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    campbelliana tubers? do you have any pictures of these?
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    Quote Originally Posted by amphirion View Post
    campbelliana tubers? do you have any pictures of these?
    Sure. Most are buried in the moss but they are typically growing out from the junction that also has leaves. (there are also 2 tubers to the left of the highest leaf)


    .... but sometimes the tubers are there without any associated leaves (these two are probably the only ones I've seen like this). Full-sized ones are about the size of a grain of rice (give or take).
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    i need to keep an eye out for these. thanks for the picture.
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    hmmm. toes wet but not feet wet. Will have to look inside. had relatively deep layer of lava/perlite/bark then live sphagnum. But then i do see one of the liverworths also. Quelchii seems to be doing OK. finally making larger leaves this year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RL7836 View Post
    I've also got some ideas about using that new Hygrolon as a media ...
    What's the texture of that like? I've seen pictures and it looks sort of woven.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mobile View Post
    What's the texture of that like? I've seen pictures and it looks sort of woven.
    It is. It's a fabric - or like a fabric. If you haven't seen it yet, Goods started a thread on the stuff - has some good info & links. The one orchid guy has gone crazy with the stuff & apparently the plants have responded well (in one of the links).

    Here are the two experimental plaques I set up. The left side is Hygrolon on Epiweb with 2 small U. campbelliana tubers (1st time I've tried tubers that don't have leaves). The right side is Hygrolon over closed cell foam (pipe insulation from what I can tell) with a U. jamesoniana root and tubers (again - no leaves). I spiked both with pieces of moss from the original U. campbelliana slab.


    Here's a closeup showing the material. You can see the cross-section as well as the dimples they weave into the fabric - interesting stuff.
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    I might have to get some Hygrolon to try. Prices for it in the UK are similar to USA.

    Hygrolon Sphags look interesting too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mobile View Post
    Hygrolon Sphags look interesting too.
    Thanks for this - somehow I'd completely overlooked this stuff. I had cooked up in my head a plan to glue Hygrolon to the front & back of Epiweb and then cut it into small slices or cubes & then use these for media in pots for the big epiphytes (& maybe Neps). This would provide an open media that wicked water but wouldn't degrade or become anaerobic. This Hygrolon sphag may work just as well in this application. In general, I really like the potential this stuff has for our applications.

    Just checked the Folius Store - although they have a pic of the 'sphag', they don't list it as a product yet --- although, I guess I can order some of the fabric & cut it myself ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by RL7836 View Post
    Just checked the Folius Store - although they have a pic of the 'sphag', they don't list it as a product yet --- although, I guess I can order some of the fabric & cut it myself ...
    I'm pretty sure the "sphag" material is just the cut up fabric. I read somewhere about someone cutting it and using it as media...maybe it was Mikael himself. So far, mine has continued to stay just barely moist without ever being actively watered. I had a yard of the fabric material, and I made some tube mounts by wrapping it around some capped PVC pipe with just a small piece of it inside the tube as a wick. Those kept the outside wet for 2 weeks without any watering and a fan blowing in my greenhouse while I was away at school.

    BTW Ron, the U. asplundii still has the spikes growing (taking forever!), so hopefully I'll have pictures to post here within the month. I've also got about 5 growths, leaves I think, coming up from the alpina basket and one in the asplundii.

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    sharing some progress with Utrics and aquarium filters.... plants are reacting favorably.
    U. quelchii (back from the dead it seems)



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