have leptotes bicolor,how to care for it

woollady(z8 CA)January 23, 2012

hello all,i bought a leptotes bicolor last year at an orchid show.it is in a 1" clay pot with sphagnum moss.it was blooming then but since it lost half of its leaves.it now has 6 left.i have it under a 60w.lite,14 hours a day,water when dry,humidity at 50%.any ideas on what to do ,should i repot it etc.?thank you for any ideas.

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arthurm(Sydney, NSW AUST)

The only ones i have seen were growing on tree-fern mounts. Maybe the climate here approximates Z9 CA.
The leaves say high light and dryness not cloud forest conditions so maybe Spag. would not be a good growing material.

    Bookmark   January 23, 2012 at 9:00PM
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woollady(z8 CA)

thank you arthurm,for your reply.where do i find tree-fern mounts?how do i mount it?any help would be appreciated.

    Bookmark   January 24, 2012 at 9:39PM
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arthurm(Sydney, NSW AUST)

Oops, maybe tree-fern is not freely available in CA. Anyway just google Leptotes bicolor and select images. Mounting is the way to go. If tree-fern not available and you have to use a more arid mount, place a very small pad of spag under the plant and tie the plant to the mount with cotton thread.

    Bookmark   January 24, 2012 at 10:12PM
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woollady(z8 CA)

thank you arthurm,for your reply.the plant right now is so small,will it be ok to mount it?should i wait until spring?thank you for any help.

    Bookmark   January 25, 2012 at 4:14PM
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cjwatson(Z8 FL)

One of the best treefern suppliers in the US is right there in Riverside, CA.

Here is a link that might be useful: Cal West Tropical Supply

    Bookmark   January 26, 2012 at 7:06PM
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woollady(z8 CA)

thank you cjwatson,for the link you provided.i appreciate it.

    Bookmark   February 1, 2012 at 7:14PM
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