A brief guide to growing Lagochilus inebrians

with photos!

Germination

Fresh seeds may have less difficulty germinating and not need cold stratification

Cold stratification seems to work

Methods anecdotally recommended, but untested:

Seedling

At this stage not very sensitive to humidity

May droop when needs watering, bounces back quickly

Young Plant

Cactus mix soil with sand/perilite and calcinated clay, granite, zeolite, and vermiculite

Unglazed clay pot, water from bottom if possible

Sensitive to humidity and overwatering - appears similar to "damping off" - unclear if due to fungal infection (leaves will turn yellow and dry up - no visible mold or spots)

Desiccant dehumidifier and light fan running constantly most effective - keep rh below 30% if at all possible (most consumer models of dehumidifier will not be effective). even with a good dehumidifier, you will still have some die off, particularly in spring.

Leaves can burn (maybe if over fertilized) - they turn purplish red, then brown

In captivity, spider mites can be a persistent issue - Predatory mites most effective

Mature Plant

Will develop thick, sturdy base - fan seems to help with this

Humidity, overwatering, and spider mites remain challenges

Slightly more forgiving to mistakes

Flowers hermaphroditic, white, can be pollinated with small brush

Some Guesses:

It responds well to fertilizer and regular watering:

Soil should be alkaline, based on two sources of info




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