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Holcoglossum (Vanda) kimballiana album

This is a discussion on Holcoglossum (Vanda) kimballiana album within the Cattleyas, Vandas, Dendrobiums IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; I have been growing this plant for maybe 7 years now, and this is the ...

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    Default Holcoglossum (Vanda) kimballiana album

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    I have been growing this plant for maybe 7 years now, and this is the first flowering ; in the meantime, there are a couple of plants of the normal ( not alba) species which I see every year, often twice a year, at my local Orchid Society , and they don't look any bigger or different than mine - although they are shown with a dozen or more flowers on , seen at our shows, or on the plant display table at meetings. Maybe the alba is more difficult or shyer, or more probably I have only had conditions right for a short time ; here in UK to grow any tropical orchids we have to heat the greenhouse, and the night temperature we set is the crucial factor ( and also the thing which affects costs- a 2 degree Celsius rise is a said to double the heating bill !). I first grew this at 15 C ( winter night minimum - which I thought would be OK for cattleyas etc ); then I was advised by the grower of the French National Collection ( of Cattleyas) that I would do better at 17-18. Later, after serious problems with equipment failures , and neglect for personal reasons, I turned the stat down to 12 - and that's the way it has been for almost 3 years. So it likes it cooler ? Perhaps....
    I also think that light maybe critical ; these terete leaved things like "Vanda" teres usually like a lot of light, but this has quite dark green leaves - which usuallyt means shade l;oving. But I will leave it where it is, and hope that flower count will improve now that it knows how to do it !.

    By the way, it may make more sense if I add that I grow everything in one greenhouse, and set the conditions for whatever I think most important - and for years it was cattleyas - everything else has to like it or lump it.

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    Interesting plant. In regards to "and set the conditions for whatever I think most important - and for years it was cattleyas - everything else has to like it or lump it." I am with a few exceptions getting that way with Dendrobiums.

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    Looks very nice

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    Very nice, I don't see these in collections that often. I think the dark color is not an indicator of your plant being low light loving, in this case I think it is a direct result of the plant being grown in lower light conditions. My experience with terete vandas, the ones now called papilionanthe, is that all of mine would not bloom unless given very intense light for the most hours per day that I could give them. I grow outside so light is usually not a problem. I have P. Miss Joaquim, P. Ruby Prince, P. teres (regular and alba), P. tricuspidata, P. pedunculata, and P. hookeriana so I have some idea what I'm talking about. Still looking for P. vandarum.

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    Well done after all these years, I would agree with Yug maybe a little more light would help.

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    Very nice plant. I read the first description of this variation several years ago, but never seen pictures of it. Actually it was named by Kränzlin as Vanda kimballiana var. lackneri in 1894.

    Maybe you can propargate it, it's a very rare variation of this beautiful species.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bdb22 View Post
    Very nice plant. I read the first description of this variation several years ago, but never seen pictures of it. Actually it was named by Kränzlin as Vanda kimballiana var. lackneri in 1894.

    Maybe you can propargate it, it's a very rare variation of this beautiful species.
    I will make anewlabel. Thank you.

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    I love Holcoglossums. I have them mounted in a greenhouse. I have been moving them around trying to give them as much light without that stressed look. My experience with P. Miss Joaquim has been stressing me out. The one I have seem to not grow as well the that Full light condition I have read about. If I give them some bright light they appear in my assessment to grow better as they produce roots from the upper stem. Still work in progress for them.

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    We have this species in center highland of Viet nam, it love cold temperature.

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    Lovely species Geoff.

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