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Help with Schomburgkia

This is a discussion on Help with Schomburgkia within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I have seen them on some of mine as well. I have not seen any ...

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    I have seen them on some of mine as well. I have not seen any problems thus far. Would wait for other members to chime

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    I think the only thing you have to worry about with the cracks is that scale or other insects could easily hide in them and not be seen for a while. Since you live way off the ground I don't think there's much chance of that. So far the little buggers haven't learned to fly!

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    Hi! Just a quick update and a question. The two growths are doing fine (except for one that suffered some damage, but nothing to worry) and they're sending new roots right now. Today I noticed that one of the buds from an "old" pseudobulb is just starting to develop into a new pseudobulb, making it the 4th growth in less than a year. I've read somewhere that multiple growths in an orchid can also mean stress. Is that true? Do I need to worry about? I'm following the same routine: balanced fertilizer once a week a watering almost everyday.
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    Quote Originally Posted by harvester2015 View Post
    ... I've read somewhere that multiple growths in an orchid can also mean stress. Is that true? Do I need to worry about?
    This is the equivalent of saying "my orchid is too healthy, there must be something wrong". It wouldn't be the silliest advice ever written about orchids, misconceptions of this type are actually pretty common, but it makes absolutely no sense. Your orchid appears to be in perfect health and rewarding your good care. Relax and enjoy.
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    It is a problem if the plant throws out multiple growths which are much smaller than the older bulbs. Cattleya types like to do this when the roots are sick. If the new growths are of equal size or larger then there is nothing to worry about.

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    Hi! I got this orchid from my grandma this weekend since she cannot take care of it anymore. It was in a pot with a very decomposed medium having an excess of water. The roots looks bad, only one or two looks slightly green when watering. I've mounted it in a piece of wood like my other orchid. It looks to me that it could be the same orchid (Laelia undulata) because they look similar with the exception that this cutting is not already mature (looking at the size of the pseudobulbs and rhizome wich is very thin and short and there's not any evidence of previous blooms). What do you guys think?
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    Where did you get the 1st one? It may be but the only way to know for sure is when they both flower. Even then, they may be the same species but unless they are divisions of the same plant they will likely not be exactly the same.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris in Hamilton View Post
    Where did you get the 1st one?
    From a neighbor. Looks like Laelia undulata is a pretty common orchid in houses.

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    Could be Laelia. IDing just by looking at the canes is tough. Would have to wait for it to flower.

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    I have several species and a couple of hybrids in this confused genus . Some of them have even another genus name - Myrmecophila or something like that. (These are the ones often found in association with ants, living in the hollow bulbs ) - outlocal ants here in UK have not learnt that trick, by the way.
    They grow with all my other Cattleyas. Those apparently good growth buds on quite old canes are very typical of the group. Some of them may even develop under good conditions. They love being sprayed with rain water, heavily and frequently, and then produce dense bunches of new roots sprouting from the base of the leads. They love very high light ( by orchid standards). Give them this, and when spikes develop they will grow very rapidly, in due season.
    I have one spike growing now and extending at a rate of several inches per week, and another on a hybrid between a normal cattleya and a Schombo developing quite slowly . The big difference from Cattleyas, and from some of the other Laelias, is that instead of the flowers being located a few inches above the canes/bulbs , they are at the top of a flower stem which can be several feet long (high). I did have the pleasure of spending three weeks in your country once on holiday, touring around, and somewhere on the way to Merida in the Andes (about 3000m altidude I think?) came across a little orchid show in a village, where all the plants were Schombos (or whatever) and I was blown away by the wonderful flower displays. Some had all the flowers arranged in a sphere like a giant football, on stems 5 feet high. That is when I started growing them, although in England, with our much lower temperatures and light levels ( in my heated greenhouse with artiifical light supplement) the displays are a poor shadow of what I saw in Venezuela, and sometimes I get a spike which develops over several months, always with half a dozen flowers at the end, rather than the big football of 50 flowers open all at once.
    When my plants currently in spike do flower, later this year I expect, I will post pics.

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