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Cryptopus elatus

This is a discussion on Cryptopus elatus within the Orchids of Other Genera IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; Very beautiful and very interesting. Amazin shape of the flower....

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    Very beautiful and very interesting. Amazin shape of the flower.

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    Eric, would you please get some growing tips/information from your friend? My plant is a NBS plant and I hope it will bloom someday.
    It is a great species and hard to find. Most of the Angraecoid nuts will pay big money for a seedling here in U.S.

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    Thank you Branka and Tom.
    Tom, I'll ask Laurent.
    Laurent told us on the french forum that there is no plant for sale in local sellers. He also told me today that he will got soon a miniature form of Cryptopus from the garden of his aunt, maybe a new undescribed species ???
    I know that the grows his plant in a shade house, just hanging by a thread. Here is the plant few years ago. Now, it is 40cm high.

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    Thanks, Eric. Please also ask your friend how tall the plant was when it bloomed the first time. My plant has a dozen of leaves, probably 20cm tall.

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    What a cool and interesting orchid, Eric. Thanks!

    cheers,
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    Thank you Bruce for your comment and the combination of the 2 threads.

    Tom, I got some informations for you :

    Laurent lives in a cool mountain area of Reunion. He told me that the cool nights lead to a slow growth of his plant. This is the 1st bloom.
    He grows it always outside in bright shade under the shade house. If it helps, the neighboring plants that bloom are Bifrenaria harrisoniae and, in the background of the 1st photo, you can see a Jumellea fragrans (Faham).
    Humidity above 70% and very good ventilation (the plant dries in 1 hour).
    In winter : 40-43°F at night sometimes less, max 68°F during the day.
    In summer : min 54°F at night, 82-86°F during the day.
    Balanced fertilizer (20.20.20) regularly.

    According to Laurent, for the flowering of yours, you will have to wait a few more leaves.

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    Superb, Eric!
    Pls., don't be shy to show us more of those rare beauties!!!

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    Eric, thank you very much and please thank Laurent for me too.

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    You're welcome, Tom.
    Thanks Ron.

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