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Trichoglottis species - repeat bloomers ?

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    Default Trichoglottis species - repeat bloomers ?

    The pic showing flowers is of T. brachiata aka T.phillipinensis var brachiata - (not my plant) . Note that it is flowering from a lot of nodes all at once. This is very unusual in vandaceous plants - usually they flower from the latest -highest on the stem - "ripe" node - but this species ( under different names) is often seen in pictures like this, and I have seen it on sale like this too.
    The other pics are of my young plant ( bought 6 months ago) , now starting a spike (?) quite low down. In fact above it, several nodes look as though they have flowered in the past.
    The question is , do they repeat flower from the same nodes ? ( a few things in tribe Vandaea do - e.g. Aerangis jacksonii - but not many. ) Logic says that this must be the explanation for this appearance of multiple flowers. If not the plant grows so fast as to produce all of that length of stem actually bearing flowers in a single growing season - quite an achievement ( the weeds in my cabbage patch grow that fast, but orchids ? no ...)
    The odd thing is that no-one mentions this , in all the references I can find in books and on the 'net. Yet it is such a valuable "property" that if the writers knew about this why did they not mention it ? In the other case I mention above - Aerangis jacksonii - it does get mentioned.

    So - question - what is the right explanation ?
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Size:  163.1 KBBut if my logic is wrong , how on earth can one grow it so well as to get so many nodes all ready to flower at the same time ?

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    Default Trichoglottis brachiata - repeat bloomers ?

    Again...

    The pic showing flowers is of T. brachiata aka T.phillipinensis var brachiata - (not my plant) . Note that it is flowering from a lot of nodes all at once. This is very unusual in vandaceous plants - usually they flower from the latest -highest on the stem - "ripe" node - but this species ( under different names) is often seen in pictures like this, and I have seen it on sale like this too.
    The other pics are of my young plant ( bought 6 months ago) , now starting a spike (?) quite low down. In fact above it, several nodes look as though they have flowered in the past.
    The question is , do they repeat flower from the same nodes ? ( a few things in tribe Vandaea do - e.g. Aerangis jacksonii - but not many. ) Logic says that this must be the explanation for this appearance of multiple flowers. If not the plant grows so fast as to produce all of that length of stem actually bearing flowers in a single growing season - quite an achievement ( the weeds in my cabbage patch grow that fast, but orchids ? no ...)
    The odd thing is that no-one mentions this , in all the references I can find in books and on the 'net. Yet it is such a valuable "property" that if the writers knew about this why did they not mention it ? In the other case I mention above - Aerangis jacksonii - it does get mentioned.

    So - question - what is the right explanation

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    Beautiful colour!

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    Certainly cant agree or dispute your logic here Geoff, but have made two attempts (two purchases) of this plant this year and both perished at the point of acclimatising to my environment and both deceased within this period. Acceptable to admit defeat at anytime but many vandaceous and others thrive in my gro situ! and both had visual indications of an advantage in adjusting such as green leaves and aerial roots. Furthermore as a control/ elimination measure new arrivals at similar time have had a more positive outcome. Although 'positive' can possibly be translated into 'not dead yet'.

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    This species, (Trichoglottis brachiata), can bloom from any node high or low, whether they can re-bloom in old nodes or not I do not know. Will look around.
    Jose

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    I have read a tread that the plant willonly start to flower when it's a sertain size, is it correct?

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    i had one, bounced it around between some key sweet spots in my growing space...it ended up crapping out on me... im certain it was my fault, should be easy to grow im my location...but still, i say these are a bit on the fussy side ;-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by willemjvr View Post
    I have read a tread that the plant willonly start to flower when it's a sertain size, is it correct?
    Hallo Willem!

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    Quote Originally Posted by willemjvr View Post
    I have read a tread that the plant willonly start to flower when it's a sertain size, is it correct?
    It must be true of all orchids - more or less ? Nothing different here I suppose.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dorsetman View Post
    Again...

    The pic showing flowers is of T. brachiata aka T.phillipinensis var brachiata - (not my plant) . Note that it is flowering from a lot of nodes all at once. This is very unusual in vandaceous plants - usually they flower from the latest -highest on the stem - "ripe" node - but this species ( under different names) is often seen in pictures like this, and I have seen it on sale like this too.
    The other pics are of my young plant ( bought 6 months ago) , now starting a spike (?) quite low down. In fact above it, several nodes look as though they have flowered in the past.
    The question is , do they repeat flower from the same nodes ? ( a few things in tribe Vandaea do - e.g. Aerangis jacksonii - but not many. ) Logic says that this must be the explanation for this appearance of multiple flowers. If not the plant grows so fast as to produce all of that length of stem actually bearing flowers in a single growing season - quite an achievement ( the weeds in my cabbage patch grow that fast, but orchids ? no ...)
    The odd thing is that no-one mentions this , in all the references I can find in books and on the 'net. Yet it is such a valuable "property" that if the writers knew about this why did they not mention it ? In the other case I mention above - Aerangis jacksonii - it does get mentioned.

    So - question - what is the right explanation
    I have only grown one Trichoglottis orchid, but both times it bloomed for us, it bloomed all along the plant. This would lead me to say that it is common and they do bloom again from the same nodes. Though two blooming is hardly evidence and my plant is dead now, so no further observations are possible. I hope someone with more experience with this particular orchid will chime in and answer this question.

    Cheers,
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