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Dendrobium trantuanii in a wire basket

Discussion in 'Orchid Culture' started by Ricardo, Sep 4, 2019.

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  1. Ricardo

    Ricardo Slave of demanding bird

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    Before hurricane Maria, the forest around my house had an unbroken canopy for miles around. Local humidity was high to very high and between May and December it rained daily. Hurricane Maria shredded the canopy, fell many trees and ripped apart the branches of the rest. After Maria, the local temperature went up, an incredible ten degrees in the immediate aftermath of the hurricane, since then it has been slowly returning to normal. Rainfall also decreased to such a degree that the orchid mounts that formerly were perfect for the plants are now inadequate. In the case of this Dendrobium trauntanii the small tree fern post in which it is growing dries up too fast now. What was a virtue when humidity was sky high and rain plentiful has become a problem. So I built a small wire basket and inserted the tree fern pole inside of it. The basket was filled very loosely with medium bark so there are plenty of crevices for the thin wiry roots of the Dendrobium to grow into. The plant will still need to be watered daily for the remainder of the present growing season, but hopefully by next year it will have a larger root system that can support larger canes. By the way I always use gloves when handling potting material. dentrautanii.jpg
     
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    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    At the risk of sounding like the spelling police, it is properly Den. trantuanii. I can correct it if you like.

    It must be like moving to a new location and having to learning to grow all over again. I hope this last hurricane didn't cause any more damage.

    I have never been able to grow this species mounted. But it has done very well for me in fine bark with water every several days.
     
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    Ricardo Slave of demanding bird

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    Please correct the species name, the name I will be more careful with the names. I had many plants mounted because of the absurd amount of rain my locality would get during the rainy season. But as you have said it has been like moving to a new location as far as plant culture goes.
     
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    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Both Kelly and I are happy to fix things like this.
     
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    Ricardo Slave of demanding bird

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    :):)