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Dendrophylax lindenii

Discussion in 'Orchid Culture' started by goods, Jul 15, 2010.

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    goods Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Hi

    I purchased a ghost orchid from Oak Hill over a year ago, and it was tiny. I placed it in a 10 gal aquarium with about three inches of water in the bottom. I added an ultrasonic fogger to the water which keeps humidity at 80% or above. This entire setup is placed near a shaded west window.

    My ghost is still alive today, and it even started a new root over the winter. Unfortunately, all growth has stopped since then. This time of year seems to be the time when the plant would be putting on new growth. Is there anything I can do to stimulate new growth?

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    I don't have any experience with them so most likely can't help, but you don't say what the temperature is in there and that could be a factor.
     
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    goods Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    I would say the temps are around 75 F at night and middle to upper 80's during the day
     
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    Wish I could help, but I've killed about 5 of these things. You'd think I'd do well with it, since I'm about 10 miles from the Everglades. But nope.
     
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    Uluwehi angraecoids, dendrobiums and more Supporting Member

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    I haven't grown these to blooming size yet, but it I have been growing seedlings for a number of years. I think they really are slow until they've built up considerable biomass, and in my experience this takes *forever*.

    I decided a while ago that as long as my seedlings have root tips, I will wait patiently. Stressing over them didn't make me feel any better. It does help to be more forgiving of their sloth if one remembers that they do not have the luxury of huge solar panels (leaves!) to make food for themselves as other 'leafed' orchids do, so one can't blame them for taking so much longer to reach maturity than say, a hybrid Phalaenopsis! :p

    Perhaps some growers on here who are successful at growing them faster can add their tips?

    They do seem to dislike being in direct flow from a fan in a grow case.

    For some reason Dendrophyla sallei, which is supposed to be very similar to D. lindenii, is a much easier grower for me.
     
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    Jon Mmmm... bulbophyllum...

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    Can we get a photo?
     
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    Uluwehi angraecoids, dendrobiums and more Supporting Member

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    Oh one more thing, Brenda of Botanica Ltd. grows them pretty bright, and theirs bloom!
     
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    I have had a Dendrophylax for about a year. I thought I was going to lose it but it seems to be coming back slowly when I started giving it more light and less air movement. I am trying to grow it using the weather conditions of the Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park, FL where it grows. The winter temperatures are mid 50 nights and mid seventies days. The summer temperatures are 80 degree nights and 90+ degree days. It is very humid as it grows in the swamps on trees branches above knee deep standing water. My conditions are somewhat cooler in the winter and the summer low of 80 is not possible in my greenhouse. But I am up to the challenge. There are people in the bay area who have bloomed it so it is definitely worth trying.
     
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    goods Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Thanks for all the replies.

    I have read that they are very difficult to grow when they are small. (maybe because of their lack of surface area for light which inhibits photosynthesis?)

    Jon- I will try to post a picture but I just got a new computer so I'm still learning with it

    Morabeza- I read they dislike alot of air movement so mine is in an aquarium with a small part of the top open but no fans inside. Also, do you know of a source for Dendrophylax sallei?
     
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    Uluwehi angraecoids, dendrobiums and more Supporting Member

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    It's great to hear Judy's input :)!

    goods, I have bought D. sallei from both Andy's and Botanica Ltd.
     
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    goods Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Ok thanks.

    I emailed Andy's on Wednesday to see if they had any of the other harder to find Dendrophylax species, (funalis, porrectus, etc.) so I'll see what they say.
     
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    Check Oak Hill for funalis. I got one from them last year. THAT one is growing like gangbusters.
     
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    Uluwehi angraecoids, dendrobiums and more Supporting Member

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    Andy sold me a cute D. porrectus In February. Be sure to ask for it by its former name Harisella porrecta. Mature plants are the tiniest things - super minis! :D

    I concur with Alexis. A healthy D. funalis grows like a weed (thankfully)!
     
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    Thanks Alexis for the info on funalis. I've emailed them, so I'll see what they say.

    Morabeza- How's you porrectus doing?
     
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    Uluwehi angraecoids, dendrobiums and more Supporting Member

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    goods,

    Dendrophylax porrectus
    is doing great, it has two spikes forming at the moment. Just snapped these pictures quickly for you to see. It is a very tiny species!
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    prem Wild Orchid Enthusiast

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    D. porrectus grows rather prolifically in my area (central Florida) if you know where to look. Be mindful, it tends to have a built-in death wish like many other twig epiphytes. I have seen a few venerable old individuals in the wild, but I have also seen plants that seemed otherwise healthy suddenly expire.

    Be sure to smell the tiny flowers at night when in bloom...they are amazingly fragrant for such teensy things.

    ---Prem
     
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    goods Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Morabeza- Congrats on the spikes. It is a very tiny plant. Also, thanks for the pictures

    prem- I think I was first introduced to this species from one of your in situ pictures.

    Unfortunately, I received emails from both Andy's and Oak Hill, and neither of them have any of these species in stock right now. I guess I'll just have to keep looking.
     
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    I got one from Alan Koch, Gold Country Orchids in February this year and it is doing good.
     
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    goods Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Thanks Judy. I sent him an email to see if he still has any.

    Yesterday, I was taking my ghost out of the tank to water it and the two remaining pieces fell off the original Oak Hill mount. Today, I went out into the swamp where I work and collected two small cypress knees. After reading the article "A Ghostly Pursuit" posted on another forum, I am thinking of attaching them to these cypress knees using super glue.

    Any thoughts on this method?