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Tuberolabium escritorii

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    Last time, I asked some orchid collectors in Manila.
    For my first time encountering with these plants, I thought it was a Tuberolabium quisumbingii. Somebody commented (I don't know the guy), And he says it is not a Tuberolabium quisumbingii, it is a Tuberolabium woodii and he explained the general characteristics of the specimen as it differs only but its thick succulent leaves and very compact flowers. So, I now understand their differences. I do have these at home and it is very difficult to grow in lowlands whereas it needs high humidity and prefers bright light and they don't like being wet feet, they are one of the so-called "Cloud Plants of Luzon Forest" with Amesiella philippinensis, Amesiella minor, Amesiella monticola, Ceratocentron fesselii, Dendrochilum tenellum, Phalaenopsis lindenii, Dendrobium sanderae and so much of them...

    They are fascinating plants...


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    Hi Randy is it bloom for one day only? Ver ycute.

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    thanks for the info decoy....
    zain the flowers last for about 1-1.5weeks, and the fragrance is strongest during the
    hottest time of the day and then dissipates.

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    I believe that is Tuberolabium woodii.

    I have the same bunch of plants here at home. If you bought your plants from the same vendor we both frequent (the guys from Nueva Vizcaya/Santa Fe) then chances are high that those are woodii.

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    Yes I agree with you.

    Although I am having a high success rate in growing these plants - specifically the T. woodii at my place in Q.C.

    I keep most of them in their original mount when I bought them. A few others I placed in a very small plastic pot which I filled with moss. The thing though is that I keep them hanging way up high near to the plastic roofing where they can get as much light as they can, receive lots of moving air and dry out quickly. I mist/water them daily/often usually very early in the mornings.

    They are growing well. One of the plants I bought less than a year ago which was roughly 3 inches in length has now doubled in size.

    Of course growing them and flowering them is another story altogether. Well, at least I'm happy seeing that my woodii plants are growing very well. Perhaps someday I'll be lucky enough to be able to flower them .... maybe sometime when the temperature conditions become favorable for them to flower by some strange twist of nature?

    Oh by the way, regarding Phalaenopsis Lindenii (one of the cloud plants)....

    I used to buy a lot of these but I was really bad in growing them. I killed all of the plants which I bought years ago which finally convinced me that this plant wasn't for me and my climate in Q.C. wasn't for it.

    Until one day, somebody (perhaps the same person PhilsDC may be referring to) commented that the secret in growing P. Lindenii is to mount them upright specially when they are first transplanted. Most of the Lindenii I had before, I would mount them the usual way on a slab with moss with the leaves hanging down. So armed with that new-found info, I decided to give it a try.

    I bought just three plants this time just to experiment with. I mounted them the usual way but this time upright with the leaves standing upwards. Guess what the leaves never fell off and they have started to grow. Once growing well and established, I remember I was told that I could then turn them upside down. Although I haven't done this yet as I prefer to keep them upright now since I got paranoid after my past experience of killing all the Lindenii plants I bought before.

    Now I've bought more of them. Some I now planted in a small open plastic container with plenty of moss but upright and yes they are growing well sending out a lot of new roots! Hallelujiah!

    Of course, just like the Tuberolabium - growing them and flowering them is another story altogether. Hehehehe.

    Quote Originally Posted by PhilsDC View Post
    Last time, I asked some orchid collectors in Manila.
    For my first time encountering with these plants, I thought it was a Tuberolabium quisumbingii. Somebody commented (I don't know the guy), And he says it is not a Tuberolabium quisumbingii, it is a Tuberolabium woodii and he explained the general characteristics of the specimen as it differs only but its thick succulent leaves and very compact flowers. So, I now understand their differences. I do have these at home and it is very difficult to grow in lowlands whereas it needs high humidity and prefers bright light and they don't like being wet feet, they are one of the so-called "Cloud Plants of Luzon Forest" with Amesiella philippinensis, Amesiella minor, Amesiella monticola, Ceratocentron fesselii, Dendrochilum tenellum, Phalaenopsis lindenii, Dendrobium sanderae and so much of them...

    They are fascinating plants...


    DC
    Last edited by ManilaByNight; February 21st, 2010 at 06:14 PM. Reason: addenda

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    Jojo
    yes, i got my Tuberolabium from the same guys.... they even gave me a freebie
    dendrochilum tenellum....

    anyways so what i've got is woodii.... thanks good thing i havent made a label for
    it yet. Last december I've got an amesiella from them, knowing that they are
    cool loving plants, i still got them.... the good thing is that up to now
    they are doing quite well. But as you say, growing is far different from flowering them.
    We'll see come december if we'll be able to flower them....

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    @Jojo
    Good for you. You got a raising success in your Phalaenopsis lindenii. Just keep on doing those procedures I have told when I was in Lung Center early morning with the Nueva Viscaya people. If you do have growing problems with other Philippine Phalaenopsis species like Phalaenopsis pallens and Phalaenopsis bastianii, just do what you do to grow with the Phalaenopsis lindenii.

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    I have been looking to get that pallens and bastianii for a while but still haven't been
    successful. Hope ill be able to find one soon... btw, whats the logic with hanging them
    upright compared to hanging them upside down? all of my mounted phals are mounted
    upside down.

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    This would be the logic.

    As for all phalaenopsis species during the wettest season, their leaves become thicker and stores a lot of water and food. During the dry season, water and food are scarce. The older leaves shrinks and perform a mechanism for continual growth. The plant uses the available food and water stored in the leaves. The mechanism would be growing more roots and lessen leaves and later producing flowers. The roots would be the secondary factor for locating sources of nutrients around its place. Roots stretching as far as it could ensuring the normal growth of the plants and right absorption of water and nutrients from air and in situ

    When you turn leaves upright and lessen water on its media, the food stored from the leaves will convert into nutrients and passing to its stem resulting to induce roots. The leaves gently shrinks while roots are stretching and attaching to the media (dry moss or chopped Cyathea fern fiber). Do not water while the media is cool and moist or else it will get rotten.

    As roots are already in fully mature and produces plenty new strong leaves, you can have them hang in your preferred media.

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    thanks for the explaining decoy.... its quite informative.

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