Wow! Smart usage of those feeder cups. I would never have thought of it.
its natural habitat is spring fed peat swamps......moving water is the key to making it work.....moving water brings O2 to the roots.......not surprised at all that it works.....good job........
Thought I'd post an update, a few months after the first post I lost one of the 3 on the wall. It just collasped for no good reason. It has not regrown and with so much humidity and moisture there is not much left of the plant anymore, so it is a complete loss.
The other two have atleast doubled in size since the last picture. I can't say anything for the long term success of this but its working ok for me in the short term, your mileage will probably vary.
I'm growing another Cephalotus on a piece of driftwood more successfully here http://www.orchidboard.com/community...o-minis-3.html The Cephalotus was added as an after thought, one of those...were do I put this piece things. Should be updating that thread today with a better Cephalotus picture, not that the orchid people care about that . That Cephalotus is approx. 2" from 2 T5HO bulbs and just sitting on a piece of driftwood, its gets all its water from the wicking of the driftwood. That piece is not as wet and that Cephalotus seems to like that amount of water much better, although to be fair the original division was much larger and that may have alot more to do with it, and it gets ALOT more light, less humidity, hotter temps.
If you look closely to the right you can see some Utricularia graminifolia with a few bladders . Silly plant, always has to be in the picture.
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For those that don't want to look through that ever growing thread here is that Cephalotus.
I can't find the original picture with the starting date and orginal starting condition, but here is the latest on a leaf pull I took. I've taken 2 and this is the first to see results, the other is still green so there is still hope. The driftwood pieces are laying on sphagnum moss that is constantly wet, the leaf pull is very lightly wrapped in some sphagnum moss (about 1/8" ball of it, it that) and just placed on the wood. I water them every 1-5 days, very erratically, the vivarium has 80%+ humidity thou. The driftwood where the base of the leaf pull sits completely dries out every 2-3 days.
Last edited by Joseph Clemens; 03-06-2011 at 05:33 PM. Reason: N. A.
WOW that's Awesome! I love fully planted tanks like that!
How is water being supplied over the logs? Do you have a small pump, do you mist heavily, do you dump a dixie cup of R/O over it?
What temps do your paludariums experience day and night?
And of course, can we see an overall tank shot of the bigger Ceph here at the end?
As for temps I really don't know, household temps? 75-65? The water has a heater and is set at 74 so the circulated water would be 74.
The larger Cephalotus is from this mini vivarium, a full write up can be seen here http://www.orchidboard.com/community...cro-minis.html. Lots of useless info in there, some usefull. Long read.
Anyway for those that don't want to bother here is a full Cephalotus pic and the tank.
Take note of the sun burnt orchid leaves, those leaves were burnt by 2 T5HO bulbs, 1 of which is an actinic bulb.
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Wow!!! That has to be the coolest terrarium setup I've ever seen! I feel like I'm right there looking down on the plant in the wild or something!
What are all those other laves? I see a definite orchid that looks kinda Dendrobium-like, then some paddle-shaped leaves like a Utricularia by the Cephalotus, then, what really interests me, are some green things between the two that look inflated. What other wild stuff you got growing in there?!?
Last edited by Joseph Clemens; 03-06-2011 at 05:37 PM. Reason: N. A. - Utricularia, not Utric
If you shake a rain stick, you get rain. I need a hamata stick.
Check out his link to the other forum it gives a keyed "map" to this amazing creation:
All the pages are worth reading, just the kinda thing geeks like me enjoy!
On the side I'd like to know how you get HC to grow like that. Mine just sits there thinning itself... Maybe it hates the coir/peat mix I used or maybe I divided my clumps too small and that set them back...forever... We have a local nursery that specializes in what they call "Fairy Plants" (miniature terrarium plants). They do nothing special for their HC that I can tell and it's overabundant filling pots and troughs all over the nursery spilling over the sides...