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    That shrub is amazing, and the flower is just breathtaking! I had the chance to acquire this plant a few weeks ago but missed it, and I still regret it. Although it seems like it would be difficult to transplant a species that requires living sphagnum moss.

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    beautifully grown Ron! jaw dropping!
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    Thanks for the comments - I definitely enjoy getting to see these plants take off & grow.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tanukimo View Post
    I had the chance to acquire this plant a few weeks ago but missed it, and I still regret it.
    There will be some available in the spring (which is true most years iirc). There were at least 4 opportunities in the 2013 NASC.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tanukimo View Post
    Although it seems like it would be difficult to transplant a species that requires living sphagnum moss.
    They don't require live LFS - that's just the way that I've found easiest to grow & maintain them (at least the larger ones). Others use different media (with success) & I've had several Orchidioides take off on treefern. The biggest problem in transplanting was just getting the courage to chop off all those leaves (most are growing through the small holes in the netpot). Overall, utrics are very receptive to being divided. An even easier route (but takes more patience) is to chop off those aerial roots (rolons) and place them in a sloppy/watery mix of live LFS. All those little leaves sprouted after going into the slop.

    Look over here for the full post on this approach.

    I really see no reasons why the Orchidioides are not more commonly grown. Between Pyro's approach & the huge wealth of info from many different growers shared in the Orchidioides discussion thread, anyone who can keep them from being fried in summer temps (ie: provide a reasonably cool growing location) can grow them.
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    Ron, did try floating the leaves you chopped off in R/O water ? I've had a lot of success getting plants from leaves of U.humboldtii, U.alpina and U.asplundii. Give it a shot and NEVER toss out those chopped off (or in my case, accidentally snapped off) leaves.

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    Another one of Ron's plants, just to show a difference method of growing them that works good for me in high humidity setups.

    Photo taken when planted around 21 Nov 13

    DSC_0795 by randallsimpson, on Flickr

    And tonight 9 Feb 14, both photos were taken on watering day so they are usually drier than in the photo.

    DSC_0079 by randallsimpson, on Flickr

    The Utric is starting to make its way around the pole and into the sphagnum inside the jar.

    There is always about 1/4" of water in the bottom of the jar, the only watering I do is misting once a week.

    I'm also growing some of Ron's U. quelchii in a similar setup but without the tree fern poll. I've been slowly moving my Orchidioides over to modified slack pots. Basically a net pot suspending inside another pot with a small amount of water in the bottom.

    Here is a small runner of U. quelchii I planted in just tree fern fibers around 12 Dec 2013, when I planted it you could not see any green in the pot. So it is growing and pretty fast for a U. quelchii under my care. This little piece is being kept in a wine chiller at 60 degrees constant temp. Yep, its a net pot inside another taller net pot inside a solo cup

    DSC_0044 by randallsimpson, on Flickr

    My summer temps always damage most of my Orchidioides, part of the reason I built the wine chiller doohickey as a test to verify high temps are the cause of the damage and not some other random dumb thing I'm doing. That and a lot of people told me it would not work

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    Thats literally EXACTLY how I'm growing my 'Jitka' haha. It's in a net pot in a mason jar, with a little bit of water in the bottom, and then theres some tree fern sticking out the top for it to climb on. Seems to work great! Looking good!
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    Lots of ways of growing these guys! (not just in live LFS) LOL

    Quote Originally Posted by Cthulhu138 View Post
    Ron, did try floating the leaves you chopped off in R/O water ? I've had a lot of success getting plants from leaves of U.humboldtii, U.alpina and U.asplundii. Give it a shot and NEVER toss out those chopped off (or in my case, accidentally snapped off) leaves.
    Yes - I've propagated from leaves but after the first few successes, I had a number of failures. When I tried the roots (like above pic), I got 100% success & since there's always roots hanging out, there's no shortage of propagation volunteers.
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    I've been gone for a bit, and this thread really took off in the meantime! What I thought was a remaining piece is definitely not, so it's safe to say this one didn't like the very high summer temps I unfortunately had this summer. Please keep up the great posts with pictures, though! It definitely gives a good idea on the various methods that are successful with these species. I like the net pot method, and all of my remaining Orchidoides/Iperua are doing well that way. Now that I have the high temp issue worked out, I'm looking forward to spring and trying some of the species I've lost again!

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