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Lycaste aromatica

Discussion in 'Orchid Species' started by wpinnix, May 31, 2014.

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    wpinnix William Pinnix

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    A favorite of mine. This little Lycaste smells like cinnamon. I grow this in a cool greenhouse (50 F minimum) shady and humid.
    lycaste_aromatica.jpg lycaste_aromatica_cloase.jpg
     
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    KellyW Orchid wonk Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Nice one, William. This is a favorite of mine, too. I always feel that Lycaste is an under-appreciated Genus. Have you ever noticed that you rarely see them mounted? I have mine mounted on tree fern and it is thriving. However, after the blooms are just a few days old they start getting the black spots (probably Botrytis?) so I am not sure if it needs better air movement, less water or what. Any suggestions?
     
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    wpinnix William Pinnix

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    I like the idea of mounting, I have a few Stanhopea mounted. This species would be a good candidate. I have a few seedlings that are getting blooming size, I'll try couple mounted. I would think that more air movement would help with botritis. I don't get it and my humidity is quite high (80% or higher); I have five 18"fans in my 20'x12' greenhouse. They are situated so they circulate the air around the greenhouse. Three on the floor, and two up high. The three in the floor circulate counterclockwise; one in the ceiling blows lengthwise, situated over the heater, the other is at the far end angled down.
     
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    What a flower, I love this! It looks to loose it leaves? Do you give it a rest of watering at any point?
     
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    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I mounted a couple of runts from a flask of Lycaste skinneri about 4 years ago on a horizontal mount and they now bloom regularly.

    I give this a significant dry rest in the winter and it does really well.
     
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    KellyW Orchid wonk Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Marni, for the "dry rest" are you talking about aromatica or skinneri? With my aromatica I lessen the amount of water in the winter but don't give it a dry rest. I find that the leaves stay on until the new growths start emerging which may boost the blooming. I may try a dry rest this winter and see what happens.
     
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    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I was talking about aromatica. I don't rest the skinneri.
     
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    wpinnix William Pinnix

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    I give mine a pretty severe dry rest. All leaves drop and the pseudobulbs shrivel a lot. Kelly, how many blooms do you get per growth?
     
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    KellyW Orchid wonk Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I have never counted the blooms per growth. Good question. Here is a plant photo I took just a few minutes ago. The blooming is way past the prime.

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    wpinnix William Pinnix

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    Nicely grown! Many years ago mine was that size. I had it potted and nearly lost the plant to rot because I kept it too wet in winter. Mine is now recovering, but still only one lead
     
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    Really lovely. Great colour.
     
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    nora von gerichten New Member

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    Hi Kelly, Consider watching the temperature of your water. Botrytis loves warmer water. I keep my water between 10-15oC and solved the disease issues.
     
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    KellyW Orchid wonk Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Thank you, Nora.