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Some random bloomings

Discussion in 'Orchid Species' started by rollinkansas, Jan 22, 2013.

  1. KellyW

    KellyW Orchid wonk Staff Member Supporting Member

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    "And I cant take credit for next 2 as they came from Marni in bud but there they are anyway
    Lepanthes telipogoniflora and Lepanthes tsubotae"


    Go ahead and take credit for keeping them alive. Beautiful. I don't dare even to try these two.
     
  2. chicago chad

    chicago chad Active Member

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    I absolutely love the tsubotae. I have tried and failed at obtaining them. The last offer I had from Ecuagenera was a flask for $125 with plants blooming in flask. I decided against it and now wish I had not. My concern was ending up with 10 plants that I could not trade or use. I don't think I even know 10 people that grow this species. Are you growing yours in straight sphagnum?
     
  3. rollinkansas

    rollinkansas Active Member

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    Yea I can see both sides, on one hand who doesnt love a super tiny plant with cool bloom, on the other hand not many people are going to want to pay what they cost, especially when so many people think them very difficult to grow. Now it is growing in straight sphagnum but I dont know if thats best for long term or not, I have only had them for a few weeks.
     
  4. goods

    goods Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Those Lepanthes are two of my absolute favorite species! Good choices Mike.

    Chad, I don't think you'd get stuck with any unwanted plants of L. tsubotae if you bought that flask. That price is very good for a rather rare in the U.S. species.

    I'd be interested to hear the best media long term for these as well. I have two potted in sphag currently, and they look ok. If they receive daily watering, are they best kept potted/mounted in sphag or something else? Hopefully, Marni and others with experience will chime in.
     
  5. chicago chad

    chicago chad Active Member

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    I have good luck using shredded tree fern mixed in loosely with the sphagnum when they are potted. I also removed at least half of the bottom of terra cotta pots before potting to increase drainage. My opinion is that the Lepanthes I have grown do better mounted on tree fern with just a bit a sphagnum, but I don't like to do this because its a hassle to remove them, divide, ect.

    telipogoniflora, for example, grows like gangbusters mounted on tree fern (I have posted a pic of mine here) and my calodictyon mounted on cork is much slower to bulk up, but grows fine.

    I mount all of my plants on cork. Some with more success than others.
     
  6. Marni

    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Whoa! That moss is reaching for the stars.

    I find the telipogoniflora does best for me in small pots in moss. I also have them growing on a heat mat so the roots stay warmer than the 56F minimum nights I have. Before I added a humidification system I also had to grow them under a plastic dome to keep the humidity constant. The tsubotae I start out in small pots or a shallow compot in moss. They do well without the heat and I have had good luck growing them mounted on wood at both 56F and one even at 50F nights.
     
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  7. rollinkansas

    rollinkansas Active Member

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    Lepanthes rotundiflora
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    Acostea costaricensis
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    DPfarr Well-Known Member

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    I appreciate that Acostea! I can imagine yours in a year or two with a dozen or more spikes would be a sight.

    Marni, when you had your telipogonaflora in the germination dome, did they suffer from air circulation issues?
     
  9. Marni

    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    No, they loved it. I added a humidifying unit a while back and took them out of the dome. I think they really liked the dome more.
    There was no air movement in there. I opened it for a minute or so once every 3 to 5 days when I watered so it got a change of air, but that was it.
     
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    DPfarr Well-Known Member

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    It has been long enough to forget the misery in which I have failed in growing this species that I am ready to try again. I'm going to do a replicate of what you had them growing in. You don't have flasks do you?
     
  11. Marni

    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Sorry Daniel, I don't have any flasks for sale. If I found a better dissecting scope I might be able to rectify that.
     
  12. rollinkansas

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    Been waiting a while for this one to bloom as I wasnt sure if I was keeping it correctly or not. Guess I got my answer. Masdevallia erinacea
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  13. rollinkansas

    rollinkansas Active Member

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    Two new ones opened up this morning.

    Pleurothallis schudelii..very hard for me to get a decent shot on this one
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    and Platystele consobrina
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  14. chicago chad

    chicago chad Active Member

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    Very nice ones. Is the second mounted on Epiweb?
     
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    rollinkansas Active Member

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    Thanks. Its mounted on Ecoweb...I much prefer cork, but some plants seem to do OK on the Ecoweb...had to use it because I ran out of cork while making a lot of divisions. Once I have a little more time Ill have to transplant the rest from Ecoweb to cork.
     
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    chicago chad Active Member

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    Once a plant is on Ecoweb, how is the process remounting it? Can the roots be untangled or do you cut off what you can and mount the web.

    I think the stuff has potential but I am hesitant to put plants on it, especially those with tiny, wiry roots.
     
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    Once its rooted, it absolutely sucks to get it off..Its a great medium to use if you never ever plan on dividing your plants. My plants already on it are held captive, and I will never be able to safely unroot them until they start growing on the cork I put next to it.
     
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    rollinkansas Active Member

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    Lepanthes gargoyla
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  19. chicago chad

    chicago chad Active Member

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    I love this one. Yours looks nice and healthy. This one is really big for your conditions isn't it? I think it's worth the space either way.

    Thanks for the feedback on the Ecoweb. Do you have Lepanthes caprimulgus?
     
  20. rollinkansas

    rollinkansas Active Member

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    Haha yes, I do like smaller plants, but this was one was a plant I got as part of a group trade. So far I like it. I dont have caprimulgus yet, but it will be coming later this month along with a ton of other minis that I blind ordered...hopefully they will all be as small as the pictures online make them out to be.