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Mini slice of the tropics. Orchids in bloom!

This is a discussion on Mini slice of the tropics. Orchids in bloom! within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Thanks Cathy and here are some more. Photos are poor compared to the many excellent ...

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    Thanks Cathy and here are some more. Photos are poor compared to the many excellent photography efforts on here but my mob is all I got and its a challenge with blurring and colour changes.

    My ever reliable brassia cross with psuedobulbs the size of my hand and a subtle exotic fragrance.

    And the three extravagant purchases of 3 mature tillandsia/ air plants, the surface pattern on the one is gorgeous, while the other has similarities to the bulbo medusae bloom (its selling point for me), the final one for its lethal yet bold and architectural form.
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    Ever since I read Teenas thread re miltassia and the description of its hardiness and vigorous growth being weed like I went on a mission and actually finding it on the reduced rack of my local garden centre. The pot was ready to burst and the plant had grew its many leads out of the pot and upwards with crazy roots and plentiful psbs. The weed like description was just what i wanted for an old reliable tool used as gap fillers and flexibility arranging in situ. The question of it being weed like for me is a totally different issue.

    Love the rich burgundy colours and tonal deco of the blooms and its bloom similarities to its brassia parentage is a major appealing factor for me.

    The dendro is gorgeous and has pretty much always lived on deaths door while in my care, sulking and acting dormant. Cannot win with it foliage and maturity wise but its elegant inflourescence is worth a space on the mounted hanger next to a dendro wallisii which has never flowered for me.
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    You have a little jungle going on Matt. Great growing!

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    Gosh...you have many wonderful orchids my friend..what a pleasure it is to see them...many thanks

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    Love your tropical paradise, Matt! Everything looks soooooo healthy. Must smell wonderful, also...Betty :-)

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    Thanks Matt, I'm also printing this out and giving it a try. I like the milk as a natural fungizide. Here in Oz. we have a gardening guru who advocates the use of milk for spraying over plants for this reason. I'm glad this process works for you. We really do have some brilliant people on this board.

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    Hey Matt, (bugger my coffee has gone cold reading 6 pages of this blog), how is the Clavidora going. Your friends had lots of spunk sneaking that into your country. Anyone trying that here in Oz. would have been frogmarched out into the wilderness. LOL

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    Great growing, good idea with the pop bottles, gonna have to remember that.
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    Thanks Clive and our Betty!. The set up is forever changing month by month with new arrivals ( or extravagance at times) and admittedly regrettable mortality rates, but that goes with the turf I suppose. Mounts and branches rot (makes a change from roots and crowns), temperatures and ofcourse with UK the sun or abscence of it. This mixed in with variations in care requirements esp with catasetinae and cool dry winter rest dendros and those awful smelling rotten p.s.do bulbs.. Have considered the possible benefits of a conveyor belt or a large wheel. lol

    hey Rosie, sorry about your coffee, hope you got a microwave closeby. Always doing that and cant abide the skin. Wonder why I bother buying it. As for the milk its always available to hand. How many times have we observed a problem and literally had to find a window in our day to go and get the solution to our little inconveniences. But it will long be considered unorthodox im sure.

    As often said, ask 10 orchid growers the same question and get all different answers. This will inturn attract debates for and against.

    As for the gongora clavidora rosie, it had a pretty short acclimatize period despite common after effects of travelling the world in a box a bit of rot here and a bit of shock their, but it is now growing a new shoot, spike or leaf not sure yet. Actually would prefer the plant to increase its psbulb numbers first and have stronger spikes without stressing and weakening the plant. Have ordered from all over the world from established vendors/sellers and never had problems. Often it is inspected but no delays and no special documents included. Leaving the country and returning as a person is extremely monitored and every spec of dust is scanned. Thanks for your feedback.

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    I just can't believe it (borrowed from Victor Mulgrew"One Foot in the Grave"). We have very strict importation rules in Australia. You are lucky if any plant survives, or you receive it from the Dept. responsible, after fumigation and weeks in quarantine. Today I have started resurrecting 2 little chids (Vuylstekeara Cambria and a Wilsonara) which haven't really "done" anything for 12 months, trying your method with the pvc bottles. I hope I have your luck.

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