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Onc. Tsuku 'Vanessa' culture advice needed

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    Default Onc. Tsuku 'Vanessa' culture advice needed

    I bought 3 different colours of Onc. Tsuku 'Vanessa' off Ebay, as they are miniatures according to the vendor not meant to grow much above 10cm but I cannot find any culture information online, I have two in mesh pots and one I have mounted this morning to see how they do, I have no idea of light requirements or temp range at the moment they are in intermediate temps with the potted ones under two strip flourescents and the one I mounted this morning, will be by monday night, under a HID, if I get no other information, The little pots dry out rapidly ( less than a day) so I am watering once to twice a day and the mounted one I plan on spraying at least once a day if not twice a day. I am desperate for some advice on what to do with these little guys. Thank you in advance if any one can help me out with this one.

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    These are Tolumnias. Come from the Caribean originally. Warm, humid and diffused light are the conditions I have read they require. Misting daily would be good.

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    that is great thank you so much, not sure what I can do about humid, humidity in here runs at about 50% so I am guessing keep it further out under the HID so as not to burn it and I will definately mist it daily, what about mounting or pots? do you know which you would suggest? I didnt know they were Tolumnias thank you again thats great.

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    Since Tolumnias are mini Oncidiums, I would keep the pots small if potted. I would think mounting would be fine as long as you can keep the plant watered well enough that way. If the leaves start to droop, more frequent watering might be called for. Try using a tray of pebbles or marbles and water beneath your plants to increase the humidity directly around them. I have only one Tolumnia, in a pot, with about 50% humidity. But I have it setting on an open wire shelf with geraniums on the shelf below. When I water the geraniums, the humidity increases around the plants above them.

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    Thank you again Cindiras, your a star, I will keep the humidity as High as I can and see how they do both in the pots and mounted and decide what to do with the potted ones when I can see how the one I mounted is doing. I like the look of them mounted but I will have to keep an eye on the watering. the ones in pots I will get some water and pebbles in the tray see if that helps as they really are drying out so fast.

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    I growth my everywhere and in different mixes. The one I found that Tolumnias growth best in is a bark mix in a wooden basket on top of a humidity tray. Second growth them in a clay pot with bark mix and seat in moss on the outside. The least is mounting it.
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    Fantastic Bluemoon thank you I will not mount the other guys then I will try keep them moist mine in the pots are in a mix of sphag and bark I need to get some mini clay pots I think they look rather lovely, I dont know where i would get the baskets from here small enough.

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    You welcome. You can get basket at any BB store. I Think you got the wrong ideal by keeping them moist. I don't think it like moist. It like high humidity. My look moist or wet is because I just water them this morning. If you like mini clay pot. I think you will like that one seat in the moss cause you don't need to water too many time, because the moss hold the water and the clay will use that water slowly. Make sure you pack the moss tiely

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    we dont get the Baskets in stores here, America seems a lot more geared up to orchid growing then the UK with supplies more readily available, I will watch out for keeping their feet wet then and try up the humidity I think I got the wrong end of the stick there. Thank you again and I will see what I can do.

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