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have leptotes bicolor,how to care for it

Posted by woollady z8 CA (My Page) on
Mon, Jan 23, 12 at 19:53

hello all,i bought a leptotes bicolor last year at an orchid show.it is in a 1" clay pot with sphagnum moss.it was blooming then but since it lost half of its leaves.it now has 6 left.i have it under a 60w.lite,14 hours a day,water when dry,humidity at 50%.any ideas on what to do ,should i repot it etc.?thank you for any ideas.


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RE: have leptotes bicolor,how to care for it

The only ones i have seen were growing on tree-fern mounts. Maybe the climate here approximates Z9 CA.
The leaves say high light and dryness not cloud forest conditions so maybe Spag. would not be a good growing material.


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thank you arthurm,for your reply.where do i find tree-fern mounts?how do i mount it?any help would be appreciated.


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RE: have leptotes bicolor,how to care for it

Oops, maybe tree-fern is not freely available in CA. Anyway just google Leptotes bicolor and select images. Mounting is the way to go. If tree-fern not available and you have to use a more arid mount, place a very small pad of spag under the plant and tie the plant to the mount with cotton thread.


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RE: have leptotes bicolor,how to care for it

thank you arthurm,for your reply.the plant right now is so small,will it be ok to mount it?should i wait until spring?thank you for any help.


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RE: have leptotes bicolor,how to care for it

One of the best treefern suppliers in the US is right there in Riverside, CA.

Here is a link that might be useful: Cal West Tropical Supply


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RE: have leptotes bicolor,how to care for it

thank you cjwatson,for the link you provided.i appreciate it.


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