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Stanhopea wardii

This is a discussion on Stanhopea wardii within the Orchids of Other Genera IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; This is Stanhopea wardii: it has the MOST INCREDIBLE AND PLEASANT scent. Smells of dark ...

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    Default Stanhopea wardii

    This is Stanhopea wardii: it has the MOST INCREDIBLE AND PLEASANT scent. Smells of dark chocoloate with a hint of pepper and cinnamon. And the scent hits you when you go into the greenhouse it is so strong.

    One of my favourite orchids!
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    very unique!
    i like your scent discription...lol

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    You describe the fragrance so well. Our wardii should be gettting ready to put out some buds soon. If possible, would you post a photo of the plant as well. Our Stanhopea wardii always looks terrible and I am not really sure why. It is the only stanhopea we have whose leaves get so ugly. The others seem happy and the hybrids go crazy for us. I would just like to see how your plants looks and if you don't mind, how you care for it Light, water, fertilizer, temperature, humidity, etc? Thanks so much.

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    Beautiful and that scent sounds wonderful.

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    If possible, would you post a photo of the plant as well.
    Will do

    It is the only stanhopea we have whose leaves get so ugly. The others seem happy and the hybrids go crazy for us.
    Maybe your wardii has a disease?

    I would just like to see how your plants looks and if you don't mind, how you care for it Light, water, fertilizer, temperature, humidity, etc?
    I used to grow all my Stanhopeas in baskets in a mix of spaghnum and perlite. But I always had problems in the winter and sometimes in summer when we have bad weather: when in a rush I hose all the plants down, which can mean that the substrate stays too soggy for too long. Also don't always have RO or rainwater. So I decided to try an experiment with S tigrina and moved them into baskets made from epiweb with a mix of epiweb cubes, CHC, bark and styrofoam chips. The plants love it and grow roots and shoots like mad.

    I also grow the plants close to the greenhouse roof, which gets a lot of dappled sunshine (you do need to harden the plants though, otherwise you get sunburn). I water mainly with rainwater and RO water (when I can) and use a light fertilizer mix with every watering, and Epsom salts every 6 weeks or so (a watering without fertilizer before and after). I have intermediate to warm conditions in the greenhouse. When the weather is hot, I water every other day, otherwise every 3-4 days. And I have a hydrofogger, which is on 80% for a few hours during the hot part of the day (and at less humidity and onlky on for a couple of hours in winter).

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    Thanks, Lars. I suspect, and always have that the problem with the leaves of our wardii is that the plant drys out too much. It is such a large plant, we haven't tried to repot it. It also has been hanging in the same place for almost 13 years. The greenhouse gets very hot here and it is the only stanhopea we have hanging that high. It grows next to the cattleyas. I will move it down and closer to the koolcel to lower the temp and increase the humidity. I should have done this already, but it will take some effort to make a space for it. I appreciate your response.

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    Somebody pointed out to me this could be S jenischiana

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    @BD: I finally managed to get round to take a picture of the plant. Since then the 2nd flower stalk opened, so I thought I'd add some more pics
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