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    I am more intrigued by the sphagnum moss! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_k_ani_32.gif[/img] Have they been growing like that the whole time? They are growing soooo slow at my balcony unless they are inside a plastic container to keep the humidity up. I suppose "overhead watering" with rain helps. Perhaps I need to shower my plants every week. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_n_32.gif[/img]
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    Here is how I grow them outside of the VFT pots. Two of them were not actually growing well; one was covered in slime, the other just turned brown. I recently replenished them with overgrowth from the VFT pots. The pictures above show the pots after I had done this - prior to this, there were lots more LFS.

    It's quite weird that they grow very well. I have the VFT pots in full sunlight. Sometimes, unlike the past week, it would not rain and the temperatures would be very hot (typical Singapore) but they still manage to thrive. I have the VFTs watered using the tray method but occasionally shower them overhead, just to get some water to the moss.

    I got the moss from a small specimen from Hong Yee's plants. He had them as top covering for the 3 pots of plants I bought from him. The specimen was so small that one could hold it in one palm. Three years later, they have grown a lot, enough for me to have them in most of my pots (VFT and Neps mainly). I heard from Hong Yee that the LFS were "specially conditioned" for growth in our climate - how true this is, I don't know, but results perhaps speak loudest. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img]

    Cindy, if you like, I can pass you a bit of the moss for you to try in you conditions. Perhaps it is not your conditions but the type of moss? If they grow well, I can then pass you more.

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    Not a bad job, just the same. Good luck with dormancy. Some go semi dormant rather than fully dormant. The growth either slows tremendously, or stops in place for a long time before normal growth resumes.
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    Bugweed, will this "semi dormancy" be sufficient? I'm thinking of getting a wine-chiller for dormancy. However, I also read that I can't just stuff them from 30 deg c temps to 10 deg c temps in the chiller. The part about adjusting them slowly to dormancy is the one that bothers me the most. But still, as you have said, if I don't do this I'll lose them for sure, so it's a case of "must do", I suppose. In the meantime, I'll just take some cuttings. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img]

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    Thanks for the offer. I was just being envious. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img] I do have live sphagnum moss but it is growing rather slowly and spindly. Occasionally I have them regenerate from LFS. At the moment I have enough to keep my Cephalotus company. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_n_32.gif[/img]
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