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The "Calodictyon Farm"

Discussion in 'Growing Areas' started by Marni, Sep 1, 2009.

  1. Marni

    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Like quite a few other orchid growers, I am in love with Lepanthes calodictyon and related species. I have been experimenting for years (with mixed results) on the best way to grow these in my conditions. I have recently had a big turn around since I have started growing them on a "farm". This is a net pot with a cheap plastic saucer inside that holds about 1.5" of water where I have put some live sphagnum moss to add humidity to the plants. Besides L calodictyon, there is L sinuosa and L volador growing here.
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  2. Tom-DE

    Tom-DE Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Fantastic idea and the plants are Looking good!

    I am fond of this group of Lepanthes also. I only have two species and I wish I had kept my extra plants too.
     
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    Really cool way to grow these. Thanks for the photo and tip!
    Pete
     
  4. Tom_in_PA

    Tom_in_PA I am not an addict

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    Thanks for sharing the great idea with us Marni
     
  5. Home Grown

    Home Grown Hakuna Matata

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    Thats awesome Marni, even the moss is pretty:)
     
  6. Karen

    Karen Species nut

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    I love the look & feel of your live sphagnum.
    Nice "farm" to!
     
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    Very nice Marni. Thanks for showing us!
     
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    Marni, Where do find "live" sphag moss? Your picture looks fantastic!
     
  9. Marni

    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Louise, I got this in Connecticutt about 10 years ago when I was visiting a orchid friend. He was using it to grow telipogons. We went out to where he collected it and I brought back a handful. And welcome to OI.
     
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    That looks great Marni! I'm going to have to start me a farm too. I hope I do half as well.
     
  11. Louise

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    Marni, Do you mean you found the moss out in the woods? I am going to Providence to see my kids next week - maybe I can find some. Where is a good place to look? Thanks
     
  12. Marni

    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Louise, I've sent you a PM.
     
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    I love these and have had no luck at all with them. I had one that did well for about a year and then faded. What is the temp and light levels in this area?
     
  14. Marni

    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Harry, I am growing these in a 56F minimum 80F maximum greenhouse. I have grown them with a bit cooler night in the past (52-54F).They are growing in moderate light. The same light I use for Dracula species. A hand held 18" above the plants casts a shadow, but a very indistinct shadow. I think the biggest problem is water quality. If your water isn't good, you are going to have a very hard time. I find them much easier to grow mounted on hardwood or cork and have little luck growing in pots.

    If you had one do well for a year, you should be able to do it. How were you growing it?
     
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    Marni, I had them growing in a planted area in one of my greenhouses. It was stick mounted and was misted daily. It did great for 1 winter and 1 summer then this past summer it faded. I suspect it is rainwater. I have a well and it's sort of hard. I'm in the process of setting up a rainwater catchment system for all my greenhouse watering. I'm hand watering my orchids now with rainwater. I had another growing in this 125 gallon vertical tank but it lasted no time but was a stressed plant when I got it.

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  16. Marni

    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Rainwater sounds like a good idea. It can make a HUGE difference. They can be difficult you revive if they arrive dessicated. I have also been trying some on horizontal mounts with pretty good success. Keeps moisture a the roots a bit longer.

    Is the case in the image in the gh also or in the house?
     
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    The case is in the house. The humidity stays above 90% and the temperature gets pretty warm at the top but seldom reaches 78F at the bottom. It's currently misted 4 times a day.
     
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    And does it drop in temperature at night?
     
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    Yea I'd say it drops about 10F at night. More in the winter.