They're just not that green?

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They're just not that green?

by hollyhock » Fri Apr 08, 2016 11:41 pm

I have a small colony of D. Shizandra . They are all growing great, but they're just not that green. Growing in cool and humid conditions. Indirect lighting on live sphagnum moss.. Any help to get em greener is appreciated...
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Re: They're just not that green?

by nimbulan » Sat Apr 09, 2016 12:49 am

I'm going to guess the light level is too low, judging by the etiolated stems.

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Re: They're just not that green?

by Leathal_Traps » Sat Apr 09, 2016 1:00 am

Use peat instead of sphag. TF and FTC member jcal did this experiment

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Re: They're just not that green?

by hollyhock » Sat Apr 09, 2016 1:10 am

What experiment? Is there a link.. ? Thanks
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Re: They're just not that green?

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Re: They're just not that green?

by hollyhock » Sat Apr 09, 2016 2:23 am

Thank you for providing that very interesting and helpful information.. I guess I will repot them and see how that works out..
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Re: They're just not that green?

by hollyhock » Thu Apr 28, 2016 3:12 pm

Update... I planted them in the peat mix and I do believe they look a little greener after a few weeks in the new medium... :D
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Re: They're just not that green?

by Kbud » Sat Apr 30, 2016 3:44 am

They really do look much happier! And the soil looks incredibly well-mixed. In addition, I would try and increase the light intensity. That should really help them color up and produce more dew.
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Re: They're just not that green?

by SundewWolf » Sat Apr 30, 2016 7:55 pm

Huh...I wasn't aware of this at all. Back when I was learning how to grow schizandra LFS was the recommended soil. Some even said live sphagnum moss was the ideal thing to grow them on.
I haven't noticed any problem with the color of mine though, but I use cheap wisconsin sphagnum that deteriorates quickly. I might switch some over to a container of peat to see for myself how much the color changes.
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Re: They're just not that green?

by SundewWolf » Sat Apr 30, 2016 8:05 pm

I've noticed that my current bag of peat will grow mold once the peat is wet and used to pot something up though... I originally used a base layer of peat in my schiz terrarium, but I scrapped it after a mold outbreak. I could try boiling it before I use it I guess.
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Re: They're just not that green?

by Tarzanus » Sun May 15, 2016 8:52 am

You can try microwaving it. That should sterilise it, but you might get mold infection later, spores are all around, traveling in the air. :)


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