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PostPosted: Mon Feb 20, 2017 6:24 pm 
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If anyone is pondering buying one of these I recommend it.
It's their continuous flowering from the same old bract which is interesting.
This one is mariposa Green Valley but an old photo as it now has 5 spikes.
A short break after the last flowering and all but 1 of the spikes are now budding up.
These plants always seem to be determined to flower, so it seems that the unflowered spike, not wanting to be left out, has started a bud from the next bract further down the spike (second photo).
I know these can flower from other bracts if the main bract is damaged or has snapped off, but this is undamaged and the first time it has happened to mine and I can see that the main bract is starting to swell and green up so I may well get two flowers from the one spike?

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Superb. These have a reputation for being difficult so could you offer some tips on cultivation?

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Telipogon wrote:
These have a reputation for being difficult so could you offer some tips on cultivation?

Hi Teli,

I wish you hadn't told me that, I didn't know !
They also have a reputation of disliking being re-potted although I did just that last June and mine hasn't seem to have noticed ? :?

I grow mine warm, when it was smaller it was growing directly under the HID lights as I believe they like a high light but as it grew larger, it had to be moved away and once again, it hasn't seemed to have bothered it.

I find this easy to grow and very rewarding with its flowering and uniquely shaped flowers and stems.

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Thanks, Steve,

I haven't had my plants long enough yet to know whether they like me or not!

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Telipogon wrote:
I haven't had my plants long enough yet to know whether they like me or not!

You can do it Teli, I have all faith in you !

(they also supposedly like being kept on the drier rather than wetter side, watering once a week)

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I've always liked the look of these but never got around to growing one. Perhaps I could add one this year if any vendors have them at shows I attend. :pray:

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Thanks, Steve ;-)

The smaller plant seems to like the warm. Its only a baby and I bought it potted in that horrid coconut husk potting material (apologies to anyone who is successful with it but it really doesn't work for me) and immediately repotted it into bark chips. It jumped into growth straight away and is now putting out lots of new roots, so maybe it's just a question of repotting at the right time (as it is with most orchids). The larger plant has three flower spikes, but I can't claim credit as it had them when I bought it. I know I'm going to have to tackle its repotting before long, so I hope it bounces back as fast as the young plant did.

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I've always liked the look of these but never got around to growing one. Perhaps I could add one this year if any vendors have them at shows I attend. :pray:

Go for it Terry, I like to see the variations in orchids, large flowered and small and this is a pretty unique looking spike and flower.

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