Orchids forum: Gram scriptum var citrinum 'Hihimanu'

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Name: tarev
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tarev
Apr 19, 2012 5:54 PM CST
Does anybody have this orchid? And if you do, may I see a photo how it is planted..I have one small one, well, used to be big but it is now improving a tiny bit... Rolling my eyes.
Name: Jim Hawk
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hawkarica
Apr 19, 2012 6:47 PM CST
I have a Grammatophylum scriptum but I don't remember the variety. I've been growing it for several years now. I put it into a wooden log square box with a little bark and hung it from the roof of the lanai. The roots quickly consumed the container as they came out the bottom and sides and grew upwards. I haven't seen the container in three years. It is about the size of a basketball and very heavy. I mist it with a weak fertilizer solution every day and deep water once a week. It usually puts out multiple spikes of about three feet long, each with 50 flowers or so. That means it can occupy six feet of space so give it lots of room. Here are some pics.

Jim

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Name: tarev
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tarev
Apr 19, 2012 8:20 PM CST
Wow! That is one humongous orchid! Thanks for the photos and inputs Jim! Yeah, I did notice it likes a lot of water Smiling Do you have to keep it indoors come winter time? I have just brought this little one outdoors today for the first time, now that temps are getting much warmer. From what I have read it can take really warm temps up to 90F...do you think it can take dry 100F too outdoors? Coz our temps come summertime sometimes go beyond 100F. When does your orchid usually do her spikes and flowers?

Really interested to hear more about it from an actual grower like you...aside from what I have read on various write-ups. I almost lost this orchid last year..am just glad it made a come back, down to one pseudobulb now..am such a newbie.. Hilarious! Hilarious!
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hawkarica
Apr 22, 2012 5:28 PM CST
My Grammatophylum is spiking now. Since I live in Florida, I have copletely different growing conditions than you so it is difficult to give advise. We never get to 100 degrees here but I would advise you to keep it in the shade and give it lots of water under those conditions. Also, avoid temps below 45 degrees. I don't find it to be particularly delicate. Mine stays outside all year long since I have a greenhouse. Even before the greenhouse, mine stayed outside except for the few nights where temps dropped below 45 degrees.

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tarev
Apr 23, 2012 1:59 PM CST
Thanks Jim! I will take note of that winter time weather...we do get down to 21F sometimes..so will hide it in the garage when it does give that forecast...and will give it a bit more shade and maybe put it nearer the fountain area, so it can get a bit more humidity when we hit the 100's ugh!

This is how the Gram looked like when I first got her in March 2010:
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As it started to decline, I tried different ways of potting it..and now I got this little one left, an offshoot of the last pseudobulb that came from the original batch. So keeping a watchful eye on this last one, as it tries to survive:
This photo on 17May2011:
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And the most recent one..as it stays outdoors:
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I just notice it always droops to the side..either it was trying to follow the light or just likes it going that way.
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KLara
Mar 10, 2018 3:18 PM CST
Hello! Does anyone know where I can order a Grammatophyllum scriptum (specifically var Citrinum, but I'll take any variety) in the United States? My grandmother saw one at the San Antonio Botanical Gardens & fell in love w/ it. I'd love to find her one of her own! But all potential sellers I've found online are outside of the US & do not ship here.

Thanks ahead for any guidance! I'm all ears!

-Kara


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plantladylin
Mar 10, 2018 4:20 PM CST
@hawkarica Jim, great growing ... that is one amazing plant!! Thumbs up Thumbs up Thumbs up

@tarev, good luck with your remaining G. scriptum pseudobulb; I hope it grows big and beautiful for you!

KLara, Welcome!
Seattle Orchids carries Bell Orchid (Grammatophyllum scriptum) v. citrinum but they show it as out of stock right now. You can provide them your e-mail and they will notify you when they have it again: https://www.seattleorchid.com/...
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plantladylin
Mar 10, 2018 4:23 PM CST
@hawkrica Jim, I forgot to say ... I think you need to add some photos of your beautiful Bell Orchid (Grammatophyllum scriptum) to our database!
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ardesia
Mar 10, 2018 5:37 PM CST
Jim, that is an awesome plant. Everything about it, roots to flowers, is amazing. I tip my hat to you.
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dyzzypyxxy
Mar 18, 2018 10:48 AM CST
Lin and Alice, did you notice the dates on the preceding posts? Jim and Tarev were posting about this orchid in 2012!

I'm not sure but I don't think Jim even has his Gram. scriptum any more. It got so big he couldn't handle it.

@KLara there is an orchid grower in Hawaii that is listing at least 5 different Grammatophyllums including the Hihimanu. Kawamoto Orchid Nursery. Here's the link:
http://www.kawamotoorchids.com...

For future reference, it's a good idea to start a new thread rather than resurrecting an old one when you're looking for help on the Orchids forum.
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DaisyI
Mar 20, 2018 8:50 PM CST
Now we need an update from @tarev...

I think those 3 dots kept my inquiry from reaching @tarev with no dots.
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BigBill
Mar 23, 2018 4:42 PM CST
Mac's Orchids on the east coast of Florida has them. H & R has them often. Those are two that have had them in the last month.
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Name: Jim Hawk
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hawkarica
Mar 25, 2018 3:39 PM CST
Mine came from Paul Phelps of Phelps' Farm in Tampa. Elaine is correct, I don't have that plant anymore. It was growing in a hanging wooden basket and the roots just comsummed it. Finally one of the wires broke and I couldn't replace it because I could not find the basket. So I sat it into a big coconut fiber lined basket and it went down hill fast. I guess the coconut liner smothered the roots. I have a couple new ones growing for me now.

Jim
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