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    educate me on some utric "prima donnas"

    Some recent arrivals I'm excited about:

    U. humboldtii - broad leaf - Cerro Neblina
    U. humboldtii - clone 1
    U. nelumbifolia
    U. endresii x U. alpina
    U. nephro
    U. quelchii


    I've read what I can find already, but as trends change with time could you please post your advice on the following variables (species specific please)

    Lighting
    Substrate
    Temp
    Humidity
    Potting method
    Watering
    etc.

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    i just got U. quelchii so i cant comment on it. but i have grown U. humboldtii from seed. i dont know what clone they come from but they have been as easy to grow as my U. longifolia. they are slow but steady. i have them in those little plastic condiment cups, undrained, in live and dead LFS. i flood every now and then and just keep the cups wet. i have mine under 160 watts of daylight fluorescent bulbs for approx. 16 hours a day. they are living in basement temps(60-75F) that get warmer(75 degrees tops) during the day because they are in a jiffy tray with a humidity dome. meaning humidity stays pretty high.



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    They're incredibly easy to keep alive, even with steady temps. Do not be worried; just keep them with your helis and cephs and you'll do great.

    Grow in pure live LFS. It's the best.

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    I would use a little orchid bark on the bottom to increase drainage.

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    grow mine (only one---quelchii) in a clear plastic orchid pot. highland conditions. hanging out with the helis and highland neps. use perlite and sphagnum only but thinking i should have used orchid bark in hindsight. the plant isnt complaining though, i can see leaves growing on the sides of the pot as well as the top. initially a slow grower as it establishes itself.
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    I think the main benifit if the orchid bark is only seen long term as it helps make the LFS last longer.

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    in terms of making the LFS last longer, that's why im big with the clear pots. they allow live sphagnum moss to photosynthesize, keeping them alive, which allows them to grow and persist and reducing compaction as well.
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    excellent info, thanks!!!

    I dont have clear pots, but I do have a nice stash of 4"x4"x4" aquatic plant net baskets that Ive been using for other cp's.... opinions?

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