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Anyone have an ornithophora radicans?

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    Cool Anyone have an ornithophora radicans?

    I saw this exquisite little orchid at the Tower Hill Gardens Orchid Show Nov.1 in Boylston, MA. I just had to have one, so I ordered it from an online orchid supplier which had it in spike. When it arrived, it was in flower. My camera is broken so I don't have a photo of it. I did want to know if anyone on the board grows them and if so, what are their care requirements?

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    Looks like a cute plant! I just googled it. Here is what I found for ornithophora radicans (maybe someone has orchidwiz?):

    Dwarf epiphyte for cool or intermediate house. Forms large colonies of small pseudobulbs with grass-like foliage. Flowers are delicate, pale and charming in mass. Fragrant.

    Considering this was grouped with mounted plants, I'm thinking it likes good air movement and humidity. To me, it resembles my oncid twinkle, and this plant likes to be evenly moist and semi-shade. I do let it get drier in the winter, but during the growing season, I water 2x a week and mist daily while keeping the air moving well.

    Hopefully others who know this plant more intimately will chime in good luck with it though, it is cute!

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    Looks like a pretty easy plant to me...kind of like an oncidium that might like cooler temps. Good luck with it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Becky15349 View Post
    ...I just googled it. Here is what I found for ornithophora radicans (maybe someone has orchidwiz?) ...
    From OrchidWiz:

    Light: 1500-2300 fc. Light should be filtered and diffused, and plants should not be exposed to direct sun. Strong ari movement should be provided at all times.
    Temperatures: Summer days average 85-87F (29-31C), and nights average 64-68F (18-20C), with a diurnal range of 19-21F (11-12C). Summer makimum and minimum temperatures are amazingly close tot he same throughout the range of distribution, as are the winter-time maximum values. Winter minimums, however, may vary as much as 10F (6C) between the northern and southern extremities of the range.
    Humidity: 75-80% in autumn and winter, dropping to 65-70in spring and summer.
    Water: Rainfall is moderate to heavy all year. Cultivated plants should be watered often while actively growing, but drainage should be excellent.
    Fertilizer: 1/4 - 1/2 recommended strength, applied weekly when plants are actively growing. Many growers prefer to use a balanced fertilizer throughout the year; but others use a high-nitrogen fertilizer from spring to midsummer, then switch to one high in phosphates in late summer and autumn.
    Growing Media: Because of the rambling growth habit, Ornithophora radicans is particularly well suited for mounting on cork or tree-fern slabs. If mounted, however, high humidit must be maintained and the plants misted at least once daily in summer. Several mistings a day may be necessary during extremely hot, dry weather.
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    Default Ornithophora was Sigmatostalix

    I grew this plant back when it was known as Sigmatostalix. Pretty easy grower in intermediate light, temp etc. I think it fell off the bench and didnt get watered and died a slow and painful death. Iwas at the Mass show for judging and attend the CT orchid society. Hello neighbor!

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