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My Bulbophyllum collection

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    I wish I can grow them all unfortunately very difficult to blooms here well done Natali I really enjoy your plants....awesome.

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    Amazing collection, Natali. I've got a few bulbos but have not manage to get them to flower - any tips given your vast experience with this species?

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    Nor do I have any in my collection, for obvious reasons, previously stated :-(. Nataliwind, are you saying you grow those exclusively and nothing else? You certainly are the person I need to talk to then, as you apparently have great success! AWESOME plants & pics!

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    Quote Originally Posted by zainal abidin View Post
    I wish I can grow them all unfortunately very difficult to blooms here well done Natali I really enjoy your plants....awesome.
    Zain, I can say the same about you!!! You grow so many fantastic species in your growing area which would never grow so successful in my conditions. Thank you, dear friend. It is always a pleasure to communicate with you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eeyore View Post
    Amazing collection, Natali. I've got a few bulbos but have not manage to get them to flower - any tips given your vast experience with this species?
    Thank you! I don't know what to say. It is very simple: I grow the species which are heat tolerant and will survive in my outdoor conditions. I learned a lot from Bill Thoms, a wonderful grower of Bulbophyllums and my orchid society fellow. Give your Bulbos enough humidity, food and air circulation, and they will flower for you. Good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by citywildcat View Post
    Nor do I have any in my collection, for obvious reasons, previously stated :-(. Nataliwind, are you saying you grow those exclusively and nothing else? You certainly are the person I need to talk to then, as you apparently have great success! AWESOME plants & pics!
    Hi! Thank you for your words!
    I grow Bulbophyllums, Cattleyas, Dendrobiums, Catasetums and some other genera. Everything which is heat tolerant and will survive in my conditions. This is the secret!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nataliwind View Post
    Zain, I can say the same about you!!! You grow so many fantastic species in your growing area which would never grow so successful in my conditions. Thank you, dear friend. It is always a pleasure to communicate with you.

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    Thank you! I don't know what to say. It is very simple: I grow the species which are heat tolerant and will survive in my outdoor conditions. I learned a lot from Bill Thoms, a wonderful grower of Bulbophyllums and my orchid society fellow. Give your Bulbos enough humidity, food and air circulation, and they will flower for you. Good luck!

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    Hi! Thank you for your words!
    I grow Bulbophyllums, Cattleyas, Dendrobiums, Catasetums and some other genera. Everything which is heat tolerant and will survive in my conditions. This is the secret!
    Ahhh....so that's where I went wrong. I tend to start at the other end - make conditions for the plant I want to grow, seriously, I try to stick with what will grow in my little greenhouse. For example, I wanted to buy an orchid (starts with the letter 'a') but when I found out it MUST have night temperatures of 60° or less, I abandoned all ideas of purchasing one. (I learned my lesson from when I used to grow many years ago. I had about 60-75, maybe more, growing under lights, trying to make everything work....DUMB idea..but I DID learn to buy only those that can POSSIBLY thrive WITHOUT making too many adjustments to what's already there. I'm NOT going to turn my thermostat down to 58-60 at night for the sake of a PLANT! (Yeah, it took me way too long to accept the idea that I can't grow certain things/have that stubborn/strong-willed Italian streak, like my mom did. That CAN help you in life, sometimes but is more of a hindrance :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nataliwind View Post
    Zain, I can say the same about you!!! You grow so many fantastic species in your growing area which would never grow so successful in my conditions. Thank you, dear friend. It is always a pleasure to communicate with you.

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    Thank you! I don't know what to say. It is very simple: I grow the species which are heat tolerant and will survive in my outdoor conditions. I learned a lot from Bill Thoms, a wonderful grower of Bulbophyllums and my orchid society fellow. Give your Bulbos enough humidity, food and air circulation, and they will flower for you. Good luck!

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    Hi! Thank you for your words!
    I grow Bulbophyllums, Cattleyas, Dendrobiums, Catasetums and some other genera. Everything which is heat tolerant and will survive in my conditions. This is the secret!
    Natal, all the ones you mentioned (except Catts) DO NOT do well for me. And forget anything deciduous (even though I read an article that said deciduous orchids are good starters for newbie growers/same w/the "leafless" orchids. I wish I had your patience AND experience!

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    Quote Originally Posted by citywildcat View Post
    Ahhh....so that's where I went wrong. I tend to start at the other end - make conditions for the plant I want to grow, seriously, I try to stick with what will grow in my little greenhouse.
    Natal, all the ones you mentioned (except Catts) DO NOT do well for me. And forget anything deciduous (even though I read an article that said deciduous orchids are good starters for newbie growers/same w/the "leafless" orchids. I wish I had your patience AND experience!
    Well, I tried it, too, but most of my experiments did not succeed. I purchased Draculas twice. They were doing fabulous in winter but died with beginning of the hot and humid season. I tried another cool growing orchids but they did not survive, either.
    Well, I cannot call myself a patient person (ask my husband!! ). What about experience, we all start without it. I remember how one of my in-fine-groshery-store-bought Dendrobiums dropped all its leaves after three months of blooming and I was looking for information online... I thought it was the end of the world! it was almost eight years ago. What is interesting, all three are still alive

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    NATALI, delete my quote of fault when summer came because that's not what you said. You actually said, ".... beginning of the hot and humid season....". I don't like to misquote someone....sorry!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nataliwind View Post
    Well, I tried it, too, but most of my experiments did not succeed. I purchased Draculas twice. They were doing fabulous in winter but died with beginning of the hot and humid season. I tried another cool growing orchids but they did not survive, either.
    Well, I cannot call myself a patient person (ask my husband!! ). What about experience, we all start without it. I remember how one of my in-fine-groshery-store-bought Dendrobiums dropped all its leaves after three months of blooming and I was looking for information online... I thought it was the end of the world! it was almost eight years ago. What is interesting, all three are still alive
    NATALI, a light bulb just went on in my head I currently have a few plants that are "struggling" (different from being "on their way out"). When you said, "... beginning of the hot and humid season...", it made me realize that some of my cooler growers are becoming intolerant of the temperatures over 75° - 78°. I never considered that factor until you just said that. I did move them to a place where they got more breeze on them than they did in the winter, thinking that would be enough to get them through the summer (NOT TRUE/some are droopy, some have "crispy" tips, etc.). I guess if it says 72° is the high end, that's exactly what it means! (Not more air, more water, etc., LOL). I MUST ADDRESS ZAIN TOO: thank you for your comments about the Bulboplyllums/requirements. I wrote them down. Assuming that is what they need, I'll try another, keeping your advice in mind.....thank you so much!

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    Quote Originally Posted by citywildcat View Post
    NATALI, delete my quote of fault when summer came because that's not what you said. You actually said, ".... beginning of the hot and humid season....". I don't like to misquote someone....sorry!
    Sorry, I don't understand what you want me to delete. Please let me know, and I will fix it.
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    I simply cannot wait!
    Bulb.lobbii var. giant. I never heard about such variety before. I've purchased the plant at 2013 Redland Festival. First bloom



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    I've not see this variety of lobbii before too. Looking forward to seeing pictures of it. Please post measurements of the flower for comparison.

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