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PostPosted: Sat Feb 25, 2017 4:45 pm 
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Now is the time to start Pleiones into growth if you have not already. I started mine in two batches depending on the shoot growth, on 10th and 17th February.
Those that appeared to be wanting to move away quickly, were transferred to my fridge to hold them back somewhat. They will not stop, but you can hold them back a bit. You need to keep an eye on them and remove them from the fridge when the shoots are about one inch above the compost surface.

My mix that I have been using for the best part of thirty years is 3 parts fine bark, 2 parts Peat pieces, 1 part sphagnum moss and 1/2 part Perlite. See Photo

Today I lightly watered everything except those in the fridge. They won't be watered until they go back to the greenhouse.


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 Post subject: Re: Pleione start up
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I'll bet that bench looks nice in a few weeks!

I took mine back into the greenhouse last weekend as there were buds showing. More success than last year (when I froze them to a sludge in the fridge, which was set too cold).

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Ours just started waking up out in the greenhouse, maculatas just starting and tongariro, forestii not moving yet.


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Is the year late? My terrestrials are MUCH later (4-6 weeks or so!) than normal this year too.

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All looking very good Steve. Here's hoping for a good season for you.

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Looking lovely I wish I was able to grow them well


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That's a nice benchful, as Rob said it's going to look great soon.
I Started mine on the 17th, with a similar mix without perlite, I substituted with small 5mm pieces of seramis expanded clay!
I just spray them to keep damp but not wet, until the roots form after blooming.

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