Tuesday, January 27, 2009
And as usual, with my poor cultivation skills and sense, most of the spathes melted away without opening again except for this tiny one (see below) which grew bigger slowing and finally opened today for us to have a positive ID on the species! Note that the other remaining larger spathe continued to remain closed after more than 2 weeks of cultivation.
Monday, January 26, 2009
I almost had the opportunity of visiting the location earlier this month to learn more about the natural habitat but could not make it due to not being able to re-schedule my ferry to a later time. But my friend brought back a bottle of water collected from that location to satisfy my curiosity: pH = 6.6.
My friend also had the great fortune to be able to visit the natural habitat of C. longicauda in Johor. According to him, the habitat is actually some man made ditches (so I do not think that the pH would be very low for this location too). He collected 2 specimens with spathes again and passed them to me and fortunately this time round, at least one of the two spathe managed to open (well, at least for a while before falling).I also have one specimen from Marup / Engkilili in Sarawak bought from a fellow collector as shown below. I am however clueless of the natural environment of the habitat there since it is a little too far for me to visit (anyone who have visited that locality before kindly let me know more about it, thanks!)
Happy Chinese New Year to everyone!!!
Sunday, January 25, 2009
For substrates, I decided to mix lapis sand to a mixture of ADA Amazonia + Aficana and added a small amount of peat granules. In one pot, I added some First Layer Pure Laterite and in the other I added some Mr Aqua PLPNT'S Laterite-Ball.Hopefully they will grow better this year with the new substrates!
Saturday, January 17, 2009
General locality: along the banks of small streams with flowing water
pH: about 5 to 5.5
Type of substrate - sandy to muddy sandy
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Saturday, January 3, 2009
I boldly said to the friendly lady boss: "How much is this, can you give some discount? Looks like no one will be buying this packet.". She promptly agreed to give a discount which was beyond the quantum I expected so I bought it immediately. She told me that this used to be a popular product previously but not anymore now and this is the last packet available in the shop. She would not be stocking this in her shop in the future... sad.
At least this product looked more authentic than the Mr Aqua PLPNT'S Laterite-Ball I bought recently. Now the question is which species of cryptocorynes should I add this to??? Haha, I guess more research is required to be done with regards to the natural environment of the various species of cryptocorynes!