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Sophronitis cernua x sibling

This is a discussion on Sophronitis cernua x sibling within the Orchids of Other Genera IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; While taking Maura to get part of her Christmas present at a specialty nursery, I ...

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    Default Sophronitis cernua x sibling

    While taking Maura to get part of her Christmas present at a specialty nursery, I ended up joining in the fun and bought five miniatures for myself. I had intended on getting only easy to grow species as I am new to orchid culture, but ended up with this Sophronitis, which I understand is anything but easy to grow. Below is a picture of the blooms that are beautiful right now. Take a good look as it may never bloom again, if it lives at all.

    Oh well, it was a fun trip and Maura got some one of a kind plants and the entire trip was a great outing.

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    If anyone has any tips on how to grow and keep this little thing alive, I would appreciate the input. Thanks

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    Lovely color! Can't help you with the culture, Phillip, as I have never grown this one. However, those folks I have known who did, didn't find it all that challenging. All of them grew theirs mounted -- that I do remember.

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    Thanks Pavel, maybe it will be easier to grow than I have read. It is mounted in case you couldn't tell from the photo. I took the shot with my micro Nikkor so it shows up larger than it really is. The over-all length of the plant is only about 2.5 to 3 inches. I bought a few other mini's, but they aren't in bloom now, but I may post them in the "Not in Bloom" thread soon. I am branching out from Angreacums to the mini's and really like them. They are all mounted so it takes regular dunkings and mistings to keep them damp, but sitting here recovering from pnemonia, what else do I have to do?


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    These sophro's are traditionally supposed to be cool growing ( In England, cool means a winter night temperature of say 10 degrees , day always a bit higher, and of course summer higher than winter ; but it also means " don't like it hot" - over say 25 ). However a good grower in another forum I visit occasionally, who grows warm plants - add 10 degrees to all those figures above - has recently shown some very plants , so I I have reason to doubt the traditional advice.
    I think the main problem with them is that they are small plants with a very small root system which is easily kept too wet , with dire results. I would say keep to the misting but go easy on the dunking . I paid through the nose for a piece of another of the sophro's in the summer, and have kept it alice since, and maybe its even starting twoi growths, doing just this.
    Good luck with it !

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    Phillip: Nice to hear from you again! Nice plant. Minis are a challenge but also a big reward when they bloom. I've always been attracted to the and have a few.
    Good Luck and again nice to hear from you.
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    Philip, from what I understand, Sophronitis cernua likes conditions a bit warmer than most other Sophs. So, I would say intermediate to warm, not cool conditions for your new mini. Keep the humidity 50% or a bit higher, if possible. In warm weather, I would think a dunking every day shouldn't be too much. Good luck with this great mini. I tried a small flask last year, but they were so tiny, I was unable to raise any, but I will be trying a mature plant soon.
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    I've been on a hunt for one...yours is gorgeous! And now that I see everyone's advice to you, i'm going to look again! lol Sounds like it needs to be on a shelf around here. I like how many can fit hanging off a shelf.

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    new to my eyes, thanks Phillip

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    Quote Originally Posted by otis226 View Post
    Philip, from what I understand, Sophronitis cernua likes conditions a bit warmer than most other Sophs.
    Yes, cernua is not a cool Sophronitis species.
    I grow mine in intermediate/warm conditions. It is at the top of the GH in bright light, all year long. Better grown mounted or in hanging basket. Mine is in a basket with sphagnum. The roots must dry between 2 waterings. It blooms every year between late October and January.
    Beautiful miniature.

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    I can see and understand your interest in miniatures Phillip and I will have to purchase a few more of these neat orchids such as the one you posted here. AL

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