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Need to know what orchid this is so I can research care.

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    Default Need to know what orchid this is so I can research care.

    Hi,

    Here's another one of my bday haul. There is no tag on it and I have no clue what kind of orchid this is. It is very tiny and I'm assured it is from a big-box-store as well. So, I have no idea how to care for this little thing.

    Here's the plant in a teeny pot (dollar bill for size reference):


    And here's the bloom:

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    Looks like a tolumnia to me. These are awesome plants, and rebloom on the old spikes, sort of like how a phal would branch.

    Give it lots of light, similar to that of Cattleyas. I give enough light to make the leaves red, though I notice yours clone was ok blooming on green leaves. I grow mine on a western windowsill and it was ok for me.

    These like to be mounted or potted in small clay pots (just like yours). This is because they can't stay wet for too long or the roots rot, which is my reasoning for using clay pots. Let it dry slightly before each watering. Though they are succulent and can tolerate drying, they shouldn't they be underwatered too much since their roots are fine. They grow just like your other epiphytes, and are adaptive.

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    Thank you very much Smartie! I'm so excited! My very first tolumnia ever...

    They seem to have almost the same requirements as vandas, so after this bloom dies off, I'm going to put this in a basket and hang with the vandas.

    And I'm going to ask my husband where he found these, because I'm getting a few more!

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    Tess, Tolumnias are easier than Vandas. They like to dry out between waterings and are quite tolerant of low humidity. Note the almost succulent quality of the leaves. These are among my favourite orchids!

    Cheers,
    Rob

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