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Cattleya (Sophronitis) coccinea

Discussion in 'Orchid Species' started by Alexey, Jan 4, 2013.

  1. Alexey

    Alexey Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Grown under lights in cool area. Young plant, sporadically in bloom for last several months. Perhaps I should try more prominent seasonal temperature changes to receive better display.

    C coccinea 01.jpg C coccinea 02.jpg C coccinea 03.jpg
     
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    KellyW Orchid wonk Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Nice growing, Alexey. My plant is still too young to bloom. Is coir the only growing medium in the pot?
     
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    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Are both of the single flower images from the same plant?
     
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    Alexey Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Kelly, there are few chunks of charcoal at the bottom and little of loosely packed coir fibres. Still not sure if coir provides any benefit.
     
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    Alexey Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Marni, they are from the same plant but were on different canes and photographed with interval of several weeks. True colour is on the top photo.
     
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    Nicely done - the plant appears to be growing well in your conditions.
    From my experience - Sophronitis need good even moisture and cooler temperatures for the flowers to expand to their full potential. I have had plants open flowers before I left for vacation this year and other buds while I was away on the same plant. The flowers that opened when i was away (dry period) were almost half the size of the blooms that opened while they were receiving regular watering.
    I also have found that the new tetraploid forms are more tolerant of warmer temperatures than the imported plants that we used to grow years back.
     
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