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    New H.minor!

    I'm excited and I'm hoping I'm doing it right...I potted this guy up in about 2/3 lfs, 1/3 coarse orchid bark with a couple strands lfs running the length of the tap root (just straight down without any side roots..dunno if that's how they grow or if they got broken off during shipping). He's in a 3" pot, lfs --> live sphagnum (was green in the not-too-distant-past) top dressing.

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    I plan on watering every day. If this sounds wrong, please tell me ASAP before I kill the poor thing!

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    You will want to give it lots of TLC in the next month or two (very high humidity, bright light, cool conditions, etc). From what I've read, Heliamphora hates being repotted.
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    Don't water it every day... keep it in very high humidity for now, with lotsa lotsa light

    I don't think I've watered mine for months. The humidity keeps the sphagnum just damp, so no root rot occurs from overwatering. However, if you want to flush the pot with water every day to keep the roots cool, make sure you have a fast draining mix

    Good luck!
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    Cool

    Quote Originally Posted by petmantis View Post
    Don't water it every day... keep it in very high humidity for now, with lotsa lotsa light

    I don't think I've watered mine for months. The humidity keeps the sphagnum just damp, so no root rot occurs from overwatering. However, if you want to flush the pot with water every day to keep the roots cool, make sure you have a fast draining mix

    Good luck!
    Pet: I take it you're growing your Heli in a sealed/semi-sealed terrarium then?




    That's a cute Heli, Thez_yo! Good luck with it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Clue View Post
    Pet: I take it you're growing your Heli in a sealed/semi-sealed terrarium then?
    Clue: Your assumption is correct

    I have always thought about moving it out of there to grow it in lower humidity (perhaps on a windowsill with supplemental lighting) but never actually tried acclimating it to room humidity.

    After my new ones are established and start growing again, perhaps I'll give it a shot
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    after seeing a friend try to acclimate them to room RH, do so over a long period of time, bagged, poking holes every so often... they seem to wither and dry when taken out of high RH...

    trust me, i know, when i repotted a division, 3/5 died. I think it probably had to do with the fact they were uprooted and i didn't soak in water between steps... just thought i'd throw that in there..

    I'll be trying to grow one this summer as a windowsill plant, i'll keep you guys updated if(when ) it works..
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    I prefer to not use bark in Heliamphora mix, as I find it rots. Orchids are kept reasonably dry so the bark breaks down slowly but Heliamphora are kept wet and the bark decay process is much faster. My preferred mix is 45% live Sphagnum moss, 45% perlite, 10% sphagnum moss peat. Here's the results:



    This one was potted into an orchid pot which sits in a large tall vase, thus keeping the local humidity raised.

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    Congrats Zu

    I'll chime in and confuse you even more...

    I personally have had the best luck with cypress bark based mixes... my best growth rates have been with almost pure cypress and daily watering....
    But that was too attention intensive, so I usually mix cypress bark, LFS, and APS for mature plants and water every couple days.
    For young plants I like live sphag and perlite 1:1... their young root system find the voids in bark based mixes difficult to navigate
    They are hungry buggers and love to be fed

    Most of your replies are by experienced heli growers
    FWIW while not required, I know at least a couple (including myself) are also Trichoderma users

    Enjoy the heli, they are a lovely plant
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