Beautiful plants Carl. I always wanted to grow a vertical ceph. I tried two, but only one is growing good. Its growing on a epiweb kind of material (hygrolon). I realized the difference is where the plant was planted. It is close to my truncata x lowii which has LFS top dressing. The ceph grew roots which seeked out the moss and was absorbing the water from there. Thats why it grew well. Only time will tell how it will do in the future once its biomass and requirements increase. Also, I planted a couple more orchids on the wall which are cutting out some of the light...so lets see if it continues to grow well. Would be nice though.
I also want to try your method of cutting the pot. Thats a great idea. I always wanted to make my mom a nice ceph display for her tabletop. This is a beautiful way to go it. Thanks for sharing.
What a neat idea! Thank you! I have been doing Utrics similar to this but never considered other genera. Will try some dews this way too.
wow ! Very nice guys ! I have to try that
@ Mobile: I'd say the first is still doing well! I had to scroll up and do a double take at how much growth it has put on. Is 100% peat what you prefer growing these guys in then? Also, do you keep your tray wet or allow brief empty periods? Cephs are new to me and I am trying to gather as much info from different growers as possible.
100% peat is the only option I have found with this growing method, as adding any aggregate makes the soil loose so it won't stay vertical. Peat can be compressed into shape. As you can see from the pictures, the plants seem to like it this way.
My watering method is to use a pressure sprayer and drench the soil from the top down, allowing the excess to run off into the saucer. I spray both the plants and the soil. Until moss has grown on the peat surface, care has to be taken to ensure that watering does not wash it away.