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Comparettia speciosa

Discussion in 'Orchid Species' started by DarleneJay, Feb 14, 2020.

  1. DarleneJay

    DarleneJay Well-Known Member

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    I am so very jazzed about the brightness of these flowers. Unfortunately the presentation is off. The flowers spike wrapped around the back ox the mount to reach towards the lights.

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    Nicely done! What do you grow it on?
     
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    KellyW Orchid wonk Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Beautiful vivid color. Mine was more orange. I love Comparettia but have had trouble keeping them alive more than about 2 years. Any suggestions?
     
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    DarleneJay Well-Known Member

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    It is going on a piece of wild grape vine. A large vine started taking over several of our trees. I kept several of the pieces for mounts. That was two years ago. So far so good.

    I have only had this one for 1 year. So I can not comment too much from this experience. I have a 3-4 year on Comparettia macroplectron, that tried to die on my last year, and a few Comparettia speciosa seedlings from flask, which I have had for about 2 years. Not allowing them to stay dry for any length of time seems to be the key for me. When I allow them to stay dry multiple days is when I start having trouble.
     
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    Chuck-NH Well-Known Member

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    Hi Darlene, I have a lot of experience with Comparettia (plants over 10 yrs old). If it’s ok, I can add to your thread or start a new one if you prefer?

    Chuck
     
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    DarleneJay Well-Known Member

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    Chuck - Please feel free to always add to my post! I am interested in your experience and culture also.

    Thanks
     
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    I have mine for a few years now. It's mounted with practically no moss and it's watered every day and twice when it's hot. It dries quickly.
    Mine is more reddish as well.
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    RustyExotics Nicholas - It's a terrestrial thing

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    That's the most yellow one I've seen. I really like the color - well done.
     
  9. Chuck-NH

    Chuck-NH Well-Known Member

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    Hi Darlene and others, I treat my Comparettia species similar to Gerrit. They are mounted on twigs and grown in bright light with good air movement so even if watered daily, they will be dry by afternoon/evening. They produce a lot of aerial roots and blooms, but not a lot of foliage.

    Typical orange species a
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    falcata showing 15” of aerial roots...10 year old plant
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    Plant and roots of a smaller species (coccinea...purchased as peruviana)

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    coccinea
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    Comparison between coccinea and speciosa
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    DarleneJay Well-Known Member

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    Thanks Gerrit and Chuck for the culture tips.

    Chuck, I was wondering about the difference between coccinea and speciosa