Its been 1 1/4 year from seed collected by Fernando and Robert Gibson in August 2002 to the beautiful plant about to flower with leaves about 10 inches long. *This is a great plant that deserves a place in more collections. *I hope to have seed from this event to share in the near future.
The plant is cultivated in a novel way: it is grown as a semi aquatic. *The pot is a full 10 inches, with an inch of redwood mulch placed at the bottom of the pot for a sump. *The pot itself sits in a jardeniere with the water level just below the potting medium which is pure milled live LFS. *The plant grows in ambient conditions outside during the summer, and on a well lit rack during the colder months, and has been problem free as far as culture goes.
I believe the redwood sump provides valuable discouragement to various bacterial processes that might otherwise attack the roots in such flooded conditions. *I use the same protocol with D. regia with great success, and D. ascendens also seems responsive to it. *All are growing in ambient natural conditions here with an average humidity of some 60% and with a good nightime differential in temperature of at least 5 degrees minimal, and usually more.