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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 angela My original question dealt with the correlation of ants and Schoms. ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by angela View Post
    My original question dealt with the correlation of ants and Schoms.
    Hello Angela, the tibicinis I have usually flowers just before summer (Northern Australia)- which is about now. The first 2 flowers opened the other day.
    In the greenhouse they last about 3-4 months, but on the tree it is more like weeks because the ants over here polinate them pronto.

    I have also noticed at least 2 different types of ants that reside in the tibicinis. Not sure of the type of ant but one is about 10mm and that is the only place I have seen them. They appeared to be eating the plant from the inside out much like a form of termite, but the tibicinis grew quicker than their colony. The other ant is what we call a sugar ant about 3mm long, and I think that is the one that pollinates them.

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    Ants ? when we got to different orchid growers selling plants of any kind , if contaminated with ants , we will not buy. it shows lack of maintenance and who wants to introduce them to their shade-houses ? try drowning them in a bucket of appropriate insecticide before you take them home

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    tibicinis is a bit different from most other orchids. They need the ants to bring nutrients to the inside of the psudobulbs which feed the plant. No doubt there is other orchids that do the same such as Cym. canaliculatum and termites.
    Usually the ants help pollinate certain orchid types.
    You are right, in a green house environment, ants can be the enemy because they mine mealy bugs.

    I might add that most of my tibicinis are attached to trees around the yard, which happily have the ants protecting them - because I dont. Of the plants in the green house, they are somewhat free of ants but it is of no great concern for me.

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    here is abstract on article regarding ants and fertilization of Schomb. tibicinis

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    My shomb. has a big, long spike for the first time in it's existence! Advise from friends in this forum helped me get it to bloom. Angela, it had ants and I got rid of them by spraying the plant with insecticide (neem oil). It did not hurt the plant, I think it helped it become stronger because it did not have to deal with those little creatures!. I also started a more rigorous fertilizing program and moved the basket to full sun about 6 months ago. I can't wait to see the blooms. The pseudobulbs are yellow and the leaves are a light green. I read somewhere that this plant is knicknamed "banana orchid" .

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