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Caulaelia Fair Jewel

This is a discussion on Caulaelia Fair Jewel within the Cattleyas, Vandas, Dendrobiums IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; I agree completely, its time to go back to primary and secondary hybrids, some of ...

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    I agree completely, its time to go back to primary and secondary hybrids, some of them are lost to cultivation.
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    I was surprised enough to get the piece I did, 3 canes isn't much to share. I am asking him to have it cloned, its definitely worth it, compared to some of the rubbish being offered. Many of these new releases ??? have been around for decades. Again, many of these plants were rubbish when they were first cloned & disposed of as soon as they flowered.

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    a few members on this forum have mentioned a centre pseudobulb rot and usually i see specimens of the cattleya alliance affected....can someone shed a bright light on this topic or point me to the path of enightenment.....i have never encountered this

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    As I see it, the growers of Catts or indeed warm to hot growing orchids don't all have a natural warm to hot climate to grow them in. Green houses or modified indoor rooms etc are used. In these conditions, its extremely hard to maintain a clean fungus/bacteria free environment regardless of how careful one is. The plants are grown generally in a mix that breaks down, ie bark, this causes pathogens to build up & the roots rot, hey presto, bulb rot. Certain mixes like volcanic rock which is used in the tropical areas of Australia works well but doesn't work (in my experience) in artificial growing conditions. Getting the right grade/size of mix suitable for your specific growing conditions is extremely difficult & many growers fail to see what they are using doesn't work, by then its too late.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roy View Post
    As I see it, the growers of Catts or indeed warm to hot growing orchids don't all have a natural warm to hot climate to grow them in. Green houses or modified indoor rooms etc are used. In these conditions, its extremely hard to maintain a clean fungus/bacteria free environment regardless of how careful one is. The plants are grown generally in a mix that breaks down, ie bark, this causes pathogens to build up & the roots rot, hey presto, bulb rot. Certain mixes like volcanic rock which is used in the tropical areas of Australia works well but doesn't work (in my experience) in artificial growing conditions. Getting the right grade/size of mix suitable for your specific growing conditions is extremely difficult & many growers fail to see what they are using doesn't work, by then its too late.
    Thanks a lot Roy......i use charcoal,gravel and clay crock for everything....just adjust the particle size....i experience rainy season...and my orchids get a lot of rain sometimes.....just a bad choice of a plastic pot over a clay pot can mean wet feet and rot....so for my tropical growing...i use clay pots and exclusively and free draining media....wish i cud change to plastic pots in the harsh dry season....have to water twice a day,mist and dampen down growing area....only an orchid would demand this much of me

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    Depending on how you grow your plants, you could always put the clay pot inside a plastic pot for that dry season & take them out for the wet. A bit of extra work for you but this method helps a lot.

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    Just "tossing out" the idea for consideration, but perhaps a top dressing of sphagnum just for the dry season might keep them from drying out quite as quickly

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    Roy, that specimen Caulaelia looks like it's a landscaping plant its so big and proflific a bloomer. Great orchid! I am enjoying all of the follow up/reply posts on rot, etc. Well done folks. AL

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    Quote Originally Posted by pavel View Post
    Just "tossing out" the idea for consideration, but perhaps a top dressing of sphagnum just for the dry season might keep them from drying out quite as quickly
    hmmm might be worth it...for some plants..but i dont have sphagnum...i do have coconut coir and tropical tree moss(absorbs water like a sponge) think i can try these.....btw mount on coconut husks...these hold a balanced enough moisture level for Tolumnia,Brassovola etc...dey dry out quick enough but not as quick as a wood mount so the plant is humid and moist and aerated throughout the day so no fear of rot...they thrive

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    much different in color from Maura's. Stunning display!

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    Ron, when I was researching this one I found a creamy/yellow clone as well.

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