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Discussion in 'Orchid Species' started by JohnsonS, Jan 12, 2017.
Such a cool species. Thanks for posting!
A couple of recent close-up photos:
Very nice flower. What else would be nice is a whole plant photo and maybe some cultural into so I might be able to keep my lepanthes alive. Thanks for posting.
Thank you, Marni!
I think it would be difficult to generalize the care of Lepanthes spp. as they are distributed over a wide range of elevation - many of them from higher elevations where it can get quite cool. Your best bet would be to research each species you are interested in to learn more about their native habitats and then ask yourself if that is an environment that you might be able to replicate and sustain without too much difficulty. There are others on this forum with far more experience in the genus than myself and I'm sure there is some very useful information tucked away in the many threads here.
Having said that, I have only had this one in my care for a few months but, judging by its willingness to bloom and the several new growths that it has sent out, I would say that it seems to not mind my conditions too much.
I grow all of my Pleurothallids mounted - to oak or cherry hardwoods - in a vivarium where a high humidity is maintained and there is adequate air circulation provided by a small PC fan that is on for about 15hrs a day, intermittently. Most receive bright, indirect light from a 24W T5HO fluorescent - probably on the bright side for growing Lepanthes. I would categorize my temperatures as "warm to intermediate".
Great photos of wonderful (but sometimes challenging) plants.