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PostPosted: Wed Mar 07, 2018 11:13 pm 
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This was a very recent purchase of mine! I'm hoping for perhaps a few tips on keeping it. It's a wonderful plant- as far as I am aware it came from an offshoot of the local zoo collection though I may not be totally correct on that.

So far I know it is intermediate growing, from the Loja canton of Ecuador.

Its temporary home so far is on my desk, on this little shelf. Any help at all would be amazing!


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Hi, Its a Pleurothallis, similar to my P restrepioides, so moist, cool, No direct sunlight.
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All I can say is that since I moved my (what I call) Pleuro-type plants over to rockwool, they have done very well.

A Restrepia cuprea & Stellis ciliolata have put out more leaves in the rockwool faster than at any time in other media/mounted.

But my pride & joy is the attached Mas. decumana, almost lost it being down to just 2 leaves but not only putting out lots of replacement leaves in the rockwool, but finally a single bud !

Will probably put any Pleuro-type plants in rockwool in future.

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Thank you for the input!

I managed to find a wonderful housing thing for it, that I have yet to set up, and your recommendation of rockwool is one I hadn't considered before. To clarify, we are talking about the insulation material? Do you mix it with anything else? Just cube it?

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I managed to find a wonderful housing thing for it, that I have yet to set up, and your recommendation of rockwool is one I hadn't considered before. To clarify, we are talking about the insulation material? Do you mix it with anything else? Just cube it?

Hi,

I think rockwool is the same as the insulation but the rockwool for planting is bought as horticultural rockwool from a Nursery/Hydrponic supplier (rather than a massive roll of it from Wickes!!! :shock: ),
Don't know if there's any difference but the insulation could have been treated with chemicals for fire-retardence ?
A word of caution!.....Pleuro growing in rockwool is quite new to me (about a year) so I haven't trialled it myself long term (they could all crash & burn after a few years? :? ), but at the moment they are all doing very well.
I mentioned a Stellis in my earlier Post, it had only finished flowering a couple of months ago but I was pleasantly surprised to find new spikes coming up already when I was watering it this weekend.
I also have an orange-coolured Masevallia Noid which I bought from a local Garden Centre (because it was very unusual to find these in Garden Centres), that was already in rockwool so I guess if the professional growers use it, it can't be that bad?

I've attached another photo of the Massie I mentioned, now fully in flower, I've angled it so you can see the depth of the rockwool which is not deep as I don't think these are deep-rooted plants so its also in a shallow Vanda basket. The rockwool is firmed down just to avoid any lage gaps between the cubes, nothing added to it.

Hope this helps?

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