u alpina


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Hi everyone

i recently aquired u alpina and was wondering what was the best way to over winter it, as in savage garden it say's to dry it out

im new to utrics so any help would be appreciated

thanks

mark

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I find that alpina does not have to be totally dried out but it is best to cut back on watering whenever you notice growth has slowed. I usually just top water mine whenever the live sphag on top starts to look a little dry. I let the water drain through into a tray and leave it there till next time.

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Whilst on the subject of U. alpina, there is a fascinating report on the French forum, by Patrice Charpentier, about this species in the Antilles http://forumpc.webheberg.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=235.

Even if you don't speak much French, the pictures are worth a look and the climatic data should be comprehensible. It certainly seems to be a fairly epiphytic species, at least at the location where the photographs were taken.

Vic

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Darwin's puvlications on the web include an essay on U. alpina (which he called U. montana - it's the same plant). He exmined the tubers and found that a plant can go for around 30 days without water before the leaves are affected. He examined the surprising water-holding capacity of the tubers and concluded that these allow the plant to survive drought.

I too neever dry my plants out, but it seems that it would not be a problem if you did.....

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