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Mystacidium gracile

Discussion in 'Orchid Species' started by xmpraedicta, Jun 11, 2014.

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  1. xmpraedicta

    xmpraedicta Prairie angraecoid nut Supporting Member

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    First blooming for me, after a cooler winter! A mere shadow of the amazing bloomings I've seen on here, but I still love it!

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    KellyW Orchid wonk Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Calvin, what temps are you growing in?
     
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    ZWUM Bulbophiliac Staff Member

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    Very nice!
     
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    gnathaniel Lurker Supporting Member

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    Awesome! Does this grow and shed leaves each year or is it always leafless?
     
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    xmpraedicta Prairie angraecoid nut Supporting Member

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    Kelly I would say intermediate-warm. This winter I really tried hard to cool things off...but couldn't really manage temps lower than ~66F. Might have gotten better with a tad cooler, with warmer days...at least that's what I've heard!

    gnathaniel - it gets little tiny leaves sometimes..sometimes they get to about 1cm long, but then they fall off. I just noticed after looking at the picture that mine look kind of crappy...

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    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    It is always a victory when you bloom something for the first time. Congratulations!
     
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    gg68 Angraecoid addict

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    Great!!:clap:
     
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    xmpraedicta Prairie angraecoid nut Supporting Member

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    The original plant from 5 years ago died after a spider mite infestation. Looking back on the photo of the leaf, I can see the mite damage. I got a replacement from Lourens Grobler at Redlands last year, and it must have been getting ready for a winter bloom in the southern hemisphere, because it popped out a spike. Now, it has bloomed again in the proper season in the N. hemisphere. I'm anxious because my conditions are limited in how cool I can keep them. I hope I can keep this gem alive until I eventually get a cool growing space.

    Marni - I know you were querying about winter dry rest. Did you end up finding an optimum culture for this species?

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    naoki Well-Known Member

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    Very nice! I think I got it from him, too, but I don't think mine is doing as good as yours.