Orchids forum: help with Anoectochilus

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Name: Bob
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DigginDirt
Dec 7, 2017 8:35 PM CST
I have acquired a couple Anoectochilus. Information on the web is confusing; some sites say these are very difficult to grow, others say they are very easy. Outside of the fact they need to be consistently moist without over watering I am at a loss. Does anyone have suggestions/experience with these?
There are many sites that claim they do well in terrariums; I am going to grow them in a very large Brandy Snifter (and no, there is no Brandy in it in case anyone should offer to come empty it first). Smiling

Thanks!
Name: Ursula
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Ursula
Dec 8, 2017 8:11 AM CST

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Bob, I grew some of them years ago! They are beautiful plants with gorgeous leaves and I would culturwise lump them together with Ludisia discolor, which is not a difficult plant. They are growing on the forest floor in nature, so I would keep them somewhat shady and always moist, but not constantly dripping wet.
Having said that, I find this whole group of so-called Jewel Orchids a touch temperamental, one might be able to keep a plant perfectly happy for a couple of years, see it growing nicely only to kick the bucket for no reason whatsoever. ( in my hands) Many times they come potted up in Sphagnum Moss to keep them moist, unfortunately Sphagnum "goes south" after a a few months and the plant with it. So that is something I would look out for and probably use mixtures of peatmoss and some smaller Orchid bark mix.
My advice would be to enjoy the plants and marvel at the beauty of their leaves, perhaps you might find the perfect way to grow them. Smiling
Name: Bob
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DigginDirt
Dec 8, 2017 9:28 AM CST
Thanks Ursula!
I have been saving the "crumbs" from my bark and other mixes (I guess it's the pack rat in me), so this will be a great use for it. I'll add a bit peat as you suggest so it will keep them moist.

Ludisia and Macodes have grown well for me so I'm encouraged that these should fair as well.
Name: Ursula
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Ursula
Dec 8, 2017 10:04 AM CST

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I see you are no stranger to growing these type of Orchids! Smiling You will surely do fine!
Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Dec 8, 2017 1:17 PM CST
I might add one more gem of "wisdom" that I learned in trying to grow Ludisia and Macodes - and I grow my orchids outdoors in Florida. These have always done just what Ursula describes for me i.e. grown well, bloomed, seemed happy and then POOF! Dead, within a week or two just collapsed.

The Poof, Dead part always happened in the heat of summer. So my current thinking is that they need to be kept cooler than our summer outdoor climate allows. If I try them again, I think I'll bring them indoors for the summer months and see if whatever plague killed them off is related to heat and humidity. However, I'm generally not a fan of house plants so the last time I had an opportunity to buy some beautiful Ludisia in bud, I resisted.
Elaine

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Name: Ursula
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Ursula
Dec 8, 2017 1:43 PM CST

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Elaine, looks like you are on to something!
Name: Bob
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DigginDirt
Dec 8, 2017 3:29 PM CST
I intend to keep the terrariums (Brandy Snifters) indoors, probably the same for the rest of the jewels.
Name: Bob
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DigginDirt
Dec 12, 2017 3:16 PM CST
I have taken your advice and repotted these guys. I made a mix of about 5 parts ground up fir bark, 2 parts peat, and almost one part top soil (for the mycorrhizae - picked up a tidbit that there is a definate need for the fungal relationship with some terrestrials). I drains well but stays moist. We'll see how they do; so far the plants are perky and growing quite erect. One even has a tiny leaf!
Name: Ursula
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Ursula
Dec 12, 2017 6:33 PM CST

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Sounds wonderful!
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