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    Has anyone here ever grown a Tricopelia ?

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    Hi there,
    I think that you might have mispelled the name of the genus. It should be spelled as "Trichopilia".

    I did post a picture of the Trichopilia tortilis in my oncidium thread. If you go back you can find it. I have at least two other trichopilia species in my GH but I have not been able to flower them yet.
    Trichopilia culture is quite similar to oncidium but I find them a bit finicky. Maybe because my GH is a bit too cool for them during the fall and winter. They like warm and the upper warm end of the intermediate temperature range (I-W). In this regard, you can cultivate them similar to phals but they can take lower temperatures than phals. They would do well in a well-drain bark/charcoal/sponge rock mix. I water and fertilize them normally just like most oncidiums.
    Cheers. Hoa.

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    Hoa, my inability to spell is not in question. It's a flat certainty. Since you have at least 500% more experience with Trichopelia than I let me ask your best guess on this. I've had it since Aug. It had no new growth so I figured it was ready for a winter rest. I have misted it a couple times a week and watered about once a month, maybe a little less. It has a spike. Would you let well enough alone and continue the dry treatment or start watering when the pot gets light?

    I should add the plant shows no sign of stress.

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    Species like to do what they want to do. Since this one is also part of the oncidium alliance, I would think providing even humidity is a good thing. If you grow this in a greenhouse then humidity is not a problem. Otherwise, I would think misting once in a while and watering every time the medium becoming dry is a very good thing, i.e. once or twice a week, depending on how fast the medium dries out. You could check the root to gauge the treatment you are giving it. If the roots remain firm, that means you do the right thing. If the roots start to die en masse, getting all soft, reverse course and even repot the plant in drier or wetter medium, or basket, or move the plant to warmer or cooler spot.
    Cheers. Hoa.

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    Default I didn't s*#@w the pooch! Yay!!

    Hoa buddy, I didn't kill the spike, and there are two more spikes rising from other p-bulbs now.

    Just imagine what it would be like to wander through a warm misty tropical island and come across this growing wild.

    It's scent is intoxicating: Somewhere between honey-suckle and the perfume I imagine every beautiful island girl is born to wear. This is one sexy flower.

    The pics color spot on.
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    That's gorgeous, Mark - congratulations on blooming it so successfully!

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