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    Quote Originally Posted by mobile View Post
    I find that the plant prefers to grow from the bottom of the mesh pot, rather than the top.
    Yes - good reminder - all of my clones (large or small) find their way to the bottom of the pot and tend to enjoy the conditions there more than the top. I periodically ponder how I might make the plant more happy with this trait - possibly potting it in a shallow tray?
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    Yes, I think it probably would grow better in a shallow tray. Repotting would be easier too, as repotting from a net pot means that you lose most of the leaves.

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    What do you folks think of growing some of the rene big sister in a mesh pot consisting of only pure live LFS? I really like the look of all the leaves coming out of those pots from every which way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RL7836 View Post
    I grow several clones of both the larger & the smaller sizes. While they all grow well, the smaller versions are virtually bombproof and very vigorous. The larger size is somewhat more picky (however, Bob Z. has a large-form rennie that blooms all summer for him).

    The larger pot is probably a good idea but monitor it for going anaerobic (as Amp warns). When I first started to grow this species, I did multiple media tests - for me, they grew best in peat-based mixes (which is opposite what I found with all of the true Orchidioides). I'll probably try to use a very coarse Nep media with some peat in it next time I do some repotting - ideally in a large pot. Based on the people who have had (& haven't had) success flowering these guys - I'm inclined to believe that both seasonal photoperiod & temperature variation may be important (& possibly a winter drying-out period).

    So far, I've only had one clone flower for me - one of the weedier small forms - several months ago.

    This field trip thread is one I found very interesting (besides all the great pics). In it, the author noted:
    This was the first (& only) time I've come across comments about different habitats for the two types.

    The small leaved ones apparently are another species . The really small leaved forms might all be Utricularia cornigera which may account for them having a different ecological needs and habitat requirements.

    http://www.upjs.sk/public/media/4479...dnicka-upr.pdf

    http://www.cpukforum.com/forum/index...ic=35435&st=-5

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    Thanks alot everyone!

    It is still looking good, no wilting or damage from shipping/repotting, so I'm optimistic about this setup, especially now that I've seen that something similar has been successful!

    Unfourtunately, I cannot say the same about my humboldtii...
    But that is another thread...
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    Quote Originally Posted by mobile View Post
    Yes, I think it probably would grow better in a shallow tray. Repotting would be easier too, as repotting from a net pot means that you lose most of the leaves.
    Sounds like a plan. I think I'll look for a small tray of some sort next time I'm out & about - one that won't degrade in the sun after a month or three.

    Quote Originally Posted by mass View Post
    What do you folks think of growing some of the rene big sister in a mesh pot consisting of only pure live LFS? I really like the look of all the leaves coming out of those pots from every which way.
    As Carl mentions above, repotting would be much easier if root/leaves aren't tangled all through the mesh. I like the tray idea myself - just need to decide on media...

    Quote Originally Posted by bananaman View Post
    Unfourtunately, I cannot say the same about my humboldtii...
    But that is another thread...
    Yes - so what happened to your humbo?
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    Quote Originally Posted by RL7836 View Post
    Sounds like a plan. I think I'll look for a small tray of some sort next time I'm out & about - one that won't degrade in the sun after a month or three.
    Ron, maybe one of those saucers meant to go under pots for water runoff would work? I use those for a bunch of my orchids.

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    Quote Originally Posted by goods View Post
    Ron, maybe one of those saucers meant to go under pots for water runoff would work? I use those for a bunch of my orchids.
    That's an option but I find the clear plastic type rarely last much longer than a season and since it'll probably be on my windowsill, I'd prefer something rectangular for space considerations.
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