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Growth/Propagation of Ludisa discolor

This is a discussion on Growth/Propagation of Ludisa discolor within the Genus Specific forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; so i have a lanky Ludisia discolor. I want to encourage new growth. Its hanging ...

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    Default Growth/Propagation of Ludisa discolor

    so i have a lanky Ludisia discolor. I want to encourage new growth. Its hanging from the side of the pot and i have to use a rock to help the pot from tipping over. Is it possible to lay this growth sideways in a long container with sphag to encourage lateral growth? Kind of the same idea as getting a back psuedobulb or Dendrobium cane to sprout new shoots. Except the difference is that its still rooted in its pot. Any ideas?

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    Well, i think that may work, but i keep thinking you want new plants! LOL I would use plain old potting mix or you can break unruly tips off and repot them in the same pot i think. This would encourage some new side shoots to appear and clump up quite nicely.

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    haha...your right...i would like some new plants out of this discolor. I also want the plant to clump up a little more then what its been doing...i know Ludisia discolor can be a little unruly. I need to repot it anyways. Im not to sure about using plain potting mix. Maybe to drastic of a change for it? Right now its in sphag moss..hmmmm..decisions

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    Well i think thats your problem right there. Sphag isnt suitable as a whole media for a terrestrial, i have seen many here that are potted in a cheap potting mix (usually the cheap ones have less fertilizers pre-mixed mixed with them-good for Ludisia), and they love it! also you could try something like a very large bonsai dish (maybe a few inches deep?) as Ludisia naturally creeps.

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    thanks Jordan....jeepers....creepers..lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by kiwiorchids View Post
    Well i think thats your problem right there. Sphag isnt suitable as a whole media for a terrestrial, i have seen many here that are potted in a cheap potting mix (usually the cheap ones have less fertilizers pre-mixed mixed with them-good for Ludisia), and they love it! also you could try something like a very large bonsai dish (maybe a few inches deep?) as Ludisia naturally creeps.
    I agree with you. I have a large specimen plant and I got this going by simply taking the plants from two smaller pots and putting them into one large pot.
    Mine were/are potted in potting mix, but halfway up the pot is filled with crock and Aliflor and some charcoal. This is to make sure that there is really good drainage. Also, because as you said, this plant creeps and does not have long, but very fine roots you can at any time take the plant together with some of the top soil and transfer to a larger pot.
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    thanks Angela...ive heard so many different mediums to plant it in even tho its a terrestrial...i just didnt think plain ole soil would do...i thought you would have to mix it with something. what are your growing conditions with this soil mix, Angela? i have mine outside now but i kind of worry when i bring it in the house early this fall with it being in soil. Seeing as it gets colder here earlier. Would it dry out quicker?, slower? i know that most culture says to keep moist but also to allow it to dry...you know how it goes...lol

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    OOPS! Sorry I can't give advise on what to do when winter comes. I live in the Caribbean where it is sunny all year long. I grow mine in a shade house under the benches where it stays moist(not wet) all year and gets good light but not direct sun.
    Still would think that Sphag. is not what you want to pot it in. If you go for the potting mix it will dry out more quickly, but far better than having rotted roots. You will just have to pay a little more attention, and water more frequently.
    Best of luck with your final choice.
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    thanks angela.....hmmmm i know my potted plant with soil get really dry in the house in the winter...hmmm maybe i could use some potting mix with some sphag........or some bark with soil....hmmmmm darn trial and error...its the best way to learn tho...maybe ill experiment and try two different media because i have two plants.....hmmmmmmm

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    Either way....ill make those darn Ludisia grow like they've never grown before...

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