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Schlimmia condorana care

Discussion in 'Orchid Culture' started by Fredmax, May 11, 2020.

  1. Fredmax

    Fredmax New Member

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    Hi,

    Just wondering if anyone had experience or success with this species.
    I bought it knowing it was a tricky one thus not that common, but in 3 weeks of owning it has lost 3 of its 4 leaves, I treated it like a Stanhopea, cool 10-24 c temps, good humiditym moved from greenhouse to shadehouse but still declining, so the next stop is in the sunroom for warmer nights indoors, keeping moist watering once every 3 days but may try to let it dry out.

    At least if I have to repurchase it would like to know how not to repeat my mistake.

    Thanks
    Fred
     
  2. Raven

    Raven Active Member

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    I've never grown it, but I've seen it grown with Dracula species side by side. Cool, shady, and wet.
    Is it a recent import from South America?
     
  3. Fredmax

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    I don't think so, I bought it within Australia and was in perfect health but self destructed in record time - around 30 species bought with it are doing ok in the same conditions.

    I generally have issues with orchids getting too cold, my Acacallis cyanea just gave up on me today with the late autumn drop, so my last throw of the dice will be to bring it indoors at night - it's around 9c outside so all I can think is that's it?

    But thanks I'll look at the Dracula conditions and try to replicate.

    And welcome to the forum!
     
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  4. Marni

    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I've grown it for decades. I grow it like a Dracula. They grow in sphagnum moss in net pots. They get watered every day, spring through fall, with RO water and dilute fertilizer. A bit less often in the winter, but they never dry out. They also aren't soggy. I do not pack the moss in tightly so there is a lot of air space. They are hanging near draculas. Some early morning light and then moderate the rest of the day. The humidity is about 80%, but years ago it was more often around 50% a lot of the time.

    I don't know if it makes you feel better, but I've killed every Acacallis cyanea that I've ever tried.
     
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