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Pleione maculata - Plant photo

Discussion in 'Orchid Species' started by Dale, May 13, 2009.

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  1. Dale

    Dale New Member

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    I like the growth habit of this species. I hope to make flower photos in the fall.
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    Mary Jane New Member

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    Yeah. That is interesting.
    Too bad it's an annual.
     
  3. Marni

    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Mary Jane. You have a bad attitude. They are perennials, you just have to work at it a bit. They would grow well in Georgia.
     
  4. Dale

    Dale New Member

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    I sent her some 'bulbs a few years ago. I think she mounted them on cork. :rolleyes:

    Actually, this species is the warmest growing in the genus. Winter rest period for the Indian plants is 18°C. That's according to Baker and Baker. Siamese plants winter @ 3-5°C. Flowers of Siamese plants are 1/2 the size of Indian plants.

    In my opinion this is one of the most beautiful of the genus.
     
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    Karen Species nut

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    Knobby Knees!
     
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    Great plant Dale! How dry do you let this one get during the winter?
     
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    I have it in nearly the same stage never had before it, and wonder what you have to do to have those flowers in a fall? When you should stop watering it?
     
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    Other than a brief, unfortunate, experience with this species several years ago, this is the first time I've done well with this plant. I haven't had it long enough for it to go through all growth stages. I'm receiving counseling from the person that gave me the plant.

    After growths mature I'll reduce water to occasional misting and carefully resume watering and fertilizer when new growth appears.
     
  9. Marni

    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I wrote an article for Orchids Magazine that was published last November on this and Pleione praecox, both fall blooming species, with quite a bit of cultural information. For those who don't have access to Orchids Magazine, send me an email at [email protected] and I'll send you a pdf of the article.

    I have images of the roots, but never thought to take a picture of the new growth. Good going, Dale.
     
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    Thanks Dale, and thanks Marni for your kind offer. I've sent you an email.

    Sounds hopeful. Good luck!