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Habenaria medusa/myriotricha winter care

Discussion in 'Orchid Culture' started by xmpraedicta, Sep 19, 2010.

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  1. xmpraedicta

    xmpraedicta Prairie angraecoid nut Supporting Member

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    Hello all,
    Just finished my first season growing this species, sort of unexpectedly. Had the plants in someone else's care for a few weeks and came home to dried up brown leaves. I unpotted it and found some decent looking corms, and I'm just wondering whether I should put these in the fridge, or whether a cool shelf is sufficient. They were potted in a mix of 50/50 peat and perlite with a bit of sphag thrown in. Should I rewet the medium slightly, repot them, and leave them on a cool windowsill? Or should I pack them in perlite and put them in the fridge?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Karen

    Karen Species nut

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    I grow mine in the garage, when dormant. Not as cold as outside, with a couple of drops of water every week, to keep the tubers from drying out. They probably go down to 45 degrees.
     
  3. Dale

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    I certainly don't refrigerate mine. It remains in the grow area near my cattleyas all winter; 62°F minimum. Water is reduced by maybe 75%.
     
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    xmpraedicta Prairie angraecoid nut Supporting Member

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    Update: I put them in a bag and tossed them onto my bookcase and forgot about them. Probably not the most desirable over-wintering situation. A few days ago, I was chatting about them to Jacob, decided to check them and saw little sprouts, so I potted them up today! :)

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    Karen Species nut

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    WOOT!
    What ever works!
     
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    I noticed today both my plants have surfaced. Last year it was March 1st.
     
  7. John Klinger

    John Klinger Active Member Supporting Member

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    Mine are still growing and have spikes, should bloom within the moth I hope.