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Chiloschista winter cooling question

Discussion in 'Orchid Culture' started by Uluwehi, Dec 25, 2010.

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  1. Uluwehi

    Uluwehi angraecoids, dendrobiums and more Supporting Member

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    I just read that Chiloschista usneoides should have winter night-time lows at or below 10°C/50°F for at least three months.

    I am growing Chiloschista lunifera, C. segawae, C. viridiflava and two other unidentified spp. from Andy's. Does anyone know if these species would like to be as cold as C. usneoides in winter?
     
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    not sure as there is not much written on this genus. I have many species and grow them all the same way. They are in my intermediate greenhouse of 45-75 in winter, 60 - 88 summer. They seem to stop growing in winter as the root tips are not active anymore. However several are showing spikes right now! Probably will bloom in Feb.
    Pete
     
  3. Uluwehi

    Uluwehi angraecoids, dendrobiums and more Supporting Member

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    Thank you Pete!! You answered my question. If your intermediate house goes to 45°F in winter and all your chiloschistas are fine and some are spiking then I feel confident to move mine into my cool house for the winter (45-50°F night-time). If only I had stumbled upon this information earlier ;) Hopefully it is not to late to be in on 2011 bloomings!
     
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    Uluwehi angraecoids, dendrobiums and more Supporting Member

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    Thought I would share a happy update. Two of my five Chiloschita plants began spiking a month ago after moving them to a cool (10°C), dry (watering only every 8-10 days) and bright (3500fc) spot two months ago. I think the reason that the other three haven't formed inflorescences is that they aren't mature enough to flower.