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Some random bloomings

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

  1. chicago chad

    chicago chad Active Member

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    The tallest leaves on mine are 2in, but the spikes hang down a bit further .
     
  2. KellyW

    KellyW Orchid wonk Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Looks like it is adapting to your conditions and is happy. I have never seen this species get an inflorescence as long as yours. I wonder if that is a response to lower light?
     
  3. rollinkansas

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    Hmm it could be. It is about halfway down the side of my tub. The lights havent been replaced since I got the tub so that is certainly possible.
     
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    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Lepanthes caprimulgas is not a miniature, but it is a really great species.
     
  5. rollinkansas

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    Anyone ever have a stalk so high on a Porroglossum? Ill have to take better pics once flower is fully open.
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    There are a few species that can get about that height. Which one is it? But to answer your question, no. The tallest of mine top out at half that depending on the light levels.
     
  7. rollinkansas

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    Hey Chad,
    Its Porroglossum lycinum. Here are some crappy bloom pics.
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  8. chicago chad

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    The inflorescence seems long. I grow my Porroglossums pretty close to the lights compared to some others. The elongated spike may be a result of lower light levels. Do your leaves show any pigment? Many people have told me that new growths should come up with strong pigmentation and then grow out of it, which mine do, except for josei because the plant lacks the red pigment.
     
  9. rollinkansas

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    Some of the new leaves at first are slightly purple, but then change color to green. I really think its time I change out the bulbs since theyve been running for a long time by now.
     
  10. chicago chad

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    I try and change bulbs every 9 months or so. What type are you using?
     
  11. rollinkansas

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    2 single bulb T5 fixtures with aluminum foil on top as a reflector..may buy those actual clip on reflectors. Also may switch to tanks instead of the tub..lots of decision making coming up.
     
  12. chicago chad

    chicago chad Active Member

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    I think you are doing just fine as is.
     
  13. rollinkansas

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    It appears that way, however, in the way in which the tub is setup, I can only view 3 sides, and never the closest side to me, if that makes sense. I noticed a lot of orchids on that side are not doing as well, because frankly I can never even look at them. In the photo below, everything on that side(bottom of the photo) looks healthy, only because all the mounts are completely covered in moss.I can only visually see the orchids mounted across the top of that side, but nothing lower.

    If I use two 18x18x24 tanks I am also screwing myself because I cant have plants mounted on the door on the tanks, so I lose those sides, and therefore would need even more room. As it stands now, I am out of room anyway, so will need bigger accommodations.

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  14. chicago chad

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    Wow. Your're stuffed to the gills!!! Now I see what you mean. With the tank size you mentioned (which I have a few of) I try to not hang mounted plants on the front side of the door. When I do, I use suction cups so I can remove them easily. It is not viewing them that is a problem as much as water dripping on the floor from the mounts when I mist. I think that for the volume of plants you have that one more bulb would help out a lot. I never realized how many you had in there.
     
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    Which pendulous Lepanthes species do you have on the left side?
     
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    On the left side is platysepala, micropetala, and persimilis. In the very very bottom right hand corner of photo, there is pilosella. They just arrived yesterday, I hope they do well, I love them.
     
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    Man, Mike, that looks awesome. I'm always impressed by how many tiny species you can fit into that space! What about converting a 40 gallon breeder tank or two? Those would be much less expensive than an Exo, and you could still easily convert it to front opening if you wanted to take that step. I'll never go back to top opening tanks for my terrariums due to ease of entry, but as you said, then you'll lose an entire mounting side.
     
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    Thanks Zach, Its at the point where I honestly dont even know everything that is in there. I thought about the larger glass tanks but i absolutely hate the top opening, and much prefer a front opening. I could convert a larger tank to front opening but would probably come out like crap. My tub would be good for growing out cuttings, but I hate never being able to see one side.
     
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    Lepanthes hexapus
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    Lepanthes caloura
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    Lepanthes tamaensis
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    Platystele microscopia
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  20. KellyW

    KellyW Orchid wonk Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Nice growing and blooming there, Mike. I really like the foliage on the L. hexapus and the bloom is good sized compared to the leaf.