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Dracula gaskelliana

Discussion in 'Orchid Species' started by Boytjie, Jun 30, 2015.

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  1. Boytjie

    Boytjie Out hiking Supporting Member

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    Blooms are small, around 1" across not counting the tails. What they lack in size, they make up for in numbers: currently 10 spikes. Grown I/C in the basement tank, average 90% humidity, under fairly bright light for a Dracula. I found this one really tough to photograph.
    -Stephen

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    These seem to be doing very well for you. Very few draculas are easy to photograph. This shows the flower pretty well.
     
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    Thanks, Marni. I'm finding my summer temps in the basement are a bit higher than I predicted they might be after I bought the house last fall and moved everything down there. Average is low 70s, which results in some bud blast, but as long as I can keep the humidity up I'm still managing to get enough things to keep blooming.
     
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    Are the low 70's your day or night time?
     
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    Daytime. Night goes down to around mid 60s. I have a hard time getting more than a six or seven degree drop, but the plants still seem to be growing well enough without that. Winter, none of this is an issue because temps down there are constant mid to upper 50s and the plants go nuts.
     
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    Try a small air conditioner. I have one in a basement window, with a hood made of styrofoam insulation and some ductwork into the growing space. Runs for about 5 hours at night, drops temps to upper 50s. (Air conditioner came from the local Wally, cost $100).
     
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    Mind posting a pic at some point? I'm sure others would also love to see this.
     
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    I'll see if I have one already. The whole setup is behind some shelves, so hard to see (and get to...).
     
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    With night temps in the mid 60's, your plants may well be stress by the end of summer. If you can get the nights down, you can raise your daytime temperatures a bit for a better differential. Where the draculas grow, my day time highs are in the mid to upper 70's and on hot days a bit higher.
     
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    So I moved the tank upstairs into my practice room, which has a window air conditioner. Current temp in the room a half hour after setting it all up is 68 degrees inside the tank. Not sure I can get the nights a lot colder than that, but I can probably now manage at least an 7-8 degree differential between night/day temps and it beats mid 70s. Definitely worth spending the few bucks a month on electricity. Bonus: the cool room is encouraging me to practice more. :p