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Mexipedium xerophyticum in SH?

Discussion in 'Orchid Culture' started by Forrest, Dec 5, 2008.

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  1. Forrest

    Forrest Really Neat

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    A good friend just gave me this species. Anyone know if it will do well in SH culture?
     
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    Tom-DE Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Send it here and I will test it for you.
     
  3. Forrest

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    nah, I talked with it and it is afraid of crickets.
     
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    Damn it! I should never tell you about the crickets.
     
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    I grow mine in a pot that is 3/4 full of Leca balls and the top 1/4 is a fine bark / perlite mix. This allows it to drain really fast and the bark never stays super wet. I water it with the same as I do my phrags, which is 2x per week. I also top dress librally with oyster shell. Grows well, hasn't bloomed in the 8 months I've had it. I also haven't unpotted it to see if the roots have gone past the bark and into the Leca.
    I don't think SH would work, I see the top being to dry, unless your greenhouse is really humid. Good luck.
     
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    Ray Orchid Iconoclast Supporting Member

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    Considering its native habitat, I would not try it.
     
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    HAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  8. Karen

    Karen Species nut

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    Forrest, mine are in plastic aircone pots, with 60% bark, 20% charcoal & perlite. They didn't bloom this year, but they have bloomed nicely in the past. Outdoors, under shadecloth. No fussing with them.
     
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    I use oyster shell for mine also. The growths and roots are very easy to break off, so I always take extra precaution when I repot mine. Shallow pot works great IMO.
     
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    I dont actually own any bark. Weird right?

    I went ahead and put it in a shallow clay pot with hydroton. We will see how it goes.
     
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    Maybe a thin layer of moss on top of the hydroton. Something to slow how fast the balls dry out. Also something moist for the new roots to touch.

    Kyle
     
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    Thanks Kyle. I dont think being too dry will be a problem in my gh. I grow pretty wet. (I smile everytime I say that now Dale).
     
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    Hope it works out for you, they're pretty neat when they bloom.

    Kyle