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I have a ghost orchid!!!

This is a discussion on I have a ghost orchid!!! within the **NOT IN BLOOM** All Genera forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; You have a nice, small clump of Polyrrhiza Lindenii growing there. I don't think it ...

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    You have a nice, small clump of Polyrrhiza Lindenii growing there. I don't think it needs totally zero air movement since this encourages rot. I mean, in nature ghost orchids grow on the side of trees in the Fakahatchee Strand Preserve around a swampy area and I don't think that there is zero air movement over there. I guess the trick is to keep the moving air to a minimum, it should be very warm and humid to keep the plant from drying out. Strong air circulation has a tendency to reduce the temperature and dry up the surrounding air.

    I used to have a small, ghost orchid thriving here in my growing area (and I'm in Manila, Philippines!) that I originally obtained from a Taiwanese grower-collector-friend from Taiwan. Our climate here is somewhat similar to Florida although I think it rains more often in Florida and the humidity is a bit higher (I was in Orlando, Florida way back in 1999 on vacation). What we have here is a wet and a dry season and during the dry season it does get hot and very sunny here (specially in lowland areas) so during the dry season I mist the growing area often. It was doing very well and slowly growing for about three months until some damned birds got into my growing/patio area and plucked the plant off its wood mount thinking it was nesting material. Super-duper Bummer indeed!

    I am expecting a new plant to arrive this week or next from a grower-friend in Florida. I was successful with my first plant but am wiser and will be more careful now - - if it wasn't for those darned birds!!!! Geesh!

    My friend told me that in captivity, the ghost orchid rarely sticks to the wood. In the wild, it grows on trees that grow out of the water, so the orchid leeches the majority of it's moisture from the wood and the air (with the occasional rain)....this causes them to stick to it. In captivity, most of it's moisture is supplied by misting or wetting, so the plant never really has to search for the water and draw it out of something else. He adds that he hasn't seen very many captive ghost orchids that have attached itself firmly to the mount....most of them kind of dangle (like an epiphytic cactus).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brutal_Dreamer View Post
    Good luck!!

    Cheers,
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    BD, what happened with yours? I read here somewhere that you have one?!

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    Jojo, thanks for all the info! I hope you have more luck this time! Orlando is over a hundred miles from where I am. I am closer to Everglades and that is what made me think I can grow one. Hope she'll be fine!

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    Quote Originally Posted by margo View Post
    BD, what happened with yours? I read here somewhere that you have one?!
    Mine is so sad. I am not sure it is even alive at this point. I will have to check on it. I am afraid it is RIP.

    Cheers,
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brutal_Dreamer View Post
    Mine is so sad. I am not sure it is even alive at this point. I will have to check on it. I am afraid it is RIP.

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    Don't cry yet! Can you imagine going to check on it and see beautiful blooms?!

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    oh goody, im sure it'll thrive in your care.

    jojo
    sorry to have learned that you've lost a ghost orchid, i've been looking around for it lately.

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    Quote Originally Posted by delphiguy View Post
    oh goody, im sure it'll thrive in your care.

    jojo
    sorry to have learned that you've lost a ghost orchid, i've been looking around for it lately.
    Randy,

    You won't find a ghost orchid locally sold here in the philippines as this is native to the florida everglades. The only way to have one is through importation from some breeder/grower in the U.S., thailand or from taiwan. It is a difficult process because our plant quarantine/customs are very strict (sometimes to a fault) when it comes to importation of plants.

    I was about to get a small flask from a grower in Thailand but someone else beat me to it. These plants are leafless and are for the advanced grower and are a bit difficult to grow. There are asian forms of ghost orchids like those that belong to the Chilochista family like C. lunifera, etc but the most popular is the one from Florida because of a book and a movie (Dendrophylax/Polyrrhiza Lindenii) but it is a protected species by the Florida game and wildlife authorities.

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    Quote Originally Posted by margo View Post
    Don't cry yet! Can you imagine going to check on it and see beautiful blooms?!
    LOL - what I imagine is a little stick with a dried up bunch of roots on it. hehe... I remember one time we were cleaning in the greenhouse and we actually threw it out the front door with a bunch of dry plant stuff. When we were leaving, I noticed the tag and thought I should throw the plastic tag in the trash since it would remain in the yard otherwise. I picked up the tag and it was tied to the little stick with the ghost orchid on it. I saw a little bit of green, so I decided to keep it a bit longer. It grew some more roots - I even photographed it and put it here on OrchidTalk somewhere. It has not bloomed for me (that I know of anyway.) This winter, we installed a new tankless water heater for the greenhouse and I saw that it had been moved from where I had been growing it. My other half thought it was not getting enough light and so moved it up with the paphs in front of the kool-cell. When I noticed it sticking up between some pots, it was pretty much toast. I hung it back under the bench, but I suspect it is ready for the compost pile.

    Cheers,
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    BD, good job with the WH. Hubby is a plumber so I know some things about it (you know how it is- he talks about plumbing, I talk about orchids...LOL) And about your ghost- I hope it's not a real ghost yet...You better go check on it! May be not blooms, but how about at least new roots?!

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    Margo,
    I used to have two of these--and I tried the cut out the bottom of the bottle trick. There's a picture of it somewhere on here--search for redneck everglades. Anyway--that ghost was a serious rotting fatality. It just got too wet. But this guy, who I purchased at the same time is doing really well--and he is just hanging there. It is hard to tell from the picture, but it really is a very shady spot--just the bottom corner of the greenhouse. The shelf it is hanging on blocks nearly all the light and nearly all of the air movement from the fans and humidifiers. So far so good anyway.

    I hope this isn't overkill--but for me, a picture is worth a thousand words.
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