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Culture care: Calanthe

This is a discussion on Culture care: Calanthe within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Hi, Has anyone been able to grow calanthe species? Can anyone let me know the ...

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    Hi,

    Has anyone been able to grow calanthe species? Can anyone let me know the cultural requirements for calanthes? Are any of them warm growing? Specifically, do any of the below grow in warm conditions:

    biloba, brevicornu, choroleuca, herbacea, masuca, puberula


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    I've never grown species, but I have a couple plants of the same hybrid.

    I give it a complete winter rest. No water beginning in Nov. As far as temp, all my plants grow with a 60F min temp in the winter. The max temp in the summer is whatever the greenhouse gets to, but I know it's consistently above 100F during the days in July & Aug. That's as high as my thermometer shows. After that it says OL (offline).

    You can divide the species into single growths too.

    Hope this helps a little.

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    I do not have a Calanthe, I hear they are mostly cool to intermediate growers, but there are also some warm growing species from Thailand. I am growing a Phaio-calanthe hybrid. As winter in Pune is warmer (21 deg. centigrade) I am watering mine regularly along with my Phaius and it seems to be doing good so far.

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    Satish,

    most of these Calantha's are growing also in Sikkim, India, on the altitude up to 2500m. I think it would be difficult to keep these plants in your warm, humid Banglore.

    Mieczyslaw

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    Thanks for the info, folks! I thought of acquiring some of these plants, but since I was doubtful of their survival in the warm weather of Bangalore, I am not going for them. But I will keep looking for any of the warm growing calanthe's or as Amey has, some hybrid with a phaius.

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    I grow them in FLorida.... outside most of the year ( Typically 95 - 100 F for 4-5 months). I bring them in in the winter if it gets below 50 F... Yes, they need a dryer rest period in winter, but I have found they should have a little moisture- not at dry as Catasetums..... maybe a spritz every week. They mulyiply well and bloom in the early summer here. The only problem I have had is when they get too wet for a period of time they are subject to rot. I grow them in a bark mix ( chunks) with some light potting soil mixed in. That may be part of the problem, but that's how I grow my Phaius, too.. ALso I use lava rock in the bottom of the low flat pots... it seems to give them better drainage.

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    geoblue: Can you tell me the names of the calanthe's that you are growing in florida?

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    I have collected and grown 2 types of calanthe i.e. Calanthe rubens which is a truly delightful pink calanthe from our limestone hills, and Calanthe pulchra with an erect inflorescence but drooping white flowers from our laterite foothills. Both are of course warm growing types. They are terrestrials and have a resting period. C rubens flower from the base of the leafless pseudobulbs.

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