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Trichoglottis smithii, pusilla - Culture?

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    Default Trichoglottis smithii, pusilla - Culture?

    Hi, I think these two plants are very interesting and I would like to try them, but am having trouble finding good culture info (I HAVE found lots of conflicting info!). Anyone have any experience with either? Size? Culture? Blooming times?

    My conditions tend to run intermediate (55-58F overnight winters, 68+/- days) with east or west windows (I do have slightly cooler/warmer, brighter/darker microclimates). Compact growers are best.

    Thanks!

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    I tried a trichoglottis awhile back....I watched it shrivel slowly. Usually, when noone has experience, I try to research where they are from, and how they grow in nature and then try to reproduce that as much as possible.
    I hope someone will have these and be able to give you better advice....
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    light, heat and water. Since most grow best mounted or in pots with little or no medium, be prepared to water daily.

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    Thanks, Stephen... water daily (?!) that sounds a bit too demanding for me -- especially in the summer when I'm particularly busy growing veggies outside. I appreciate the guidance!

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    I just take mine to the sink with my Notylia and let the water run over them while I'm doing other things. They get at least a good 5 minutes before I shut the water off and put them back in their places.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alplily NH View Post
    Hi, I think these two plants are very interesting and I would like to try them, but am having trouble finding good culture info (I HAVE found lots of conflicting info!). Anyone have any experience with either? Size? Culture? Blooming times?

    My conditions tend to run intermediate (55-58F overnight winters, 68+/- days) with east or west windows (I do have slightly cooler/warmer, brighter/darker microclimates). Compact growers are best.

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    hi julie,
    as already mentioned here, try a light spot, best mounted.
    treat em as dendro's and they should do fine.

    good luck!

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    From my experience I just attached the plant to the tree bark with frequent watering at initial state until the roots completely grip, than I can reduce the frequency of watering according to the season. Look at the photo below Triglottis brachiata from Philip. growing happily next to Vanda insignis and the Triglottis sps at the second photo. Hope it will give you some idea, good luck
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    hi zain,
    pretty healthy looking plant, wish mine was that big! guess it depends also on the species, my geminata is small and slow growing, but blooming and thats important, lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by walingwaling View Post
    hi zain,
    pretty healthy looking plant, wish mine was that big! guess it depends also on the species, my geminata is small and slow growing, but blooming and thats important, lol.
    Thanks.You are right Ron, some of the species very slow eg T. fasciata native to West Malaysia, small flower but very cute.

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    Wow, Zain, thanks for the photos. It's neat to see how they prefer to grow. Thanks for the help, everyone! I think I need to swap out a couple of large plants to make room for these...

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