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Anyone growing any of these little guys

Posted by aachenelf z5 Mpls, MN (My Page) on
Fri, Sep 25, 09 at 14:53

I received my order from Lynn O'Shaughnessy today. Really nice plants and packed very well. Since they all came in kind of temporary pots in sphag, I have to figure out what I want to put them in. I think my choices are tree fern or sphag, but I would like to hear what others are using if you have any of these. I'm leaning more towards tree fern for some of them since the other Restrepia plants I grow have thrived on small pieces of tree fern in clay pots.

Here's what I received:

Barbosella dolichorhiza

Dryadella barrowii

Dryadella lilliputiana

Dryadella zebrina

Lepanthopsis astrophora 'Stalky'

Lepanthopsis vinacea

Restrepia chameleon

Restrepiopsis pandurata 'Free Spirit'

Trisetella cordeliae

She also threw in a Lepanthes species for free.


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RE: Anyone growing any of these little guys

Kevin, I grow the Lepanthopsis astrophora in a 1" plastic pot in sphag (I change the sphag every 6 months). Medium shade, warmish temps, high humidity.

I don't grow any of the others, but I do grow a Dryadella edwallii, a warm grower. It's mounted on cork with a small bit of sphag and hung in a clear plastic highball glass with a 1/2" of water in the bottom. I believe the zebrina will grow the same way.

Also grow four Barbosella species -- australis, dussenii, handroi and an unidentified species from Peru -- which are mostly bareroot mounted and hung up in medium shade the GH.

The Restrepia sounds interesting. I am growing three different ones, including a hybrid, bareroot mounted. Restrepias don't mind going completely dry for a couple days at a time; they are not as picky as most Pleurothallids.

I killed a Trisetella triglochin once so I guess any advice wouldn't count.

RE: Anyone growing any of these little guys

Many, many thanks CJ for that. I was wondering if some of these might do well mounted. Now I know what works for you at least.

Lynn has a really nice selection of Restrepia. I had more on my original wish list, but ended it up with only one. I might have to place another order at some point. I remember someone once saying these plants like just a hint of dryness between waterings, so that's what I've been doing and it's the reason I grow them on tree fern. So far it's really worked for me. I find those little alien flowers just the cutest things.


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