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Clowesia Rebecca Northen 'pink grapefruit'

This is a discussion on Clowesia Rebecca Northen 'pink grapefruit' within the Orchids of Other Genera IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; WOW...great plant you have there En Zainal, love the bulb in the first pic. full ...

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    WOW...great plant you have there En Zainal, love the bulb in the first pic. full of vigor

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    Al, some catasetinae bloom during the active growth phase if I'm not mistaken. They are an interesting bunch for sure. I'll try to find a couple of links that were posted for me and send them to you.

    Zain...lovely plant! I wish I had an environment that would allow me to grow one of these mounted!
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    Thank you both for your updated posts. Ive been waiting patiently for you to respond, Jason. .......perfect timing tho on the update. My Clowesia has started 2 inch growths and roots. For the winter I used some advice and took them out of the medium> i just potted them up recently once i saw the new growth coming. Two of them are in bark and one of them in clay pellets. This is the point where im not sure tho. Im afraid to water because i dont want to kill the roots as i normally do. They are at the same stage as the picture jason recently posted. What stage is the best to start watering without getting rot? Would you start to water at the stage of your first picture , Zain? My humidity is low at times and i mist everyday, and water some of my orchids everyday. Should this be a plant thats going to have to be wet/soaked everyday?? thank you so much for your post and advice. If i dont get this Clowesia right this season, then it will most likely die..

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    I start watering once the roots are fairly well into the medium. I do try to keep the moss on top moist around the new roots when they begin to appear. When the growths really get going, I water lots more. They are thirsty little things at that point. I had also read about unpotting during dormancy. The idea being that old roots die off and become useless. I left mine in its pot. When I repotted recently, I found old roots with active tips.
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    Okay - I've read this whole thread and now I have to have one of these. Q: is 'pink grapefruit' a reference to the color, or to the scent?

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    Probably a bit of both. It does smell citrusy to me...but my nose picks up a chemically lemon scent. Sorta like lemon Pledge.
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    AMAZING!....Clowesia is one of my favorite orchids, but alas, I've never been able to find one for sale..they are rather rare it seems. Ah well...maybe someday I'll get lucky.

    Very well grown!

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    Hi Andrew living in Equator the atmosphere here always hot and dry everyday without fail I will spraying the water twice a day especially those mounted on the tree bark and fern roots as depicted on the photos. If you grow them if the media purely sphagnum moss you need to wait until the moss almost dried than you spray. too wet is not for this genera I always found they are easily get rot and attracted unnecessary disease if too wet, just observe your environment for the sake of your plant.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cakedaddy View Post
    I start watering once the roots are fairly well into the medium. I do try to keep the moss on top moist around the new roots when they begin to appear. When the growths really get going, I water lots more. They are thirsty little things at that point. I had also read about unpotting during dormancy. The idea being that old roots die off and become useless. I left mine in its pot. When I repotted recently, I found old roots with active tips.
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    it is often recommended to commence heavy watering once the root is about 3-4inches in length, but i do practice like what Jason did, keeping the top moist while root tip is developing initially, i notice it helps.
    old roots from the back bulbs do not necessary dry off, in fact they will augment the growth of subsequent new shoot. that is why if you were to leave them for several growth cycles without dividing them, with proper care, the subsequent growth will get bigger and healthier.
    whether to unpot or not depends on individual, the rule of thumb is to minimize watering at the dormant phase. occasional misting is sufficient, just to avoid the pseudobulb from shriveling. often people would ask, how regular to mist then. different environment requires different misting frequency, thus i would say just observe the pseudobulb, the moment you notice a slightest wrinkling (pls use the plum solid lead bulb as indicator) in appearance, then mist or in my area, i would water them heavily once.

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    thanks for all the help guys....I hope i can get this little thing to grow well and bloom this fall. Then I will feel like I can be in the Catasetinae club hahaha :P

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