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Fredclarkeara (Fdk) Desert Tenor 'Sierra Vista' HCC_AOS

This is a discussion on Fredclarkeara (Fdk) Desert Tenor 'Sierra Vista' HCC_AOS within the Orchids of Other Genera IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; Ian... my methods have been developed over several years [40] of trial and error... I ...

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    Ian... my methods have been developed over several years [40] of trial and error...
    I have tried many different types of potting material [substrate]... and have settled on fresh, pure New Zealand sphagnum moss. Almost all of the other mixes have worked ok... but the moss works best for my conditions...
    I use round, hexagonal, or octagonal black plastic baskets that have a large mesh-like structure.
    The size is determined by the plant... but I pot the plants with only a little room to spare... and use pre-moistened moss... as that seems to give me the best 'fit' in the pot.
    My water is purified by Reverse Osmosis... and stored in 50 gallon white plastic drums inside the greenhouse,,, it is given time to adjust itself to the 'room temperature' of the greenhouse before use...
    Because of the Sphagnum... my fertilizer is balanced [20-20-20]... and mixed at 1/2 strength of the recommendation on the container.
    My method of watering the Catasetinae is born out of the necessity to keep water out of the axils of the developing new growths... I use a container that I fill to the height of the 'pot rim' with the fertilizer mix... and
    the plants are submerged to the pot rim in the solution for 5 to 10 seconds... and then hung to drip over the container for a minute or two. [once every two weeks during the growing season... i 'flush' the potting mix with clear water].
    I would like to state at this point... that the Catasetinae require a pronounced rest period... beginning with the leaves yellowing and dropping... or at the end of the flowering season after the leaves have dropped... and continuing until the new emerging growths have produced new roots at least 5 cm long.
    No water...[outside of an occasional 'spritzing' if the bulbs begin to shrivel]... until the roots are long enough.
    Some growers remove the plants from their pots as soon as they become dormant... and separate [divide] them into single... or two bulb divisions.
    I do not do this unless the plant shows signs of stress... and at that time i remove the plant from the moss... inspect and trim any old or damaged roots... and re-pot using fresh moss. I have not had a great deal of success with the 'unpotting and letting them stay out of pot' method... as my winter can become very dry.
    I 'Hang 'em High'... up as high as i can without burning the leaves... they like 'bright' but slightly shady conditions... with plenty of air movement.
    We all have different ways of cultivating our plants... but this method has worked well for me for many years.

    any comments... or other questions will be glady appreciated.

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    wow.....
    i planted mine in pure charcoal (work best for my environment, clay or plastic pots doesn't matter) and my next best friend is fern slate. i had no luck with moss, they will grow very well initially but happiness would soon come to an end in the when they rainy spells arrived. speaking of the rain, the thunderstorm just busted my orchid netting yesterday. sorry, i had a very basic setup only.
    i use 21:21:21 fertilizer and switch to 13:26:26 as the plants mature. and they have a "rest area" where i hang all the dormant plants till they are awake for the next feeding season =D
    i am looking forward to see some of your catasetinae pics in the future. thanks for sharing your experience

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    Ian... you have already visited my flickr page - sierravista333 - and that is the only place I have posted photos of my Catasetinae.
    I have taken a few more since then... I will post them in the near future... [tonight or tomorrow].

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scotty View Post
    Ian... you have already visited my flickr page - sierravista333 - and that is the only place I have posted photos of my Catasetinae.
    I have taken a few more since then... I will post them in the near future... [tonight or tomorrow].
    oic,,,,,,,,din know it was you. hehe....it's a great collection you had there.

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    they are pretty!

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    Very nice, Scotty! Beautiful orchid blooms.

    cheers,
    BD

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