Re: U. calycifida, epiphyte or terrestrial?

From: Chris Teichreb (
Date: Thu Apr 29 1999 - 09:55:03 PDT

Date: Thu, 29 Apr 1999 09:55:03 -0700 (PDT)
From: Chris Teichreb <>
Message-Id: <aabcdefg1482$foo@default>
Subject: Re: U. calycifida, epiphyte or terrestrial?

Hi Miguel,

> Chris, I have the same problem as John, the leaves are very small and it
> grows veeeryyyy slooowwlyyy...
> I've tried in different places, both with a very high humidity; and
> nothing. It doesn't grow and doesn't flower.
> I've got my plant for one year now and it's the same size, if not smaller!
> I also grew it with Neps and I grew in wet soil, too... nothing.
> So, the problem is not humidity. I think it's not light, too. I don't know
> what it could be.
> Good growing,
> Miguel

        And I guess anyone else who's interested. I grow my U.calcyfida's
in either peat/sand mix (1:1) or in live moss mixed with some perlite,
bark (whatever's lying around). Plants in the one terrarium are sitting
in about 1cm of water constantly. The humidity of the terrarium is
probably around 70%, temp during the day about 25C, at night dropping to
around 20C (I'm just guessing, the warmth comes from the grow lights).
Lights are one cool white, one grow light (4 foot, 40 watt) on for 14
hours per day. No sunlight, no fertilizer, no real problem getting them
to grow. In fact, they're coming up in pots where I didn't think I
planted them.

        The ones in the sphagnum mix either sit in about 1cm of water, or
are in with the neps which are watered overhead. Only difference to the
above is that the terrarium humidity is probably about 90%. I've noticed
no difference in length of flowering time in either terrariums, just the
size of the stolons.

        Hope that helps.


Chris Teichreb
Department of Biological Sciences
Simon Fraser University
Burnaby, B.C.

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