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    Ron,

    Interesting, so let me make sure I understood it: the trimmed pieces (any minimal length?) of the roots were just placed on top of thin layer of sopping wet sphagnum in a shaded location?

    BTW nelumbifolia is back in my collection yay!!!

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    Something to do with invading rolons. I like it. Live sphagnum and it's anti microbial properties, and water regulation / evaporative cooling.

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    thanks so much for sharing Ron! i too am at that stage where root stolons are not advantageous for propagation, but i think my failure came from not keeping them constantly damp, and they were subjected to drying out many many times. T.T nice to finally see success! i take it quelchii will be making a plentiful debut next time around may?
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    Quote Originally Posted by gill_za View Post
    Interesting, so let me make sure I understood it: the trimmed pieces (any minimal length?) of the roots were just placed on top of thin layer of sopping wet sphagnum in a shaded location?
    I don't know about a minimal length - but most of the pieces were 1-3" long. The roots were originally placed in & among the pieces of live LFS so they had a lot of wet contact area & also access to light. When I'm watering the other plants, I add a little water to this small tray when it's no longer 'shiny'. When the water evaporates enough so only the moss is still wet, I add more. The location is not shaded at all - it's about 12-13" under T-5 lamps. As shown by their willingness to grow in the bottom of the tank (shaded & 20" from lamps), light intensity doesn't appear to be importatnt.

    In hindsight, I think I just needed to ensure the root fragments stayed in a thin film of water - I was originally keeping them too dry. I was also excited by the sheer number of little emerging leaves. For a plant that is mostly unavailable in the US, I found this very cool.
    Quote Originally Posted by amphirion View Post
    i take it quelchii will be making a plentiful debut next time around may?
    Yup - the NASC is always a good target to shoot for. For the potentially pickier plants, it's nice to divide them (or propagate them) now - so they have some time to get established before the auction. In addition to H. pulchella & heterodoxa - there may be a huberi & uncinata that find their way up for bids ...
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    Nice job!
    Very interesting method. I have left the "rolons" attached to the mother plant while "air layering" them in small cups of LFS in water trays. Once established, I "cut the chord".
    I will be looking for that Quelchii at the auction
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    My thoughts exactly

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    Looking over the pot where U. geminiloba grows in pure LFS, tonight I found this:





    This leaf was broken off from the plant when I received it. It was covered with a thin layer of Sphagnum for about a month and a half.

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    that was from a leaf? could have fooled me---looks like a tuber. congrats! you've successfully propagated an orchidioides utric from a leaf pulling!
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