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Comparettia coccinea

Discussion in 'Orchid Species' started by Boytjie, Feb 27, 2013.

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  1. Boytjie

    Boytjie Out hiking Supporting Member

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    Easy grower/bloomer, grown indoors I/W, mounted on tree fern. I hang it underneath some potted Catt species so it gets quite a bit of shade from the T5 bulbs. As usual, please excuse the cell phone pic. -Stephen
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    Now thats very beautiful!!!!! How did you acquired it?? I've only seen speciosa & macroplectron for sale.
     
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    Boytjie Out hiking Supporting Member

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    This was actually an eBay purchase about three years ago. It grows slowly, one new growth per year, but has bloomed faithfully on the mature new growth every year.
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    Stephen, do you find this difficult? I've marveled over this genus for a while, but have never attempted one.
     
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    Boytjie Out hiking Supporting Member

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    I've read references that suggest it should be "difficult," but really mine has never given me any issues and it grows (albeit slowly) and blooms with very little attention. But then I have difficulty with some supposedly "easier" orchids like Dendrobium laevifolium. In the end, I just think everyone's conditions are different, and whatever the particular variables are in my growing area, for some reason they seem to suit Comparettia. -Stephen
     
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    Stephen, do you have sphagnum over the roots on the tree fern mount? My understanding is that they like to dry out quickly.
     
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    Just a bit of sphagnum left, from when I mounted the plant three years ago. The moss doesn't get replaced as it rots away.
     
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    Uluwehi angraecoids, dendrobiums and more Supporting Member

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    Great species! Glad you grow and enjoy it too.

    I have a small plant that I got from PeruFlora in 2011. It is a slow-grower, only one growth a year but the floral display was beautiful with a thrice-branched inflorescence hugely disproportionate in size to the plant itself! Mine is in a thumb-sized terracotta pot with NZ Sphagnum, which dries out between waterings. Lots of air movement, Cattleya light, intermediate temps and ample air movement.