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Aeranthes polyanthemus

Discussion in 'Orchid Species' started by Marni, Sep 21, 2021.

  1. Marni

    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    An unusual, small stature Aeranthes from Madagascar. All of the flowers open at one time and the inflorescence does not persist.

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    Wow, that's quite different from the typical Aeranthes. It is cool!
     
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    This is a very beautiful one. Elegant flowering.
    One question: what is the use of the coconut-fiber?
     
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    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    About 5 or 6 years ago as the quality of sphagnum moss continued to decline, I got tired of moss that would go bad quickly and roots would not grow in to. It also got covered with algae and a detestable moss that inhabits my greenhouses.

    I switched to the cocofiber. It doesn't hold as much moisture as the moss, but it does slow down the drying. It doesn't rot or go bad. Eventually moss will take hold, but it takes a lot longer.
     
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    Thanks Marni, that makes sense.

    I asked, because when I started growing Masdevallia's I used it too. But at one point I stopped using it, because it did not retain enough water for me. (In my situation) I do now use moss I gather from treetrunks.
     
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