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Old 04-21-2019, 08:06 PM
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I'm getting a bunch of lepanthes species next week and I'm trying to visualize where in the terrarium they should go. I'm wondering just how much light they can take. I have an 18" evo and two skylight tiny rhs for light in a 24" tall terrarium. I'm looking for that sweet spot of slightly purple leaves without getting burnt. Does anybody have experience with this genus? Im recieving calodiction, saltatrix, gargoyla, telipogoniflora and tentaculata if it helps. There's not a ton of info out there for a few of them.
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Greetings,

I've grown many of these species and currently have calodictyon, telepogoniflora, saltatrix and gargoyla. Medium to bright indirect lighting seems to be their preferred intensity. I have a calodictyon that has adapted to very bright conditions but this has taken over a year. Telepogoniflora likes lower light - a moist, very shaded spot is its preferred location. All of these species like high humidity but prefer that their leaves not remain wet between watering (which requires good air movement). All of them want their roots to be steadily moist but not perpetually soggy and the require purified (r/o or distilled) water to maintain long term.

I love this genus. It can be a challenge to grow but totally worth it. Good luck.
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RO/DI water is a must. I have mine mounted vertically so they hold a bit less water and use very little moss. They’re located where they get the peripheral of the mist cone. Thankfully all the ones you’re getting are warm intermediate growers.

For me, telipogoniflora has been unforgiving. It’s either that humidity dropped in the greenhouse and it desiccated or it stayed dripping wet into a cold night.

As far as placement goes, that’s rough. If there’s an area that is like 3-5” down from the lights, that’s my advice.

I have some areas that don’t stay wet in my terraria. If there’s a log or some arboreal thing you’re mounting one of the Lepanthes to, based on my experience, the ones the are not perpetually saturated is not the one I’d mount telepogoniflora to. The others less a concern.
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Thanks for the replies guys.
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I've grown many of these species and currently have calodictyon, telepogoniflora, saltatrix and gargoyla.
If you have any, I'd love to see some photos of your plants. There aren't very many images of them in dart frog suitable terrariums out there, I'm especially interested in the saltatrix if you have any photos.
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