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Cryptopus paniculatus

Discussion in 'Orchid Species' started by goods, Jul 11, 2016.

  1. goods

    goods Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    My first blooming of a seedling I purchased from Louisiana Orchid Connection. I was surprised to see it producing two spikes on such a young plant. I have wanted to grow this genus since I received the Angraecoid Orchids book as a kid, so blooming this one is eventful for me!

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    DPfarr Well-Known Member

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    Nice! I was super excited to get one last year too. Good job on blooming it! Can't wait to bloom mine.
     
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    KellyW Orchid wonk Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I really like that. I think it will have to go on my "must have" list.
     
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    goods Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Thanks to both of you!

    Kelly, you might as well buy Crypt. elatus when you grab this one as well. It's just as nice :)
     
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    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Congratulations, Zach! It is a very nice thing and especially gratifying to bloom something you have wanted from many years.
     
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    That is exciting! I almost bought it, but I wasn't sure if my C. elatus is doing ok.
     
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    goods Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Naoki, what do you mean by not sure if it is doing ok? I have C. elatus as well and find it significantly slower than paniculatus.
     
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    Sorry, Zach, I wasn't clear. I killed 1st C. elatus, and I've had my 2nd one for about a year. I'm using warmer, drier & brighter condition than before, and it seems to be still very slow (maybe 2 leaves were made in a year). So I've been assuming that the condition isn't good enough for it (and probably C. panucluatus), and I don't know what's wrong. 86/70F day/night temp (this is the constant temp and not max/min). Water about every other day (dries in 10 hour or so, and it will be dry for the next day). 70%RH. Slightly less than Cattleya light.

    But if this species is growing faster, I should give it a try.
     
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    goods Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    I bought C. paniculatus from LOC as a large seedling/NBS plant at the New Orleans show in June 2015, so it was in my care roughly a year before spike initiation. In comparison, I picked up a C. elatus from them at least a year prior to that. Both plants have active root tips and have for most of the time I've had them, and they both currently have 8 leaves. I'd say both had around 5 leaves when I bought them, so paniculatus has produced ~3 leaves in 13 months whereas elatus has produced about the same number in ~24+ months. Both plants are receiving identical conditions.

    Your parameters are pretty close to mine except my tank only gets to about 82 in summer and will see the 60s in winter. I probably grow mine in less light as well.
     
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    Amazing! not an easy plant to keep! Let alone to get to bloom.