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    Cool My Dracula orchids

    I am not sure, but I am of course hopeful that my dracula orchids have new growth. These images were taken yesterday. Am I getting lucky here??!!! ))

    They seem to be pretty happy. I have them in a terrarium with a small fan that blows into the vicinity and the temp within the terrarium is in the mid 70's during the day and low 70's at night.

    Watching for new growth, like a hawk.. lol.. Am I the only one that does this?!??!

    Thanks yall!

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    That is definitely a new growth in front, Leslie. I had kept several Draculas before in my greenhouse and the temps got up to 90F. Many of them are remarkably tolerant of high temperatures. Having said that, they are happiest at temps cooler than 70F at night. I'll be excited to see it when it flowers!!! Good luck.

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    Thank you for the kind reply~

    So I made a DIY micro environment for the Dracula's - the humidity reaches high #'s and the temp stays in the casual 70's!!!!!
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    Yep, that is definitely new growth! Congrats!

    I have 1 Dracula that came in February. I moved it into s/h (semi-hydro) and it has done well too. I have about 8 new growths. It lives in my semi-heated/ac'ed garage under fluorescent lighting. It is an 8 tube, 4' T5 fixture with 4 full spectrum and 4 red lamps. I have 4 of the 8 turned off currently. I was concerned it was too much light with all 8 tubes lit.

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    I am jealous of people that can grow Draculas, so cool! I have one Masdevalia that I've nursed along for over a year now, but it hasn't bloomed. I have managed to get about as much new growth as I kill off though.

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    There is small projection looks like spike ....maybe , very nice terrarium.

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    That is definately a winner, Leslie! I really like it! Carol, I can verify that Draculas are much easier to grow and bloom than Masdevallias. I think you'll be very surprised if you try them.

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    Oh dear, JUST what I needed to hear! lol I assumed because they are so cool looking they'd be harder. So, if I can keep the Masdevallia alive, I should be good to try the Dracula? Now... where will I put it? What do they like?

    BTW Leslie, I really like your terrarium setup. That's too fancy for me, I don't think I really have room for one either..... though... If I were growing a warm loving plant, I could spare some space in my study. The computers keep it pretty cozy year 'round.

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    Obviously a great adaptation you've done Leslie. Well Done! AL

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carolla View Post
    Oh dear, JUST what I needed to hear! lol I assumed because they are so cool looking they'd be harder. So, if I can keep the Masdevallia alive, I should be good to try the Dracula? Now... where will I put it? What do they like?

    BTW Leslie, I really like your terrarium setup. That's too fancy for me, I don't think I really have room for one either..... though... If I were growing a warm loving plant, I could spare some space in my study. The computers keep it pretty cozy year 'round.
    Carol, they like air movement and will do fine with light a bit below that required by Cattleyas. Having mentioned that they are tolerant of heat, there are some that will take it better than others. Drac. lotax is a really nice one to try and available at a variety of nurseries. Just remember to pot them in a basket because the spikes grow down.

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