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    If you have been growing CP's for even a short while, I'm sure you have encountered problems with finding space for all your plants. Every window sill with any amount of fair light is loaded with pots, lights are jam packed with plants under them. What's one to do? One idea I had was to turn a 2.5" ming pot into a MICRO-bog. I put it together with extra plant material and everything is taking off. In such a small pot I have D. capensis, S. flava seedling, P. primuliflora, and a carpet of stolons from U. sandersonii. It puts on quite a show when in flower.

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    Very nice... I like it. Needs a VFT in there when they wake up. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img]

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    Dominic, Great idea and a very nice arrangement.
    Might I suggest one of your 'Pirouette' in a dark green pot surrounded by three burmanni. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/cool.gif[/img]

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    Looks great now but won't it be a complete mess when they start to grow?
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    that is really nice, I'll bet it took awhile for them to grow in like that huh?
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    Looks good,but I think it will be over grown soon.


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    Definitely a good idea... I've got a nice little salt-glazed thing from my ceramic days that I might do that with. I'd imagine it could get overgrown eventually, but all the more reason to propogate, right? :P
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    The D. capensis, S. flava, and U. sandersonii have been growing in this set-up for almost a year, the P. primuliflora for six months. As with any potted arrangement and the fact that many of these plants are still immature, yes they will eventually need to be repotted and/or separated as they outgrow their current home. But, this arrangement saved these plants from certain death: all of these plants were headed for the compost bin as they were "weeded" from other pots. Some people prefer to meticulously label and organize all their pots single file in rows. That's fine. I on the other hand prefer to group plants in more natural settings that compliment the plants. Plain plastic pots serve their purpose but aesthetically are visually boring. I like to break up the monotany every now and again by experimenting.

    Ever seen a beautifully landscaped terrarium, ie. planted directly in soil substrate? From a functional stand point it can be a challenge to maintain due to different medium and cultural requirements, but doesn't it please the eye? I am just trying to illustrate that form and function can co-exist together. Endparenthesis, to answer your question, yes a VFT would complete the package, but the fact that the pot is undrained and the water table fluctuats from time to time, the rhizome would likely rot if or when submerged for any length of time.

    Thanks for all the comments. I will continue to experiment with other combinations and encourage others to follow suit. Just make sure you have some experience or at the least extras (plants of course!).

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