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Tolumnia variegata

Discussion in 'Orchid Species' started by PhalGal, Oct 8, 2015.

  1. PhalGal

    PhalGal Rachel

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    I bought this small stick mounted division a few weeks ago. Its the white variety (ive heard theres a pink one too) I really wanted this species for a while so I was happy to find it despite its size. All my other tolumnia were obtained either in bloom or previously bloomed so my question is how many fans do these typically have before they bloom?
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    I believe that they can bloom with only a few fans like yours is right now. But it may bloom later with more fans, after all the smaller the plant the less flowers it would produce.
     
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    Very cute ♡♡
     
  4. KellyW

    KellyW Orchid wonk Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Rachel, I don't have this species but I do grow a few very similar ones. I don't think that number of fans is a criteria for flowering. I have had T. sylvestris flower at this size. My guess is that yours could flower next spring. As Rico said, there may not be many flowers on the spike of a small plant.
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    PhalGal Rachel

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    Thanks guys, I guess I won't have to wait that long. I figured tolumnia were like other orchids in the sense that they had to reach blooming size, but its cool they can just flower from the start. I look forward to having even a few blooms. :)
     
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    I'm pretty sure Tolumnias are twig epiphytes, so they need to grow and flower quickly before they may die.
     
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    PhalGal Rachel

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    Well, it's now spring and..tada! A spike! I'm over the moon. Oddly enough I seem to be having more luck with my species Tolums than my Genting colors. Can't wait to see the little white flowers. :) IMG_20160318_112649901.jpg
     
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    KellyW Orchid wonk Staff Member Supporting Member

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    PhalGal Rachel

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    Just wanted to share an updated photo of the spike. Won't be long now, yay!
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    PhalGal Rachel

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    IMG_20160426_175442.jpg Almost fully bloomed!
     
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    KellyW Orchid wonk Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Wonderful. Lots of flowers for that small plant :clap:
     
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