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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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    Cuz I've always wanted a monkey-like beast hopping around my house laying turds everywhere that I can harvest to make my own fertilizer. And cuz they're cute.
     
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    Why can't you just settle for a squirrel?
     
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    mrbreeze Anglican Supporting Member

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    Squirrels!!??
    I'll see them in hell first!!! :evil:
     
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    Tom-DE Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Let him have a monkey, Dale. Monkey acts are fun to watch!:D
     
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    Malala

    I've bought from Malala through Botanica for the past couple years and had mixed results, as you'd expect from rescued orchids that have traveled halfway around the world. Two years ago and last year I ordered, among other things, an Aeranthes henrici. Both were large seedlings. Strangely enough, these are the two from those orders that have never given me any problems. They root and grow well. I'm hoping they're finally reaching blooming size. Given that the species, especially seedlings, have a horrible reputation for mortality, I've been very surprised. One thing I've been told repeatedly is NEVER use insecticides on them, not even mild ones such as insecticidal soaps, so I just inspect them periodically and scrape off any insects I find, which is rare. Has anybody else had a similar experience with this particular species?
     
  6. Uluwehi

    Uluwehi angraecoids, dendrobiums and more Supporting Member

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    Thank you Yuri for sharing your encouraging experience with Erasanthe henrici!
     
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    goods Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    This will be my first time importing from Malala (hopefully!) and also my first time ever importing. I have narrowed my list to a few plants, and I was hoping some of the veteran Malala people could give some input as to which plants I've selected would be a best choice for someone new to acclimating these plants. Heres my list:

    Aerangis umbonata
    Aerangis curnowiana
    Angraecum bicallosum
    Angraecum breve
    Angraecum filicornu
    Angraecum urschianum
    Angraecum ramosum
    Neobathiea filicornu

    Some of these were mentioned in a previous thread, but I could not find information on all of them. I probably will only order 4-5 from this list based on any tips I get. Also, if there is a plant that I do not have listed that you guys think would be a good choice, please let me know! Thanks
     
  8. Mäx

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    Will Malala come to Europe? Because all prices are in euros (€)...
     
  9. gg68

    gg68 Angraecoid addict

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    She always gives prices in euros, but she does not plan travel in Europe in 2011!!
     
  10. mrbreeze

    mrbreeze Anglican Supporting Member

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    Aerangis umbonata-- risky. Tiny fragile plants with minimal roots and leaves.

    Aerangis curnowiana-- syn for punctata, also kind of risky. If they're available in the states, I'd go that way

    Angraecum bicallosum--fairly robust plants, fairly low risk. But the one i got two years ago STILL has not awakened

    Angraecum breve-- cute and tough and tiny. No problems with them for me.

    Angraecum filicornu-- tried one, still doing ok, probably a good risk

    Angraecum urschianum-- very similar to breve as far as my experiences. Should do fine.

    Angraecum ramosum-- you saw my photos. That's the only one i've tried. i'm going to order another.

    Neobathiea filicornu-- Mine came from one of the Bert Pressman Malala orders quite a few years ago. One of the most reliable bloomers amongst Angs. Nice long spur, go for it.

    I shant add specifics to your list because your list would then be about 50 plants long. But I'll say that Angraecums and Jumellea seem to travel a lot better than Aerangis and Aeranthes. And the other genera that i've tried are about like Aerangis, kind of iffy. Although the Sobenikoffias are enormous compared to what H&R was selling a year or so ago.
     
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    I've had trouble with the leafless Microcoelia and Solenangis. *sigh*
     
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    goods Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Thanks Mr.B. I knew you'd have some good information. I knew curnowiana was a synonym for punctata and I was hoping people would've had success with importing these. I've been looking for punctata in the U.S. for about two years and have yet to find one under $60. If you know of a source, please let me know!

    I really like the punctata type Aerangis (punctata, umbonata, monantha). Thats why I also had umbonata on my list.
     
  13. Reyna

    Reyna Orchid Obsessed Supporting Member

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    I would give up on the curnowiana or the umbonata. It reallly just depends. My umbonata from last years import is currently in spike and happy as a clam. And the curnowiana may do just fine as well. When you get them, follow the instructions from Morabeza's post and most likely they'll do fine. The entire import process is rough on the plants -- but most of them do just fine.
     
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    xmpraedicta Prairie angraecoid nut Supporting Member

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    I'm going to want to see that umbonata when it blooms! The umbonata is probably one of the most exciting thing on the list for me
     
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    gg68 Angraecoid addict

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    I have one in spike for the first time, with 5 buds, but I won't see the flowers....I will be in vacations for three weeks....:cry::cry:
     
  16. Karen

    Karen Species nut

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    Has anyone tried the Microcelia? How did they do?
     
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    I have 5 of the punctata that I got years ago from Tom at Golden gate, he had trouble with them in pots so I took what was left and mounted them they do so much better that way, no moss. Last summer we harvested a seed pod and it is in flask now, so maybe in a few years I'll have some to share
     
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    Uluwehi angraecoids, dendrobiums and more Supporting Member

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    Woot woot! The Malala plants are in Miami going through USDA inspection right now. Crossed fingers they all pass without being handled roughly.
     
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    *Alexis puts on her black ninja gear and heads over to MIA*
     
  20. xmpraedicta

    xmpraedicta Prairie angraecoid nut Supporting Member

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    everyone calm down...everything will be okay - I already slaughtered my sacrificial floof. The ang gods should be pleased and help things come along smoothly.