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Old 07-26-2012, 02:12 AM
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I read about the thread MagnusA posted about healthy roots making him happy…..where I first learned about Hygrolon®= The new unique material that opens up new growing possibilities. Holds 280 % of water; wicks and lift water vertically up to 320 mm ….100% inert and free from degradation….eco-friendly alternative…acts as an excellent substitute for other organic growth substrates such as sphagnum, cork, bark, xaxim etc. ; for windowsill growers like me, for terrarium and greenhouse use.
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Hygrolon® is not yet available in the USA....so I messaged Magnus if he will be kind enough to share some of his Hygrolon® with me….it would be a great idea to mount my ghost orchids!
Magnus sent me thru the mail : 2ft X 1 ft Hygrolon® ....I wanted to pay him for it but we agreed on a trade instead....
Here are pictures of two of my ghost orchids (leafless ) mounted on Hygrolon®
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1. The 2ft X 1 ft Hygrolon® spread to fit my plants ( the one on the middle is my Dendrophylax lindenii=American Ghost orchid … I decided not to move it from its mount because the roots are hard to pry out from the slats)
2&3. Chiloschista usneoides (Asian Ghost Orchid)
4&5. Microcoelia bulbocalcarata (African Ghost orchid)
*I will post again in a month's time on how the mounts are doing.
I have some extra materials left, so I will do some mounting on my miniature Vandas next
Thanks a million Magnus !!!!!!!
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Old 07-26-2012, 02:21 AM
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I, too, learned about this material from same post and was intrigued by it. Too bad we can't get it here in US. Let us know how it works out for you. I am very curious to know how it performs out "in the field."
Your ghosts look very happy! How old are they?
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Thank You, Nastia !

the Hygrolon® is like a nylon/microfiber spongy fabric that really absorbs water a longer time than any media mix....the fabric was still damp this morning so I didnt bother to spritz....the roots are starting to cling to it

the Asian Ghost Orchid I have is 3 years old
the African Ghost Orchid is 2 years old= its like the American Ghost it is very slow to grow
the American Ghost Orchid is 7 years old but has been in my care 4 years now

they are all in vase culture(large brandy glass=28 inches high) pretty much like a terrarium method .... its hanging inside an inch away from the water level with open lid for airflow
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I'm envious of your ghosts! I bought my American ghost seedling couple months ago and it is still alive, so that's something. I have it in bell jar with one inch of water below pebbles. I notice your ghosts mounted on flat surfaces. Not sure mine likes a stick that much - the roots are curling in the air.
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better remount it at least on a jute sack cloth over flat wood ....better yet make a cradle of plastic net with spanish moss and put the ghost on top of it while it is still a seedling(this is the most critical period of its caring=after a couple of years than let it stay on a tree bark since it has been used to your environment) the bell jar sounds like it has maximum humidity; but make sure to let it feel airflow from time to time....I grow it warm and with bright light

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*I will post again in a month's time on how the mounts are doing
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How are they? After 7 years?
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I read about the thread MagnusA posted about healthy roots making him happy…..where I first learned about Hygrolon®= The new unique material that opens up new growing possibilities. Holds 280 % of water; wicks and lift water vertically up to 320 mm ….100% inert and free from degradation….eco-friendly alternative…acts as an excellent substitute for other organic growth substrates such as sphagnum, cork, bark, xaxim etc. ; for windowsill growers like me, for terrarium and greenhouse use.
BUT….
Hygrolon® is not yet available in the USA....so I messaged Magnus if he will be kind enough to share some of his Hygrolon® with me….it would be a great idea to mount my ghost orchids!
Magnus sent me thru the mail : 2ft X 1 ft Hygrolon® ....I wanted to pay him for it but we agreed on a trade instead....
Here are pictures of two of my ghost orchids (leafless ) mounted on Hygrolon®
Picture:
1. The 2ft X 1 ft Hygrolon® spread to fit my plants ( the one on the middle is my Dendrophylax lindenii=American Ghost orchid … I decided not to move it from its mount because the roots are hard to pry out from the slats)
2&3. Chiloschista usneoides (Asian Ghost Orchid)
4&5. Microcoelia bulbocalcarata (African Ghost orchid)
*I will post again in a month's time on how the mounts are doing.
I have some extra materials left, so I will do some mounting on my miniature Vandas next
Thanks a million Magnus !!!!!!!
Not true! Hygrolon is NO LONGER available in the US. It's been replaced by Spyra. However a very good substitute is available at fabric stores. Look for "performance wicking fabrics". Not an orchid, but.....



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