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Malala 2011

Discussion in 'Everything Else Orchid' started by mrbreeze, Jan 28, 2011.

  1. mrbreeze

    mrbreeze Anglican Supporting Member

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    No, the list isn't out yet so settle down. :poke:

    I just thought that since this forum is slow lately and the new list is alleged to be forthcoming, a thread on what has done well before would be good. For the next order, I'd like to focus on things that are more than likely to live. :rolleyes:

    Off the top of my head, in random order, my experiences have been:

    - just about all Jumelleas arrive in decent shape and generally do well
    - larger Aerangis like ellisii and related arrive ok but sulk and are hard to establish
    - tiny Angraecums like breve, suprisingly seem to do well
    - obesum has struggled for me. I've killed two and the current one is reluctant to grow
    - arachnite is impossible for me to revive/grow
    - popowii quickly dies
    - sobenikoffias are large and robust and are one of the best 'values' on the list
    - henrici dies eventually but other Aeranthes do ok if they don't sulk
    - more thin-leaved Aerangis do not do well for me
    - rhynchoglossum, ramosum, magdalenae, Neo. filicornu have bloomed and/or spiked
    - pectinatum do well as do 'germianum' (conchoglossum) and surprisingly, lecomtei
    - protensum lives and praestans is MUCH bigger than anything you can get in the states ...but sulks
    - dollii and drouhardii seem to do pretty well as do about half the 'teretifolia'
    - Aeranthes nidus all die, so do Oenia and Cryptopus, for me at least
    - Ang sororium do well as do compactum and chloranthum

    Alright, that's enough. Apologies for any spelling errors. :rolleyes:
    Please add your own experiences ...especially people like Karen that ordered a CRAPLOAD last time. :D
     
  2. Jon

    Jon Mmmm... bulbophyllum...

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    The bulbo selection is pretty weak.
     
  3. Dale

    Dale New Member

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    I got some Malalalalalala plants. They were damn expensive and it looked like someone had kicked them all the way here from Madagascar.
     
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    goods Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Thanks mrbreeze for making this list. It'll make it easier for people like me who will be importing for the first time to choose hardier plants.
     
  5. xmpraedicta

    xmpraedicta Prairie angraecoid nut Supporting Member

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    From just one year's experience in probably sub-optimal conditions

    -popowii: died almost immediately
    -equitans: doing well
    -dollii, drouhardii and breve: wouldn't wake up :(
    Neobathiae filicornu: doing well (maybe I was lucky)
     
  6. KellyW

    KellyW Orchid wonk Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I have to plead ignorance with the Malala orchids. Who is doing the selling? How do you buy them? Does each buyer do the importing or are they coming through a vendor? What is so wonderful about them? and why does it seem to excite everyone so much?
     
  7. goods

    goods Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Kelly I've never done the importing but I've researched it for a few years so I think I have a decent understanding.

    Malala is a nursery in Madagascar that rescues orchids native to the country from areas that are in danger of destruction. These plants are grown for a short while and then exported. There used to be someone who would represent them at shows in the U.S. I believe but currently orders go through Botanica Ltd.

    Everyone's excitied about these because many of the plants offered are nearly impossible to obtain any other way. All of them are Madagascan natives, mostly Angs but also some Bulbos and terrestrials I believe.

    If you are interested in the list just email Botanica and if you want to see last years list for a sample of what might be available, PM me your email and I'll send it to you.
     
  8. Karen

    Karen Species nut

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    LOL!
    I did buy a crapload last year.
    Hoping the 2011 list has things that weren't on it last year.
    Things from 2010 that have already bloomed for me...
    Aerangis grandiflora, A. ramosa, Ang. linearifolium, Cynorkis lowiana, C. uniflora.
    (If you like wierod, try some Cynorkis)

    And, Botanica Ltd is going to be selling at the POE!
    Pacific Orchid Exposition in San Farncisco, next month...

