well i guess ill let it fill up the pot again and start trying to dry it out. thanks for the info. actually i shoud just split it and keep growing one the wet way and grow another one drier.
Let me add some light to this topic from observations I made recently when i found U.tricolor growing in its natural habitat on my last trip.
The habitat is what is known here and in Venezuela as a "Morichal". It is a wet grassland with Mauritia flexuosa palm trees with soils composod of fine sand and some peat. During the wet season (June to November) this habitat is really wet and during the dry season (December to May) it is humid but not wet.
What i observed when i was there at the end of June was that the plants of U.tricolor were growing submerged. Every lieaf of U.tricolor i found was growing at least under 1 cm of water and there were long stolons with very few leaves. The other observation was that the U.tricolor was flowering. I could find, without searching a lot, about 5 blooming plants.
What all of this makes me think is that this species needs to be grown in with both methods (wet and dry) at differnet times of the year and that introduction from dry to wet conditions can induce flowering.
I dont think temperatures play an important role here because the plants gow at a place where temps wont change a lot during the year. Also to note is that the plants grow under tall grasses getting a good amount of shadow so i also think it will grow better under some shaded conditions.
I warn you.. this is just my theory based on field observations of just one population of U.tricolor but i think this might help here.
makes sence, most ppl are growing them one way or the other. a combination of both could be the key.
Let me just add to the confusion a little more.... [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img]
Asking which is the prefered habitat of U.tricolor is almost like asking which is the prefered habitat of humans!
Let's not forget that U.tricolor is a VERY widespread species. Maybe everyone here is correct when describing how to grow these plants, depending on WHERE your form came from. I have seen them in a variety of highland and lowland habitats, from the Equator to S of the Tropic of Capricorn. There are numerous forms varying tremendously in size, but mostly it seems to me that the larger forms prefer boggy-grassy habitats (often by natural springs or along streams)while smaller forms prefer sandy habitats which probably dry up more in the dry season.
Good luck to all!