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Tristella hoeijeri - one of my favorite miniatures!

Discussion in 'Orchid Species' started by Alfonso Doucette, Dec 23, 2022.

  1. Alfonso Doucette

    Alfonso Doucette Active Member

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    I love these tiny plants and I feel like it's a good one to post around Christmas! My pale flowered plant is still in bloom but here are some photos I have taken earlier this year. I love the sparkle of the sepals. It reminds me of freshly fallen snow! :)

    This is my pale form:
    Trisetella hoeijeri - Ecuagenera 1 - 2.jpg

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    This is the more colorful one I have with a dark purple dorsal sepal. I love the variation!!
    Tristella hoeijeri - Purple Tip.jpg

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    I was fortunate enough to see this species in bloom in the wild too! I saw the plants growing in some secondary forest next to a cow pasture in Ecuador. They grew pretty low to the ground on fallen branches. Pleurothallis niveoglobula was there too! Very exciting day.
    Photo Feb 10, 8 47 34 AM.jpg
     
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    WOW! Very cool!
     
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    Those are birds!
     
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    :clap::clap::clap:
     
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    Truly a great species, so different from the other Trisetella species.
     
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    Yes! It really is one of my favorites. :relaxed:
     
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    It’s really great to see some in situ photos of this species! I assumed they might be growing in more exposed situations.
     
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    Both the light and dark clones are delightful. Could you tell if the in situ plants colonized on the fallen branches or were on the branches when they fell?

    The first plant of this species that I grew was doing well and was growing in quite a bit of moss. A visitor told me that I should take the moss off since they needed to dry between waterings. I did that and the plant was dead in short order.
     
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    Just to add a little note of confusion... I have a teensy plant... I got two flowers with white dorsals, and then when the third one opened, the dorsal was purple. I THINK it's one plant, but maybe there are two in the little clump, which is only about an inch and a half (4 cm) across. Here are the photos.
    Trisetella hoeijeri 1.jpg Trisetella hoeijeri 2.jpg Trisetella hoeijeri 3.jpg

    The third flower didn't open until the other two were almost done, so I suppose it could be a second plant.
     
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    That's a bummer! I'd definitely be interested in the wild conditions for these too.

    I've always been fascinated because at Andy's they grow in both the wet Intermediate house and outdoors. The Intermediate house plants tend to be smaller and struggle a bit more, but the flowers always come out larger. The outdoor plants grow much more compact, but much more vigorously - but also have smaller flowers.

    I tend to grow mine on the drier side, but have also seen people growing them in terrariums and other ultra-wet conditions with success.

    How do you currently grow yours?
     
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    Mine lives outdoors, shady and fairly damp, in coastal southern California (about 60 miles north of Andy's). It has been growing fairly well, but skipped blooming for a couple of years. This year it seems to have received conditions from Mother Nature that it liked. It gets less protection than it got at Andy's - no shelter at all, but similar temperature range. Daily heavy misting, and a good bath about every 2 days in winter, daily in summer. So fairly wet, but still gets warm dry days - it probably would be happier if wetter, but this is the best that I can give it. I'm in awe of the floriferousness of Alfonso's plant.
     
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    My impression was that the plants had colonized the branches after they fell. I did not notice any that had new growth that was oriented differently from the older growths, which might have indicated a recent change in the orientation of the plant.
     
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    I grow mine more on the "ultra-wet" side! Humidity is always above 70% and often around 90%. I water daily and I try to keep the moss wet. I have them near the top and middle of my wine cooler though so they get the most light and air flow, but I can't tell you what the light intensity is. I would say they are about from 5" to 10" from the light.

    Here is a link to the LEDs they are growing under: https://www.amazon.com/MingDak-Aqua...mingdak+grow+light&qid=1622471499&sr=8-5&th=1

    I have these in my intermediate cooler so mid 70s F in the day time and I think I have it dropping into the mid 50s F at night.
     
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    I grow mine with 50F winter minimum and 75F average daytime. They are in bright shade and get watered almost daily. They are usually dry by the next day.
     
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    I grow mine in about the same conditions, but the light. I will have to put it higher up. Thanks!
     
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    Very nicely grown and bloomed! Have you every posted anything about your cooler setup? I’m very curious how it works!
     
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    So cute!
     
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    Thanks!! I wrote an article about my set up for Orchids last year! I attached a copy of that article if you are interested! :)
     

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    Thanks very much. A very interesting article!
     
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