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Phaius tankervillae

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    This is my Phaius tankervillae. The plant do so well after I moved it from a container to the ground. I add quite big amount of compost.
    This is the second flower under my care. I have two stalks this year. The first comes from the bigger plant. Grow so tall, nearly 160 cm. The second is not that tall.
     

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    That is tall!
     
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    Yes. And the stalk is so strong too
    Here is it a few days afterward
     

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    Yes, they did. So many seed capsules. Unfortunately, the stalks were not strong enough to hold the weight. Besides, it was quite windy here, and the stalks were broken. So, I cut them.
     
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    Unfortunately, no. Even though I often see a kind of small bees hanging around the plant. But not sure whether they are the pollinators or there are another insects do.
    I think I will have them blooming again next year, around May. I will make close observation
     
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    There are some big bees, called carpenter bees or Xylocopa, who often pollinate Phaius. In Indonesia, there are many different Phaius in free nature. Do you keep some of them in your garden?
    Greetings Eike
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    I only have this tankervillae. This is the most common phaius found around where I live.
    What colour is a carpenter bee? There is a big bee visited my Coelogyne speciosa some days ago. It is black with brown reddish long wings.
     
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    Well, after a quick google search, carpenter bee is lebah kayu. We have many of them around, they drill holes in the wood at our houses.
    Very likely they visit my phaius to collect pollen too. Of course, to make sure I must make an observation
     
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    Yes, lebah kayu. Carpenter bees do pollinate quite a range of orchids, among them Phaius tankervilleae. Would be very interesting if you could observe another pollinator!
     
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    I will do. While waiting for the phaius to bloom again I will start to observe another plants' polinator too. Currently, I am having Vanda tricolor and Cymbidium bicolor blooming. They too often have seed pods
     
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    Your Phaius tankervilleae looks great. I especially like the way the lip is coloured. Look at mine, it looks a little bit different:

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    I can't see the difference. It looks similar to me. Perhaps, mine has brighter lip.
    Mine grow some new shoots now. There are five grow from two old plants.
     
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    Your plant has some white markings in the lip, which my plant lacks. This striped pattern looks quite attraktive to me. The new shots will need good fertilizing to develop strongly ... Phaius tankervilleae is a heavy feeder!
    Did you know that you can grow young plants from the old flower shots?
    Greetings Eike
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    Aaah... I see... streaks of white strips on the lip.
    I pile a generous amount of compost around the plant, and yes it seems like it loves it so much.
    Grow a young plant from the old flower shots? That's new to me. How to do that?
     
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    ps. I have just visited your blog. Marvellous phaius!
     
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    Just cut the old flower shots so that each piece contains one dormant node. Sterilize the ends where you have made the cuts, for example by flaming, and then place the pieces in moist moss or soil.

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    It will take some time, then a new shot will form from the dormant node.
    Greetings Eike
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    Great... I'll try this!
    Thanks, and nice to meet you!
     
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    You can also cut the flower stems exactly between the nodes, so one nodie a piece.
    These are then placed directly vertically in Pine Bark # 5 (grain size 5-10 mm), so that the node just looks out of the substrate. Pour 2 x daily and ... almost 100% yield.
    After 2 years, the plants may already bloom.
    Greetings Eike
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