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Old 10-21-2008, 06:15 PM
markbudde markbudde is offline
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Does anyone have tips on growing slc. barefoot mailman? I have it in my terrarium, and a small division in semi-hydro in my window, but can't find any info on it. The one in my terrarium has only put up one new leaf and no flowers (though a lot of new roots) in the 6 months I've had it. How much light, humidity and temps should I be giving this guy? Here's a pic of it, though the second biggest leaf has turned more yellow in the upper 1/3 since I took this pic. I don't fertilize very much, could this be a problem?
Thanks, Mark

Lights: ~110 watts compact fluorescent with good reflectors, 14 hrs/day (2 of the hours there is 220 watts on)
Temp: ~79 during the day, ~71 night
humidity: ~about 100%, auto-misted about once a day
Fertilizer: Grow-More 20-10-20 urea free, diluted 1:2, about once ever 6 weeks.
Air Flow: computer fans move air around slowly, but the air is not stagnant

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Old 10-21-2008, 06:19 PM
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I can't comment on how much light should be used indoors for that one but the roots look great! You must have the humidity at a good level.

The leaves do look slightly greener than I would expect but it could be the photo as well. Hopefully someone here will give you some insight on the light issue.
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Old 10-21-2008, 10:13 PM
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I had this one in my terrarium, much like yours, and it died very quickly. It also did not make it for me in s/h. Although the reason it did not survive was because of a mealy bug infestation, not conditions. At first it was growing really well, under two 65 watt 6000K and 10000K lights, humidity in the 60-100 range, daily mistings, mounted on wood, no sphag used. Fans ran intermittently throughout the night.
Actually, now that I think of it, maybe I gave away the s/h cutting to Dorothy. I can't remember.
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We must not buy their fruits:
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Their hungry thirsty roots?"

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