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Cymbidium finlaysonianum - GREAT ADAPTATION !

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    Default Cymbidium finlaysonianum - GREAT ADAPTATION !

    Recently I saw this Cymbidium growing upside down, out of cracked horizontal beam of a shoplot. no leaf litter to capture, No watering, no fertilizers, no fungicides and no insecticides. Just simply Great Adaptation, surviving on the condensation from the airconditioning !
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    That is sooooo cool! Love seeing plants adapt to strange surroundings. Thanks for sharing this pic. Makes me think that sometimes we are TOO good to our orchids and perhaps that is why they don't perform as well as they would with some neglect.

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    Totally agree with you Martin - that IS one great adaptation.

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    So true...I have a cymbidium that has survived (this time). Mine usually slowly die off. I don't water it...don't give it the fertilizer I should or I dump half a bucket of left over stuff on it all at one time. It sits out front in bad weather or good and it's thriving. lol I've never had one survive before. I must not have neglected them well enough before.

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    Very impressive! Plants' ability to adapt can truly be amazing!

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    Quote Originally Posted by gardenguysorchids View Post
    That is sooooo cool! Love seeing plants adapt to strange surroundings. Thanks for sharing this pic. Makes me think that sometimes we are TOO good to our orchids and perhaps that is why they don't perform as well as they would with some neglect.
    Thanks guys ! My guess is there must be some form of symbiotic mycorrhizall fungi feeding this plant which our regular fungicides application kills.

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    thats great, thanks martin!

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    I also notice the horizontal crack on the seam between wall and ceiling and water leakage from it and that it is growing next to the sewage/drainage pipe.I wouldn't even discount the regular 'fertilising' from gecko droppings and, of course the possibility of that symbiotic relationsship with the fungus.

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    Quote Originally Posted by catttan View Post
    I also notice the horizontal crack on the seam between wall and ceiling and water leakage from it and that it is growing next to the sewage/drainage pipe.I wouldn't even discount the regular 'fertilising' from gecko droppings and, of course the possibility of that symbiotic relationsship with the fungus.
    Thanks Yew Sung for being so observant and explaining how it works Did anyone see the Preying Mantis ?

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    Cym. finlaysonianum is one of the tropical epiphytic cymbidiums and so its requirements are very much unlike many of the cooler growing hybrids. While you can neglect this giving it only a minimum of water, I wouldn't try that with the regular hybrids. This species BTW is known to grow quite large..The leaves are also quite thick and stiff.

    Good show!!

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