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Myrmecophila humboltii naturalized in St. Croix V. I.

Discussion in 'Orchid Culture' started by Ricardo, Sep 8, 2019.

  1. Ricardo

    Ricardo Slave of demanding bird

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    Puerto Rico
    This Myrmecophila has become so common in the gardens in the island of St. Croix in the Caribbean that people have stated to believe it is a native of the island. This Myrmecophila is very easy to grow in the Caribbean, but sometimes it fails to bloom. The usual reason for this plant not blooming is that it is grown in a place that is too shady. This plant needs exposure to full sun for at least some hours a day to bloom. The other reason for not blooming is the pseudobulbs not achieving full mature size. This plant needs heavy fertilization and water when it is in active growth because its pseudobulbs grow relatively fast. If given the proper amount of sun, fertilization and watering this plant can be grown with no media at all and it will do well. I would grow some of my plants hanging from a wire, no basket, pot or media needed. And the plants would grow and bloom reliably. This plants are growing on a palm tree in a garden near the coast. myrme.jpg