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This is a discussion on Bollea coelestis within the Orchids of Other Genera IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; Beautiful!...
What stunning color on this orchid, Lars! Really something!!
Well done. I don't find Bollea easy !
Wow!!! Not only a stunning orchid, but an absolutely beautiful photo! I have to say, it quite scares me when just moving an orchid a bit can kill 2 buds of what looks like an incredibly healthy specimen. Still, I'm truly inspired!
Wow - this has such vivid colors on it!
wow loved the colors on this one...
Incredible colors on this bloom. I just purchased a Bollea coelestis a couple weeks ago -- I hope I am as successful as you in growing and blooming.
Good luck. Seems the plants like similar conditions to Cyrtochilum, but slightly warmer. I have read somewhere that plants do not like to be grown in pots and bark and they hate root disturbance. Apparently growers successfully grow them on rafts of sphagnum. Well, mine grows in a pot. The key seems to be moisture, without the roots staying soggy. In my growing conditions I can achieve this through a mixture of CHC, styrofoam chips, epiweb and perlite. Making sure that I only use a little CHC at the bottom of the pot and more towards the top. CHC does have the advantage that you can leave plants in the same substrate for a few years as it does not break down quickly, retains moisture while keeping roots airy. However too much CHC, will keep the substrate too wet for most plants.I hope I am as successful as you in growing and blooming.