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    my ludisia used to be a massive basketful that put on a crazy show every year... i made a mistake of tacking a fern to the underside of the basket a few years ago... well, the fern has taken charge and the ludisia is losing the battle for space! only one spike this year
    even still, it's a pretty basket to look at... will have to do something about it... later...
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    Your one spike has some very healthy flowers.
    Re: the ferns, my advice is beware of ferns (although very beautiful in their own right) I have learnt my lessons.
    The only thing that you can do with that basket now, is leave it to the ferns. Their roots are so matted in that medium you will not be able to successfully pull them all out, and it will sprout again.
    Start another pot of Ludisia.

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    Quote Originally Posted by angela View Post
    Your one spike has some very healthy flowers.
    Re: the ferns, my advice is beware of ferns (although very beautiful in their own right) I have learnt my lessons.
    The only thing that you can do with that basket now, is leave it to the ferns. Their roots are so matted in that medium you will not be able to successfully pull them all out, and it will sprout again.
    Start another pot of Ludisia.
    i agree completely, this ludisia has been moved fro pot to pot to basket for years.... it was a grand thing in its day and for that, i cant let it fall victim to a pestilent fern! it shall return to its former glory! yes, im drunk orchiding again....

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    Ferns are weeds.

    Had a nice mini/dwarf Nep. exalta planted in a corner of my 90 gal terrarium a while back. It was well behaved for a while but finally tried to launch a coup. When I pulled it out I had runners everywhere -- including the opposite side of the tank. It has been a few years but I recently replanted a small division of it back in the terr, but this time it is in a pot which in turn is planted in the media. Should be helpful in restraining the fern ... I've used this method before with other "thugs".

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    Weed or not, that fern basket is gorgeous!

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    Quote Originally Posted by angela View Post
    Your one spike has some very healthy flowers.
    Re: the ferns, my advice is beware of ferns (although very beautiful in their own right) I have learnt my lessons.
    The only thing that you can do with that basket now, is leave it to the ferns. Their roots are so matted in that medium you will not be able to successfully pull them all out, and it will sprout again.
    Start another pot of Ludisia.
    i must agree fully and wholeheartedly...i myself have seen downfall of many great cattleyas and even compots....what a pest!!!

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    I think the fern is so pretty I am going to start a basket of ferns and leave the orchid out! I may have to try my orchid in a basket too, its getting a bit tired in its pot. What medium did you use in the basket and how do you care for it?

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    lord only knows what garbage I put in that basket! its just a mix of sphag, Fern bits, rubbish and stuff...
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    Okay, I think the ludisia blooms are beautiful and the fern - fantastic. I wish my ludisia orchid would grow. I can bloom it, but it never grows!!

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    Mine usually does pretty well with the usual benign neglect and underwatering everything else gets! If it gets leggy (could probably use more light) it tends to break off and I toss the extra into a cup with some water. I've two stems blooming in the cup, which sometimes goes dry for who knows how long! lol It rots really easily though. Such a pretty plant. I'm thinking it needs repotting, but I'm afraid I'll lose the bushy plant I have and have to start over. I'm going to look for a low/wide pot today and remember it does NOT compete well with other plants.

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