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    Quote Originally Posted by gill_za View Post
    I meant this type of soil for nelumbifolia. I have planted the utric you have sent me in live sphagnum and trying to grow it like Pyro did (trailing some moss strands into water while the pot with the plant is suspended on top of it absorbing water through capillary action when not top watered). It is not doing to well. Reniformis and humboldtii are doing ok in it...
    I've been unable to make U. nelumbifolia happy in a peat-based mix. Others have had different results. I believe that both Pyro & Jeremiah have had success w/ peat mixes on the somewhat dry side. The best results I've had came when I set one loose as I mentioned above:
    - a month or 2 ago, I allowed aerial stolons from both a U. nelumbifolia & a U. humboldtii clone to reach the lower reaches of my 75 gal tank where there is a layer of live LFS (I felt reasonably safe since all of the other utric pots are sitting on pots to raise them closer to the lights). Within a few weeks, both had launched the largest leaves that I've seen from any of my plants to date. Then a week or two later, the U. nelumbifolia sent up three simultaneous flower stalks. The largest was over 1/8" diameter near the base. I've had to train it multiple times to keep from frying in the lights - it is probably close to 3' long. I'm not sure what the two plants find down there that is so much better than in any pot - but I'd love to find out ... I'm also thinking that I'm going to need to stop this experiment soon before those two completely own the tank
    One of the current U. nelumbifolia leaves has ~4" diameter.
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    here's an update on my loofah experiment...seems that all the utrics didnt mind being hung...
    campbelliana:


    geminiloba:


    praetermissa:


    quelchii:
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    Wow cool! I like that Loofa idea, firm but stretchy, will be awesome when the moss overgrows it!

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    Never thought to use that stuff before, wonder if there is a clear version? I've always used fishing line to attach things to other things.

    Defiently have to add mounting Utric's to my todo list.

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    Hmm guess I could add to the pile..

    I have had these tree fern stakes for ages. The treefern is very brittle and coarse.. not the light brown soft osmunda fiber...Think they are about 2" thick and 3-4" wide. I cut off a couple pieces about 10" long and put some LFS on the face, tied on with some nylon thread.

    Here is a U. quelchii growing through the block. It's been about a year or so since I put a tiny piece with a few leaves in the center of the moss. They get watered every day so the moss stays pretty wet. You can see from the photo on the right side the leaf sticking out from the block of tree fern, so the Utric seems to be growing into the block, not just staying in the moss layer. Hard to see but there are some Utric stolons growing out of the moss on the bottom right in the photo.

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    Looks like it's working really well Tony. Nice!

    p.S.. welcome back buddy.

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    Ya seems to be happy. The leaves don't seem to be gaining much in size yet though. So either it needs to get to some critical mass or it could use some feeding.. what though is the question. I was hoping by using the tree fern that it would break down slowly and feed the Utric but dunno if that is working. The tree fern does stay pretty damp also and seems to be breaking down a bit. Particularly at the bottom edge. Maybe I should turn the block upside down periodically ;> right now they are just standing on end in a tray on the bench in between some potted utrics.
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    Finally got to see this plant in flower.
    U. alpina Pittier Moon
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    wowza....you had to get the squirt bottle didnt ya?
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    Oh my GAWD!
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