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Pleurothallis dressleri

Discussion in 'Orchid Culture' started by Tom-DE, Mar 26, 2014.

  1. Tom-DE

    Tom-DE Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Last fall, there were few of those showing up in U.S and I know few of the lucky members here including myself got pieces of it. How do you grow yours? Light level and temperature drop to induce flowering?.... TIA. Mine is growing well but no sigh of flowers
     
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    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I don't have any flowers either but it is growing well. I have mine on the crotch of a piece of leptospermum so that it is horizontal, but can go up or down as it wants. It seems to be growing off of the mount just hanging out in the air a bit. I was told that it grows in moss, but was afraid to put anything on it for fear of smothering. I have been given some starts of very fine moss that I will try on it once it gets going. Mine is 56F to 75-80F and moderately shady. Pretty much the same light as lepanthes.

    How are you growing yours?
     
  3. Tom-DE

    Tom-DE Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Thanks, Marni.
    My little piece is mounted on cork with some moss, some air movement, 55-72F since I have it, actually the winter temp. is more like 62-65F during the day. It is on the horizontal mount. I try not to keep it constant wet because I am also afraid of something..., light level is about 1500FC(bright shade?).
    Another thing, although mine has grown quite a bit, it doesn't grow many roots, actually just very few and they are short. Is it normal?
     
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    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Since mine is the only one I've ever seen in person, I'm not in a position to say what is normal. I did just go out an look and I think that most of the growths have a root, but only one. They are short compared to other roots, but they are as big as the growth so it may not be short for the plant.
     
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    Tom-DE Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Good point there.It is all relative...
    I just googled, and those posted on web don't seem to have visible roots either. The one on IOSPE was a big one and I don't see many roots on it, maybe they are too "short" to be visible... so I guess it is kinda normal.
     
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    I hope either of you didn't have to pay what they were fetching on ebay for...
     
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    Plants are worth what people are willing to pay.

    Anyway, I grow all of mine intermediate, mostly on cork with just a bit of sphagnum moss. Another friend has a lot of luck growing it on crushed pumice rock in a pot in high humidity. He grows a lot of minis like this, and they all do great, just resting on the rock, so the plant stays humid, but not wet... I just dont have the room for that many pots.

    This is the closest I got to a bloom, this piece was just growing on shredded coconut fibers in a small deli cup
    9vjl7n.jpg
     
  8. Tom-DE

    Tom-DE Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Thanks for the culture info. Good job! I didn't know the flower spike is that long...
    I heard someone in FL grew it warm, just outside in the yard/shade house..., so I begin to think it is temperature tolerant.
     
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    Thanks for the information, Mike. Mine is dry most of the day. When I can get a small piece off I'll try some other cultural methods.
     
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    Tom-DE Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Nope! Not me! I ignored "No Begging!", so I begged. Sometimes it works.

    BTW, I don't have any extra. No begging!:D
     
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    Tom, I just saw an image of a small plant in bloom (different source) and I couldn't see any roots.
     
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    Tom-DE Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Thanks, Marni. I think most of the plants shown on internet have very little roots also.
     
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    Tom-DE Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Any bloom yet, Marni? Someone told me this species should bloom from June to Aug. Mine has no sigh of spikes but its value is gaining at least a hundred bucks each month lately based on how much they will charge per growths at current market price.
     
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    No blooms yet. I'm just happy it keeps growing.
     
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    Tom-DE Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Me too and I don't feel too bad now.
     
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    Why do they cost so much? Such a beauty.
     
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    Tom-DE Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    It is not readily available in U.S. yet. Personally I think it is way way over rated species, but some orchid hobbyist always look for something uncommon and they are willing to pay good money for it.