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DrLeslieEe

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So I was innocently watering my plants today and noticed this sheath on my 3 footer of a stonei plant that has been hiding amongst the lowiis for the past 4 years.

Imagine my excitement when I fondled her base to find a bulge 😏.

Let’s pray I don’t screw this one up by doing something silly and blast it.

You can consider this my first stonei to bloom for me. Which is itself a feat and honor, considering the fact that I was born a ’stone’s’ throw away from its habitat in Kuching (Borneo).

A treasured division from Sam’s collection.

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Hello,
Do stonei like drier conditions! I ask because I have murdered about 6 of these beauties. They always seem to die of some sort of rot. I have one that has survived. It seems to be doing well and has blades about 12 to 14 inches frome base to tip. I wouls love for it to bloom!
George
 

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Stonei comes from low elevation (sea level up to 500m) in Borneo, so very warm and constantly wet, but on the rock cliff.
So, you want well-draining potting mix but keep the plant warm and moist at all times for best results.
Yes that is correct. I never let it dry out completely. Warm temperatures all year.
 

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Not knowing any better, I was given a stonei and I stuck it in S/H culture. It’s not the fastest grower I’ve ever seen, blooming the first time about 5 years after I got the “NBS” plant and blooming every other year since.

It seems to do great out on my hot, humid deck all summer, then stalls over the winter indoors.
 

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Both of my stonei plants ("standard" and alba) seem to love water. I grow in SH and both have roots down in the reservoir with active growing tips.
 

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