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Hi everyone! Aerangis grower from Zürich here :)

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    fdestales New Member

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    Hi everyone :)
    my name is Francesco and I am an Italian national living in Zürich, Switzerland. I have been growing orchids when I was younger, then gave up due to various transfers (University forst and work after). However, after quite some time, I have recently decided to restart and looked back at my previous experiences to avoid the mistakes I made in the past! So I did some research to find out which plants that would have fit my environment and my taste. The answer turned out to be Aerangis species! As there is not a lot of info on this orchid genus, I would be very happy to get in touch with other Aerangis growers to share experiences and ideas!
     
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    leo African orchids only :-)

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    Hi Francesco,

    Aerangis, good choice! I guess we should catch up at some point :)

    Cheers, Leo (not too far from Zürich)
     
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    Lots of good angraecoid growers here. Welcome!
     
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    Welcome!
     
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    Hi Leo, many thanks for dropping by! It would be very nice to get in touch/meet to exchange experiences if you like :)
     
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    Hi :) many thanks!
     
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    Welcome, Glad to have more Aerangis growers. I am a wannabe grower, so far I have killed an A. citrate. I think I didn't get the watering right after I mounted it it had been in a pot for some time. They fit my conditions and my tastes, I love them but an hesitant to get another until I understand their culture better. Hope you all will share your successes, failures and growing conditions.
     
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    Benvenuto Franco! My name is John, and I currently raise my orchids on a windowsill, though I shall soon be purchasing some orchid cases, and trying some of the trickier orchids (needing more humidity, air movement, etc). I think Aerangis species are charming, and I am growing one at the moment, A. fastuosa. It was surviving my care, but not thriving, until I tried something that worked for me. I put some live moss on top of the substrate, and immediately noticed that the next set of leaves grew much larger, and the plant looked happier. This might not work for everyone, as I am a notorious under-waterer, which the moss layer adjusts for. I will be very interested to see what you decide to grow, as I shall be adding more Angraecoids to my collection.
     
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    Don Cooper Beautiful hybrids Supporting Member

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    Come va, Francesco. Please see my newbie intro on this sub-menu. I love Aerangis too and have collected quite a few in the last three months from some unlikely places. Regarding previous experiences and mistakes, I grew Masdevallias in Paris on a window sill and put them in the "frig" at night to prompt them to bloom. I have a few Masdies now but only certain sp. do well with me. As far as Aer., I do a lot of misting even though the "dew point" here is high and they are currently a little cool outdoors at night time—but all the root tips are bright green. Let's talk.
     
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    Thanks!
     
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    Hi John! Thanks for your message! I am currently growing Citrata, Fastuosa, Biloba, Kotschyana, Punctata (2 varieties - regular and 4N), Luteo-Alba var. Rhodosticta, Articulata, Ellisii, Spiculata and Ugandensis.
    My Fastuosa is currently in spike, I grow it in a quite coarse medium but with the addition of chopped sphagnum moss and some live sphagnum moss on the surface. This plant has very fine roots that cannot withstand drying out too much. So I believe that adding the moss on top was definitely a good move on your side.
    When I started growing these plants, I found a lot of articles and info saying that they do not like to stay dry and love humidity. I think this information can be misleading as a lot of people would tend to overwater, hence quick plant loss. Currently, in addition to Fastuosa, I have other 4 plants spiking, Citrata, Articulata, Punctata and Ugandensis.
    I am happy to share any info on the other species as well!
    Happy growing :)
     
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    Hi CoveLady :)
    thank you for your message and for dropping by! I understand your frustration but, despite being a quite easy to find species, I deem Citrata to be the fussiest of my Aerangis.
    I grow Citrata and my other Aerangis on a windowsill...humidity level is between 55 and 60%. So far, my Citrata is growing quite well, it has two spikes and is actively growing roots and leaves.
    If I were to say something about this species, is that it loves humidity at root level, but the plant literally hates to get wet. The new leaves are very tender, hence prone to rot, and if water would sit in the crown, I believe the plant would be lost very quickly. Keeping this in mind I am growing the plant sideways, I only mist the soil but never the plant, occasionally treat with fungicide, I water preferably in the morning and drain any excess water. Most importantly, I carefully dry the leaves and the crown if they get wet.
    I hope this can be helpful and please feel free to reach out for any other question!
    Happy growing :)
     
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    Hi Don!
    I am not new to growing orchids but I have decided to focus on Aerangis only quite recently. The reason is that these plants are quite compact and the flowers are showy compared to the plants' size. Also, the conditions of my environment - south-west facing windowsill in the north of Switzerland, 55-60% humidity level - seem to suit them well. So far, I have Citrata, Fastuosa, Biloba, Kotschyana, Punctata (two varieties), Luteo Alba var Rhodosticta, Articulata, Ellisii, Spiculata and Ugandensis. I am now hunting for a Fuscata which I like very much.
    All my plants grow in clear plastic pots, terracotta pots or weird containers I manufacture :D
    Which species are you growing?
    Happy growing and many thanks for your message :)
     
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    Thanks! :)
     
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    Thanks! :)