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This is a discussion on Stanhopea tigrina within the New Growers: Ask the Senior Members forums, part of the New Growers category; ...
The agronomy institute from my city (wich is my working place too) ownes a greenhouse (for teaching purposes) wich I recently visited. To my surprise, they have quite a large collection of Stanhopea (7 baskets), wich is quite a rarity here in Romania, and the ladies that work there were very nice and offered me a few pbulbs, if I wanted. I was wondering about the growing conditions for Stanhopea tigrina, because I really want one and I don't know about the care of this orchid. I know it comes from Mexico, and that it stands temps as low as 12° C, but that's about it. And also, I live in a temperate climate zone, with winter temps going down to -15° C, and summer temps up to 30° C so do you think I could grow it outside of a greenhouse (outdoors in the summer, indoors in the winter)? Any care advises, tips and instructions will be highly appreciated. Thanks in advance.
Thanks Bruce. I found a few sites about this orchid, and turns out it isn't that hard to grow.
What a coincidence. I just purchased a division of this one about 10 days ago. I'm hoping for blooms this summer. Neat!
That's cool Mitch. I'll bring mine home next week. Can't wait!!
WOW! That is really beautiful! I'm very happy for you, Gabi...Betty :-)
Finally I got my stanhopea. It is huge, has about 40 pseudobulbs, and I had to change it's medium, because it was very old, also the basket was broken. I also recieved a paph, as a bonus. I'm keeping the stanhopea in a plastic basket, untill I'll make a better one, out of wood. Here are some pictures of it just after repotting.
And also of the paph.
For repotting the stanhopea I used a substrate composed of medium sized bark and Styromull (expanded polystyrene flakes), made in Germany. Is this ok for this species? I hate sphag, so I try to stay away from it.
That was what I was going to tell you about, the medium looks very fine and too much water retensive. I have planted mine in charcoal and coconut husk. Mine are doing fine even in India.
I always fit the size of the bark with the thickness of the roots (for epiphytes), so I thought it would be a good choice (plus that it is hard to find a good substrate here in Romania). Anyways, I know how to handle bark, and this one is in very good shape, so it dries quicker.