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    Cool I want one of these pipes too but this sites shopping cart doesn't work.


    Here's the Swedish guy's huge orchid collection showing the terracotta pipes and slab mounts and also some Epiweb stuff as well as just tons of orchids:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/lika_sweden/

    Here's one from page 11:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/lika_sw...in/photostream

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    Nothing new with the campbelliana stalk, the flower bud just got a bit larger - 4 months and still no flower! But I recently heard it takes even up to 6 months for the flower to develop, sounds crazy

    Here's the terrarium, the campy sits on the xaxim slab:


    U.quelchii developing flower, can't wait to see it!


    Also some terrestrials will be flowering soon:


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    This weekend, while sending stuff out (& doing some repotting now that NASC helped me free up space), I found some tubers ...

    1st was a U. geminiloba that I was sending out:


    .... then a U. alpina that was growing in a 3.5" pot. I was moving it into a 4" square net pot and was shocked at all the 'marbles' ... (they were scattered all around the perimeter of the pot):

    This plant has been in a 'resting phase' for a few months now - no new leaves...

    The one thing I've found with those 4" net pots is that my plants have all taken off when switched over. However - when you make a utric happy, there's both good & bad ....

    (pardon the misc. debris on my basement potting bench). I'm definitely having issues keeping plants from invading the pots of their neighbors. Even the U. quelchii (not shown) is busting out and sending leaves & rolons out from everywhere (20-30 leaves...). Moof - is this why you've got glass around the pots of your big utrics?

    Some unrelated comments/observations from the past few months:

    - 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 (although - I sure would like to see a U. humboldtii flower 1st)
    - I'm not too happy with my treefern experiments - the U. asplundii has grown and colonized the slab but doesn't appear as happy as the others in LFS netpots. The U. jamesoniana has grown but not very well. It seems that the treefern is probably staying too dry in my environment - even with at least one spraying every morning. I'm playing with some ideas now related to the terracotta 'branches' filled with water ...
    - the U. unifolia that I got last year isn't U. unifolia. It's apparently u. asplundii - should have flower pics (lots) in a week or three.
    - U. 'Jitka' continues to grow with new leaves approaching an inch ... I gave it it's own net pot this weekend - hopefully I didn't kill it (same with my largest U. geminiloba).

    Congrats to those with the new flowers coming!!
    All the best,
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    so...being frustrated at the glacial pace campbelliana has been growing, and seeing how amazingly they grew out in the wild, i decided to remount my sorry piece of utric differently than from the past. i've decided to add a layer of sponge between the wood and my moss/utric. while i didnt not see anything like this in the wild, i am making the call that trying to replicate conditions in the wild is an exercise in futility since i cant account for ALL the variables (shadow, photoperiod during the time of day, temps during the day, rain frequency, cloud cover frequency, etc etc etc) this is a feeble attempt at helping the plant grow in constant conditions, and hopefully allow it to grow at a faster pace.

    i got a spongefilter lying around (the fine type) and chopped it up into square pieces...


    then i placed the sponge on the cork mount, then placed my sorry piece of campbelliana on top of that. i didnt want to use fishing line because it could destroy whatever runners the utric had, plus, it would have compressed the sponge which would have prevented it from doing its job. so i used a bag used to hold those vermicelli noodles to bind the sponge and plants together, i believe the same material is used to make loofahs---i'd say it works perfectly. (err....pardon the magenta)


    the whole idea is to create tiny water reservoirs yet at the same time provide drier conditions for the utric to grow. more mass allows inertia swings between wet and dry to be kept at a minimal. sponges should be saturated via capillary action from the moss. excess water would be stored in the sponge, until the plant requires it/the moss starts to dry out.

    so in theory, this should work--knowing campbelliana requires slightly drier conditions than others...but who knows? let's hope for the best.
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    As mentioned in my previous post, here are two pics from some plants flowering now.

    First up is one of the flowers from the plant that has now colonized the live LFS in the lower regions of my 75 gal tank - U. nelumbifolia. It can't compete w/ Kula's colors (maybe I'll be able to focus in future pics):


    Next is one of the 1st flowers from my U. asplundii - there are many more coming along that should be opening over the next few weeks - so I hope to add & improve ... it's just such an interesting, intricate flower ...
    All the best,
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    WOW! VERY NICE RON!
    while your nelumbifolia's lacking in pigmentation, the asplundii is certainly not. that clone has a very nice dark purple to it. most flowers i see are more pastel colored---either that, or they're always taken from far way.
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    Cute flowers Ron

    Here's my Utricularia campbelliana. Only the astute eye can pick out both of the leaves It's mounted... well, I took a chunk of cork bark, smeared a small layer of peat in the crevices, applied some swathes of sheet moss with fishing line, and stuck a little piece of 'root' (stolons?) between two big chunks of moss. The peat will have essentially washed out at this point because the cork sits vertically against a terrarium wall, with the bottom 1" under water. I think the bottom cork/moss wicks water up to keep the whole thing kinda moist at all times, because sometimes I don't water for a week but the moss doesn't die (and the terra isn't too terribly humid).



    The plant seems to have shifted to the lower half of the moss - I'm not sure if that's because it's shadier or wetter there, but well.. it can do what it wants as far as I'm concerned.

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    Aloha Ron,

    maybe the nelumbifolia you have is a different form/population/clone from the one i am growing? I seem to see this species being grown in all sorts of media (LFS chunks with perlite, live sphagnum, peat sand, etc). Also, semi aquatic to full on wet terrestrial. maybe multiple clones with different flower color and different growth habits?

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    Campby update:

    2.... maybe 3 new leaves
    Woohoo, while not much it's still the most aggressive vegatative growth Ive seen so far

    :-)

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    OK, the more I read about U. reniformis, the more confused I get. I'm going to receive some seeds of reniformis (large form) soon, so have been checking out cultivation requirements. Some sources say that it should be grown wet, whilst others have it growing in open orchid like composts - quite contradictory conditions

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