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Tolumnia care?

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    Hey y'all! I just bought a little Tolumnia (I think they're under a different name now, but I'm over keeping up with taxonomy at this point). Anyhow, I have no idea what do with it...I just bought it to try something new. It's out of bloom, but is blooming size and I'd love to see the flowers. The plant itself is the most adorable/cool little thing ever...almost like a small succulent! Does anyone know how to care for one of these buggers?

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    The key to growing Tolumnias is understanding their natural habitat. The species are from the Caribbean. Most of the species involved in modern hybrids are found in intermediate to warm conditions growing on twigs where they are exposed to bright light and air movement. Moisture is provided by high humidity and by daily rain showers or heavy dews. Due to constant air movement by the trade winds, plants never remain wet for long.

    Most people that lose one, lose it from over watering.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ron-NY View Post
    The key to growing Tolumnias is understanding their natural habitat. The species are from the Caribbean. Most of the species involved in modern hybrids are found in intermediate to warm conditions growing on twigs where they are exposed to bright light and air movement. Moisture is provided by high humidity and by daily rain showers or heavy dews. Due to constant air movement by the trade winds, plants never remain wet for long.

    Most people that lose one, lose it from over watering.
    Well that's semi-good to hear. I never overwater my orchids...ever. I made that mistake years ago and learned that underwatering is much better. Do you know what kind of light they prefer? The leaves are pretty terete looking. Are we talking Vanda levels of light?

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    I grew mine in Cattleya light. Be careful, yours may have been grown in lower light. Gradually increase the light to Catt level. I grew mine mounted so I knew it was dry between waterings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ron-NY View Post
    I grew mine in Cattleya light. Be careful, yours may have been grown in lower light. Gradually increase the light to Catt level. I grew mine mounted so I knew it was dry between waterings.
    Thank you! Catt culture never seems to fail. ha And here in Texas I'd almost go as far as to say that it's impossible for orchids not to dry out between waterings. I grow in a Southern window so I water in the morning and they're all died out by evening. The only time I've ever actually overwatered was when I mistakenly kept a Phal. in sphagnum moss in an Eastern window and watered it every day for 3 weeks.

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