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Lepanthes recommendation?

Discussion in 'Everything Else Orchid' started by Boytjie, Apr 26, 2015.

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    Boytjie Out hiking Supporting Member

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    Hi all, I've been doing extremely well with Pleurothalids at my new house, where I'm growing in a constantly cool cellar. I'm looking to to try my first Lepanthes species. What's a good one to start with that has reasonably sized, colorful flowers? Thanks!
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    I think the only difficult one I've grown and still struggle with is telipogoniflora. L mastodon is real easy and common.
     
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    Lepanthes sijmii is quite large and grows well for me. Ecuagenera sells this as adrianae. Lepanthes elegantula is also a nice large flowered fairly easy grower.
     
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    Had my eye on Lepanthes elegantula. Thanks for chiming in!
     
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    I 2nd elegantula since it is almost always in flower and pretty adaptable. L inca is another great large flowered species. Peruflora has it regularly. Lepanthes manabina and gargoyla are pendant ones that is wonderful. Also L cascajalense. There are really a lot of them.
     
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    Thanks Marni! I'm ordering elegantula, gargoyla, and manibina. Good place to start.
     
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    L. gargoyla and manabina are very similar. In fact, most manabina in the U.S. market are mislabelled and are usually actually gargoyla. If you order both it is very likely that they will both be gargoyla. Check out this thread:
    Lepanthes gargoyla | OrchidsForum.com
     
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    Interesting. Well, on the other hand, that's one less plant that I have to buy, I guess.
     
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    The definition of "cool" varies a bit from grower to grower..., how cool are you talking about?
    While there are some good recommendations for beginners, some of the Lepanthes mentioned above don't like "cool" condition IMO. The culture for Lepanthes is a bit different than Pleurothallis. Pleuros are a lot easier for the most part.
     
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    In my conditions, "cool" = low 50s at night in winter, up to about 70 daytime in summer.
     
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    I am not too concerned about the low but daytime high might be too cool for some Lepanthes.
    I think your temperature range will be great for some cool growing Dendrobium.
     
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    Those are in the second tank. The first tank is Pleurothallid-specific.
     
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    Well, if you can keep it about five degrees warmer, I would recommend Lep. telipogoniflora and Lepanthes tsubotae. Both are tiny plant with huge colorful flowers. They are not too fussy IMO. Both are growing beautifully under 55-75F
     
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    I've had my eye on tusbotae. Might give it a shout. Thanks, Ray!
     
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    Anyone know where to acquire tsubotae?
     
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    Tom-DE Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Andy's Orchids, Ecuagenera, and Marni Turkel used to have a few around, so give them a call or email. You might want to spend a little bit more for an established plant. A stressed plant (of this tiny species) can be difficult...