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    nice coincidentally i topped off my smallest one with fresh compost about a couple hours ago and moved it into more light....this seems to be the proper time for repotting as the new growth is now ready to send its flush of roots...alot of stuff entering new growth phase in this time of rain...i have a now locally extirpated Cyrtopodium paniculatum rescue keikis that i am hoping make me proud as they too are starting their growth phase...the species were found on a small offshore island off Trinidad called Chacachacare and have been extinct there since i maybe was a child...they are also found in south america but i think the purity of a locally occurring strain/bloodline is worth preserving

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    I am sharing the picture of my peristeria elata growing in coco peat + compost + perlite. I got a single pseudobulb last year and this year it has grown one more and the leaf size os at least twice the size of the older one.

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    Kim, I wondered how this dove orchid is doing after more than a year? I really really want one and I think I can provide all the right conditions so it may be able to survive and bloom. I found a quality one for a good price, but I keep resisting hitting that buy button. Maybe you can talk me out of or into buying one.

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    I'm no expert, but here is one I've had this for a few years. When I first got it, the stem was no larger than my little finger, and there was not even a hint of a p-bulb at all. It has always been grown semi-hydro. This does not seem to jibe with Nataliwind's statement "peristeria does not like too wet media." Apparently it does as long as the media is not rotten and deteriorating. For a size comparison, in one photo I've stood a yard stick next to the pot. Mine did not bloom this spring because I started feeding it too soon. That induces vegetative growth too soon, and suppresses the blooming. I'll be smarter next year. It sure loves to grow, though. It seems quite happy in s/h, wouldn't you agree? I think I need to move it into a larger pot in a couple of months after the newest roots have matured more.

    I left a few other things there for a size comparison. That orange bucket holds 5 gal.
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    Nice growing Yug!
    I got my dove orchid yesterday, little baby with one pb and one new growth.

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    Good luck to you! You are starting with more than I did. Just remember that when it is about blooming size, hold back on feeding in the early spring until you see a blooming spike begin to form at the base of one of the p-bulbs. At that time you can begin feeding again.

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    From everything I have been able to find out about them they are hardy and will grow well. They do like lots of water during their growth periods but apparently to get them to bloom they need a drought period in the winter. You have to withhold water until you think it might almost die. They also like a temperature drop at night. Do you put yours through a dry period Yugo? Has it ever bloomed?

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    sciencegalo - Only last year did I think it was large enough to bloom, and I over fed it in the spring, so no blooms. I know better now. Before, I treated it pretty much the same year round, but you're right that it should have a more dormant period in the cooler months. I don't think I'll dry it out since it is in semi-hydro, but I can reduce the depth of the water reservoir, and totally withhold nutrients. I know that if you give the same strength of fertilizer in a dormant period, that you would in an active growth period, the salts can build up in the plant tissue and cause problems.
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    hey guys , need an advice.
    The baby dove orchid I posted earlier got rotted, I don't now why, maybe it was overwatered before shipping and water got inside crown, and leaves started to drop s I thought it was time for it to go dormancy but I was wrong it rotted inside. Anyway seller replaced it and I got it today
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    what kind of media is that and how to water it. Can I repot it in bark? or it should be sphagnum? not sure about SH not very lucky with it, but avocado looks like it but not orchids I put in it. Also is it good time to repot? I see there new grow starting, there was another bigger old PB but it did not look good to me so I removed it.
    What will be your suggestions?

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    Glad that the seller replaced the plant. Given that this is a terrestrial orchid, you would have to pot in a mix that is suitable for terrestrial. I have mine in a mix of coco peat (40%) + leaf mould (50) + perlite (10%) and is doing reasonably well. Good time to repot would be when it is growing new leaves

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