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Trichocentrum pfavii

Discussion in 'Orchid Species' started by Marni, Mar 27, 2012.

  1. Marni

    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I like most trichocentrums, but I am always very happy to see this one come in to bloom. It took awhile to find the right place for this but it seems to be happy now. The flowers are quite long lasting.
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  2. Dale

    Dale New Member

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    That's spectacular.
     
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    Tom-DE Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Matter of fact, I think the entire genus is difficult. How do you grow it, Marni? Watering?
     
  4. Marni

    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Tom, the ones that I grow best (pulchrum, longicalcaratum, pfavii) seem to do best if the roots dry between waterings. I grow them mounted with little or not moss on wood or cork. They are in moderately bright light and get daily waterings most of the year, less often in winter. Fertilizer is about 150 to 200 ppm at every watering. I grow the pfavii a bit brighter than the other two. Minimum night is 56F. If the mount gets an accumulation of growing moss they will go down hill. I haven't done well with tigrinum, but recently put in on a mat with bottom heat so see if raising the temperature helps.
     
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    This_guy_Bri weirdo

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    pardon my french but wowzers!
     
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    You grow such spectacular specimens, Marni! I'm happy to see you posting your wonderful pictures again.
     
  7. Marni

    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Thank you, Alexis. The flasking has swallowed me alive. I have very little time for anything these days and a lot blooms in the greenhouse that never even gets photographed. This month I have been focused on getting a website up for the flasks and should be done in a few more days. I'll post a thread when it is ready so you know that I'm not just sitting around eating bon-bons all day.
     
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    That6's really nice Marni,
     
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    I'll look forward to the updated thread, Marni. Now go reward yourself with a fist full of bon bons and a glass of wine for all your hard work!
     
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    Thanks, Marni. I've tried few Trichocentrum over the years with more failures than success but I always like them...I just added one longicalcaratum to my collection not long ago. I still have my best clone of tigrinum alive. Keeping it drier in winter seems to work the best for me.

    Thanks again for the culture tips.
     
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    Very beautiful, Marni!
     
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    Fantastic plant, Marni. I've got a single longicalcaratum that I actually purchased from you a couple of years ago. Haven't successfully bloomed it yet. It puts out another new growth every year, but is very fond of blasting its buds. I keep trying! -Stephen
     
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    Stephen, how are you growing it? If it is getting buds that blast you are almost there, I would assume humidity might be an issue, either not enough or fluctuating.
     
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    I have a Trichocentrum Ollie Palmer, doing fine in a clay pot with leca/ coco chips no blooms yet at all. Bought it 1 + year ago as a rescue from Lowe's. New growth, many aerial roots, summer outside.

    Saw a few naturalized in Tulum, Yucatan peninsula but none in bloom / spike unlike the common Oncidium cebolletas that were flowering at the time ( 2/ 3 weeks ago).

    My Trichocentrum even got purple freckles on the leaves from the sun, but no spikes.

    Marni, your mounted one is really impressive. I see no purple freckling at all, I wonder if the specific species does not get purple spotted leaves or you do not need to give a lot of light for it to bloom.
     
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    I suspect fluctuating humidity is the main issue. Not much I can do about it with my current growing space, unfortunately, except maybe move it closer to the humidifier exhaust once buds appear. -Stephen