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    Any special mix for terrestrial orchids?
    Lithops care info: If you take care of it, it will die.

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    It will grow in whatever you put it in but I like a blend of coir and perlite. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]
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    I'm not sure if I can get coir without fertilizer in it. Any clue how sensitive these are to it? Could I just use a peat perlite mix? [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/confused.gif[/img]
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    Peat will work, just make sure youve got at least 50% perlite.
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    orchid seed is without cotyledons and must have the symbiotic fungus to germinate. The fungus "eats" the seed coat and provides sugars for the embryo. In the early days of orchid culture, British botanists would scatter the seed on the growing medium of the mother plant. If the mother plant was well established, there would often be a growth of the associated fungi in the medium. You might try germinating your seed this way, but there aren't any guaranteed results. Nowadays, most seed is germinated in a lab with the proper enzymes and/or fungi present in the petri dish. Good luck!

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    HI guys,

    A little more on Carcey's,

    Try laying some roots from the parent plant on some sterile sand (COOK IT IN THE OVEN FOR AN HOUR OR TWO) scatter the seed over the roots and cover with dark plastic after moistening the sand with boiled water that has cooled to room temperature. I have used this method successfully with Cattleyas and Epidendrums.

    Good luck, Chris.
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