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Den kingianum types (sorta)

This is a discussion on Den kingianum types (sorta) within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Well, I had a bad week at work and the plant damage is two-fold. Some ...

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    Well, I had a bad week at work and the plant damage is two-fold. Some things at home skipped a watering or two... and I also just got in a few kingianum/tetragonum hybrids (plus other goodies = serious $ damage). When the only shopping you can do is at 1 am, the Internet is the devil.

    So anyway, I have mixed success with kingianum. The young division in a clay pot, fine bark mix (with extra extra perlite) is doing very well. The older ones in clay or stoneware pots in fine bark mix have been doing not-too-well to downright badly. I think I'm not keeping them watered enough in the growing season. (I have no problem at all with the dry season. ) I guess I shouldn't think about trying to grow them lithophytically. I haven't got around to moving them to a new mix but I think I need to.

    Anway, the new hybrids came in plastic and a leca mix. They don't look like they are ecstatic in it - at least, not compared to the laelias that came in the same box - and in my apartment conditions might go downhill. They are "sorta" kingianum types because they look - for the most part - like kingianum, but a bit smaller. More specifically, they are at least two generations down from species, all have tetragonum blood, and other ancestry includes a mix of bigibbum, falcorostrum, delicatum, speciosum or fleckeri.

    So any tips/thoughts on potting mix? Do you think the plastic + bark mix is the way to go? Are these super sensitive to potting season? Only a couple have new young growths.

    ~Ki on another of her "raise the stakes and you will learn to grow them" episodes

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    Ki, if you're chronically underwatering, why not throw in some coconut husk chips to keep the moisture level a little higher? The leca isn't going to do much but provide aeration (which, granted, they need plenty of) so if it were me, I'd repot them in something slightly more water retentive. If you repot them now, while you can still catch them in the growing season, there would still be enough time for their roots to develop into the new medium before "dry spell time" hits.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lja
    Ki, if you're chronically underwatering, why not throw in some coconut husk chips to keep the moisture level a little higher?
    Good idea. I'm mixing up some CHC mix for some paph seedlings, so maybe I can use something similar. I am increasingly liking CHC to compensate for my atrocious watering.

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