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Habenaria carnea fma nivosa

Discussion in 'Orchid Species' started by DarleneJay, Sep 23, 2020.

  1. DarleneJay

    DarleneJay Well-Known Member

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    These are awesome little plants!

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    Ray Orchid Iconoclast Supporting Member

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    Great, Darlene.

    what are the growing conditions you have them in?
     
  3. RustyExotics

    RustyExotics Nicholas - It's a terrestrial thing

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    I have honestly grown to enjoy this form more than the wild type. I just can't get over the beautiful, emerald green foliage with the silver speckles and the pure white flowers.

    You beat me to this post! Do you mind if I piggyback off of it and post my pictures, too?
     
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    Very nice! Neither of mine came up this year.
     
  5. DarleneJay

    DarleneJay Well-Known Member

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    Thanks all!

    @Ray
    They grow under lights year round. Intermediate to warm temperatures in the summer and intermediate temperatures in the winter. Ideally, they are consistently moist while growing. I have forgotten about them a bit this year and allowed them to dry out. Never for more than a couple of days. Still they did not appreciate it. After flowering, I water a lot less. Once they are dormant they spend the winter/spring in an enclosed aquarium, where I can keep the humidity high. Sometime I lightly mist them towards the beginning of spring. I am not convinced that is necessary.

    @RustyExotics please jump in and post yours too!
     
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    RustyExotics Nicholas - It's a terrestrial thing

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    Here are mine, plus pictures of Hab. carnea to compare. I was a little late taking pictures this year, so the flowers have already started to fade.
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    Darlene,

    Regarding misting in the spring: I'm at the same conslusion. These plants enter and exit dormancy in a moisture-dependent manner. As a result, you can induce them into dormancy by cutting water or came induce them out by misting them. However, that doesn't always work and sometimes results in rotting the tubers if they plant really isn't ready. Today, I keep all of my tubers in plastic bags to keep humidity higher. It allows me to monitor them throughout the winter, and I get to see as soon as they start growing. I noticed that the increased residual humidity in the bag actually caused most of them to wake up much earlier. Immedietly after planting, I mist them once to set the soil and then wait for the plant to break the surface

    Long story short: I agree that misting the soil isn't entierly necessary, but if they are kept in low humidty while dormant, the moisture will induce the plant to wake up in the spring.
     
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