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Mediocalcar decoratum Schuit.

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  1. Dale

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    Mediocalcar decoratum Schuit.
    Authored by: Dale​

    Description: From the forests of New Guinea at 900-2500 m ASL. Described in 1989.

    Culture:

    Temps:
    - Summer: 58-78°F
    - Winter: 58-70°F

    Light: Medium light

    Humidity: 60-80%

    Air circulation: Breeze

    Growing location: Greenhouse

    Growing medium: Basket - Wood, Pot - Clay, Sphagnum moss

    Growing medium notes: Any fast draining, moisture-retentive medium is suitable.

    Water:
    - Frequency: Daily during summer, every two days during cooler months.
    - Fertilizer & frequency: Daily during summer @ 165 ppm TDS. Every 3-4 days during winter @ 125 ppm TDS. Greencare RO fertilizer; 13-3-15.
    - Dry rest: No.

    Blooming season: Winter

    Flower size: Flowers are 5-6mm across

    Plant size: Pseudobulbs usually arise from near the apex of the previous pseudobulb, but often arise from the base of older growths. Plants quickly branch and become pendulous. Pseudobulbs are 1/2" long and topped by 4-5 fleshy, linear leaves up to 1/2" long.

    Other firsthand observations: Many growers are successful growing this species in warmer conditions than I. It's worth growing for the vegetative aspect, alone.

    Other plants growing well nearby:
    Dendrobium violaceum
    Dendrobium lawesii
    Pleurothallis lappacea
    Pleurothallis ruberrima
    Masdevallia caesia
    Various mid to high elevation lepanthes
    Ceratostylis pleurothallis
    Lepanthopsis astrophora
    Oncidium cheirophorum
    Scaphosepalum swertifolium
    Phymatidium tillandsioides

    Sources:
    Botanica's Orchids

    The information contained in this sheet is for personal use only. It is copyrighted by both the author and Orchids Interactive. It cannot be reproduced or distributed without the consent of both the author and Orchids Interactive.
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  2. Jon

    Jon Mmmm... bulbophyllum...

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    Mediocalcar decoratum

    Mediocalcar decoratum
    Authored by: Jon​

    Description: A great species from Papua New Guinea. Makes an impressive specimen. Commonly called the Candy Corn orchid.

    Culture:

    Temps:
    - Summer: 60-85f
    - Winter: 50-75f

    Light: High light

    Humidity: 60-80%

    Air circulation: Breeze

    Growing location: Greenhouse

    Growing medium: Mount - Tree fern, Pot - Clay, Sphagnum moss

    Growing medium notes: It quickly outgrows a pot, so a mount of some sort is probably best.

    Water:
    - Frequency: Daily
    - Fertilizer & frequency: Daily with MSU at 1/4 recommended strength
    - Dry rest: No.

    Blooming season: Fall

    Flower size: Flowers are about 1/2" from back to front, and 3/8" wide.

    Plant size: 3/4" leaves sit atop 3/4" gorwths. It's a serious rambler with long, dangly roots.

    Other firsthand observations: This plant seems to do really well for me facing south on the south side of my GH. It gets some dappled shade in the morning, and then for the rest of the day, it gets a lot of sun.

    Other plants growing well nearby:
    Angraecum sp (acquired as firthii, but it isn't)
    Masdevallia vieriana
    Aerangis clavigera
    Ceratostylis incognita

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    none

    The information contained in this sheet is for personal use only. It is copyrighted by both the author and Orchids Interactive. It cannot be reproduced or distributed without the consent of both the author and Orchids Interactive.
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