Oh no.... How often were you watering goods?
I don't water the mount at all. The only moisture I was providing it was through the passive wicking from the bottom.
jamesoniana treefern slab that I placed in the auction, the plant grew down to the bottom and then used it's roots like stilts to keep the tubers away from the mostly-constant moisture down there.
Hopefully I can get a campby piece soon for the Hygrolon/epiweb slab (LOL - I should have snatched the long dangling root off the one in the auction)
U. campbelliana slab (formerly) on left, U. jamesoniana on right (generating lots of leaves & new tubers)
In addition, here's a campby on treefern (left) & a young hybrid I made (U. asplundii x U. jamesoniana -- hopefully) - (I also have several growing in LFS)
I previously mentioned that I had some U. humboldtii & U. quelchii stalks coming along. I had some bad news with both. The 2nd humbo flower never fully developed & the 1st fell off before I got decent pics (I took one quick snapshot - see below). The quelchii put up 3 stalks - however the 1st wilted when the buds got a bit over 1 cm. A few days later, the 2nd did the same thing. This has never happened with any other utrics that I can recall - major bummer. However, now that I was resigned to the 3rd also wilting - it didn't (a few pics below).
U. humboldtii (windowsill plant)
++++++ Sunday edit/add
Took the U. quelchii out for pollination & found another stalk that was buried & unable to get out - LOL
Two more pics in a better light
Last edited by RL7836; 04-28-2013 at 02:45 PM.
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Last edited by utricularia; 05-12-2013 at 11:30 PM.
Sorry, Ron...I hadn't seen this until today. I'd have to agree with utricularia. It is often stated among orchid growers that water actively moving across a substrate does not cause rot because it does not get stagnant. Look up how well things grow on those Epiweb IIS systems. The dripping may actually be more beneficial than wicking in this case, and his plants on that stuff are doing much better than mine. I'm struggling to grow moss on it so far.
I just got a U. asplundii in a trade (thanks Dominic!)- prompted by this topic, when it gets large enough to divide I am tempted to try doing something like a modified deep water culture (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deep_water_culture) or nutrient film (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nutrient_film_technique) with it to see how it effects its growth. I put together a small DWC a couple of years ago and grew a VFT in it for a short period. The effect on growth was significant enough to attract the attention of my apathetic (to CPs) girlfriend. If such oxygen rich techniques work- perhaps they can be used on some of these pickier species.
Of course, I am relatively new to cultivating species from section Orchidioides- so my ideas are necessarily naive
http://www.terraforums.com/forums/sh...ics-Experiment. I would be interested to see how you get on with Utricularia using this technique.