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a peek at a beauty

This is a discussion on a peek at a beauty within the Orchids of Other Genera IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; I am a bit of a proud papa on this one...it is not an easy ...

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    I am a bit of a proud papa on this one...it is not an easy species to culture. I did not do perfectly but I got it to bloom. This one is a hybrid but I didn't mark down the cross when i took the pic. I am not sure if I really want to tell what lengths I went to to get this to survive and bloom...you may think I am an absolute nut...but I do love a challenge It is a Disa



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    Wow, that's spectacular. What is it? Fragrance? Do tell us all the sordid details of your getting it to bloom. I could use a good chuckle today.

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    Nice one, Ron. With that bild up, you have to spill the details now.

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    I think this one is a disa very beautiful hybrids and colors very striking and the column to me look like alien holding cradle .. scary...

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    dah....yes it is a Disa hybrid...the red arms, "holding the cradle" are actually the petals. These orchids are from Table Top Mountain in South Africa. They can take some daytime heat as long as their roots stay cool and they want cool to cold nights. I planted them in moss, in plastic pots and had them in a rack in the deep tray. I modified a deep tray to hold water and slowly release it. The tray was placed in strong Catt light but in front of a greenhouse exhaust fan. The tray was filled with rainwater on most days to just below the levels of the pot rims, it took about close to an hour for the water to drain from the tray. They were never watered from overhead and I did not fertilize. It is similat to a Ebb/flow system but filled manually

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    This is a beautiful bloom, I really like Disas and have read of people who grow them on "flow tables" similar to what you are describing, Ron. Was this little beauty a test plant and now that you successfully bloomed it, you will start a Disa collection?

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    I purchased a few...all hybrids and am giving them a try...they were from a display at a show...got them reasonably and thought I would try. So far growth has been good and roots look good but this is the first to spike.

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    This is just beautiful...and obviously not for your faint at heart! I was interested in learning more about this genus and found this picture (Disa uniflora) which is similar but not the same....didn't find much on culture. Not that I'd attempt what you've done....that's 'cause I'm 1st in line of those faint at heart people!!!!!
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    I would have preferred a species but my only choice was a couple of hybrids

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ron-NY View Post
    dah....yes it is a Disa hybrid...the red arms, "holding the cradle" are actually the petals. These orchids are from Table Top Mountain in South Africa. They can take some daytime heat as long as their roots stay cool and they want cool to cold nights. I planted them in moss, in plastic pots and had them in a rack in the deep tray. I modified a deep tray to hold water and slowly release it. The tray was placed in strong Catt light but in front of a greenhouse exhaust fan. The tray was filled with rainwater on most days to just below the levels of the pot rims, it took about close to an hour for the water to drain from the tray. They were never watered from overhead and I did not fertilize. It is similat to a Ebb/flow system but filled manually
    You are very lucky Ron. I cant grow in my country the climate here are very very hot. Well done with your modified technique.Thank for explanation.

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