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New orchids and a few questions

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    Default New orchids and a few questions

    Three new orchids, all NBS, this week, via an online vendor. They were about $8 each, and came looking quite healthy:

    Vuylstekeara Fall in Love 'Lovely Lady' AM/AOS
    Howeara Lava Burst 'Puanani' AM/AOS
    Bollopetalum Midnight Blue ‘Cardinal’s Roost’


    Pawing around, I have gleaned that the Vuyl and the Hwra are members of the Oncidium alliance (which, my daughter says, sounds like a group of ominous super-villians, but I digress). So, I assume they get care like oncidiums?

    Not sure how you abbreviate “bollopetalum”, but it seems like it is part of the Maxillaria Tribe.
    OK. Not sure why they get to be part of a tribe vs an alliance, but are they also related to Oncidiums?

    And, all three came with 4” pots with brand-new, damp spag. Maybe they ship them that way to keep them from drying out, but I am thinking they need re-potting with a coarser mix? Kinda a medium grade mix with mostly bark is what I use on most of my orchids (except my phal and paph). Sound OK??

    Oh, and at the big-box store this am, a BLC stuck in a plastic bag and starting to show a bloom sheath caught my eye, winked at me, and then jumped in my cart. The brazen orchid is now on my patio. I know new orchids should be segregated from your collection for a while to be sure they are healthy…how long is “a while”

    Thanks in advance for the help!!!

    Kathi

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    With the oncids AND the Bollopetalum, you can use a finer grade mix. Kinda match the thickness of roots to the coarsness of the bark, fine, thin roots use small bark mix, thick, coarse phal or caatt roots use large bark chunks in your mix.With the bollo, I have a bit of moss over the top of medium LECA to help slow evaporation. Grow Cardinal's Roost in higher than phal- lower than catt light, don't let it dry totally, and keep air moving and cooler than catts.

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    Thanks! I am quite excited to try these new types, and want them to be happy, so your suggestions are much appreciated!

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    Bolopetalum is a cross between Bollea and Zygopetalum. Midnight Blue has beautiful blooms, and I agree with the cultural advice Cindi gave for it. I hope it does well for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ang709 View Post
    Bolopetalum is a cross between Bollea and Zygopetalum. Midnight Blue has beautiful blooms, and I agree with the cultural advice Cindi gave for it. I hope it does well for you.
    That sounds beautiful! Good luck with the new additions!!

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    That sounds beautiful! Good luck with the new additions!!

    Cheers,
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    Can anyone out there tell me where these orchids are available in Canada? - vuylstekeara genera

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nielsen View Post
    Can anyone out there tell me where these orchids are available in Canada? - vuylstekeara genera
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    cheers,
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    Hi Kathi!; My orchids are so athletic and enthusiastic that they sometimes ship themselves from Hawaii or California all the way to my house! Happy Holidays! AL

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    Quote Originally Posted by orchidsal View Post
    Hi Kathi!; My orchids are so athletic and enthusiastic that they sometimes ship themselves from Hawaii or California all the way to my house! Happy Holidays! AL
    HA!!! That is too funny Al. You DO have some vivacious orchids!

    Merry Christmas!

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    Kathi - Lava Burst is georgeous, but rather more difficult...it has a Rodriguezia as one parent - I don't know if you are familiar with these ? twig epiphytes ; don't like being wet , hate being dry... need spraying to soak every dawn, drying out in the mid-day sun - that's what they get in nature; so difficult to replicate. I reccomend quite fine grade bark mix for these including the hybrid you have, the sort you might use for seedlings straight out of the flask. But I admit that I have been experimenting , trying two of these Lava Bursts, both in S/H one in Perlite and another using a baked clay material in the form of little balls - like large garden peasin the hope of doing better - if you google around you can find a pic of a Lava Burst with 8 spikes - like a firework going off- amazing - which set me off on my experiments..... Both of mine are still alive, maybe 8 or 10 weeks since I started, ( and with some of these difficult things that would count as a good start ! - but a new growth on one has stalled...
    But worth persisting.
    Good luck.
    BTW I looked up the Bollopetalum - it is more than 3/4 zygopetalum , so if you can/have grown those, I would do the same with this.

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