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Ancistrochilus thomsonianus

Discussion in 'Orchid Species' started by Marni, Dec 29, 2015.

  1. Marni

    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    This is a first bloom seedling of a not very common African species. I grow it in a warm greenhouse without a distinct dry rest. It is from a flask that I got from Troy Meyers a few years ago.

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  2. KellyW

    KellyW Orchid wonk Staff Member Supporting Member

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    So crisp and perfect. Beautiful.
     
  3. sam1147

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    Think I will come to California and take one with me...
     
  4. juanriog

    juanriog Barcelona, Spain. Inter GH.

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    Delicious plant!
    I have killed this last summer 2 young plants. I don't really don't know why.
    Their were cultivated in a mix of bark/ perlite/ sphagnum. I think it was to moist for them.
    Which pot mix do you use Marni? This ceramic pot make think in moist to. So I really don't know witch was the real problem. My rest period is during winter for all my plants, do you think it is correct for this one?
    Thanks
    J.
     
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    Beautiful flower. Especially with the subtle purple strain!
     
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    So beautiful! What's the size of the flowers vs. the plant?
     
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    Oh my goodness Marni! Those flowers look huge! What are you doing to that plant to get those results?! :D
     
  8. Marni

    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    To Rico and Heike, I know the plant looks really heroic in the picture. It is a first bloom seedling, so I don't know how large it can get over time. It is small plant. It is shown in 2.25"/6cm diameter planter. The flower is about 2.5"/6.3cm wide.

    Juan, this grows in a 2"/5cm net pot that normally sets inside a 2.25"/6cm plastic pot. It is in a fine bark mix with some medium tree fern and pumice. It is dry or almost dry before watering again. I grow it in a warm greenhouse in moderate light with dilute fertilizer at every watering and year round watering. I did grow some of the seedlings in moss the first year or so but those in bark seemed to do better.
     
  9. juanriog

    juanriog Barcelona, Spain. Inter GH.

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    Thanks for you culture tips! I'm sure it was to much moist in the media!
    I wil try again next season!
    Regards
     
  10. Marni

    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Juan, are you growing this or Ancistrochilus rothschildianum? For A rothschildianum I do give a somewhat drier winter. Also I do best with that in moss in a terra cotta pot so that during the active growing season the moss is moist but not soggy and then it gets a somewhat dry rest in the winter.
     
  11. juanriog

    juanriog Barcelona, Spain. Inter GH.

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    Yes Marni, it was this one. Thanks for the info. I think that my problem growing plants in pots... I'm used to water a lot, because I almost have all my collection mounted. I have to make more circuits in my watering system....or perhaps use moos and a plastic basket (very open ones)
    Thanks for your comments
     
  12. Marni

    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Juan, I water my mounted plants on a separate cycle from the potted ones. Most things seem to like a wet dry cycle, some shorter some longer. To grow a wide variety of plants I found I needed different zones. In nature these are epiphytes so you might do better with it mounted.
     
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    Wow, amazing flower! So was it around 4 years out of flask for the first flower?
     
  14. Marni

    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Naoki, I got the flask in May of 2011. I replated the plants because they were small. The first date I have on a tag is July 2012 which would be a bit less than 3.5 years out of flask. Now that I have experience with terrestrials in flask, I would have left them in flask longer so I would have had a better survival rate.
     
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    Thanks, Marni. So when you replate, how do you disinfect the plants? Troy ships out deflasked seedlings, so I'm guessing that you need to do something? H2O2?
     
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    I asked him to ship in flask in the hopes that they wouldn't contaminate. They were jumbled but still clean. I think I had to pay a bit extra to get them in flask.
     
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    Elegant!
     
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    Nice pic and species!
     
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    Hi Marni, Thought I'd ask how this one has fared since the last post. Did it bloom this winter? Beautiful thing!
     
  20. Marni

    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I did bloom a few plants last fall and pollinated them. I don't seem to be able to get the capsules to maturity. I tried the year before also. They abort after a month or so. I tried drying the plants while they were holding capsules. I didn't succeed with the capsules and the plants suffered a bit. I was able to get Ancistrochilus rothchildianus to hold a capsule and now have germination. I won't give up.
     
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