Ditto. For years, I grew them and they wouldn't get past 3-4" iirc but once I started feeding, the size increased dramatically (and they flowered for the 1st time).I do believe in feeding, especially with D. schizandra as I can definitely tell the difference!
Wow! I need to try this and see if I also get no mold! That would be fantastic!Here's a few growth tips for this picky "sister"... Feeding; I use a primordial soup of sorts, consisting of crushed fresh (frozen) bloodworms mixed with a little RO water and the "soup" is applied to the leaves with an eyedropper every two weeks. The liquid is absorbed directly, without risk of mold and each leaf gets two drops of liquid only.
More good info - thanks! I'll need to try keeping some with less-wet conditions.Watering; I've heard of some growing them wet and some folks growing them drier. Here in tropical Florida, mine respond best when the media is kept just barely damp at all times. I may water once every week or two and never saturate the compost. Just enough to keep the dampness present... and nothing more. I also grow them inside under a T5 lighting system on a red and blue spectrum bulb mix, in one of my Heliamphora chambers. Photoperiod is 12 hours with bulbs residing 12 inches or better above the plants.
Each summer my plants struggle even though i keep them in the basement all summer. If mine regularly see temps around 78*F, I can expect at least some to crash (Hmmm, maybe because mine are kept 'wetter'??)Temperatures; Winter = 60F - 73 F. They grow best in Winter for me. Summer = 72F - 78F. I never let them go above 80F at any given time. In my conditions, it doesn't work. I have to constantly think "highlander" to be successful... ; )
D. prolifera is a much more tolerant plant for me. I allow plants to grow in the live LFS between pots in my tanks and they soon grow everywhere. Since they are not as aggressive as D. adelae, there's no real worries about them showing up where they are not wanted. I suspect that they would love to grow in the top dressing of live LFS in highland / intermediate Nep pots...I also grow D. prolifera the same way with great results, although they tolerate temps above 80F much better.
Absolutely! Thanks for the info - much appreciated!I hope these tips help those interested in growing this magnificent gem!