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Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Ursula
Mar 16, 2010 8:02 PM CST

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Kathy, they do drop leaves, but they grow back. ( "semi-deciduous"?). I have it in dappled sunshine, next to that Jumellea comorensis. I water it every day, it drains quickly.
Name: Kathy
Western MA

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boojum
Mar 16, 2010 8:04 PM CST
Thanks Ursula!
Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Ursula
Mar 16, 2010 8:17 PM CST

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As mentioned before, I have 3 different Baptistonia echinatas. Two are displayed here - the one one the left was a save a few years ago, I mounted it when I saw it declining. It is making a comeback. I picked up the one on the right last March at the SEPOS, I am glad it is flowering too.
Btw the spike on the left plant broke - as I removed it from the rack, it fell down. I taped the spike in place for the picture and it is now in a vase.

( my third plant had produced 4 large spikes a few years ago and is starting to grow now,)

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Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Ursula
Mar 16, 2010 8:18 PM CST

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left "swarm"

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Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Ursula
Mar 16, 2010 8:20 PM CST

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close up of - left plant.
I posted the close up - right plant a few days ago.

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Name: Kathy
Western MA

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boojum
Mar 16, 2010 8:21 PM CST
Wonderful and great pics!
Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Ursula
Mar 16, 2010 8:26 PM CST

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Laurel, looking through the thread - good job on blooming your Aerangis citrata!

Mine had two promising looking spikes, but one of them is aborting buds one by one. Thumbs down I wish I knew why.
Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Ursula
Mar 16, 2010 8:27 PM CST

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Smiling
Name: Todd Boland
St. John's, Newfoundland, Cana
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Todd_Boland
Mar 17, 2010 4:04 AM CST
My Ludisia bloomed itself to death! Crying

I must say I don't have great luck with mounted orchids. I guess my house is just not humid enough. Ursula and Kathy don't seem to have that problem...you have some great mounted ones!
Name: Kathy
Western MA

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boojum
Mar 17, 2010 6:24 AM CST
Humidity?? Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
Last year after the orchids went outside, I had to wash mold off walls and dehumidify for a week! Big windows are covered with dew each morning! This year, I have been emptying out the movable trays (the ones without shelf legs in them) daily and trying to spray less. But the more I mount the more I need to spray those roots. But it's much more in control this year! Ursula has the whole ceiling of glass to dry her plants. My set up is much trickier!! And then there are those endless days without sun!! I have to turn the heat up a few degrees. This is why I feel like each flower is a miracle! Life is such a balancing act chez moi.
Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Ursula
Mar 17, 2010 6:41 AM CST

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I agree, I do have it a lot easier.
There is another factor here besides the glass ceiling - my greenhouse is heated via 3 registers distributing/circulating warm air ( oil burner) throughout the whole house - including the attached greenhouse. That alone makes for tremendous air-turnover, especially on the coldest day of Winter.

Comes May, everything goes outside again, or the Summer heat would cook every plant in the greenhouse.

Name: Laurel
Georgia
Maypoplaurel
Mar 17, 2010 7:48 AM CST
Ursula, thanks about the Aerangis. Two spikes to go. Whistling

Regarding growing environments...though my orchid room was built twenty years ago, it has not housed orchids until the last three. There's been a learning curve in the space and with the outdoor shift too. Before we moved here my orchids were in a 200 s.f. attached greenhouse. After we moved they went under lights while awaiting the completion of their space. Two years and two contractors later Angry the orchids were mostly dead. After a few years I started collecting again and then we had an ice storm and five day power outage in February. Everything died except Cymbidiums and one Cattleya aurantiaca. Crying Couldn't bring myself to start again until a few years ago.
Laurel
Name: Kathy
Western MA

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boojum
Mar 17, 2010 10:16 AM CST
I don't blame you, Laurel! That is such a set back! I went through a minor reluctance to move forward during my rot episode so I have some sense of how awful that must have been. Well, onward and upward!
Name: lindsey
wesley chapel, fl
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sugarcane
Mar 17, 2010 10:39 AM CST
The last time I grew orchids..in the late 70's, I had a thoughtful roommate that did me a favor by wiping wesson oil on all of my plants leaves Thumbs down ..
It was so sad.
I am excited about growing them again and just bought this little one yesterday. I wish we had orchid shows closer than 4 hours away..or maybe that's a blessing!

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Name: Kathy
Western MA

Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Dog Lover Region: Northeast US Orchids Irises
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boojum
Mar 17, 2010 10:54 AM CST
Nice tolumnia! Well, i'm on my way to Smith College for the bulb show. I am really bad at texting!
Name: Todd Boland
St. John's, Newfoundland, Cana
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Todd_Boland
Mar 17, 2010 4:56 PM CST
A quick shot of my Cymbidium Dark Spirit.....2 spikes this year (4 last year...oh well)

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Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Ursula
Mar 17, 2010 5:21 PM CST

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Must have been a heart breaker, Laurel.

Cute Tolumnia, Lindsey. Wesson oil you said? Is that person still under the living?

Todd, 2 spikes are better than none and it is a pretty red one!
Name: lindsey
wesley chapel, fl
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sugarcane
Mar 17, 2010 5:37 PM CST
Ursula,
I moved out as soon as I could!
Todd, I think that is the prettiest cymbidium I've ever seen...I love those dark pink colors!
lindsey
Name: Kathy
Western MA

Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Dog Lover Region: Northeast US Orchids Irises
Enjoys or suffers cold winters
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boojum
Mar 17, 2010 5:59 PM CST
I need a red cymbidium!
Name: Laurel
Georgia
Maypoplaurel
Mar 17, 2010 6:10 PM CST
Ursula, the idea of being under the living as well as the antithesis is an intriguing conjecture. And Wesson oil was involved? Sticking tongue out

Lindsey, where's that Tolumnia from? Lowes? Is it Tol. Popoki 'Mitzi'?

Todd, I'd like to explore some Cyms that bloom at other times than mine. Yours has such great color for the season.
Laurel

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