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Southwest Florida Reblooming Orchids (outdoors)

This is a discussion on Southwest Florida Reblooming Orchids (outdoors) within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Looking for recommendations for Southwest Florida (9a) for 'large flower' reblooming orchids other than dendrobiums. ...

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    Default Southwest Florida Reblooming Orchids (outdoors)

    Looking for recommendations for Southwest Florida (9a) for 'large flower' reblooming orchids other than dendrobiums. What other types could I try? I have been successful with dendrobiums on my slash pines and find them to re bloom over and over with new spikes coming up as the old spikes still have a few end blooms. My Cattleyas bloom once a year pretty much except for 'Why Not' which has bloom twice a year for me. Any recommendations for large flower multiple times a year blooming orchids (other than dendrobiums) appreciated. Thank you

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    Nicely done on those blooms!

    I am in Cooper City, FL and we have similar climates. I am just a little hotter but not by much with plenty of humidity. My orchids are in a shade house that is covered with a 70% Aluminate sunshade I also have some that stay our in direct sunlight for most of the day and are doing fine. I have 16 different species so the possibility is very good for you. I am aware of orchid nurseries in your area you should check to see what they sell, if it is grown there you know it likes where it is. Find what species they grow and check the species to see if it fills your requirements for what you are looking for and the environment you can provide. There are very few times that I don't have orchids in bloom year round.

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    thank you... JDT ---- Vendor information removed - see FAQs on Posting ---- So good to know you have 16 different species doing well in sunshade. I have about 22 orchids on slash pines... the dendrobiums seem to do best in this high sunlight three times a week sprinkler watering. Appreciate your time.

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    No problem that is what this forum is for.

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    Hi Sandy Troy. Naples here, and I have only recently started mounting orchids on trees. My inspiration was the Naples Botanical Garden where they have orchids mounted on about every tree limb, and especially in their outdoor orchid garden, which is really something to see. If you haven't visited there I highly recommend it. I have learned a lot about what will do in our conditions by observing their installations. One thing that they do, however, which I cannot, is have misting heads mounted high in trees, presumably to carry the plants during dry season. At home I am limited to the reach of the sprinkler system, but so far so good. I have mounted more phals than anything else, and as you know, the blooms last a long time.

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    Hi Mehera in Naples thanks for the suggestions. I have been to Naples Bot. Garden once this year and to Marie Selby Botanical Gardens twice last year. Marie Selby B. Gardens is what inspired me to add orchids to my slash pines and oaks. Have you been to Marie Selby Gardens in Sarasota? ---- Vendor information removed - see FAQs on Posting ----
    I also mount my orchids on the trees at the level where the lawn/bush sprinkler system will water them... but have not installed misting/sprinklers high up the trees. Considering that orchids are easier to see lower down on the trunk and dendrobiums like more light, I'm made to think, I really don't want them up in the oaks any higher. Anyway most of my dendrobium orchids are on slash pines and I like them closer to eye level. I have switched over from cat. and phal. orchids to dendrobiums because, for me, some of the dendrobiums are blooming almost continually with new spikes - where as the cats and phals seem to only bloom once a year for me. Sending a photo of my dens on slash pines. Thanks so much for your note, thoughts and suggestion re Naples Bot. G. it is a lovely place.

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    Having seen your pictures, I'm going to definitely try dendrobiums on my trees! I have no slash pines in my yard; most of mine need to be on palms; but that seems to be working too. Yes, I have been to the Selby Gardens, so beautiful, I need to get back up there.

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    Mehera, yes recommend a try of dendrobiums. My understanding is that palms will work well for dendrobiums as long as the placement on the trunk is in a stable area (not flaking or falling off). All the best!

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    Sandy, it occurred to me to ask you for dendrobium suggestions. I need plants that flower from Oct to June, when I am in residence. Any ideas?

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    Default two dendrobium orchid suggestions

    Quote Originally Posted by Mehera View Post
    Sandy, it occurred to me to ask you for dendrobium suggestions. I need plants that flower from Oct to June, when I am in residence. Any ideas?
    Hi Mehera, My experience with dendrobiums in my area (Fort Myers) are to start with are: 1. Dendrobium Changmai Pink X Burana Stripe 2. Dendrobium Cesar. These two for some reason bloom frequently for me. All my dendrobiums get a lot of light (mounted to slash pines), fertilizer, and are watered regularly with the sprinkler system. There are probably many others that will also work.

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