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Rhynchostylis retusa (formerly posted as gigantea)

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    Default Rhynchostylis retusa (formerly posted as gigantea)

    I can't take credit for the blooms because I just bought this as a consolation for losing the 3 new growth of my Dendrobium and because the price for a packet of rooting hormone is the same as the price I paid for this baby. I just wish that the spots and lip is really as blue as it shows in the pic. In reality, its purple:tongue .

    If anyone thinks that this is not Rhy. gigantea, please I would like to hear your opinions. It will be much appreciated, thanks.

    The blue color is not my doing, its the camera doing its tricks .
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    That looks more like a Rhynchostylis retusa, as opposed to a gigantea. Blooming season is wrong, too...gigantea blooms mid-winter while retusa blooms early summer.

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    Ah... so the tag is wrong yet again! Thanks, Prem .

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    Very pretty ! Glad you got it . Thanks for sharing it . Gin

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    Quote Originally Posted by prem
    That looks more like a Rhynchostylis retusa, as opposed to a gigantea. Blooming season is wrong, too...gigantea blooms mid-winter while retusa blooms early summer.

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    I keep coming back to this post and the same question keep popping up in my mind. How long does a Rhynchostylis bloom lasts? Looking at the plant I bought, some of the flowers are already spent and fallen off. That is the reason why I got it for cheap.

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    Can't answer any of your questions, but I really like the look of it. It's a keeper, even if the blooms are short-lived. Would you mind posting a pic. of the foliage? Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mde
    Can't answer any of your questions, but I really like the look of it. It's a keeper, even if the blooms are short-lived. Would you mind posting a pic. of the foliage? Thanks!

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    My two Rhynchostylis:

    First pic is the one I bought yesterday. Leaves narrow and no faint yellow striping. Fragrance is also different (can't describe it but its not the nice citrusy smell that I like, actually, it makes me gag).

    Second pic is the one I bought last December . Its still in the bag and still no roots. The only progress that it made is one sloooow growing leaf.
    Leaves have the familiar striping and they are broader. This one too has flowers when I bought it and the fragrance was a nice citrusy smell.

    Now I really need some help, please. How many varieties of Rhy. retusa are there? Can't find much any answer from google.
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    OK.... I did some reading and found out that I may have 2 species of Rhynchostylis. One is retusa and the other one is gigantea (now if only the other one will grow roots...).

    Thank you all!!







    I also found out the meaning of retusa...retuse....I learn something new everyday

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    your gigantea will likely eventually grow roots. One thing you might try is mixing up a batch of SuperThrive in water...just a few drops in a cup of water and let the stem of the plant soak in this for a day or so. SuperThrive contains a rooting hormone that may induce roots. I have an alba gigantea that lost the greater part of the plant to a stem rot...I was just able to save the rootless top of the plant. It eventually produced a new root after a year of going rootless (during spring/summer/fall it was left outside in the Florida weather, so it got some moisture just through dew and such). Unfortunately as the plant started rooting more and taking off, it got a case of crown rot and lost the tip. Now, it has started a basal growth, which will hopefully become the new plant...I don't surmise seeing blooms from it for 3-5 years.

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