Nice...I love these charming little guys!
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This is a discussion on Sedirea japonica blooming! within the Orchids of Other Genera IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; Great pictures, I have one and seems to be happy mounted however hasn't bloomed in ...
Great pictures, I have one and seems to be happy mounted however hasn't bloomed in (4) years, Hank......
Nice...I love these charming little guys!
Such a pretty orchid species.
What are you growing this in Maura ? I have found sphagnum moss very good , but my plant ( growing so well last year , with a spike of 14 flowers), is looking quite unhappy , maybe even losing its crown growing point - so I repotted it just today. I found the moss had gone quite hard and dusty , probably when I cooled it off and rested it dry for a month , so the fresh moss will give it a new start - I hope ... I have my fingers crossed so hard when I pass it, that it is quite painful...
Or maybe I'll keep my eyes open for a replacement when I get to Budapest later in the week.
This is a relatively new plant, Geoff - it was in very early spike when I got it, and I was so afraid it would contract the dreaded "bud blast" that I scarcely looked at it, never mind repotting it. It is in a fine bark mix, but will go into S/H after it finishes blooming and I see some new growth pushing out.
I think the best indicators I have for how it will do is in assessing the other orchids I pulled out of sphagnum and placed in S/H, and particularly the phals since it reminds me so much of them. I don't have any other Aerides, but I do have a Phal equestris that actually arrived at my house at peak bud blast (it was supposed to be blooming size, but not in bloom!) and I repotted it in S/H after it recovered a bit. It was in sphagnum when it arrived, fully dried out and very unhappy. That was 6 months ago or so, and it has since started to thrive. I also took a giant Phal. hybrid out of a 5" pot of sphagnum moss and put it in S/H 4 months ago, and it is holding on. I have a very poor record with Phals, for some reason; perhaps they know they are not my favorites? But these are doing well so far.
I have found that, with my erratic cultivating habits, sphagnum moss is not my friend. It seems to stay soggy for weeks on end, and then suddenly dry out when I wasn't looking. As for the Sedirea in particular, I have pored over Bakers and found that they recommend a fast draining medium, with drying out in between watering. They also recommend intermediate light and intermediate temps. So, that is where and how mine is until it protests.
I don't know if any of this will help pull your Sedirea out of its tailspin, but I would definitely go orchid shopping in Budapest!
Maura, you do have a beauty: great little plant with wonderful flowers and lovely scent. I'm waiting to see some flowers on mine, well the promisings are bad so I think growing this one is pretty challenging.
But I am keeping my eyes open for one or two phal species - not amabilis types or violaceas - which are quite different in all respects.
Last edited by Dorsetman; April 9th, 2012 at 11:16 AM.
Geoff - I have really focussed on how to cultivate my Sedirea specifically. This is from IOSPE. I'm basically going by their advice, which fits in nicely with my other orchids - it is in fine bark now, which is no longer freely draining, so it's going into S/H with clay pellets when it's done blooming, taken a brief rest, and started some new growth. My analogy to phals really was based on my equestris - I don't have any supermarket phals. The Sedirea just looks much like the equestris (as opposed to any Aerides, even though the phal blooms are somewhat different). My equestris is growing in S/H now and is placed where it gets much the same cultivation environment that IOSPE and Bakers suggest for the Sedirea.
I expect it will have the usual shock and protest when I repot it, but if it has new growth coming, my experience is that it will adjust in time. At least, I hope so. My favorite nursery here has many Phal amabile and violacae, all growing mounted. They seem to be okay but are not really thriving - I'm going to wait until they look a bit more established before I take them on. Good luck in finding them.
Common Name The Japan Sedirea - In Japan Nago-ran - In China E Ji Lan
Flower Size 1 to 1 1/5" [3 cm]
The 7" [18 cm] long inflorescence of this small sized, cool to warm growing species is curved, and made up of many greenish white flowers , with purple bars on the lip. The 6 to 10 flowers open in succession and are prized for their sweet fragrance. Adult plants branch freely and produce a number of inflorescences simultaneously. The orchid flowers in the spring and summer and is found in Japan. This species has a monopodial, very short stem carrying 5 to 8, narrolwy elliptic to strap shaped, obtuse at the obscurely bilobed apex leaves and can be mounted or potted in a coarse fast draining medium and given cool to warm temperatures, high humidity, semi-shade, and good air circulation.
Synonyms *Aerides japonica L. Linden & Rchb. f. 1863, Angraecum japonicum Linden 1881