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Growing Zygopetalum

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    Default Growing Zygopetalum

    Well, once again I ventured over to my local garden center to see just what might be on their way to the dumpster. I found a noid Zygopetalum for $3.00 so I saved it from death's doorstep. I may have to go back because they had 2 Paph kolopakingii x moquetteanum that are also on their way to the graveyard. As this is something new (genus) for me,I did some reading as to culture, but would like some input from those of you who grow these with some success. I looked in the "article" section of this forum but didn't see anything there.

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    I dont have a lot of zygos so I keep them mingled in the same area as the brassia/brassidium hybrids. Slightly less light than the catts and never going completely dry.
    They seem to like it there but I have yet to get them to bloom more than 4 flowers per spike - they are not dying though so thats a good start for me .

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    the breeder of all of these :- Kiwi,Kiwi Auckland,Kiwi Bayswater,Kiwi Black,Kiwi Blue,Kiwi Choice,Kiwi Fifty One,Kiwi Klassic, Kiwi Korker, Kiwi Land, Kiwi Magic, Kiwi Mud Pool,Kiwi Redvale, and a heaf of others

    says warm, humid and shady .
    So lets quantify.

    warm , keep the day temperature warm,up to 30degrees C is ok,and night temperatures above 12C.
    Humid ,grow in 70% humidity or higher as the temperature increases.
    shady , we are now growing with about 10000 lux
    Feeding , feed every time that watering takes place @ full strength.
    watering , never let get dry.
    re potting , if very young plants re pot mid fall and mid spring.

    Hope these instructions help

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    I only just got my first zygopetalum...

    Based on my googling they are an intermediate grower. They may get black spots on their leaves too. They prefer high humidity.

    Based on my observation they seem to have fine roots, so I would keep it from drying out too much.

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    I would not call the roots fine as they are nearly .25 of an inch in diameter.


    Quote Originally Posted by smartie2000 View Post
    I only just got my first zygopetalum...

    Based on my googling they are an intermediate grower. They may get black spots on their leaves too. They prefer high humidity.

    Based on my observation they seem to have fine roots, so I would keep it from drying out too much.

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    Well I only have one in my collection, Zygo. crinitum, and as much as I'd like to help this little guy is flowering sized but has never bloomed for me!!! don't think I will get another as some of my fellow growers have theirs outside and treat them like Cymbidiums and they flower like crazy, my miserable effort with them is only displayed by lovely green leaves....
    he he

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    I have 1 zygo 'artur elle' which I keep with my oncids, cool to intermediate and quite bright. I have had a problem with black spots on the leaves in the past and was told they don't like to be misted. I never let mine dry out fully.

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    thanks orchidman....I got my roots mixed up they are not fine....

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