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Is Lycaste Aromatica easy enough for beginning growers?

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    I absolutely love Lycaste. I just watched a bunch of videos of it and saw picture, so pretty, and really cool gorgeous palm-like leaves. They are fragrant with a clove/cinnamon scent!!!

    So I really want one, but I'm hesitant to add to my list since it seems more unusual/exotic so I wonder if it's hard to grow. I also wonder if it needs higher humidity than average and if I could give a colder winter rest somehow in my apartment. What do y'all think? Is Lycaste Aromatica easy enough for beginning growers?

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    Here is a link to a wonderful, Orchid Species Web Site. Get to know it! A Very valuable resource!

    IOSPE PHOTOS

    It is a medium to large sized orchid which means it could be up to 4 feet tall! And it is deciduous.

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    Also, the way to correctly show the names of orchids is this:
    First name is capitalized (genus) the second, third etc words for the name are not capitalized if a species orchid and capitalized if it is a hybrid. So the one you posted should be shown as Lycaste aromatica to be technically correct.

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    Terp quite pickin on the newbies . Chris, I dont have one of these but I found some info. that may help.
    Lycaste Culture. It handles everything u need to know. Seems to me by what I read that it is fairly tolerable and may do well even under a "newbies" care. Good luck.

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    Lyc aromatica isn't tough to grow...as long as you understand it's "seasons". And, yes, it does smell amazing!

    It likes bright but indirect light...basically cattleya light so if you can bloom Cattleya then you should be able to bloom this Lycaste. When it's actively growing it likes a lot of water...but it doesn't want to be sopping wet. I grow it in coir mix w/bark and other chunky bits to keep it "open" and when it's actively growing I water enough that it's constantly moist. This Lycaste typically goes deciduous so when the leaves start to turn and drop you'll want to drastically reduce your watering and no fert until new growths in the Spring. When it's leafless I water just enough to keep the pbulbs from getting too shriveled. I grow under lights and w/the furnace running in the winter it can be quite dry so for me that means I drizzle a little water around the outer edges of the pot about once a week. Very little water. A friend of mine grows it in her g/h and for her the lesser water means a little drizzle when the sun is shinning.

    When it starts to put up new growths in the spring I start increasing my watering. When the growths are small be sure to avoid watering sitting in those new growths because they can sometimes rot out easily. I try to avoid getting water down in the new growths until they are unfurled a bit and can dry out easier.

    Temps = I grow mine intermediate...anywhere from the upper 90's for daytime highs and as low as the low 50's at night sometimes.

    It does get to be rather large so anticipate that you'll need to allow room for it to spread out. Mine is in an 8" bulb pan right now but the leaves reach out and around much farther than the bulb pan...and I doubt I can leave it in this size of pot for more than another year. So, yes, it'll get to be a rather large plant but the smell is worth the space it takes up.

    I think that's it...bright light -- wet and dry seasons -- intermediate temps = happy plant.

    BTW - if you'd like to start w/something smaller... Lyc campbellii is a small yellow species that is nice. And, I have a small hybrid - Lycaste Pixie - that is also small and smell very nice. I believe there are some other smaller ones but I can't think of any names right now.

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    Wow thanks for all the info!

    Question...

    I haven't grow Cattleyas... I have a big east-facing window that is unobstructed, would that be enough light for Lycaste?

    If so, do I need to put shade cloth over the window or can it take the direct sun rays? I'm confused about lighting because some sites say "no direct sun!!" and other say "morning sun" and others say "sun but broken-up by blinds...never direct sun without a filter of some sort"

    So which is it? I'm pretty sure by 1pm there is no more sun through the window...I'd have to see I think it's gone by 12 but I know for sure by 1pm.

    With what orchids would an East-facing window not be enough light? Just asking to get an idea of what would match my light availability.

    I read the articles...they just said "slightly cooler" so I'm also wondering if the Lycaste will bloom without a temperature drop... If they won't, I think I can snuggle it up to the window in winter and that would get the temperature down to maybe 60 degrees F (testing a window right now with a thermometer...I'll know tomorrow). I'm not sure yet though.

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    The site I listed above answers all your lighting questions. I suggested this site because it was the most accurate I could find. One thing I didn't notice on the site that will also be good to know in case you get the plant soon is that mid winter the leaves will start yellowing but then in early spring new growth will take place to replace. This is normal for this type of plant so don't be alarmed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Plantcrazed101 View Post
    Wow thanks for all the info!

    Question...

    I haven't grow Cattleyas... I have a big east-facing window that is unobstructed, would that be enough light for Lycaste?

    If so, do I need to put shade cloth over the window or can it take the direct sun rays? I'm confused about lighting because some sites say "no direct sun!!" and other say "morning sun" and others say "sun but broken-up by blinds...never direct sun without a filter of some sort"

    So which is it? I'm pretty sure by 1pm there is no more sun through the window...I'd have to see I think it's gone by 12 but I know for sure by 1pm.

    With what orchids would an East-facing window not be enough light? Just asking to get an idea of what would match my light availability.

    I read the articles...they just said "slightly cooler" so I'm also wondering if the Lycaste will bloom without a temperature drop... If they won't, I think I can snuggle it up to the window in winter and that would get the temperature down to maybe 60 degrees F (testing a window right now with a thermometer...I'll know tomorrow). I'm not sure yet though.
    In Texas...an east window might be sufficient light. Especially if you supplement that window time w/some outdoor time in a bright spot when it's warm enough.

    For an east window..I wouldn't think you'd need any shading for this one.


    As for the "no direct sun"...that's more about mid day when the sun is at it's strongest. Mornings before...say 11am...and late afternoon into evening before the sun goes down is usually low enough in the sky that even low light plants like phals can handle it. Once acclimated, of course.

    I've never worried about temps w/this lycaste (or any of the ones I've grown). My lows in the winter is 58 but a friend of mine never lets her g/h get below 60 and she has grown and bloomed many lycaste very successfully.

    If you love it...give it a try. In my experience, the process of tweaking things and learning along the way is a big part of the fun. Give it as bright of a spot as you can...and be sure to follow the seasons of the plants. Good luck!

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    Great! Thanks! I'm going to try this plant out. Hmm...if the Lycaste ends up doing well, I'm curious what other orchids could do well.

    The window is pretty big...I would guess six feet by four or five feet. Since I'm on the third floor, it also is not obstructed by anything...it's really quite bright. I don't like Cattleyas (at least from what I've read about them...seem fussy and stingy with blooms) but they seem to be the "high-light" orchids, so I wonder if other orchids that like a lot of light would still bloom and be happy by the window.


    Oh and I forgot to mention, I also grow all my seedlings for planting outside on the window ledge (it's quite a large ledge). I have a light fixture over them that's on maybe 14 hours or so a day.

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