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#1 Sockhom

 
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Posted 31 August 2007 - 21:13 PM

Hello :tu: !



This is some shots of my Catopsis berteroniana. I only grow this species since the beginning of the year but still, it has surprised me with the steadiness of its growth. The plant has doubled in size and is currently developing a flower scape.

I grow this tank bromeliad as an epiphyte in one of my highland terrarium. Set at a 10 cm distance from the tubes, it receives, just like all my highland Nepenthes a diluted orchid fertilizer foliar spray once a month. The plant starts to adorn that fluorescent robe typical of the wild plants. How nice... : :D


Here's my plant in its terrarium:

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And here, in the terrace, bathing in the sunlight of an ending afternoon :

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Posted 01 September 2007 - 11:30 AM

You seem to have great success with all of the plants you grow! Your plants are beautiful!
This species grows in the heat and humidity of South Florida. I have never tried to grow it in highland conditions.
I have grown many plants of this species from seed, produced by a single plant. I hope you can get your plant pollenated.
The inflorescence gets quite long, so it may be difficult under artificial lighting.
Thank you for sharing!

Take care,
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Posted 02 September 2007 - 11:57 AM

Thanks for the nice words Steven. But you're pulling my leg :yes: ! I wish i could grow tropical Drosera, for example, as well as my pitcher plants but i did not a very good job three years ago so i gave the remaining plants to a seasoned friend.
I will give it another try quite soon though. Sundews are fantastic plants.

About the Catopsis, i hope to grow it from seeds too. I've read that Catopsis could be found at locations as high as 2000m (the species can be found between sea level and 2000 m). Because the specimen i was given was grown in a highland greenhouse, i placed it in a highland terrarium. I would sure appreciate to place one of these bromeliads in my lowland tank.

Yes, the flower scape is a bit problematic. I think i will place my Catopsis in a windowsill and put it back in the terrarium (after a few months) when the flowers will have vanished.


Friendly,

François.

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Posted 02 September 2007 - 19:44 PM

Hey Socky-Boy,

that´s a great Catopsis! :yes: I like the colour of your plant very much.

Congratulations to your success!


Veuillez croire, Monsieur, à nos sentiments respectueux :yes:

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Posted 03 September 2007 - 01:44 AM

WOW Nice Plant

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Posted 03 January 2008 - 14:17 PM

I just came across this thread and decided to post also a picture of my Catopsis. The three thrives are about 30 cm high and 40 cm broad. The plant grows inside a show case at our living room using a 400W metal-vapour lamp.

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Posted 03 January 2008 - 14:55 PM

alter angeber. :happy:

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Posted 03 January 2008 - 15:45 PM

Happy new year Amar! I received it as a small plant from Lorenz Buetschi (Switzerland) about 1988, so it is more than 20 years old.

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Posted 03 January 2008 - 16:37 PM

Great plants Siggi!

I suppose the plants are grown under warm conditions as they are in your living-room?


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Posted 03 January 2008 - 16:44 PM

Happy new year Amar! I received it as a small plant from Lorenz Buetschi (Switzerland) about 1988, so it is more than 20 years old.



Happy new year to you too Siggi. :)

I'm just jealous. . :happy:

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Posted 03 January 2008 - 17:38 PM

I grew a Catopsis very well in a lowland terrarium for several years, seemed to like the heat!

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Posted 04 January 2008 - 08:21 AM

Yes, the plant grew always under hot conditions. The first 10 years at our tropical greenhouse and since 1998 inside the show case at our living room. Heat is provided by the 400 W lamp and humidity by a professional ultrasonic nebulizer.

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Posted 15 January 2008 - 17:12 PM

Does anyone know where I would be able to find Catopsis plants or seeds? I really want one for my personal collection. I have a vivarium with frogs that it would be perfect for. thanks in advance.

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Posted 15 January 2008 - 19:13 PM

Hi,
how about these ? They are about 2 years old and I have grown them from seed !

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Posted 15 January 2008 - 19:26 PM

Jens - If you are looking to sell those, it won't be to Erica without phytosanitary certificate etc...

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Posted 15 January 2008 - 23:45 PM

Hi hi,

really nice plants. :yes:
It seems to be a fast grower, only in 2 years so big, not bad.

I also would like to grow such a plant, but for my sadness i don´t have the space for such a big plant. :yes:

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Posted 16 January 2008 - 15:48 PM

No, they are not for sale. Actually they have already been sold last year here on the forum.
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Jens