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Aerangis luteoalba var. rhodosticta

Discussion in 'Orchid Species' started by Pixietoe, Mar 18, 2014.

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  1. Pixietoe

    Pixietoe Active Member

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    This year, my plant surprised me with 7 spikes. Here are some pictures.

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    KellyW Orchid wonk Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Wow, that is spectacular. Congratulations
     
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    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I would call that outrageous. Congratulations! Are you doing anything differently that might have contributed to it?
     
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    ZWUM Bulbophiliac Staff Member

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    Wow!!!
     
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    Wow ! How old is this plant!! Do plants like this give off more spikes as they age, as well being properly cared for?
     
  6. Pixietoe

    Pixietoe Active Member

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    Thanks!

    I'm not sure, maybe you tell me ;) My plant is in a intermediate-warm aquarium under artificial lights, at 20 cm or less from the lights (the aquarium is not very high). I spray it once in the morning so it dries completely between waterings. For the mounted plants I use fertilizer to 150-200 µS, alternating with low-salt water (20-30 µS).

    Here's the most recent picture, it's crazy how parallel the spikes are, it's impossible to see them all properly. Oh well, I'm really happy as it is.

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    I got my plant 4 years ago as a seedling with its first spike. Since then it has been flowering regularly, but only with 1 or 2 spikes. Last year it had some bugs and only produced 1 inflorescence. Maybe this year it's trying to make up for that? But in general the number of spikes is higher for older plants, and this species also tends to produce new growths (mine hasn't so far) and then it can get quite crazy.
     
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    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Heike, I hope it keeps doing this every year for you.
     
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    Wow, wonderful!
     
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    Very elegant plant. Just beautiful.
     
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    I'm happy to see your plant.Thanks!
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    Thank you, Marni, that would be awesome!
     
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    super
     
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    Tom-DE Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Great blooming!
    My plants only have two or three spikes per year but one of them will bloom like yours someday because it has produced 4 basal growths this year, which I have been hoping that would happen since I got it in 2005.
     
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    xmpraedicta Prairie angraecoid nut Supporting Member

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    Very nicely done. I find this one kind of hard actually - killed one already, waiting to get replacement. Mine just grow tons of short little leaves and crappy roots, then die.
     
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    Tom-DE Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    I don't find it hard to grow or bloom but I had been bitching about that for years mine didn't send out basal growths. In the other hand, my kirkii has tons of basal growths, yet I am still waiting for its first bloom.

    It sounds like you grew yours way too much light. This species really doesn't like strong light. 600-800FC is plenty. I "guess" the root problem might have something to do with water quality or your watering.... I have good air and decent rh. for mine. It is the best Aerangis IMO(just because of that little red nose), so give it another try and good luck with your next one.
     
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    My rhodosticta doesn't have any basal growths so far. Some of my potted Aerangis do that, but none of the mounted ones.
     
  18. Tom-DE

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    It took a long time for mine to have basal growths, The one that sent out four basal growths this year was purchased in 2005. I have another one that just decided to split the growth point a year ago, so now it has two growths. Yet, I have another one that I purchased in 2005 also still only has a single growths. How they do it and why they do it, I have no clue.
     
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    Out of this world. Magnificent.
    My respects.