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Bulbophyllum pipe

Discussion in 'Growing Areas' started by Lika[Sweden], Jan 23, 2009.

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  1. Lika[Sweden]

    Lika[Sweden] Svenska

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    So finaly got around and took a more recent photo of the Bulbophyllum pipe. This is an experiment, I have never tried to grow bulbos in the livingroom before, only in a more moist enviroment. The pipe has been running for 9 weeks now. I have it placed in the livingroom window, with extra light, but without a cover.

    I have planted small seedlings on it. Bulbophyllum fascinator 'alba', B. purpurascens, B. thiurum, B. ottonis, B. triflorum and a few unknown bulbo species.

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    The pipe is built with epiweb-IIS technology and it is totally self watering. I just put the plants on the material with toothpick and fill the system with water once every week.

    Linda
     
  2. Einstein

    Einstein Expatriate

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    why does it have a silver horn on top?
     
  3. Forrest

    Forrest Really Neat

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    that is pretty cool. Can you say more about how the watering works? Does it self wick or is it on a pump?
     
  4. Ron-NY

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    very nice Linda! Clay pipe like Mikael uses?

    Bulbophyllum fascinator 'alba' ...not sure if I have seen one of these in bloom
     
  5. Jon

    Jon Mmmm... bulbophyllum...

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    Ron -->
     
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    ooppps...where are my reading glasses :D
     
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    Candace Kept Woman Supporting Member

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    I would imagine you'd have to flush it occasionally to avoid salt build-up?
     
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    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Very interesting.
     
  9. Magnus A

    Magnus A Ph.D.

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    Candace, as I am sure Linda use RO-water she does not need to care for some time! I would say that she need to flush the systems once a year at a maximum.....
     
  10. Karen

    Karen Species nut

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    That looks like a fun experiment!
     
  11. Lika[Sweden]

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    The silver horn, was the onlu knob we had at home :)

    Under the lid there is a hose with small holes in it. It is connected with a pump in the bottom. The water comes in intervalls. 9 times a day for 3 minutes. Therefor I have control over the amount of water and humidity. The amazing thing is that it works without a cover or container.

    I only use RO -water.
     
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    I think I need to try one of these again. Great job and thanks for posting!
     
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    Nice
    Very clever, but why don´t I see any pictures of bulbophyllum in this page???

    Alejandro
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    Alejandro...the plants mounted on this are Bulbophyllum

    And welcome to the forum!