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Podangis dactyloceras

Discussion in 'Orchid Culture' started by KellyW, Sep 15, 2014.

  1. KellyW

    KellyW Orchid wonk Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I just bought one of these and it should be here Thursday. I had one years ago that did great, flowered, grew well then rapidly died. I would like to keep this one alive longer. It is coming to me in a 3" pot and I would like some opinions on whether they do better mounted or potted and how much light and water.
    Thanks.
     
  2. chicago chad

    chicago chad Active Member

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    mounted, bright and dry in between lots of water. no moss or just enough to soften the plant to the mount. They tend to root rot consistently when I have seen them potted, plus the always seem to flower better on mounts for some reason.
     
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    Tom-DE Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    I will go with Chad on this one but the best I have seen was potted, posted by the Russian-Canadian member.
     
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    DPfarr Well-Known Member

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    I've got mine bare root in a clear plastic pot. Every once I find mine has two or three leaves that seem indicative of overwatering. I try to put them where they get lots of air flow as the seedlings are only a few growths but in a five inch pot there is a much more dense concentration of foliage that I guess has inhibited drying in the areas of densest leaf. Hydrogen peroxide helps as well.
     
  5. KellyW

    KellyW Orchid wonk Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Chad, Tom, Daniel ... Thanks
     
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    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Anyone know if these do better in warm than in intermediate conditions?
     
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    Tom-DE Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    I would say yes. I have grown mine outside during the summer time for many years and they are growing and blooming.......
     
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    warm during the growing period and intermediate during the rest it woul be the optimum. Agreeing with chicago chad , I prefer it mounted on cork with bit of moss : all my Podangis are died for rot, but this is a delicate specie, when I see it on the table of a vendor or in a Greenhouse is just imported and I am not sure of the health of the plants in the Europe commerce.
    In my opinion essential is the good air flow but I think so a good light too.
    This plant come from semi-deciduous forest or often in gallery forest along watercourses, I think I always make a mistake, it need plenty of water during the growing period and a little bit of drier rest in the winter, maybe I gave it overwatering in the wrong moment.
     
  9. KellyW

    KellyW Orchid wonk Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Daniel, could you please explain how you use the hydrogen peroxide in the above comment. Thanks.
     
  10. DPfarr

    DPfarr Well-Known Member

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    H2O2 reacts with rot infected areas. Whenever we see some tissue turning that nasty dark brown rot color the immediate action to to apply 3% H2O2 to the areas affected.