Pamianthe peruviana seeds

Cynthia Mueller cynthiasbulbs@hotmail.com
Tue, 27 Oct 2015 05:34:59 PDT
Nick, could you describe 'permatill' for us? I know the term but not the actual composition.

Cynthia W Mueller

> On Oct 27, 2015, at 7:16 AM, Nicholas plummer <nickplummer@gmail.com> wrote:
> 
> If Pamianthe is a true epiphyte, it is likely adapted to fairly dry
> conditions at the roots or rapid cycling between wet and dry, even if its
> habitat receives frequent, or even daily rain.  Its tolerance for constant
> moisture may depend on whether it tends to grow on vertical trunks or
> horizontal branches with a thick layer of detritus.  Does anyone know how
> it grows in nature?
> 
> FWIW, my Pamianthe seedlings are thriving in a mix of long-fiber sphagnum,
> permatill, and perlite.  They're watered when the mix is almost dry and
> never misted.  They're grown in a humid greenhouse in winter and humid
> outdoors in summer.  Basically, I'm treating them as I would a Cattleya or
> Dendrobium seedling.
> 
> Nick Plummer
> Durham, NC, Zone 7
> 
> 
> On Tue, Oct 27, 2015 at 7:59 AM, Rick Buell via pbs <pbs@lists.ibiblio.org>
> wrote:
> 
>> The few p.peruviana seedlings that I started, I attempted to keep
>> watered/misted daily, but their growth doesn't compare with yours. Although
>> they're rainforest species, do they somehow benefit from a slightly dryer
>> environment? This seems counterintuitive.
>> 
>> Rick
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