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Cyrtopodium Brandonianum

This is a discussion on Cyrtopodium Brandonianum within the Genus Specific forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I won this at a raffle on my monthly orchid meeting. It is just a ...

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    I won this at a raffle on my monthly orchid meeting. It is just a small plant in a mesh bag full of moist sphagnum at the moment. I was thinking of mounting it in Spag on Cork Oak.
    Currently, the leaves are brown and dried up. I was not at the meeting to ask the appropriate questions for caring for this plant, so now I seek help on the matter.

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    I have not seen this one in cultivation. What I can tell you about it is that it is a terrestrial from Southern Brasil, so cork mounting would not be appropriate
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    In general: Most species of the genus begin a new cycle of growth and flower at the end of the dry season and the beginning of the rainy season, usually September and October in central and southeastern Brazil. A new vegetative shoot grows from the pseudobulb formed in the previous season. The reproductive shoot emerges from the base of the vegetative new shoot and, in most species of the genus, it grows faster, so that when plants are in full bloom the leaves of the new vegetative shoot are little developed and only become fully developed a few months after flowering. As the dry season approaches, the leaves wither and are eventually lost, and the plants become dormant.

    I also found in my references that the p-bulbs are not fully buried. It is a cool grower that likes full sun. The flower spike can be 16" to 32" [40 to 80 cm] long.

    I found an article written in French. It indicates that the mix should be one of 50% sand and 50% land based light leaf mold.

    Early in the spring, it is important to keep watering the soil moist at all times. In winter, provide a rest period, and until the recovery of vegetation. However, emissions, some watering (once a fortnight) are useful to prevent drying of roots and total plant death. In summer, when the sun is hot, it is best to water late in the evening to allow the plants to soak up water during the night. During the growth period in the spring, it is desirable to ensure fertilization, especially with the larger species. Formula of liquid fertilizer NPK 6-6-6 neighbor just once or twice per month (plus high-dose fertilizer, dilute accordingly the product).

    I hope this helps!

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    Wow, thank you very much for this information. I am potting it now!

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    I want to see pics of it blooming!

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