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Old 10-01-2018, 06:19 PM
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I think that at this point, just leave it. The next time you repot it, then you can add the "dirt". They truly don't need much fertilizer, or much of anything else except plenty of light. This potting regimen also ensures that it will drain and dry out quickly, which is really important.
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My only doubt is how to recognize it needs water. As LECA dries fast on the top, how do I know how things are at sphagnum level?

The lady who offered me the plant told me: "You'll learn how by the color of the LECA." whatever that means.
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I have never used LECA... I use that small (1 cm) gravel for most of the medium, and they just get water when I water everything else - they drain well and dry out quickly. You could use the wood skewer test to figure out what is going on down in the pot. But I would guess that if they are outside in hot weather, they could be watered every day and be fine. As temperature cool and humidity rises, then water less often. Lift the pot before you water (when you think it is dry) and after you water, and feel the weight difference. That is another indication. These are not fragile...
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I was not planning to put it outside. I could do it for most of the year but in the peak of the winter it's not good due to rain and cold. During that season I can put it inside under full sun all day (indoors) and get the temp differential it needs (day time it can go up to 28C and by night it drops to 12C).
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