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matt_in_trees Helping a friend run gels so she can analyze her #fungi samples. #dna #science #genetics #ecology #buffalony 4d

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matt_in_trees One of the coolest plants in my #vivarium has got to be this blue iridescent #spikemoss :)
#nature #nature_obsession #plants #plantnerd #houseplant #selaginella #blue #buffalony #botany
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  •   weirdamiga I love this plant! The only way I've managed to keep mine alive & well is by growing it in a shallow bowl inside an old display case (hinged glass top) where I've created a controlled humid environment. Like an oversized terrarium, kinda :) 4d
  •   matt_in_trees @weirdamiga I'm glad to know I'm not the only one to have struggled with this one. It took a lot of different attempts to find a situation where it was happy. The mother that I take my cuttings from has finally settled into a dark corner of my mini greenhouse where I spray it down daily. I have tried cuttings in many different scenarios but this is the first time with real success. I stacked a bunch of lava rock in the viv and filled it half way with rain water. I run a small pump through a "waterfall" which increases the humidity significantly. It gets diffuse light and seems to spread into the nooks and crannies that wick up water best. We shall see what the next few months bring :) 4d
  •   gravybaybee Where did you get the mother plant? 4d
  •   matt_in_trees @gravybaybee someone got a little crazy with their orders at a local nursery this summer and they had a couple of these up for sale. Haven't seen em since though. I think they killed em before they sold them. 4d
  •   matt_in_trees @gravybaybee want a cutting? 4d
  •   gravybaybee Um yes! My vivariums will be so happy! Because they have feelings, you know. Do you want to trade for drosera seeds? 3d
  •   matt_in_trees @gravybaybee sure, sounds like a deal! What is your email? 3d
  •   jamesipy Gorgeous! 2h

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matt_in_trees Woodchuck skull nibbled on by various smaller rodents. #nature #nature_obsession #newyork #beavermeadow #skull #bones #rodent 5d

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matt_in_trees Not sure of the species on this one but awesome nonetheless. #orchid #orchidworld #orchidspecies #nature #nature_obsession #plants #plantnerd #botany #flowerporn 1w
  •   csingxyz Great shot 1w
  •   pseudoavi wow superb color 1w
  •   schmesss Stunning! 1w
  •   micwillet I wish my I could get orchids to bloom again like you! Maybe my first step is not buying the dying ones from the bargain rack at lowes. 1w
  •   matt_in_trees @micwillet to be fair, the last couple are not my orchids. Either way, they are a lesson in patience and persistence. There is rarely anything fast about an orchids lifecycle. Just have to find that balance between light, nutrients, potting media, and humidity. Thats half the fun of growing them for me. The key is to get them on a decent fertilization schedule. Dilute fertilizer is best. There is nothing wrong with rescuing them either. Its often the cheapest way to get your hands on em. Just know that it just takes that much longer to get them to bloom again. Also - I'm not a kik user, sorry for the delay. If you have questions then facebook or email is best :P 1w
  •   mrs_crabass I think this is Eriopsis biloba. Great photo! 1w
  •   matt_in_trees @mrs_crabass wonderful, thank you! 1w

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matt_in_trees Time to walk away. If anyone can offer some #advice with what I may be doing wrong here I would greatly appreciate it :P

#stats #statistics #data #science #fml
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  •   orchidmandala I too have an amazing collection of begonias! 2w
  •   matt_in_trees @travellerdan it is probably my favorite indoor thing to do in Buffalo. Needs help on cultivating and dealing with peats. Could certainly be more sustainable/progressive but otherwise I love it there. Mostly tropicals, a desert house, bonsai, ivy. Things like that. Not so much on outdoor stuff because it sits in a county park though there is a good amount of landscaping. 2w
  •   matt_in_trees Pests not peats 2w
  •   matt_in_trees @orchidmandala gotta love em! 2w
  •   travellerdan Ok, maybe I'll check it out. Is it free? Lots of orchids? 2w
  •   matt_in_trees @travellerdan plenty of great orchids. Its not free but you can't beat $9 for the size. 2w
  •   travellerdan Ok thanks for the info Matt. 2w
  •   travellerdan Checking out the website now 2w

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matt_in_trees New friend. Begonia foliosa var. putzeysiana. I have a real addiction. #plant #plants #plantnerd #botany #begonia #houseplant #buffalony 2w
  •   micwillet Ooh! I've never seen this beauty. 2w

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  •   micwillet Beautiful! 3w
  •   melody11 Nice job! 3w
  •   akhdarlevante Best moment ! 3w
  •   matt_in_trees @micwillet @melody11 @akhdarlevante thanks :) this was given to me as a gift and the place it was purchased from really sucks at orchids. It was potted in potting soil and the roots were mostly rotted. People get annoyed with how long it can take some orchids to bloom but honestly it's one of my favorite things about this group :) 3w
  •   micwillet There is no better feeling than taking a dying plant from the dollar shelf at lowes and nurturing it back it to health! Fantastic job 3w

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matt_in_trees Views like this make me forget I'm in western #newyork
#nature #nature_obsession #hiking #views #cliff #zoar #forest #fall #outdoors
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matt_in_trees Spent some of the afternoon checking out liverworts and mosses living on the bark of trees. Kept seeing this spindly little reddish species of liverwort. Possibly a Frullania? Any ideas? #liverwort #hiking #botany #nature #nature_obsession #macro #moss #trees #forest #newyork 3w

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