    I tried very hard to buy plants that were not available in the USA.
    Things that are growing well, but haven't bloomed yet:
    Angraecum breve, A. urschianum, ultra mini's.
    Beautiful plants. 1/2 inch leaves, almost succulenty.

    Deceased, all Neobathiaeas. Will try again.
     
  9. gg68

    gg68 Angraecoid addict

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    I already have the list 2011, Michelle sent it to me, but the prices are in euro and only valid for Madagascar...she didn't add the CITES and Phyto prices, so I don't think that it would be interessant if I put it here...
     
  10. KellyW

    KellyW Orchid wonk Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Goods, thanks for the explanation.
     
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    goods Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    gg68 If you have the list I think we'd all like to see it even if it doesn't necessarily apply to us in the U.S. It'd be a good preview for the list that we will receive hopefully soon
     
  12. Reyna

    Reyna Orchid Obsessed Supporting Member

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    Mr.B
    This is a good idea. I like to know what has worked for people. of course, so much depends upon the individual plant.

    I am almost embarrassed to admit how many plants I have ordered from Malala via Botanica. :) There are just so many good choices.

    So, in 2009 I ordered:
    • Aerangis fuscata -- a live and well two years later. It hasn't bloomed, but I think it will this year. That whole first year (2009-spring 2010) it literally just sat there, hanging onto life, barely. :)
    • Aerangis umbonata -- same as the fuscata. And they are clearly different plants.
    • Sbk humbertiana (2 plants) -- one of these plants is thriving at the moment, but the other died within a month of import. Don't really know why one made it and the other didn't, but there you have it
    • Sbk robusta (2 plants) -- both of these are doing very well. The larger of the two bloomed last year, and I am hoping both will bloom this year.
    • Aeranthes ramosa -- this plant acted like nothing had happened. It bloomed within months of import and hasn't stopped. It has roots, basal keiki and another flower spike at the moment


    2010 Order:
    • Angcm dolii --this plant was very slow to recover, but it seems to be stable and has continued to grow. So, while not thriving it is definitely alive and fine.
    • Angcm protensum --this guy struggled along for about 6 months and then kicked the bucket. It was probably something I did, but it just never got over the transport shock.
    • Angcm sororium (2 plants) -- one of these sororiums died within 6 weeks of arrival. But the other one is a happy camper. The second plant is thriving -- it grew a dozen new roots, new leaves. I had potted them in the same mix and they were sitting next to each other. So I don't know why one thrived and the other died. C'est la vie.
    • Aeranthes dentiens--this one was in rough shape from the tough import this time around. It croaked pretty quickly.
    • Aeranthes neoperreri -- This one is good too. Slow and steady, but it is alive and well
    • Eulophiella elisabethae -- died very qucikly after import.
    • Aerangis articulata -- this plant had a really rough import, but it has recovered. It also took awhile to recover, but now a year later it has put out sufficient roots to attach to a mount and I think may even be spiking.
    • Oenia volucris -- died within days of import.
     
  13. Reyna

    Reyna Orchid Obsessed Supporting Member

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    Yes, please. :) :D
     
  14. mrbreeze

    mrbreeze Anglican Supporting Member

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    Oui Giles, sil vous plait! :D
     
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    xmpraedicta Prairie angraecoid nut Supporting Member

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    Yes please! I am dying to see the 2011 list, Giles.
     
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    gg68 Angraecoid addict

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    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I don't think her list for the US is different. The only difference used to be the currency, but she said she stopped putting one out in USD.
     
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    xmpraedicta Prairie angraecoid nut Supporting Member

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    Amazing thanks Giles!
     
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    Only if they have Sphyrarhynchus schliebenii, otherwise, I won't be excited.
     
  20. Uluwehi

    Uluwehi angraecoids, dendrobiums and more Supporting Member

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    As a rule, Malala doesn't carry mainland African species like Sphyrarhynchus schliebenii. They offer Madagascan species with a few species from the neighbouring islands.