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Schomburgkia and ants.

This is a discussion on Schomburgkia and ants. within the Genus Specific forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Originally Posted by Dorsetman Oh the legs are just fine, although the spirits are a ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dorsetman View Post
    Oh the legs are just fine, although the spirits are a bit down today, in view of the weather forecast- which is for rain,rain,rain...I don't mind putting my waterproofs on and finishing the walk when it rains, but I do dislike starting out in it. And some of the steep slopes on limestone hills here can be positively dangerous when wet. So all in all, I think I will be heading home tomorrow - my orchids need me too.
    Be careful Geoff! Save return home.

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    Schomburkias love sun. If they dont get enough they wont flower. My tibicinis grows on a tree in the full tropical sun all day long and has about 6 sprays on it now. I dont water it or fertilise it either, although probably wouldn't recommend that culture to most.

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    Quote Originally Posted by plucker View Post
    Schomburkias love sun. If they dont get enough they wont flower. My tibicinis grows on a tree in the full tropical sun all day long and has about 6 sprays on it now. I dont water it or fertilise it either, although probably wouldn't recommend that culture to most.
    Hi Plucker
    My original question dealt with the correlation of ants and Schoms.
    I have 2 species Schom. tomsoniana and Schom. humboldtii they are prolific on the mahogany trees all over the island. I have removed a plant of each of these and potted them so that when in bloom I can take them to our OS meetings for the judging table. Those in the pots get watered and fertilised. The ones in the trees, nature takes care of them.
    Your profile does not tell us where in the world you live (grow your orchids). Is it usual for you to have flowers at this time of the year? I am in Barbados, also Tropical, and my Schoms. bloom between March-May.

    Any other OT members who have Schoms. what is your blooming time?

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    My thompsoniae is still in flower, but no new buds. But it must be almost 4 months.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dorsetman View Post
    My thompsoniae is still in flower, but no new buds. But it must be almost 4 months.
    I am guessing, this must have something to do with climatic conditions. I shall be looking out next year and making some notes so as to be more accurate about the blooming times here in the Caribbean. Right now what I have up in the trees are the long dried spikes from this year's blooming, and nice new Psbs. getting ready for next year.

    Geoff, do your Schoms. bloom more than once a year?

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    [QUOTE=angela;333630] my Schoms. bloom between March-May./QUOTE] Angela, I take it that this time is your Spring in Barbados? Our Autumn here in Australia.

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    angela, your black ants sound like what we call carpenter ants here. nasty little buggers. in michigan we had pretty bigs ones (for ants) that used to make holes in trees like termites and eventually some trees end up crumbling after many years of being infested. hope you got your shombs doing well, and without the ants! not sure if it will help you, as the trees are difficult to treat this way, but one thing i am having great luck with is diatomaceous earth against pavement ants. i have had ants nesting in all my plants for about a year, tried soaking them away, baiting them, they always came back, then i heard about diatomaceous earth. it is a powder, made from the microscopic skeletons of algae, and it is is sharp, and scrapes the pretective wax off of the insects that touch it, and they dry up and die. the ants are smart enough to move away from it. now i mix it into all my potted plants, and have been adding it to the water jug and letting it seep down into the pots of soil, bark etc, and even scattering it around the area some where i see them crawling around. a month later, almost no ants at all on my balcony anywhere. our apartment building was completely infested, and i was tired of spraying poison everywhere, so i made small holes in the plaster and sprinkled some into the walls and sealed them up. my neighbor is still waking up at night with ants biting his face, and i have zero in my apartment. only my herb garden pot which is a huge 30" pot still has some ants, but they are dwindling... not many left at all. avoid breathing it, but otherwise very safe to use and non-toxic. they actually mix it into cattle feed and have toothpaste made from it. it is edible and non-toxic.

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    [QUOTE=rosie;333694]
    Quote Originally Posted by angela View Post
    my Schoms. bloom between March-May./QUOTE] Angela, I take it that this time is your Spring in Barbados? Our Autumn here in Australia.
    While we do not have 4 seasons as i.e. North America, our weather does follow to some extent. No, this is not Spring for us. Right now our daylight hours are getting shorter (we do not have DST) and the temperatures will slowly drop to being cooler right through to Feb. March. I dare say that is when we might consider it to be Spring.

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    @ Coeruleo
    Thanks for the info. I shall check to see whether it is available here.
    The Schoms. that I potted up are doing well, without the ants. I dunked the pots in Water and hung them away from the trees which have the ants.
    Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by angela View Post
    I am guessing, this must have something to do with climatic conditions. I shall be looking out next year and making some notes so as to be more accurate about the blooming times here in the Caribbean. Right now what I have up in the trees are the long dried spikes from this year's blooming, and nice new Psbs. getting ready for next year.

    Geoff, do your Schoms. bloom more than once a year?
    I should be so lucky Angela. I'm generally considered to be some kind of magician to bloom them at all, here in UK !

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