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Sophronitis cernua

Discussion in 'Orchid Culture' started by katiedid, Jan 17, 2014.

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  1. katiedid

    katiedid New Member

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    This plant definitely likes to dry out. I soak my plants once per week and mist daily during the warmer months. They grow in a greenhouse in Florida and are positioned about eight feet in the direct path of a small 8" fan. Good air movement is a definite requirement. They get a light fertilizer of cal/mag each week. Temps. are very warm in summer. They always bloom for me on inmature bulbs during late summer. I will post a picture if I can get the process to work for me. If I were you I would grow them outside during the summer months if that is possible for you and I believe you will get flowers.
     

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    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Katiedid, I think your plant is wonderful and your post deserves its own thread.
     
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    Thanks Katedid!
    I can definitely put it outside in the summer. Our summers are hot. Mine is tiny right now so it will be awhile until it is old enough to bloom though. Will see what happens, maybe someday I'll be able to share photos as beautiful as yours!
     
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    KellyW Orchid wonk Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Julie, remember you need to do what works in your conditions. Eastern Washington may have humidity levels too low for you to grow outside in the summer or you may need to compensate with multiple mistings per day on a timer. Also, I know some regions up your way may get too cool at night for many of the plants posted here. Just be aware of your local conditions and the plant's needs before you grow outside where you are at.
     
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    Thanks for explaining that Kelly, I was forgetting the humidity part. It's a desert here so hot and dry. I guess it will depend on the greenhouse. I have research to do on that before I own one.
     
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    KellyW Orchid wonk Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Julie, I wasn't talking about a greenhouse. I was talking about outside in open air. You can make humidity in a greenhouse. It gets very hot and dry here too and I do fine in the greenhouse..
     
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    Kelly,
    I did understand that you were talking about outside, so that reminder is appreciated. I am hoping to have one in this summer and if that is the case I would put some plants this orchid there. I wonder if it would get too hot though. I will have to do more research into green house setups and my area. I have a friend who's a Master gardener and she and her husband have several green houses but they are enormous...she's been educating me some. I'm hoping to have something like a 10 by 12.
     
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    KellyW Orchid wonk Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Katiedid, sorry I hijacked your thread, didn't mean to. Anyway, your plants and the blooming are fantastic. Good growing!
     
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    Beautiful plant!
     
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    I miss this plant. I had one for many years, bloomed without fail. Kept it cool in winter, but in summer it had to deal with whatever heat occurred, and it never failed. Since it was mounted, I would sometimes take it with me when I went to my Long Island summer place. My mother in law would also take out her pet turtle (still going strong at 40+ years). Well, an annoying neighbor kid came into my yard and tossed the mount into the turtle tank. I really have to buy another one sometime.......
     
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    I've had a little sophronitis cernua for many years, that has survived well and blooms its head off on a regular basis in spite of adverse conditions here in coastal CT. I have this on a bark slab with a small amount of sphagnum moss, and water it with 1/4 strength fertilizer or just plain water 4-5 times per week. In a south window, it gets ~20% shade, and icy drafts on winter nights. It loves it! It produces regular flushes of blooms with up to 30 flowers at a time. So, this plant seems to prefer neglect.

    This picture is from last week.

    Rick in CT
     

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    Thanks Rick! So far the little guy is doing good, I didn't realize at first that he needed more waterings, so I've been doing that and there are new leaves, yay! The plant is on a slab as yours with some moss. Later, probable much later I'll need advise on when or if it needs reslabbing...is that a word? :)
     
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    Interesting thread-lots of good advice. I've just recently purchased a cernua and am looking forward to blooms. It has produced a new growth, though. :)