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Phalaenopsis hieroglyphica [Rchb.f] Sweet 1969

Discussion in 'Orchid Species' started by Ricardo, Sep 30, 2019.

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  1. Ricardo

    Ricardo Slave of demanding bird

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  2. spiro K.

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    Magnificent! Bravo!
     
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    ChemMonster New Member

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    tl;dr at the bottom

    Okay, Ricardo, first, I must thank you for your very informative, well-written blog. You've helped me so much through your various posts, and now I'm convinced that I might need to take a trip to P.R. to visit you. Why, you may ask? Well, I just read a post from you (in 2017?) where you posted pics and a bit of helpful info regarding the care needs for your Dendrobium devonianum, which is one of the top-5 orchids that I'm desperately seeking, but I'm finding that it's something that just can't be found in the US. So, after reading that post – and yours looked lovely, by the way… I think the blog was from 2014, or thereabout, and I read it a few days ago. So, after I finished reading about the Dendrobium, I looked at the "recent activity" area, and right at the top was… this! How do you know that the Phalaenopsis hieroglyphica is yet another of the orchids in my top-5 list? I'm joking, of course, but it's kind of funny that they both just came up for me at the same time! So, I must say this first: this is BEAUTIFUL! Now I know why it's in my top-5 list. Is this one hard to find because it's less in-demand due to the care being more difficult than most, or did you have trouble with it at all? It really looks like a happy, healthy orchid, and you've done great with it.

    But, here's my second question (okay, I've asked more questions than just one, I'm sorry): Where did you get them? I have found one source, in India, that has both of them offered, but I don't see anything on their website about a phytosanitary certificate or CITES documentation – the Phalaenopsis hieroglyphica is listed on Schedule II, which may explain the difficulty sourcing one, but I have more than 20 other orchids that are also listed in CITES (my vendors have not been collecting them from the wild, I promise!) and it doesn't seem like that's been something that caused anything to be completely unavailable. I live in New Orleans, which is a somewhat largish city, but none of the orchid growers in my area have any idea where to get either of the orchids that I'm referencing here. I do know that you have hotter weather than we do here, but we haven't had a killing freeze in my part of the city for 2 years, so I think that our growing conditions are close enough to each other to where I can pretty easily make adjustments from what I read in your blog about how you care for your own orchids, and the best way to keep your bird from bossing you around – too badly! So, I know that I wrote a lot, I apologize, so here is the "too long, didn't read" version:

    Where did you get this beautiful Phalaenopsis, and also, where did you get your Dendrobium devonianum?
     
  4. Ricardo

    Ricardo Slave of demanding bird

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    The Phalaenopsis is not mine, I saw it an an exhibition in a town in the western coast of Puerto Rico. I can ask a member of the group to check if they know who is the owner of the plant. As for the Dendrobium devonianum. I brought five plants of Devonianum from different sources, four of them turned out to be different things in one case, the plant bloomed as Den. aduncum. The single plant that actually was devonionum reached my hands in a different way. I have a friend who is a very experienced orchid judge. He was going to the Redlands Show in Florida. He brought me a small plant that was not much to look at, its roots were wrapped in cocoon or coconut fiber. The plant struggled but as I learned its needs it grew larger. Probably because the place where I live is too warm the plant never arrived at the large size it can attain under more temperate conditions. Sadly I lost it in the aftermath of hurricane Maria. The hurricane shredded the canopy (which was to dense you could not see my house in google earth photos) the result was that the temperature soared about 10 degrees above the local normal for months after the hurricane. Humidity plunged and rain became scarce and erratic with great rain events and long spells without rain, also there was no shade to speak of. Hundreds of my orchids died due to the greatly changed environmental conditions. Among the ones I lost was the Devonianum. I saw a devonianum plant on sale at ebay, a bit pricey but if your conditions are somewhat temperate, it will probably thrive and bloom. Personally, rather than visiting Puerto Rico, I would advice going to the Redlands show, the variety of plants on sale there is breathtaking.
     
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    You might try Dan Newman of Hanging Gardens [email protected] for Den devonianum. I know that he has imported plants of it in the past.
     
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    I got my Phal hieroglyphica at an orchid society auction. (It was, and still is, a very substantial plant) I found out that it was donated by Sorella Orchids in Camarillo, CA. (This was in 2015). They source their plants from a variety of places, tend to have excellent plants... no website, but on Facebook. Perhaps if they don't have it now, could give some idea where it could be obtained.