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This is a discussion on Phalaenopsis Bellina within the Genus Specific forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Anyone have a Bellina? Really interested in this species............. any information about them is helpful, ...

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    Anyone have a Bellina? Really interested in this species............. any information about them is helpful, thanks Guys *and gals*
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    I have aPhal bellina and I grow mine mounted on a piece of driftwood. Most of my friends here grow theirs mounted too.

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    this is a warm growing specie. it "needs" to grow above 18° if possible (night temp) and like to have warmer days, or it will go to dormancy in winter and you may have to wait for flowering time. but, it's not difficult at all, and so attractive that sometimes i'd like to grow hundreds of them...

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    I don't think I would mount mine
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    Quote Originally Posted by orchidbaby View Post
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    This is my Phal bellina mounted on driftwood. This is a wild collected bellina and thus the form is more longish than the selected line-bredbellina that have a more rounded form. However this particular clone is slightly larger than the line-bred ones.BTW I've had this for more than 5 years amd still on the same mount.
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    These orchids are mainly found in branches of trees in the shady lowland forests of Malaysia and Borneo. These types of plants grow in warm temperatures. You need to grow them in a ‘fir bark’ medium and water them once in a week. You can keep your plant fairly moist, but not completely wet.

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    Mine is growing in a 3" clay orchid pot in rather coarse bark like all my other species phals. It's happy...it's just a really sloooow grower....more so than my other species phals. I've found that all of my species phals like higher light than my hybrids, and frequent watering. If you get that orchidarium you mentioned before, your bellina will be in orchid heaven!

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    Quote Originally Posted by catttan View Post
    This is my Phal bellina mounted on driftwood. This is a wild collected bellina and thus the form is more longish than the selected line-bredbellina that have a more rounded form. However this particular clone is slightly larger than the line-bred ones.BTW I've had this for more than 5 years amd still on the same mount.

    That is a GORGEOUS bellina, Yew! I love the markings, the shape, everything. I guess that's one of the real perks of living where one can acquire "wild-collected" orchids. My bellinas have questionable violacea in them - which is what happens in captivity, I guess. I love them anyway.

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    Gorgeous bellina.... I'm super envious!!!!! Mauraec brings up a point that i had been wondering... How can you differenciate between a Violacea and bellina? They are both so gorgeous and look the same almost,
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    Quote Originally Posted by orchidbaby View Post
    Gorgeous bellina.... I'm super envious!!!!! Mauraec brings up a point that i had been wondering... How can you differenciate between a Violacea and bellina? They are both so gorgeous and look the same almost,
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    Bellina actually used to be a type of violacea. You'll still see some sites listing it as "Violacea var borneo." But it became a hugely popular plant in its own right, and I guess the "powers that be" decided it was different enough to award it its own status as a species plant.

    Violaceas come in a range of colors...from magenta to purple and blue (thanks to some great breeding), and they have a different shape than the bellina. You won't find a violacea with the green/purple combo that a bellina has; that characteristic is purely bellina. So when you hear someone say they have a bellina, everyone knows it's the one with the green outside and purple center.

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