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I’d my orchid

Discussion in 'Orchid Identification Section' started by Chris Holt, Nov 30, 2019.

  1. Chris Holt

    Chris Holt New Member

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    This orchid is tagged Bif. Harrisoniae x lyc. Virginalis Alba is it and what care should I give it image.jpg
     
  2. Ricardo

    Ricardo Slave of demanding bird

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    If it is that cross it needs what is called intermediate temperatures, ranging from the middle 60F at night to the middle 70F as the highest temperature during the day. It is always a challenge to grow orchids with long internodes, as they escape from even the biggest pot and mount in a short time. I would give it plenty of water when growing but after growth is complete I would cut back to watering when the media is starting to dry. These plants need plenty of fertilizing when growing, I use high nitrogen fertilizer with my Lycastes. When they growth is finished I cut out the fertilizer. I have read that Bifrenaria needs strong sun to bloom, but I have never grown it. My Lycastes get full sun until 10 am and them they are shaded from the strong midday sun by shade cloth.
     
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  3. Marni

    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I find it difficult to believe that it is the cross it is labeled. Neither of the parents have a climbing habit nor long internodes between growths.
     
  4. KellyW

    KellyW Orchid wonk Staff Member Supporting Member

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    The habit looks alot like Zygopetalum maxillare.
     
  5. DarleneJay

    DarleneJay Well-Known Member

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    I agree with Marni. The tag is probably incorrect. Unfortunately, I am not sure what it could be. I was thinking a Maxillaria of some sort. Maybe look up the Zygo Kelly mentioned for some cultural ideas.

    You could also send a picture to vendor for guidance.
     
  6. GaryYG

    GaryYG Active Member

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    Several Maxillariella [syn. Maxillaria] have that sort of growth habit. Your plant may be Maxillariella elatior [syn. Max. elatior]