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Psygmorchis pusilla-longevity?

This is a discussion on Psygmorchis pusilla-longevity? within the Genus Specific forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Ed, If you don't mind what was the approximate temperature and light level that your ...

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    Ed,
    If you don't mind what was the approximate temperature and light level that your orchid was cultured at? I am trying to provide it with the right temperatures here as it winter even in the south in the US.

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    I am going to be reading up as I can on how to deflask it eventually. I saw that most people mount them but a few have chosen potting. Will have to research it further and see what most people do in my area.

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    Sorry I'm late with this post Traci. I don't do anything special I keep it in the living room all the time so it's warm during the day and fairly cold at night but with plenty of light shade. Best pic I could take it still being in the jar.

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    No problem Ed. Thank you for the response. Yours looks very nice and green. Mine is currently near a window right now so hopefully the flowers will continue to develop.

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    I have been reading upon this species alot recently and even have managed to contact a couple people who cultivate them for sale. It's a stoborn little plant.

    Psygmorchis pusilla

    Exspected life is 4 to 6 years (I could not find evidence of claims of older plants, I suspect self propigation with a seed or two on the roots)

    Propigation is by seed, I have not found any evedence of a kaikie from this species. What I have found is reports that multiple plants seem to huddle together intertwining their roots but none had shown a ryzone or other connection between individual plants in wild collected or domestic. It's not to say that it can't happen, it's a common trait among orchids to put off kaikies, but this species seems to have other ideas about that. But flashing seeds seems to have a good success rate and with an average max age of 5 they mature to bloom size fast... 1 to 1.5 years from what I have found.

    I have not learned what their preferred polinater is in the wild. I also have not learned how to hand polinate this one (that wasn't revealed in my limited talks with people who flask them).

    They love to be mounted, they grow on sticks and twigs in the wild. Sometimes walls with fine cracks and a bit of moss. If potted they do best in a little vlay thumb pot with little to no medium that drys quickly but allows for regular (daily, morning to imatate due and regular showers) waterings. They grow on the windy side and are use to being drenched almost daily then quickly dried in the constant breeze\winds.

    That's what I have for Psygmorchis pusilla. Hope it helps and if you have more I do I would love to get more facts on this little plant.


    On a side note,
    Venus fly traps are the opposite of orchids. They are trestrial bog plants that should never dry out. They prefer to live in spagnum or a spagnum Coco husk mix. The pot then should be kept in about .5 to 1 in of water depending on the pot size.
    Oh... And they live outside in Alaska so not tropical in 95% of the cases. In fact they live all over the US in bogs and wetlands. So they make a great porch plant that survives freezing winters.... ---- vendor information removed -see faqs on posting----


    Hope this all helps.
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    I hanks Fivel. This does help. I have tried to grow this plant twice and after doing well for a few months the plant slowly went downhill and died. I decided to focus on a few other species for now and the. Come back to this orchid in a year or two.

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    My pusilla. Temperature 22-25 degrees, humidity 70%,
    too much light. growth paludaria.
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    Healthy little orchid! How long have you had it?

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    about 7 months

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