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Renanthera Kalsom Red Dragon

This is a discussion on Renanthera Kalsom Red Dragon within the Genus Specific forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Just purchased this Red Dragon as a seedling -----. I was wondering if I should ...

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    Cool Renanthera Kalsom Red Dragon

    Just purchased this Red Dragon as a seedling -----. I was wondering if I should put it in a basket without medium like my other vandas. I'm in Southern California and a watering fool. Thanks for any advice. It would be hanging outside under a upstairs deck.

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    i'm not an expert on renenathera, but trying more and more vanda types outdoors in los angeles. i do have ren imschootiana, which has lived on my balcony for over a year now, and it is just in a basket with no medium at all. i spray it every morning almost, and water well twice a week in warm weather, once a week in cool weather. it is doing fine, and bloomed for me this spring. i fertilize weakly-weekly.

    i don't know how well yours will do outside, it is a hybrid of two filipino species i think, and both are warm/hot growing and need a lot more humidity than mine. you should probably bring it inside in cooler weather this fall/winter. they need very bright light, but cannot handle much direct sun here. i would love to find more rens that can take our winter weather... imschootiana has the smallest flowers in the bunch, but it was so amazing when it flowered. i'd love to try one of the larger flowered ones like yours, but i would bring it inside in october probably. i also have some little ren tom thumb hybrids, but not flowering size, they have imschootiana in their parentage, so seem to do ok outside, but the larger one did lose some leaves from sunburn. btw - 'blue' vandas do well here outdoors.

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    Default Renanthera Kalsom Red Dragon

    Thanks for the advice. I have two blue vandas and have them hanging outside. I also purchased a Lumpinee Red yesterday. It's my first in bud vanda and I'm hoping it doesn't blast. I think maybe I should put the Renanthera in a basket too. I'm so afraid I'll overwater it. I'll make sure and move it inside when the weather gets cooler.

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    if you are an over-waterer i would suggest basket method. i thought mine would die that way with no bark, but it is doing fine.

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    It's good to know that you're from my area and what plants you are growing and where. I've been growing in a very small area and I've now run out of space. I need a yard!

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    Hello Dale. You live in a lovely place. I believe your Renanthera is part of the Vanda Alliance, at least I hope so as I have a Renanthera and I am growing it like it was a Vanda. I have mine planted in a net pot with very loose bark. I mist the roots daily and about every three days, I dunk it in a weak fertilizer solution. It gets bright light but not direct sunshine.

    When I am unsure about a particular orchid, I buy seedlings for two reasons, 1) cheaper and 2) seedlings are easier to acclimate to my environment.

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    Thanks! I repotted mine to a basket this morning so i won't drown it. I usually buy seedlings because I'm so afraid of killing them and I can't really afford the larger ones. I'm still new to orchids and I'm trying to see what survives me. I've gotten past the keeping the leaves on and have now graduated to trying to bloom. I invited my sister's to a orchid sale and it just happens to be near my birthday. What planning! Left with a vanda in bud, one seedling and five blooming size catts. Getting older ain't so bad.

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    What is "Imschootiana". Is that the name of a plant?

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    imschootiana is a species of Renanthera. Dark pink - red flowers.

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