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  Re / Phymatarum
From: Michael Kolaczewski <mjkolaffhbc at sbcglobal.net> on 2015.05.24 at 23:08:32(23388)
Very interesting concerning the plantlets.
In looking at the picture, what kind of growing media you are using there? Some kind of Aggregate, perlite, or a combination of ingredients ?
Thank you,
Michael Kolaczewski

From: Peter Boyce <phymatarum at gmail.com> on 2015.05.25 at 03:33:49(23390)
Hello Michael,

We work with three different media. Most of the smaller growing species are in pure long-strand spahgnum. A few of the very tricky species, notably Bakoa and some of the smallest Bucephalandra are in pure medium-grade (3 mm) Perlte. The robust species, such as the colonial Schismatoglottis and the large-growing Homalomena are in a mineral soil comprising 3 parts locally-sourced red volcanic soil (pH ca 4.5) and 1 part coarse washed river sand. We favour plastic pots of the Perlite and sphagnum cultures and unglazed fired terracotta for the mineral soil plants.

Best wishes




From: Peter Boyce <phymatarum at gmail.com> on 2015.05.25 at 03:52:20(23391)
Hi again Michael,

As a follow-up to my posting. All our plants are under automated mist, a 300 micron droplet generated by a centrifugal pump, on for 1.5 minutes every hour; no matter what medium the plants are in we feed weekly with Ascofol.





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