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Habenaria quinqueseta

Discussion in 'Orchid Species' started by naoki, Aug 21, 2020.

  1. naoki

    naoki Well-Known Member

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    I got this plant from Lee's Botanical Gardens about 3 years ago. As with many Habenaria, the flower structure is pretty cool. I've tried a couple of Habenaria (H. repens and H. floribunda) from Florida. They grow and flower ok for a couple seasons, but they don't seem to last for a long. Does anyone have a tip to keep them growing for a long time? In the winter, I keep it a bit drier (water once a week).

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    DarleneJay Well-Known Member

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    Very cool! I have not tried any Habenaria from the Americas. Do you grow any of the Habenaria from Asia? If so, how is their longevity?
     
  3. RustyExotics

    RustyExotics Nicholas - It's a terrestrial thing

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    I've had similar issues with American Habenaria. They thrive for years, then just rot for seemingly no reason... That's actually what happened to my Hab. quinqueseta. I'm going to try to give them a slightly cooler winter this year and see if that helps, but I unfortunately cannot give any solid advice about them.
     
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    naoki Well-Known Member

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    Darlene, I've tried Habenaria humistrata and Pecteilis susannae, but they didn't do from the beginning (either the tubers didn't sprout, or died quickly right after import). So I don't have much experience with Asian Habenaria.
    Nick, do you grow them outside? It seems to be close to their range.
     
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    RustyExotics Nicholas - It's a terrestrial thing

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    I do not grow them outside, but I want to try whenever I get more American species. I have a friend who grows some Platanthera very successfully in an outdoor bog garden. He even has some Pleione that he mulches heavily and covers with plastic in the winter to keep them a little warmer and dryer. The native Habenaria are less cold-hardy, but I think it may be possible to cultivate them in this way if enough care is given. If I can get any species, I'll let you know if it works overtime.