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    As much as I'd love to receive some I will never be able to receive any. As Tony said Australia has extremely strict import laws and I work for the government agency that polices these laws. My only real hope of growing the species is from seed.

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    Tony & Pyro: What soil media, moisture, lighting, etc.. would you use to propogate the tubers?

    Sean, if I ever get fortunate enough to see a flower - you would be the first I'd send seeds to - legally, of course.

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    It is my understanding that the plant can grow up from tuber, but I am not sure. I will separate off a tuber and try.
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    Jim,

    I grow all my Orchidioides in a 2-3" thick layer of LFS overlaying a substrate of orchid bark/tree fern fiber/lava rock (or clay pellets). An equal parts mix of LFS/orchid bark/perlite is also reported to work well. The important thing is to NOT grow them in media that is constantly saturated. I only water when the LFS starts to look dry, basically treating these guys like typical house plants. I would treat the tubers similarly though I would probably be inclined to go easier on the watering, never really drenching them until I saw actual growth.

    Sean,

    I was unfortunatly not successful with selfing my plant this season but when I am I already have plans to send some to Phill Mann (I have been passing him a bunch of my spare seed to help build the variety of CPs in cultivation down there.) If/when I get blooms again and have spare I would be happy send some your way and if I don't have spare Phill will undoubtedly be offering them in time.
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    Thanks Jim and Travis any seed would be very much appreciated should you ever manage to produce soem. And of course I'll reciprocate with something equally as nice.

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    I decided to take a look at what is happening beneath the surface. This is what I observed: I counted 6 tubers intead of 3. They were smaller than I remembered them. Some had roots(?) No new leaves above ground. Can anybody tell me what is going on?

    I used the search function to see if these observations and questions were raised before. I read some interestin discussions involving Pyro, Copper, Dodecatheon, etc, but nothing about what I have experienced. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/confused.gif[/img]

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    JIm,

    Sounds to me like your tubers are beginning to grow out. The reason the tubers look smaller is probably because the original ones have given up some mass for growth and the others are new additons. If you are seeing stolon (root) growth that is a good sign, most Orchidioidies will establish themselves from the ground up (in my experience.) Don't be surprised if it takes six months or more before you see leaves. I have an asplundii that has only just now put up a new leaf after a year but the stolons have grown out both the sides and bottom of the pot in that time.
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    Thank you, thank you, thank you! That's encouraging. Hmmm, gotta get through the Fall & Winter, though. I'm open to suggestions on alpina and the epiphytes I received.

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