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Odm. Rawdon Jester (Odm. grande x Odm. Williamsianum)

This is a discussion on Odm. Rawdon Jester (Odm. grande x Odm. Williamsianum) within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Their natural habitat (Mexico and Guatemala) is very seasonal even though it's close to the ...

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    Their natural habitat (Mexico and Guatemala) is very seasonal even though it's close to the tropics. This is because of the high altitude at which they grow. I think they live in semi-deciduous forests, were they experience more cold and sun light (the trees will shed their leaves at this time) and almost no rainfall during the dry season. This is very similar to what deciduous dendrobiums from the Himalayas encounter in their habitat. Though the rainfall is much diminished, I'm sure there will be plenty of moisture from dew in the morning, which nonetheless will evaporate quickly in the sun. This goes without saying, but as with most orchids, don't water them in the evening in winter, do it in the morning so that they have time to dry out before the evening or they'll rot before your eyes.

    BTW, I'm a sucker for species even if they are often more challenging (I like a good challenge ). I much prefer the well defined, sharp, intricate features of species than what I call the "pansification" of hybrids. After mixing many species together, everything ends up looking big, round and shapeless after a while ... like a pansy.

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    Don't say that too loud, I can hear the Miltoniopsis gathering up a mob with pitch forks and torches. The Pansies aren't too pleased either, but, you know...they're Pansies. What harm could they do?

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    Nothing wrong with pansies ... I'm quite partial to a handsome one myself.

    Seriously though, I just bought a nice tray full of a small white viola type (I prefer these to the proper big pansies) for the garden last week. So I shouldn't mock them really ... I even have a Miltonia spectabilis var. moreliana (which I think that has become Miltonia moreliana, a species in its own right) which is not quite as bad as a miltoniopsis, but close enough.

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