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Re: Piptospatha

Hi Devin,

Good news and bad news. Piptospatha species are easy to grow in a
well-drained but constantly wet medium. We have six species in cultivation
here in Sarawak: elongata, grabowskii, impolita, ridleyi, perakensis &
viridistigma. We grow them in shallow clay plans and cut-down perforated
water-lily baskets, with a mineral-soil  sand mix (1:3) and a
moss-and-perlite (1-1) mix with equal ease. They require constant humidity,
medium shade (75% of our natural light) and a minimum temperature of 20C
nighttime rising to a max of 36C day time.

The bad news is that virtually all species except P. ridleyi are not in
commercial cultivation. When I was living in the UK P. ridleyi occasionally
turned up (unnamed) in aquarist shops. It is immediately recognizable by the
leaves splashed pale green on a dark green background.

Very best


-----Original Message-----
From: aroid-l-bounces@gizmoworks.com [mailto:aroid-l-bounces@gizmoworks.com]
On Behalf Of dbiggs@xantusidesign.net
Sent: Tuesday, 29 December, 2009 4:15 PM
To: aroid-l@gizmoworks.com
Subject: [Aroid-l] Piptospatha

I think I'm in love!

Does anybody have any experience with any Piptospatha species?

Are there any US sources for them at all. I have looked around some, but
found nothing. I wonder if they are difficult to grow(?).

Cheers and thanks,

Devin Biggs

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