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Angraecum popowii

Discussion in 'Orchid Species' started by Chuck-NH, Apr 20, 2019.

  1. Chuck-NH

    Chuck-NH Well-Known Member

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    This was an import two years ago. It never had any shock and has grown well. This is the second time it has bloomed. To establish originally, I put one single strand layer of NZ Sphagnum over the roots and will now start slowly pulling away.

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    xmpraedicta Prairie angraecoid nut Supporting Member

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    Wow - absolutely outstanding. How cool did you keep this one over the winter?
     
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    Chuck-NH Well-Known Member

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    Thanks! Experiences 50 - 54 F (10-12 C) for winter nights. I do tend to keep a little dry at that time as well
     
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    what's it mounted on?
     
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    Chuck-NH Well-Known Member

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    The mount is Kalmia latifolia (Mountain Laurel)...it is a native understory shrub/small tree, where I live, which forms nearly impenetrable stands in the forest. When maintaining trails, I save the trunks and branches for mounting Orchids and I have not experienced any epiphytic Orchid not liking it. It also lasts many years.
     
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    That looks great! Is the air dry or is it in a humid area; I see you mention it being a "little dry" in winter? I bought two seedlings last fall and am afraid to lay a finger on them they're so small and fragile-looking.
     
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    It’s in a greenhouse and can get a little dry in the coldest parts of the winter when the ambient humidity is low on those below zero (F) nights. While that does factor in, I was referring more to the actual watering...it probably gets watered only once or twice per week in the winter as opposed to now when it is watered nearly every sunny day.
     
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    I haven't seen this species before, thank you for sharing. The flowers seem huge compared to the delicate leaves
     
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    xmpraedicta Prairie angraecoid nut Supporting Member

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    This is an old post, but wanted to see how your plant is growing. Mine has limped along for a few years without doing much, and then suddenly starting putting out a new leaf in the last 2 months. Root growth however has been non-existent. Do you find that this is a reluctant root grower?
     
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    Chuck-NH Well-Known Member

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    Hi Calvin,

    Great timing on your part as I was just inspecting the plant yesterday and it has 3 buds that have just initiated. I find that mine basically sits still (other than the buds) during the winter and doesn’t really start growing until April. With mine, I’m more concerned that it doesn’t add enough foliage during the growing season, but it does seem to put out quite a bit of root growth. I can add a photo to show what the plant looks like currently.
     
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    xmpraedicta Prairie angraecoid nut Supporting Member

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    Thanks for the reply, Chuck. Does foliage start growing on yours after buds bloom?

    I'm struggling to figure this one out - my winters don't get that cold, unfortunately, and I can only manage 60 nights, 70 days. I'm about 2.5 months into these cooler temps (summer 68-80), and was planning on 1 more month before warming things up, and I'm puzzled how to respond to the growth. I'm not sure exactly what made it start growing new leaves in the middle of winter.

    Look forward to seeing your plant. T.migratoris mentions in his thread (Angraecum popowii) that he grows it quite moist, but I think you mentioned previously you've been removing moss from yours. Do you find it likes to dry out?
     
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    Chuck-NH Well-Known Member

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    Hi Calvin, yes, the foliage does start growing after blooming. During the active growth period, I will water every sunny day, but it doesn’t stay wet. Note on the photo that there is a little crunchy sphagnum left, that I should probably completely remove as it’s not serving any purpose.

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    xmpraedicta Prairie angraecoid nut Supporting Member

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    Thanks for sharing photos of your plant. Fabulous looking thing. I see what you mean about the moss contributing minimally. Do you find root growth commences in the spring with leaf growth as well? Looking forward to seeing blooms.
     
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    Hi...thanks for your comments! Not sure on exactly when root growth commences. I will watch for it and report back.