Featured BUILD JOURNAL - Custom In-Wall Vivarium

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  1. ulyssis

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    Thanks for the advice. I'll contact Ron and see what he has. Nice viv btw.
     
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    there are a few orchid species that blush quite nicely, mind you I don't remember the names. I am sure Drew might be able to help in that regard.

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    Drew? Who's drew?
     
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    Drew is the founder of Canadart and an orchid guru. His username is 'Drew' :)
     
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    Cool. Does he sell em?
     
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    Picked up some plant clippings from The Green Oasis this morning (thanks, Phil). I'm not a plant expert, so if you recognize any of these plants, do you mind naming them. If you know if they like low, medium or high light, that would be a bonus as well.


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    Grabbed some orchids off Drew today. Thanks, Drew and it was nice to meet you.

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    Hey man, looking great! I can help you with a few IDs. I'm pretty sure Phil can help with the ones I am missing. I'll also try to give you an idea of what's worked best for me.

    A - ficus panama - really slow grower and doesn't like to be soaked in my experience. Grows best started in substrate or net pot near a background to climb.

    C - Episcia Silver Skies - this has done well for me in a medium lit, well draining substrate.

    G - Peperomia - low/medium light well draining substrate

    H - Pellionia pulchra - once this plant gets it roots down it goes like a WEED. I can easily trim this plant once a month! Well draining substrate medium/high light.

    I - Pennywort - likes it wet/damp, will spread via runners. I had pennywort on the far left of a 18x18x24 and it spread all the way to the far right side within 3 months. Likes medium/high light.

    K - begonia

    L - ficus oak leaf - similar to ficus panama, really slow starter. I've found its best to root this on sphagnum or any moss laying flat and once it shoots roots you can pin it up against a background. Doesn't seem to like being very wet or hot. medium light.

    O - peperomia rotundifolia - I laid this peperomia across a big piece of moss and its spread all over the place now. Medium/high light.
     
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    Great pickups here. I assume Drew gave you some tips with the orchids. Just make sure they're given some time to dry off during the day. I know you have an epic air circulation setup so I don't think you'll have any problems. Also, most of these guys grow suppppppperrrrr slow. Don't worry it's normal :)
     
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    The panama and oak leaf ficus (A & L) really like to grow vertically on walls, I would just pin them to a vertical surface and not worry about planting them in soil. They will tend to try and take over though, so you will have to watch where they are growing and expect to trim them back quite a bit. They are great for creating a green wall in the background and to grow on surfaces that other plans don't (like the very top of the walls and even the top glass). They tend to be very hardy.

    B is a fittonia. They are hardy and will try and take over if you don't trim them back. Plant these directly in the soil, my soil is a bit on the damp side and they tend to grow really well in it.
     
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    Yeah super nice guy. Answered all my questions. He warned me about the super slow growth.
     
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    Great build journal, love the construction detail!

    What is the orchid, 4th pic in your last post?
     
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    Thanks man. As for the orchids, I was being real careful keeping the plant stakes, with the names, close to each flower so I would know. Then my 2yr old some comes along while I'm busy planting and pulls em all out and chucks em down the stairs. So needless to say I'm lost.
     
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    Thanks Eric and mwringe for the plant id's.

    J: is Colombian Solanaceae Solanum cf. evolvulifolium was once known as the 'mystery vine" http://www.dendroboard.com/forum/plants/178258-colombian-solanaceae-mystery-vine.html
    D: I originally thought it was a type of philodendron but I think it might be something else.
    N: is a unkown fern
    E: is a rabbit fern (Davallia fejeensis)
    M:is a type of Selaginella

    I'm not sure of the name for F:
     
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    Which ones are you unsure about?
     
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    Lol. All of them:

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    Bulb. barbigerum
    E. bractescens
    Aergs. biloba
    Cycl. lindeyanum
    Ren. vietnamensis
     
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    Awesome man. Thanks!
     

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