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Lepanthopsis astrophora

Discussion in 'Orchid Species' started by Pixietoe, May 20, 2012.

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  1. Pixietoe

    Pixietoe Active Member

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    This lovely, floriferous species is quite undemanding. I've had my plant for 1.5 years now during which it has been constantly growing and putting out more flower spikes every flowering season. It's grown under quite high light and intermediate temperature (in winter 15-20°C, in summer 18-25°C).

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    Some close-ups:

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  2. Marni

    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Beautiful species, beautifully grown. I grow mine mounted and have them in the cool greenhouse. They do fine, but yours looks way happier. I can't tell from the image if it is potted or mounted. What is the medium?
     
  3. orchidnut57

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    I guess you can see by my avatar that I adore these guys. Mine grown under lights in a clay thumb pot. Very happy and lots of flowers. I am quiet impressed with your photos...awesome
    Thanks for sharing
     
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    goods Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Very cool! I got one of these yesterday. The plant's pretty big but only one spike for now. I'm going to try one of the many keikis on mine in one of my new frog tanks.
     
  5. Uluwehi

    Uluwehi angraecoids, dendrobiums and more Supporting Member

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    Wonderful, both the species and the specimen. Well done!
     
  6. MiKa

    MiKa Active Member Supporting Member

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    What a beautiful plant! So well grown and good photographed too. Welcome to OI
     
  7. Pixietoe

    Pixietoe Active Member

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    Thanks everyone!
    Marni, the plant is mounted on cork with a little moss and some tiny twigs. It's almost directly under the aquarium lamp so the local day temperature might actually be a little higher than what I wrote in the first post. It's really a downside to my aquariums that I can never quite separate the effects of strong light and increased temperature. Anyway, I hung my plant a little further down for some time which resulted in several keikis rather than normal growth or maybe spikes (not sure it was flowering season).

    Orchidnut, that sounds great! I guess then your plant is thriving under cooler conditions than mine, what with the clay pot, is that right? It's good to know how critical individual factors are.
     
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    Alexey Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Wonderfully grown plant!
    Addition of twigs is interesting. Would it be possible to post a photo of the mounting setup?
     
  9. gnathaniel

    gnathaniel Lurker Supporting Member

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    Wow, beautiful plant and nicely photographed!
     
  10. Pixietoe

    Pixietoe Active Member

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    Sure. This is the standard mounting method of the orchid vendor from whom I purchased the plant:

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    I assume this way more moisture is retained, but I was also warned that it is more difficult to assess when the substrate decays and the roots start rotting. So far it's alright, though.