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Phalaenopsis lowii

Discussion in 'Orchid Species' started by Pixietoe, Aug 25, 2012.

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  1. Pixietoe

    Pixietoe Active Member

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    My plants of this species have been flowering regularly, but they grew slowly and in my small aquarium the flower stalk would soon arrive at the lights, so I was used to 1 - 3 flowers. Beginning of this year, at the suggestion of a friend, I potted a dwindling plant in sphagnum moss and it has exploded in growth and more recently also in flowers, 10 total, though not all of them were open at the same time. The first one opened 8 weeks ago, the last one this week.

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    It is lovely. Was it mounted before?
     
  3. Pixietoe

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    Thanks! Yes, it was mounted. I think the moss keeps the roots moist for longer, something that lowii apparently likes. Several years ago I read of someone who very successfully grew this species with the roots hanging into a fish tank.
     
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    Alexey Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Very nice species.
     
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    Beautiful species!
     
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    That is lovely!
     
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    Thanks! Here's a picture I took yesterday where you can see the individual flowers up close:

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    Alexey Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Heike, What is in progress with your plant? I recently got this species and now scratching my head - leave on the mount or..?
     
  9. Pixietoe

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    I would pot it, mine are all potted and are doing fine. They would be doing better if I kept them under lights during growth and flowering seasons instead of hoping for sufficient sunshine. But things might work differently under your conditions.
     
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    I wonder the reason for the column.
     
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    What column?
     
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    The anther, why it is so long? What strange, maybe terrible, amazing or any combination happens during pollination with that thing?
     
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    Ah, I wish I knew. I'd love to see the pollinator with pollen attached, the stipe is just as long as the rostellum :)
     
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    I'm sure it is related to placing the pollinia on the pollinator. This page is in Japanese, but the right most photo of the 2nd group of photos show the elephant-nose anther cap (the left and middle photos are the lip):
    http://ranwild.org/Phalaenopsis/module/species/lowii/specieshead.html
    So the pollinia is at the normal place, but the long anther cap is used to place the sticky string lower (closer to the lip). It probably increase the pollen export rate for a smaller pollinators. I looked briefly for scientific literature, but I didn't find a pollinator study of this species.

    This page also mentions that he gets better growth with the basket culture than mounting (and speculate that more fertilizer availability with the basket may be contributing).

    How cold do you keep this species in the winter?
     
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    Sorry for the late reply. I don't do anything special in winter besides fertilizing less. My plants always lose quite some substance during winter and look miserable by spring (but still retain a couple of leaves). As soon as the light level increases they explode with growth (provided they're kept moist enough), it's crazy. Because light is limiting in winter and can be also transiently in fall during bud growth, I'll probably put my lowiis under artificial lights for some time of the year.
     
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    Thanks, Heike! Mine is indoor under 100% artificial light with fairly constant environment. But the growth slowed down in the last 2 weeks. I'll see what happens in the intermediate condition.