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#1 Hornet

 
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Posted 20 January 2011 - 11:19 AM

I'm after tips on growing Utrics, just my common run of the mill small terrestrials. I have them in most pots but i want to grow pots of only utrics because i love em. I have seen pics of pots covered in a thick carpet of leaves with flower spikes emerging everywhere which is what i would love to do. Any utric nuts care to share some hints to growing and flowering these small beauties?

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Posted 20 January 2011 - 16:57 PM

Most important: Never let them dry. Give them lots of light. If you want pots to be full of Utricularia leaves just take many leaf pulling and plant them to the same pot and soon you can't see the soil of the pot.

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Posted 20 January 2011 - 22:19 PM

Most important: Never let them dry. Give them lots of light. If you want pots to be full of Utricularia leaves just take many leaf pulling and plant them to the same pot and soon you can't see the soil of the pot.


so they grow from leaf cuttings well hey? What about sowing heaps of seed in one pot?

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Posted 20 January 2011 - 22:58 PM

so they grow from leaf cuttings well hey? What about sowing heaps of seed in one pot?

I have little experience, but I did this with some U. Longifolia, thinking I would have no germination. I was very wrong indeed. Loads of seed germinated, but as I was being cautious, I dropped a few seeds in other pots 'just in case'. About 2 or 3 months later all my lfs was inhabited, I had to repot my vft seedlings, but I still can't shake the plants off... But on the bright side, I have a very biodiverse population of them :')

In short, this should work, but maybe these species are different...

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Posted 20 January 2011 - 23:01 PM

That works too. Utrics are very easy plants to grow from leaf cuttings. Take a leaf and bury the base of the leaf to the soil.

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Posted 20 January 2011 - 23:42 PM

what mix do you use for utrics?

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Posted 21 January 2011 - 17:15 PM

1:1 peat and sand for terrestrials and 1:1 living peat moss and orchid soil for epiphytic Utrics (if U. longifolia counts).

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Posted 21 January 2011 - 19:22 PM

Utricularia longifolia isn't an epiphyte and in my experience enjoys being wet. Mine is just starting to come into flower :shock:

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Posted 21 January 2011 - 20:59 PM

Thanks for letting me know that. :shock: