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Eria javanica

Discussion in 'Orchid Species' started by ntgerald, Oct 28, 2009.

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  1. ntgerald

    ntgerald Member

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    Found in southern China, NE India, Sikkim, Myanamar, Laos, Thailand, Malaysia, Sumatra, Java, Borneo, Celebes, Moluccas, New Guinea and the Philippines in lowlands forests on mangroves in swamp forests and lower montane laurel forests as a medium sized, hot to cool growing epiphyte or occasional lithophye at elevations of sealevel to 1200 meters with ovoid to laterally compressed, pyriform, basally sheathed pseudobulbs with 1 or 2 lanceolate, acuminate, petiolate leaves that are darker above than below that blooms in the spring and summer on a subterminal, erect to drooping, to 2' [to 60 cm] long and taller than the leaves, hairy stalked, racemose inflorescence that is longer than the leaves, has lanceolate bracts, and many [50] star like, sweetly fragrant flowers evenly distributed on all sides of the raceme arising from the nodes at the apex of a mature pseudobulb.(From IOSPE)
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    Very beautiful...
    I have a very similar plant, till now it has been three years in my care. the plant is so vigorous, with long, green, and shiny leaves and many new shoots, but have never produced flowers yet.
    I grow it outdoors, in a shady place, get sunlight only at morning, as I noticed the leaves got sunburned when I exposed them to full sun, and it surely loves rain, so I sit the plant at an open place during rainy-season
    How to get this Eria blooming?
    Also, I think they need to be repotted to a bigger pot, or split the plant to some new divisions. But, I hesitate to do so, for afraid causing the plant stress.
     
  3. Marni

    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Sometimes a bit of stress is what is needed to induce blooming. A very happy plant doesn't always have an incentive to reproduce. There have been occasions when I've had a big specimen that wouldn't bloom, but after I chopped it up, all of the divisions bloomed. Perhaps you could at least take a piece of and try it.
     
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    Is that so? Very interesting. Thank you Marni, I will give it a try.
     
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    Ricardo Slave of demanding bird

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    Environmental stress at the proper time of the year is a trigger for flowering for many species of orchids. It is particularly common in Dendrobium species that face a long cool dry season with bright light and water only from the morning mists. Many people pamper these Dendrobium and end up with enormous plants that have either never flowered or only produce keikis. Often, when these plants are treated the right way they produce massive bursts of flowers from all the buds of several years developing at the same time.
     
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    Perhaps, like Dendrobium aphyllum, after a long dry season they lost all of their leaves, and then produces so many flowers at a time. Watering them during dry season flourish many new shoots, but with no flowers
     
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    Ricardo Slave of demanding bird

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    Yes, exactly like that. I have read about the surprise and frustration of growers in England in the nineteen century when their imported Dendrobium plants would produce a massive burst of flowers on their first year and then never again bloom like that.
     
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    I see. Being wild plants, they will survive in natural condition. Adapted to long dry season or severe rains.
    The problem is, I often have no heart to see them dry, so interfere the condition. Perhaps, that is why more leaves than flowers
     
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    Perhaps you can try a high phosphate fertilizer toward the end of the growing season. In some plants this sometimes stimulates blooming, and root growth. I used to have this plant, it would bloom toward the end of the dry season.
     
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    The end of dry season? I hope so. We're in the middle of dry season now.
    Yes, I use phosphate to stimulate blooming and fruit for another plants, but have never used it for orchids yet.
     
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    Ricardo Slave of demanding bird

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    Well, you have tried everything else, so let's see if this works, keep us posted.
     
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    All right. Thank you Ricardo
     
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    Here is the flower. Look... Turned out it has different flowers from ntgerald's plant.
    I always thought they are of similar plant. I posted it in orchids identification section too. Hopefully, somebody will tell me what is the id
     

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