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Neofinetia falcata separation!

This is a discussion on Neofinetia falcata separation! within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Hey all. As many of you know, I went to the Cincy Orchid Show this ...

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    Hey all. As many of you know, I went to the Cincy Orchid Show this past weekend and the coolest pickup I got was a sizeable Neofinetia falcata with four growths and great roots. Three of the growths were very compact and one was slightly further from the others. (BTW, See those pickups and the neofinetia's roots Here!)

    I grow everything indoors and today is my watering day. Walking back and forth by it, I wasn't pleased with the scent of the pot and the mulch. It was funky! So I decided on whim, in spite of the blooms, that I was going to pull it out of the pot, dump the old mulch and clean the pot out or replace it.

    So I carefully unwound the roots and pulled the orchid out of its pot. The mulch was obviously old, far too old, and I was glad I decided to repot. In the process of cleaning mulch out of the roots, I found that the single growth out to the side was its own plant. There had been a stalk connecting them, and it was still there, but it had obviously died a long time ago. It was now obvious to me why the fourth "fan" was so far separated from the others.

    Deciding that it had naturally divided itself, I gently pulled them apart. Both have great root systems, repotted easily and I now have TWO falcatas for the price of one! This is awesome! (And I was smart enough to take a picture so I could illustrate this story.)
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    wow thats amazing..... something similar happened to me when i got my ascocentrum.
    its always nice to get 2 plants for the price of 1.

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    Nice buy, Derek. However, it is not a Neof. falcata. It most like is An Ascofinettia.

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    I always get very happy when one plant turns out to be two as well. Great buy and what pretty flowers!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom-19951 View Post
    Nice buy, Derek. However, it is not a Neof. falcata. It most like is An Ascofinettia.
    Tom, you're killing me! Now I gotta ID these things! Hopefully it is just some variation of some kind....time to start online pic surfing. *sigh* Ah well.....
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    Derek, Few things about your plant make me believe it is not Neof. falcata--the growths and leaves of your plant are too big and wide for Neof. falcata. Too many flower per spike for a Neof., and length of the spur is too short for the normal Neof. variety. The petals are a bit too wide as well. It could be an Ascofinetia hybrid or Neostylis hybrid.
    Once in awhile I may be able to identify a species but I am not good at hybrids at all these days. If I have to guess, I will say it is Neostylis Lou Sneary, which it comes in variable colors. You can google it for some photos and make your own judgement.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom-19951 View Post
    Nice buy, Derek. However, it is not a Neof. falcata. It most like is An Ascofinettia.
    I agree, but its a great buy indeed !

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    I have to say the first thing I thought was that it was not a pure neo. However it is a cross similar to neostylis lou sneary? It is not neo blooming season right now either. Anyway this guy might give more blooms than a pure neof. falcata outside of its blooming season

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    And Sneary's bloom several times a year

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    Whatever it is it looks great!

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