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Sophronitis (Cattleya) coccinea

Discussion in 'Orchid Species' started by Chuck-NH, Jan 12, 2018.

  1. Chuck-NH

    Chuck-NH Well-Known Member

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    What would Winter (in the Northern Hemisphere) be like without Sophronitis coccinea in bloom. This clone is particularly vigorous and has very large blooms (although not the round shape). It looks to my eyes to be dark, fluorescent red, but in photos looks more orange? I hope to have as many as 10 blooms on this by the time February is here.
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    Very nice
     
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    DPfarr Well-Known Member

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    Mine are just showing buds now.
     
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    pcolman Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Looks really nice!
     
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    I have this one for more then two years now and never one bloom. Many roots and grows though but no buts or blooms. I think it might be the way I keep it in summer.

    What is your culture in summer?
     
  6. Chuck-NH

    Chuck-NH Well-Known Member

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    Thanks all!

    André - it is in virtually direct Sun so even though I have evaporative coolers and mist nearby, I'm sure the plant will be warmed up by the sun to +30 C or so during the day in the Summer. I water it every sunny day in the In the morning and it will be quite dry by evening.
     
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    Thanks Chuck,
    With me its in full sun until 12.00 noon. But its outsite. No fogger around. Therefore I water it in the morgen and again about 5.00 in the afternoon. I can give it a little more sun. Maybe that will do the trick.
    I had a Sophronitis mantiquera as well and that one bloomed every year. It grew next to S. coccinea.
    We will see this year.
     
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    Andre, I find Sophronitis almost need to be sunburned for them to bloom. My 4n clone from Andy's is mounted exactly like that and its leaves are almost completely purple. I grow in the desert area of Southern California and expose mine to full sun until 1pm from which then on it gets bright shade. It's its second year blooming for me with a bud on each of the four new growths this year.
     
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    Thanks Kev,
    Than I know what I have to do. I will burn her....
    Just making a joke. But I will give her more sun! I am in a more moderate climate. Full sun then.
    Thanks for the reply.
     
  10. KellyW

    KellyW Orchid wonk Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Very nice, Chuck.

    This is one of those species I can't keep alive :confused:.