha, I am almost tempted to ask you for some of your LFS so that I can grow some for myself* [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_n_32.gif[/img]
hey, thats a cool idea, but I really cant give you an answer since I have tried growing many times but have never actually seen live sphagnum besides in books and pics! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_l_32.gif[/img] I would like to know how you got your live sphagnum too! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img]
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I think this thread is a bit towards the drosera side, hope you dont mind me asking if anyone knows where we can get fine orchid bark (or fir bark), osmunda or tree fern fibre, (or other coarse aerating media - besides perlite) from. I am seriously looking for fine orchid bark for my neps now. I think it should not be that rare right? since there are quite some orchid growers here...
Live sphagnum grows for me under florescent lamps. Very fussy. Too wet - won't grow, too warm - dies, too bright - dries up. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/confused.gif[/img] The amount I get is not enough as a media.
I used to be able to grow it quite well on the windowsill facing east. Just morning sun from 7 to 10am. Now, I am trying to grow them again. I'll see if I can get a photo of how I grow it previously.
Surprising, live sphagnum does regenerate from the LFS from FEF. But I've only seen a bit of it growing very close to the centre of my D.dilatato petiolaris. Perhaps it is very moist there and the light is just right. And overhead spraying of water is the best way to get it going. Use the tray method and you'll end up having loads of algae...
Now that the months are getting cooler, hopefully we can get some growing.
i've grown live lfs in sg weather before under sg full sun... it's apparantly grown with my nepenthes and it's growing so wild that is overflows the pot... in fact it was a good "producer" and i used it for my other CPs...
Miss those life LFS though..
Ok, the live LFS for me came from Hong Yee. From just three small pots they've reproduced to sufficient amounts for me to use them as dressing for most of my CPs.
I also think that the FEF LFS actually grows. I used them to grow seedlings, etc in. After 9 mths abroad, I came back to find that some of them did indeed grow. However, I think the process, for some reason, is a long one!
just went down to FEF area to today, thought I would give a report about Potting media and stuff.
Firstly, for stuff: the VFTs are going for 9.90 and Sarracenias for 13.80 as mentioned by KCH, *not very healthy, but 'savable'.
There is a shop behind Goodwood (further down the road if you are approaching from FEF towards Goodwood(hey the name sounds wierd, did I get it wrong?)) And they sell ventratas (not the giant ones) and mirandas. I can see some fertillizers on the soil and it explains why there were only several shrivelled pitchers. They are quite large but in relatively small pots...but sorry I forgot to ask the pricing! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/confused.gif[/img]
Secondly, for media: again at that shop behind goodwood: they are selling cocohusk- the thread like, nylon texture husk, not cocobark, cocopeat, or cocochips! for $4 in a bag of similar size to horti peat moss, if you know what I'm talking about!
And yes, horti peat moss at the shop on the left of FEF for $3.40 for 1kg. That shop also sells Horti Orchid mix. I was looking for fir/orchid bark all over hte place and finally found this: it says 'from aromatic pine bark.' Its selling $4.50 in similar sized bag...I need some advice since I dont have much room for error. It is brownish to black small, slightly flat and about 2 cm in length... ( I think I can use cornflakes as a comparison? - just not as brittle and half the size![img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_n_32.gif[/img] )What are your opinions on this? A description is found at www.horti.com.sg but I am slightly worried since it says "a corrrect amount of fertillizer *has already been included to get the plants off to a good start" and "Horti Orchid mix will supply your plants with all the nuitrients they need for strong and healthy growth during the first 6-8 weeks, after that, feeding is required during growht period" ... ... to use or not to use?!
this same shop has quite some other nice stuff like tillandsia... but getting back to media: they also sell charcoal and cocochips (not cocohusk, cocopeat,) It is quite difficult to describe...and I am not sure which part of the coconut tree it is from, but I have it already and it absorbs and holds water slightly but because of its shape, it also helps drainage. I just dont know how long all these stuff will last before decomposing or compacting... *[img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_l_32.gif[/img] oh yes, it sells for 1.20 in slightly smaller bag...didnt ask price of charcoal, but I think its in similar region
Lastly, as you should know, sphagnum at FEF, there is also vermiculite and perlite - thats what the label said, but perlite was out of stock...
Ok thats about all, hope info would benefit anyone going down anytime soon. So what are your opinions on the 'pine bark' ?
ARGH!!! I was around that exact bunch of shops a few days back and the only store I didn't visit was goodwood! Yes Lam the name is right. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img] And imagine, it has cocofibre (the nylon stuff), just the thing I was looking for! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/confused.gif[/img] Hey Lam did you manage to get the name of the store behind goodwood?
Alright, lemme get this right...so the shop behind goodwood sells
2) ventratas and
Then the shop on the left of FEF (did you get the name as well?) sells
1) Horti peat moss
2) Horti Orchid mix (aromatic pine bark?)
4) charcoal and
Thought this format would make it easier on the eyes. Very useful info there, thanks Lam! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img]
I think the pine bark (orchid mix) may need washing first to rinse off the nutrient. Nutrient water...what a waste. Use it to water your other plants...if you have any besides cps. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_m_32.gif[/img] Pine needle make the soil more acidic (supposed to be advantageous towards cps, I think someone reported good effects on neps), but I do not know about pine bark. Anyone care to give the lowdown?
sorry I forgot the names, but the shop on the left of FEF has the three letters S.P.A in it... I think SPA, but I cant remember if it is PSA SAP APS etc bad memory! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/confused.gif[/img]
Its SPA alright. Thanks again! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img]