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Rhynchostylis gigantea var.red

This is a discussion on Rhynchostylis gigantea var.red within the Orchids of Other Genera IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; Gorgeous, Lynn!!! I wish I could find one this size. Mine are all small but ...

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    Gorgeous, Lynn!!! I wish I could find one this size. Mine are all small but all of them are spiking. Recently, I have seen a lot of giganteas in our local nurseries.

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    Sawasdee ka Kitty ^_^, sooooooo nice to see u here. My nick name is Lynn ka....

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    @Bob, if you want them to fit on the windowsill space, you may grow them from small size (e.g.less then 3 years plant, the bigger plant is so hard to repot for me), and you can put both your plant & their plastic baskets in something that can hold it and placed on the flatted table, like the ceramic vase (I saw someone also put Vanda in vase & place it on the table, just like with Phal orchids). When you've done that when they were young, the new born roots can find their place around within the vase, and finally can hold the plant up straight. When I repot them in whatever way, I also fertilize them with the root stimulator-spray with water (I don't know what to call that thing in English specific name, but the brand I use is made in the USA, labeled with the letter B-1on the blue gallon, you might know it better). That way the new roots will born quickly, esp. in rainy season or spring, summer but except in the dry winter and start to working in holding your plant up in your vase (this's also up to your area's climate, but regularly, the roots born well with moisture in the air, but be careful not to get them that wet all the time.)
    But if you have the place to hang them in your windowsill area, you can hang them, too. Sometimes we put them on the piece of wood & hang them instead of plastic basket, that way of setting can feel more natural, too.

    Best ideas for me is find more space for them (and for your other orchids, too, that way you can have them all ^_^)

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    @Bruce, oh! you have just everything about orchids, don't you? This is my orchid life beginning genus (with Rhy retusa), I love them and they're the first & main portion in my collection. Recently, the other genus I also begin to addict to is Paphiopedilum, but I'm now collecting them, don't have that many yet ^^, I also like the Bulbophylum, and Phal. For Phal, I wish to have them decorate in living room or some corner of the house, I rather like them that way, the long spikes bending with those white or pinky flowers set on the black or brown ceramic vases, have them as the decoration is another enjoyable way to watch them, too. The big colorful Cattleya is my favourite, too, but I'm real beginner to them, haha. Cattleya is also my wish list item when I'll move to the new place, I told my bf that I need the large space for my own idea garden, now I'm thinking of building the deck up within the area and the 1st & 2nd floor turned to garden & resting space, so I can have place for afternoon tea time & watching sunset & lying at night to watch the stars on the sky. (We'll move out of Bangkok city area where we live, so we just want to make life more engaged with nature ^^), so that time I'll come up with more species I'm interested to, but I really have to plan for that, I just want to keep the area tidy & well-ordered always.

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    Thank you Mr.Yew, I'm sure you can grow them soooo well, so they'll flower every year and get bigger size & spikes.
    When they bloom, you can enjoy their fragrance,too.
    It's not that normal to buy the big size here too, but many in my collections, I & my bf bought them in middle size, and grow them continuously, they also become bigger each year with better shape spikes & flower, too. I just came up with that unexpected opportunity on the visit to the garden we occasionally be there as the customer haha, my bf saw this and asked the owner if he will sell it, and luckily he did....quite a work of convince & a little bargain, too, but I'm glad we bought it, I still like the traditional red color, esp.when the sunlight over the petals, the color is just wonderful, not all can be recorded in camera lens like what we really see how they are. : )

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    Wow!! This so amazing!! The spikes are so bushy like foxtail. Thanks for sharing .

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    Mazlan, I love that word "bushy foxtails"!!!

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    WOWWWW...thats a big plant and lots of spikes =) ... I have a regular gigantea that is about half ur size and it blooms (well was blooming for first time) this year and try to produce 3 spikes from fall through winter all got aborted. =( =( =( I grow it warm year round.... hopefully next winter the spike will not abort.

    Do the 'Red' ones like warmer or cooler than those regular form with pale pink spots??

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    Very healthy plant and awesome inflorescences !

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    Quote Originally Posted by wonderlen View Post
    WOWWWW...thats a big plant and lots of spikes =) ... I have a regular gigantea that is about half ur size and it blooms (well was blooming for first time) this year and try to produce 3 spikes from fall through winter all got aborted. =( =( =( I grow it warm year round.... hopefully next winter the spike will not abort.

    Do the 'Red' ones like warmer or cooler than those regular form with pale pink spots??
    To be honest, I still don't find the exactly technical explaination to those situations you've been with, because, this happens to me, too! I got many plants of Rhy gigantea, and after few years of self experience, (my own opinion) if the plant stays healthy in quite consistant moisture humid & temperature all year round with appropriate fertilizer, and no insects bothering them at the time they start their tiny buds/spikes until blooming, they should not abort.

    About the temp, as I said consistant, I mean not too freezing or not too heating, but the change in temperature, let's say from spring to summer to autumn and to winter is o.k. and usual for them, IF they stay indoor, not outdoor in your country(I suppose you must have freezing winter), that should be no problem with it.

    In Thailand, the beautiful spikes I saw (all colors) come in the winter (start from Oct, and bloom in Dec-Jan), when the temperature drops from daytime during the night & morning dawn, this happens with all colors variety of Rhy gigantea, but please note that our winter is not that freezing. We have average 20-30 C daytime temp.all year round, but in winter, northern Thailand or Bangkok areas have lower temp, e.g. daytime of 10-20 C in Northern Thailand and 20-25 C in Bangkok and at night the temp can drop to below 10C in some parts, but mostly just nearly 10-15 C in the North & and about 15-20 in Bangkok. But regardless of the temperature range, we can grow Rhy gigantea almost everywhere here, so as long as it's not that freezing in winter they should be alright.

    What I'm trying to say is all colors Rhy gigantea have the same habit about temperature. They start their spikes when there's some drop temperuture compare to the regular temperature, that's why we commonly hear people say sth like "oh! the winter is coming now and the Rhy gigantea orchids just start their spikes"

    I think the key factors are to let them be in healthy stage & gradually adapt to the environment they live. If they do not full bloom this year, but be able to adapt to the surroundings, next year should provide more flowerish spikes.

    Hope that'll be little help for you

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