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need some help with ghost orchids please

This is a discussion on need some help with ghost orchids please within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; hi i have a few flasks of dendrophilax lindenii(ghost orchid)that i made a year and ...

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    Question need some help with ghost orchids please

    hi
    i have a few flasks of dendrophilax lindenii(ghost orchid)that i made a year and a half ago seeds from a frind that arived from texas.and it looks so ready.
    everybody i knows didnt had any luck with this guys-dose enyone have any idea what and how should i act when i`ll deflask thos babys out???
    any help????? pleas?????

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    I have an acquaintance that has had success blooming this. His was mounted on a piece of cedar shake. He altered a large plastic milk container so that he could hang the mount in it. (cut a large enough hole in the side.) He kept a reservoir of water in the bottom of the milk container. He grows under lights in his basement but this could also be done in a greenhouse.

    I wish you were closer for I am looking for a couple of seedlings of this species to try again with. I have killed 2 so far.

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    Question hi

    thanx-but i dont think i`ll put the slab inside a box.
    maybe i`ll build a terarium that holds high humidity with good air flow just for them,can i mount them on a mango tree??
    should i put lots of sphagnum???
    do i have to water thm like the outer vandas?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kfir from israel View Post
    thanx-but i dont think i`ll put the slab inside a box.
    maybe i`ll build a terarium that holds high humidity with good air flow just for them,can i mount them on a mango tree??
    should i put lots of sphagnum???
    do i have to water thm like the outer vandas?
    They grow on trees in a swamp, so humidity is very high. Being you have quite a few of them, a terrarium or fish tank would be a better choice. Summers can be very hot and winters can get close to the freezing mark.

    I know nothing about mango. Is it a hard wood or a soft wood that would rot too fast? You will be keeping these in a high humidity environment and you don't want the wood to disintegrate. Cork could be another option. I would not use moss over the roots but you can try a thin pad of it under the roots. Try some without the pad as well. The ones I had did not have a moss pad at all. I would mist the roots daily until they get established but the high humidity seems to be very important to this species success.

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    Umm...if your mango tree is in your greenhouse. Have you been to the Everglades? Humidity seems to never go below 80 percent and the air where Polyradicon lindenii grows is almost stagnant.

    The terrarium option is probably the best. I'm not so sure this orchid needs as much air circulation as some others do.



    Quote Originally Posted by kfir from israel View Post
    thanx-but i dont think i`ll put the slab inside a box.
    maybe i`ll build a terarium that holds high humidity with good air flow just for them,can i mount them on a mango tree??
    should i put lots of sphagnum???
    do i have to water thm like the outer vandas?

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    Quote Originally Posted by clintdawley View Post
    Umm...if your mango tree is in your greenhouse. Have you been to the Everglades? Humidity seems to never go below 80 percent and the air where Polyradicon lindenii grows is almost stagnant.

    The terrarium option is probably the best. I'm not so sure this orchid needs as much air circulation as some others do.
    I agree !

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    Talking hi

    thank you very,very much ron and clint
    it was a very helpfull information
    mango is a very hard wood-should not rot too fast...!!
    i guss i`ll grow them in a terarriun !!!!
    ..........high humidity-not much of an air movment-got it!!

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    Hello,
    Iīm deflasked for one week.I searching informations since 3 month.Itīs a very problem to find something.They are in a terrarium with a fogger for highly humidity.But itīs only 70 on days - 99 % at night.the temeratur is 70-75 °F. I think its not enaugh.They are not mounted ,Iīll do it later.They are so breakable.In all Posts Iīve found is not air-condition,but highly humidity.At the moment they are lying on Corkwood and itīs lying on expanded clay with water.They are agree itīs better without Sphagnum or cocos,only wood.I want to try it on Mangrove-roots , wine ,xaxim ,corkwood and maple.Iīve reading they are living on limestones,too. I want to try it,too.Itīs over 50 seedlings,enough for an experiment.
    Iīm unsure to be continue.
    I try to take a picture in the forum the next days.
    I hope to here from you next time

    Andrea

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    Quote Originally Posted by kfir from israel View Post
    thank you very,very much ron and clint
    it was a very helpfull information
    mango is a very hard wood-should not rot too fast...!!
    i guss i`ll grow them in a terarriun !!!!
    ..........high humidity-not much of an air movment-got it!!
    and warm

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    I just moved mine more under the paph grow bench. I had it hanging on the front of the water tank for the kool-cell and it has been growing, but no blooms. Maybe it is getting too much air movement out front? I guess time will tell. I looked at it and it has green root tips - that is a good sign I suppose.

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