Mexipedium xerophyticum in a bonsai pot

Slippertalk Orchid Forum

Help Support Slippertalk Orchid Forum:

Leo Schordje

wilted blossom
Joined
Aug 22, 2006
Messages
2,463
Reaction score
6
Location
NE Illinois
Nice quality pot. The linear line of the lip and the bottom band create a nice horizontal image, well suited for when this cluster fills out even more. Nice choice of pot.
 
C

Chuck

Guest
Very well grown plant. Tremendous number of blooms on a relatively compact clump.

Chuck
 

cnycharles

Peloric keiki
Joined
Jan 22, 2008
Messages
9,714
Reaction score
146
Location
elmer, nj
bump

I just repotted my plant into a big tupperware container, and I was wondering if the people who grow in the flat bonsai pots could tell me how you drain the water out (does it have a hole or two in the bottom), and is there usually a residual amount of water that sits in there for a few days? also in this pic the center part of the plant has a lot of moss growing around it; is there some old media there that holds the moss, or something else? - thanks
 

SlipperKing

Madd Virologist
Joined
Sep 16, 2007
Messages
19,310
Reaction score
641
Location
Pearland TX
bump

I just repotted my plant into a big tupperware container, and I was wondering if the people who grow in the flat bonsai pots could tell me how you drain the water out (does it have a hole or two in the bottom), and is there usually a residual amount of water that sits in there for a few days? also in this pic the center part of the plant has a lot of moss growing around it; is there some old media there that holds the moss, or something else? - thanks
Mine has one hole in the bottom
 

JPMC

Well-Known Member
Joined
Jun 12, 2008
Messages
651
Reaction score
0
Location
Cleveland, OH
bump

I just repotted my plant into a big tupperware container, and I was wondering if the people who grow in the flat bonsai pots could tell me how you drain the water out (does it have a hole or two in the bottom), and is there usually a residual amount of water that sits in there for a few days? also in this pic the center part of the plant has a lot of moss growing around it; is there some old media there that holds the moss, or something else? - thanks
The pot in the first post of this thread has one hole. The moss is now growing throughout the surface of the pot. I keep it watered every other day in the winter and every day in the summer. Whenever any plant I have is kept moist, moss grows on the potting medium surface.
 

Leo Schordje

wilted blossom
Joined
Aug 22, 2006
Messages
2,463
Reaction score
6
Location
NE Illinois
Most bonsai pots have fairly large holes, or multiple holes. Xeriphyticum is one Phrag I don't let sit in water. So having drainage is good.
 
M

MaryPientka

Guest
Fantastic! I wonder if a rambling besseae would like a bonsai pot.
 

Ssarner

New Member
Joined
Aug 20, 2021
Messages
3
Reaction score
0
Most bonsai pots have fairly large holes, or multiple holes. Xeriphyticum is one Phrag I don't let sit in water. So having drainage is good.
What medium do you use to pot your mexipedium xerophyticum? Someone local gave me two. I better learn how to repot them quick before they die on me. That someone told me I have to let them sit in half inch water. Any advice will be appreciated.
 

Rockbend

ST Supporter
ST Supporter
Joined
Jun 20, 2016
Messages
149
Reaction score
42
I grow them in a bark/peat mix, in 3" pots, and water every 5-7 days.

The big plant is in an 8" bulb pan with peat/gray rock mix and gets watered the same.
 

Ssarner

New Member
Joined
Aug 20, 2021
Messages
3
Reaction score
0
I grow them in a bark/peat mix, in 3" pots, and water every 5-7 days.

The big plant is in an 8" bulb pan with peat/gray rock mix and gets watered the same.
Thank you for replying back. When you say water, do you mean water with weak fertilizer? If no how frequent do you fertilize?
 

cnycharles

Peloric keiki
Joined
Jan 22, 2008
Messages
9,714
Reaction score
146
Location
elmer, nj
It makes a big difference to your watering, where you live and your conditions. It grows where it’s hot, humid and very bright. If you are very cool then likely you don’t want thick media sitting in water. When I first had another one, when it was in a light stand, in a compot tray with clear plastic dome, it looked happy grew and flowered. Then I had to move a few times and many things weren’t happy. My most recent after trying to change conditions it was unhappy; recently put it near more light and put a dome over it (more humidity) and it’s looking alive again.
People who have easier time growing it either are in south where warm and humid, or provide lots of light. Your conditions will provide how you’ll need to grow it.
 

Rockbend

ST Supporter
ST Supporter
Joined
Jun 20, 2016
Messages
149
Reaction score
42
Thank you for replying back. When you say water, do you mean water with weak fertilizer? If no how frequent do you fertilize?
When I water, I use only water. I foliar feed 2-3 times a month in summer, and I use a tiny bit of slow release fertilizer in the pots.

Regarding cnycharles comment above, I grow Mexipediums hot, humid, and bright!
 

livingorchids

New Member
Joined
Mar 27, 2020
Messages
3
Reaction score
3
I don't usually post but wanted to add that I also have had good success with bonsai pots and inorganic rock media that I use for my trees. The picture is of a small flask that I got about 2 years ago originating from Orchid Inn. I have not repotted since but will do it next season. It is grown indoors under 48" tube lights and have not lost a single seedling. The 1 single growth had no roots so I tried it by itself and is growing good now. The original seedlings are shown in the 7.5" x 6" bonsai pot.
 

Attachments

BrucherT

ST Supporter
ST Supporter
Joined
Nov 16, 2017
Messages
923
Reaction score
258
Location
Chicago
Excited for this thread…then saw that the pics are dead. Sigh.
 

Latest posts

Top