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Stanhopea tigrina

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    Default Stanhopea tigrina

    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.
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    Great looking blooms on stanhopea tigrina. Here is a link that might help a bit. IOSPE PHOTOS

    I did a search here too and it seems a few different folks have this orchid. Here is a great thread with some pretty photos of the blooms for reference. Stanhopea tigrina in bloom

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    Thanks Bruce. I found a few sites about this orchid, and turns out it isn't that hard to grow.

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    What a coincidence. I just purchased a division of this one about 10 days ago. I'm hoping for blooms this summer. Neat!

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    That's cool Mitch. I'll bring mine home next week. Can't wait!!

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    WOW! That is really beautiful! I'm very happy for you, Gabi...Betty :-)

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    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.
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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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