Advice on growing

cat1977April 7, 2013

Hi everyone, new member here. I was wondering if anyone has some advice on how to grow pearcea USBRG 1994-276. I can't seem to find any usable info on the net so I thought I would try here. Thank you in advance-

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irina_co(z5 CO)

Cat -

I grow Pearcea sp. Ecuador and Pearcea schimpii - which seem to be quite close to yours. I grow them on wicks-mats and under fluorescent lights - 2 T12 or 2 T8s will be Ok for it. Pearcea needs decent humidity - like 50% and up otherwise it looks damaged from dry air. I use 1:1:1 Cornell mix plus a bit of milled sphagnum moss and coarse perlite for a soil, Dynagro or similar no urea balanced fertilizer at 1/8 teaspoon per gallon of water all the time.

Ask more questions please - I kind of went heavy on the lingo.


    Bookmark   April 8, 2013 at 3:57PM
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Thanks for the info. I have my plant growing semi-hydro. It seems to take quite a bit of water. Are these plants sensitive to water PH? Thanks again-cat1977

    Bookmark   April 8, 2013 at 8:07PM
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irina_co(z5 CO)

Yes - most of the gesneriads want close to neutral water and soil. As far as I know out of most wide spread gessies - Chirita (Primulina now), Petrocosmea and Gesneria especially like slightly alkaline media - because in nature they grow on limestone hills. Gesnerias require adding dolomite lime to the soil. Pearceas and Kohlerias are from high humidity high precipitation region - where the soil is so washed and rinsed through - there is no alkalinity left.

    Bookmark   April 9, 2013 at 12:59PM
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