N. northiana

From: Catalano Marcello (catalano@internode.it)
Date: Fri Jun 18 1999 - 12:03:09 PDT

Date: Fri, 18 Jun 1999 21:03:09 +0200
From: Catalano Marcello <catalano@internode.it>
To: cp@opus.hpl.hp.com
Message-Id: <aabcdefg2245$foo@default>
Subject: N. northiana

it's strange that John Phillips is using with success the coral
gravel (that should contain lime, I suppose) while all the others
(me included) suggest to not use any lime in the compost, although
the natural habitat of this plant is on limestone. May it be that
your plants are growing just on the layer of bark and they are not
affected by limestone just because you water from above every week?

Maybe the best compost, after all, is simply the bark; enough
neutral, drained, organic and similar to that natural
more-or-less-peat layer of organic debris of those cliffs...

P.S. Phill Mann, if you are following this discussion, your N.
gracilis "nighttime regal" is great, and now about 30 cm tall. I've
just ordered from Malesiana Tropicals some plants and I had the same
problems with dhl that I had with you. Problems that can exist only
in my absurd nation... :)

Marcello Catalano

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