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Odontoglossum crocidipterum

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    Hi all,

    I'm planning to buy Odm. crocidipterum this week-end - but it's hard to find any information bout this plant on the web or here on the forums. Why is this? Is it so rare?
    I've never had an Odm., so should I simply keep it as is suggested for other Odms or are there any differences between the species?
    When they say I should lower the amount of fertilizer during winter, should I use RO water then, or do they still need some amount of nutrition? (I'm so happy I don't have to care for such things with my phals )

    Any other recommendations on how to deal with it? I just want to get it so much because I really, really fell in love with the flowers lately..

    I'm sorry if this are stupid questions that have already been answered a hundred times - I could not find much useful information when I searched a bit.

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    It is a cool to cold growing species therefore one that most can not handle in their warm to intermediate temperature growing conditions. Yes, I would use RO water and on a regular fertilization program with less fertilizer during the non growth, low light season but that is true regarding any orchid that is not in a growth phase. Just keep it in a lower light situation and on the cool side. It is a fine root plant so don't let it go bone dry.

    It is a stunning species...good luck with it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ron-NY View Post
    It is a cool to cold growing species therefore one that most can not handle in their warm to intermediate temperature growing conditions. Yes, I would use RO water and on a regular fertilization program with less fertilizer during the non growth, low light season but that is true regarding any orchid that is not in a growth phase. Just keep it in a lower light situation and on the cool side. It is a fine root plant so don't let it go bone dry.

    It is a stunning species...good luck with it!
    Thanks Ron! It is so good to have you back with us on the forum. I learn so much from your postings.

    Cheers,
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    I am always happy to share info. That is, in my opinion, what forums are truly about.

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    I just looked it up--absolutely beautiful! Good luck with it!

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    Thank you so much, Ron, I'll try to follow your advise. I only have one cool place where I could put it, which is a north-facing window. I hope the light level is still high enough there? Temperatures are about 50F there, day and night. All other windows have much higher temperatures of at least 60F.

    It's good that you mention not to let it get too dry... I had planned to let it be rather dry during the cold winter, but I'll have an eye on that now, to find the right balance between under- and overwatering.


    Thanks, Kathi, I hope everything will work well.

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    So, here it is. I got one in bud. They also had some in flower, but you never know how old they are already.



    This is what the flowering ones looked like:


    The plant is potted in some sort of stone material - is this what is used for this species? Should I leave it in there?


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    You may want to tip some of the stone out to check to see what might be underneath it. The pot may be filled with stone, or it may be covering moss or bark chips.

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    The pot is completely filled with stone. I already checked that at the nursery because I wanted to see what the roots looked like.

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