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    I have a couple of these and they don't seem to be doing anything. i have them in bright light, fertilize regularly, and talk real nice to them. They look healthy and all that but not much happening. Any advice would be appreciated. Oh, I'm in Florida and it's normally 90° and 80% humidity.

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    If anyone can discover how to grow these things it would be nice to know. I bought several NFS plants a couple of years ago, and tried several different ways - none of them ever produced a root, a growth or a spike - just stayed there in suspended animation.
    This week I just got a flowered plant with three leads, remains of flower spikes on two - it looks as though it was last watered in the year of the Millenium ( never mind which millenium ! ) the vendor says - thats the way they like it. Just hang it up somewhere and water when it produces new growths - privately I thought, "not when, but if "....

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    I don't know if this will help, but here goes anyways... The only time I have seen one in flower was down in Islamarada, Florida, during a visit to friends in the keys. It was mounted to a huge tree trunk and it was in the shade, or what I refer to as "dappled shade". The Florida Keys are windy, hot, humid; and the day I saw it in bloom my shirt was pretty much sweat soaked from a couple hours of walking around the shops and nurseries in town. The area was mossy and sort of like an outdoor sauna basically. I'd put humidity in the 80's that day as it would rain and stop, rain and stop. Hope this helps... Mine is currently hanging with the Cattleya that get sprinkled on every other day due to the current heat and lack of rain. If mine doesn't start looking lively it's going with the vandas for awhile.

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    needs much more sun than catts!!! i think it will do better with the vandas Connie.....till its leaves get a reddish tinge....but before sunburn

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    Quote Originally Posted by DEC View Post
    I have a couple of these and they don't seem to be doing anything. i have them in bright light, fertilize regularly, and talk real nice to them. They look healthy and all that but not much happening. Any advice would be appreciated.
    The same for me and... no flowers !

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    I soo want to do nnener neener to all you guys here haha, mine grows like a weed, but no flowers yet, I got them as seedlings in 2010. They are growing as a compot in a basket with just charcoal as the media. It likes to dry out from what I had read. It gets bright indirect light the same that all my Vandas and Cattleyas get.

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    Dave, I'm near you (not too much farther from you Connie) and mine blooms every spring like clockwork, threw out enough leads to break out a 10" pot. I don't do anything special to it, it gets watered when it rains and it is growing in a tree where it gets dendrobium to vanda light- pretty much only protected during midday, and that dappled. It's enough sun to give it that reddish/purplish 'suntan'. Though I originally got it from a good vendor, I've had it for years and it's not some special named clone.

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    So now I know . Easy-peasy really, just put my [lant on a wheelbarrow and move it across the Atlantic to mid Florida....
    As for drying out, I expect all my orchids will get that for a week now, I have just been offered a place on my surgeons list for tomorrow to have my 2nd eye op - due to a cancellation ( one man's pain is anohter man's gain - or maybe turn that around the other way ! ) which of course I accepted like a shot. In another week I may be able to see with both eyes ! Big deal - it really, really will be... fingers crossed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pipsxlch View Post
    Dave, I'm near you (not too much farther from you Connie) and mine blooms every spring like clockwork, threw out enough leads to break out a 10" pot. I don't do anything special to it, it gets watered when it rains and it is growing in a tree where it gets dendrobium to vanda light- pretty much only protected during midday, and that dappled. It's enough sun to give it that reddish/purplish 'suntan'. Though I originally got it from a good vendor, I've had it for years and it's not some special named clone.
    yes that purplish tan is the ideal light for them......the ones i saw were that colour and were in bloom

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dorsetman View Post
    So now I know . Easy-peasy really, just put my [lant on a wheelbarrow and move it across the Atlantic to mid Florida....
    As for drying out, I expect all my orchids will get that for a week now, I have just been offered a place on my surgeons list for tomorrow to have my 2nd eye op - due to a cancellation ( one man's pain is anohter man's gain - or maybe turn that around the other way ! ) which of course I accepted like a shot. In another week I may be able to see with both eyes ! Big deal - it really, really will be... fingers crossed.
    Glad to hear about the ops on the other eye, Geoff. Now we can look forward to more great pictures from you. I had cataract ops done on both my eyes 5 years ago, but unfortunately I have macular degeneration in my left eye and am legally blind in that eye. There is slight degeneration in my right eye and am getting treatment to slow down the degeneration and hopefully will still enjoy good sight in that eye for a few more years.
    My eldest son forwarded me an article from the National Academy of Sciences presented by a Sheila Nirenberg, a neuroscientist in the Weill Cornell Medical College in NY, re the restoration of sight to blind mice by cracking the code the retina uses to communicate with the brain, According to her, a prosthetic for humans would be possible within a year or two! This is indeed great news for people who are blind due to retinal problems and gives me hope that I might not lose my sight completely after all ( that is if the device is not priced beyond my means).

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