[pleurothallid-l] Mounting Pleuothallis pectinata upside down?

geiger at vetigastropoda.com geiger at vetigastropoda.com
Wed Jun 15 00:59:47 EDT 2011


I recently (3 months ago) got a Pleurothallis pectinata (aka the plunger). It came in a 2" plastic pot (opening to top = away from gravity) in a hanging wood basket with 4 leaves hanging over the side. Then I 
saw at another grower a plant mounted "upside down", the leaves hanging out of the bottom of a basket. This made sense to me, so I remounted my plant in plenty of moss, some bark for air in an upside-
down basket (big opening to floor, wire hangers attached to former base). The medium and plant are kept in the basket with crossed wires. The 4 leaves seem to be happy, they flower, but there has been no 
growth activity (I kind of get the sense, that the species is not a fast grower, so I may just be impatient). So I worry whether I just screwed it up. Does anybody know what the cues are for new leaf development:
- positive phototactic
- geotactic (positive/negative)
- following the other leaves ?
Any ideas on how many leaves one should expect to develop in a given amount of time?
Anything to consider with mounting this species?

Thanks for taking the time. Best wishes

Daniel



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