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Scaphosepalum merinoi

Discussion in 'Orchid Species' started by wpinnix, Feb 8, 2015.

  1. wpinnix

    wpinnix William Pinnix

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    This plant is just getting going with blooming. I'm expecting about 5 more spikes in the near future.

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  2. KellyW

    KellyW Orchid wonk Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Ooooh, I like that. Great form and colors.
     
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    naoki Well-Known Member

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    Beautiful color and pattern! Dark blue gradation in the background of the 2nd photo complements the pretty color of the flowers really well. I like it.
     
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    Hey All,

    I'm new here and just looking for some info. Ive have this species in my collection (in a poison Dartfrog tank) for a little over a year . About 9 months ago it started to spike and it's thrown about 20+ spikes since . No blooms . Is there an environmental trigger to get this thing to bloom or its just torturing my life ?!?!
    It can be seen in this video

    Thanks in advance

    ~Jon
     

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    wpinnix William Pinnix

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    Patience young jedi..
     
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    wpinnix William Pinnix

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    they seem to bloom on spikes a bit longer than those in the video. I grow in a cool greenhouse (minimum 50 F , maximum 75 F) in shady conditions and its always in bloom, once it started blooming. How cold does your space get?
     
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    I'm working on it .. Lord knows, i'm working on it!!
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    This is in a Micro Kitchen/Lounge space at my office. It doesn't get too cool here , usually 68*F-78*F . I do also keep poison dart frogs in this tank, i used to keep it a bit cooler, but the frogs didn't like that too much. This orchid sits low in the tank , mainly because it's still in it's pot. I have plans of placing it in a much large terrarium (this one is a 18"x18"x24" ExoTerra) so i didn't want to mount it .

    I do have tadpoles being reared in this tank in film canisters and i often pour out the poop-water into the orchid's pot, hoping it could use the extra ferts.

    ClifNotes:
    This tank is on a MistKing misting system and misted every 5 hours for 15 seconds, it also has two 80mm fans that are on a timer and circulate air for an hour after every misting. A reptifogger goes off for 2 minutes twice a day during the lights on period. Lighting is a Finnex 18" LED 7000k and a Jungle Dawn 6700k LED. I used to have a 5.0 UVB compact that i may put back on the tank. I did notice some yellowing in the Ficus pumilia towards the top of the background. Not sure if it's because of lighting overkill or heat. The LEDs don't seem to put out too much heat, but maybe prolong exposure plays a role here.

    I do have another orchid in the tank that is always in bloom, can't remember the name rite now.
     

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