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Chiloschista segawae

Discussion in 'Orchid Species' started by Uluwehi, Apr 9, 2011.

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  1. Uluwehi

    Uluwehi angraecoids, dendrobiums and more Supporting Member

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    'Tis the season. This is my first year blooming chiloschistas. I acquired 5 species in 2009 but that winter I didn't realise that they needed not only a dry rest they also needed a cooler temperatures to initiate flowering. Thanks to mini-catts (Peter Lin), this winter I moved my plants out to rest with my dormant nigrohirsute dendrobiums. They stayed dry (water every 1-2 weeks), bright (3000-4000fc), humid (80%rh+) and cool (min 7.2°C/45°F) from December until they began spiking a month ago.

    When these are in active growth, I grow them warm (31.1°C/88°F max, 17.7°C/64°F), humid (80%rh+), with only moderate light c. 1500-2000fc. Because I grow under lights I water these twice daily.

    I am sure that C. segawae can bloom better than this, but I am happy to see something for the first time. The flowers are tiny, only 1cm wide. I am ambivalent about whether I want to keep growing this species because it doesn't really get me excited, but my partner loves it, so I will continue to grow it for his enjoyment. In contrast, I have a gorgeous Chiloschista viridflava in bloom with larger flowers than segawae and I love it. Hopefully I'll have photos to share of that soon.
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  2. gg68

    gg68 Angraecoid addict

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    Really beautifull orchid and photos!!
     
  3. orchidkarma

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    Lovely! :)
     
  4. Reyna

    Reyna Orchid Obsessed Supporting Member

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    Very nice. Looks great -- and you have to keep the significant other happy. :) I have long thought that having a supportive spouse or partner is key to successful orchid growing. At the very least they have to tolerate the obsession -- and heaven help you both if both are addicted. :) But I digress--very nice chiloschista.
     
  5. Alexis

    Alexis New Member

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    Very nice! It's not one I have in my leafless collection.
     
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    mrbreeze Anglican Supporting Member

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    Very nice! :clap:

    I haven't had the courage to venture into the leafless Ang world. I admire yours.
     
  7. Uluwehi

    Uluwehi angraecoids, dendrobiums and more Supporting Member

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    Thank you all for your kind feedback.

    Breezy, I am sure you could grow this, especially if you shroud it in some of your magical Spanish moss. Just keep it 6-8" under your fluorescent bulbs and set it in a bright window in winter where the temps can drop to at least 55-58°F.

    Reyna, you are so right! I am very fortunate to have a very supportive partner when it comes to orchids. He is also a plant person, which helps a lot!
     
  8. Alexey

    Alexey Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Happy plant and nice photos.