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    @mobile: sphagnum slurry is made up of loose strands of LFS and lots of water. you dont want the sphagnum to be too dense.

    as for your mix, it sounds like a pretty decent one, except that it could lead to compaction, i would personally add perlite, styrofoam chunks, or coarse, large celled sponge chunks into your media. that or use a netted pot instead---many of these plants benefit form some sort of aeration.
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    large chunk perlite fTW

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    Wow - it's great to see some new folks posting with their Orchidioides 'babies'.
    @mobile: what is your campby mounted on? Roughly how thick is the moss layer? That's a different species of moss from what's on mine.
    @Cthulhu138: I had a tiny piece of 'Enfant terrible' but it grew very poorly & then died. I'll be curious to watch how yours grows. It's already much more prolific than mine ever was.
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    very nice ron...i need to up my game....my small sized slabs dont look like they're gonna cut it....that and getting a bigger tank too. T.T
    I really like the slabs since they can hang on the side & use previously wasted space. Before this recent rush of new growth (mostly on bottom left), I had no idea that the plant was even happy - much less that it was going to send out 3 flowers. I've got another small piece with one leaf coming along on a treefern slab that is ~50% of the size of this slab and I also just started a new piece on a hanging basket-type thing that I recently made to mimic Barry's hanging basket but also hang on the side of a tank.

    The U. jamesoniana opened it's 1st flower a few days ago, so this weekend I took it out for pics & pollination.



    and the treefern plaque (one flower & at least 2 more buds)


    On a completely different topic - a cross I made last year (but just now getting some size)

    I know some others have posted pics with this cross but I was still quite shocked by how much the leaves have morphed into a reniformis shape. For me, this wasn't at all obvious given the leaf shapes of the two parents.

    .... and last a quick pic of one of the two alpina's currently flowering


    ..... and really last - a link to some U. asplundii flower pics that I posted in other threads but not in this one.
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    hey Ron, do you use a drip system on the vertical slabs or just hand water and allow them to sit in a shallow tray of water?
    I have all the makin's for this set-up here, but have not gotten to doing it yet.
    Thanks for the wonderful eye candy today!
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    Hey Ron, is the photo where you say ".... and last a quick pic of one of the two alpina's currently flowering" alpina or alpina x humboldtii as the file name suggests?
    Ualpinaxhumboflower052612RS.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by boxofrain View Post
    hey Ron, do you use a drip system on the vertical slabs or just hand water and allow them to sit in a shallow tray of water?
    The slab in the pics is hanging on the wall of a 75 gal tank (pic is a few posts above). This slab gets watered with a sprayer when it looks dry (sometimes daily - sometimes every few days). The small treefern slab I mentioned in response to Amp is in another tank sitting in a small container of water (~0-0.5cm deep). I've been quite surprised at how well the treefern wicks the water. Also in that smaller tank is a cork slab covered with club moss with campby growing all through it. This doesn't wick as well (duh) but I mostly spray it when the other treefern gets dry. The new 'hanging basket' with a piece of james is also in this smaller tank hanging on one of the end walls. Hopefully, I will have another hanging basket innoculated with a piece of campby for the other endwall in the coming months. Basically, I'm still experimenting with different setups ...

    Quote Originally Posted by BobZ View Post
    Hey Ron, is the photo where you say ".... and last a quick pic of one of the two alpina's currently flowering" alpina or alpina x humboldtii as the file name suggests?
    Ualpinaxhumboflower052612RS.jpg
    LOL - Bob - you caught me. This plant was actually given to me as a U. alpina by U. humboldtii cross with the warning that the cross may not have 'taken' & should not be considered that hybrid until it was confirmed by flower. Well, the flower confirmed that the cross didn't take & the plant is full alpina. However, to keep the several clones of alpina in my collection separated, I kept this label for the flower pic.
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    hmmm. The seedlings of U. nelumbifolia that I have grown seem to start out with reniform leaves. I can shoot some pics. Have always wondered in the "ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny" saying if that suggested that reniformis was a "trunk" species in the tree and nelumbifolia was a branch or leaf ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by RL7836 View Post
    @mobile: what is your campby mounted on? Roughly how thick is the moss layer? That's a different species of moss from what's on mine.
    It's the mix that it came in and I think the substrate is coarse peat, bark, dried LFS and perlite. Only the top layer is moss and I'm not sure of the thickness.

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