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Old 01-26-2010, 01:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I started out about a year ago with a few plants as an experiment to see how viable growing outdoors was. Here is my first setup. I simply used a styro-foam container that I got from a plant shipment. I had cut up gallon sized zip lock bags and used some wooden skewers to construct a top. I don't think I ever took pictures of the top and sadly it is no longer in commission due to the amount of weathering it took over the 1 year period. It was really sweet though.



I used aquasoil amazonia 2 and some pots I had got from the local home depot. I would change the water weekly or so because I never had any water movement from a pump. I fertilized with tropica fertilizer every 10 or so days and would mist them every so often. Overall I think this is the best way to grow because the styro-foam is great at insulating the water. Days can be very hot and nights can get a little chilly. I think the styrofoam is great for growing in extremes.

Slowly but surely I started to grow quite a collection. Here are some pics of what my set ups are looknig like. I got all of the nursery flats and domes from a local hydroponic store. They run around 10-15$ for the setup. I use hose water to fill the nursery flats and then I have been using fox farms grow big. It is a (3-2-6) hydroponic fertilizer that has 3 parts nitrogen, 2 parts phosphate, and 6 parts potassium. So far I am overall satisfied with the results but I think that down the road I want to learn more about each plants individual needs and try to make my own fertilizers to optimize each plants potential. But I will say that I have been getting colors out of my plants that I have never seen before.











and my anubias collection



The large plant in the middle is A. Minima (1 year old), A. Gasser (1 year old, very rare) in the top right corner and bottom left corner and a few rhizomes in the bottom right corner have started to sprout some new plantlets, and then A. batari 'narrow leaf' in the top right.
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Old 01-26-2010, 02:59 PM   #2 (permalink)
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here are some pics of my crypts....

C. Wendtii 'tropica' This one is in eco complete because I ran out of aquasoil, it's growing great so far. There are about 7-10 plants in here, started with 1 about a year ago.


C. parva Had this growing submersed for a few months and decided to put them all emersed. There are about 10 pots and they are all adapting well to being emersed. Took about a month and there was plenty of melt.


C. albida This is one of my favorites =) looks so cool when it grows out.


the leaves have turned a shade of brown with the fertilizer I have been using, look at the pics before the fertilizer to see the difference.




baby C. elliptica


same plant weeks later


some leaves from a C. undulata, sometimes they are brownish red and sometimes they look like this. I found this one @ a petsmart



some A. nana on some lava rock



C. pontederiifolia with some nice color




C. purpurea



C. wendtii 'green'??????? i'm not sure what this is



some non aquatic moss I found in my backyard



C. spiralis 'dwarf' , turned a nice color with the new fertilizer



every time I clip off a large leaf from my C. ciliata I would cut it fairly high on the stem below the leaf, leaving a large portion of that leaf structure still on the plant. After about 2 weeks time that remaining part of the leaf will melt off leaving behind one of these propagates (not sure if this is the right word). this is such a cool way of propagation because when they break free they can float away to start a new life away from the mother plant. I have cut my plant 3 times so far and each time it has produced one.



C. pontederiifolia??? ok I think i got this from texgal a long while back. It came with C. pontederiifolia and it basically a long root with a bunch of plantlets coming up from the root. I had it submersed for a long time and it never did anything so I switched it to emersed and after a few months it is growing but it looks nothing like pontederiifolia. Any ideas?



C. becketti 'wild collected' , such a cool plant. I am really happy I was able to get one and hope it makes plenty of babies




some C. undulata that i got a little bit ago is finally growing. It was dormant for over a few weeks with just 1 leaf.



I've been getting some white mold on some of my pots, any ideas what it is and what causes it?

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Very nice collection you have there. I am getting the same webby stuff and spots on my plants, hopefully someone can chime in and explain it.

Do you keep them outside all the time?
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Wow, very nice looking plants and nice pictures and explanation.
The "Wendtii green" seems to be more like a c. lucens, and maybe the c. pontederifolia for me is more like a c. x willisii or c. nevilii

Again, great plants!! I'll try this outdoor setup soon..

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Thanks for the kind words. They are kept outside on my screened in patio year round. We had temperatures as low as 30 the past 2 weeks so they were inside before it dropped below 65. I keep a very close eye on my weather channel app on my phone. When they come inside I have a 4 x 65 watt coralife light I put them under. They were loving that compact fluorescent light a little too much, I almost didn't put them back outside. The sun is pretty weak this time a year I am learning. Maybe next year I will make sure to keep them in during the months of november - april. I did notice very slow gains leading up to the cold front.

Yea, I'd like to find out what that mold is. I've noticed it hangs around when the setup is very moist. If I open the vents at the top for a few days the mold seems to subside, or if it is particularly sunny out for a few days it will go away. When the plants were inside under the CF lights the mold was gone. I spent a weekend away from home and the lights were off for 2 days and when I returned the mold had kicked into high gear. So I hypothesize that the mold is triggered from high moisture and low sunlight and low temperatures.
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thats an awesome looking collection you have! wow!!
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It's been about a year in the making but I finally got my first spathe!!!! C. albida



I also had an intruder. I need to make sure that I pay closer attention because I had slacked for like a week and nearly missed a spathe and almost lost a lot of leaves.



And here is what my baby C. elliptica is looking like maybe 1-2 months old now


I don't know why but I really like challenges, I guess that's why I like crypts so much. I find that I like the crypts that I have to put more TLC into rather then the ones that grow like weeds. Here is my latest challenge, a little piece of rhizome of a C. Undulata
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C. albida spathes are so elegant. Congrats!
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Yea I am pretty impressed by how good it looks. Is there anything I can do with it? I have a second one on its way, would I be able to save the pollen from this one and then pollinate the next one?
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Nice! Congrats on the spathe! Growth looks pretty good!
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