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Habenaria medusae

Discussion in 'Orchid Species' started by Marni, Nov 16, 2012.

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  1. Marni

    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    First blooming of this species for me. I avoided habenaria for years, but I may be addicted now. This is the 3rd species I've bloomed this year and have several more in bud.








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    KellyW Orchid wonk Staff Member Supporting Member

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    That is incredible. Do you use standard potting soil?
     
  3. Torrish

    Torrish Active Member

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    This has been on my wish list for a while. I would be interested in why you had previously avoided them and any suggestions on there cultivation. A very striking species thank you for posting it.:cool:
     
  4. Marni

    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Kelly, I made up a mix combining my standard terrestrial mix (fine bark, pumice, lava rock, coir/coco peat and charcoal if I have it) with about 40% of a commercial potting mix.

    Giles, many years ago (decades?) I tried one and it limped along for a couple of years and died a slow, sad and pathetic death. At the time the were expensive and hard to come by, I was broke and not so experienced. Last year I had the chance to buy some at reasonable price and decided to jump in with both feet since I have friends who were successfully cultivating them. I do understand that success one year doesn't mean I will understand if some/all don't come up next year. I'm making seed as I go in case I need more chances and hoping that seed grown plants will be more adaptable.
     
  5. Carolyn_in_wpa

    Carolyn_in_wpa Orchidaddict

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    Marni, I have had 2 other habeneras that have grown and bloomed for me so I just bought this one from Roy Takanaga at the Merritt Huntington Symposium last month and it is in bud!
     
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    Marni thanks. I will have to start looking for a supplier this side of the pond.
     
  7. Kermie

    Kermie Tadpole Supporting Member

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    Very cool plants. Hard to believe their orchids!

    Love that first photo!

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