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This is a discussion on Aerides lawrenciae within the Orchids of Other Genera IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; Originally Posted by orchidsal If I may interject here. Cody don't feel to bad. All ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by orchidsal View Post
    If I may interject here. Cody don't feel to bad. All my Aerides (like three or so) died also. My Houlletiana is also doing fine. You could of watered three times a day and it would probably not been enough (I tried this). I found out later from the Florida grower that they cannot take lower humidity for even short periods without having major problems. Houlletiana seems to be the exception thankfully. AL
    I don't have problems with growing Aerides here (humidity over 70% all the time; temp 80 -90 F) - it's blooming some of them that is the problem. Aer odorata and lawrenceae will bloom but houlettiana, rosea, multiflora,flabellata are more difficult for me as these come from the more monsoonal areas of Asia with a distinct dry (over 4 months of drought) and cooler winter, from Dec - Mar. So these should be easier to grow for you. My Seidenfadenia mitrata(once an Aerides) which I've had for 3 years, has still to bloom. Personally, I think that, except for odorata and lawrenceae, most Aerides appreciate a cooler winter 50-60 F and lower humidity, under 50% for the same period.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cwcervantes View Post
    Wow! Very beautiful. I love Aerides -- the flower shape and fragrance are very unique. It's so interesting to see how they grow and bloom in their native environment and that the flowers get pollinated!


    My Aerides houlletiana has bloomed and appears to be doing well, but Aerides lawrenciae is one of a few plants I've actually killed by underwatering / lack of humidity. The roots desiccated quickly and the plant never recovered.
    Thanks Cody. It has a sweet fragrance, reminds me of grape juice. Being in their native environs, they aren't fussy at all, so long as you don't give them too much tropical sunlight.
    Too bad that you lost your Aerides lawrenciae. I water mine everyday, once a day, though I know it can take more water. I know it doesn't rain that often in the lowland forests of the Philippines where it thrives.

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    Quote Originally Posted by orchidsal View Post
    If I may interject here. Cody don't feel to bad. All my Aerides (like three or so) died also. My Houlletiana is also doing fine. You could of watered three times a day and it would probably not been enough (I tried this). I found out later from the Florida grower that they cannot take lower humidity for even short periods without having major problems. Houlletiana seems to be the exception thankfully. AL
    Hi Al. Interesting info there. Is Florida air really that dry? Wow, I can't imagine watering 3x a day as being insufficient. Perhaps if you planted them near a pool or put open water containers underneath???

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    Hi Angel; Actually I'm in high desert New Mexico, not humid Florida. My Greenhouse is pretty much temperatured, but when we get cold spells in the winter or high, dry winds like in spring or winter the humidity in the greenouse goes down in the forties F. or even more temporarily in the thirties F. and the aerides i'm told don't like this. Anyway my luck with them has been poor. Actually two have died not three though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by orchidsal View Post
    Hi Angel; Actually I'm in high desert New Mexico, not humid Florida. My Greenhouse is pretty much temperatured, but when we get cold spells in the winter or high, dry winds like in spring or winter the humidity in the greenouse goes down in the forties F. or even more temporarily in the thirties F. and the aerides i'm told don't like this. Anyway my luck with them has been poor. Actually two have died not three though.
    Perhaps in the same way that I have been unlucky with most ascocendas, Al. The average annual rainfall in Cotabato is around 35 inches. We also have the lowest incidence of cloudy or overcast days in the entire country. I acquired the lawrenciae, aside from its sentimental value, because I want to have as many native Philippine species orchids as my small area would allow. My young rhynchostylis is thriving in the shade with very stout roots. Two weeks ago, I hanged a grammatophyllum on a partly sunny concrete western wall and it seems healthy. I'm a little worried about the renanthera because the roots seem to be drying up. I'm trying to revive a native Vanda lamellata. I think it's old already. But the endemic arachnis, cymbidiums, pteroceras, phalaenopsis, dendrobiums, and the Aerides lawrenciae are all established and doing well.

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    Gosh Ange,l you sound like me if you don't mind me saying so, in the sense that most of your orchids are doing well, but you still almost always have a few to worry you! Glad as many are healthy as there are Angel.........................AL

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    Quote Originally Posted by orchidsal View Post
    Gosh Ange,l you sound like me if you don't mind me saying so, in the sense that most of your orchids are doing well, but you still almost always have a few to worry you! Glad as many are healthy as there are Angel.........................AL
    I totally missed your last post Al and it's been almost a year since. Well, the Aerides lawrenciae has not bloomed yet this year, and since then I've acquired two more and another Aerides which may be a different kind because the tip of the leaves look different. My nephew collected it from a tree in our farm on the foothills of Mt Apo, the highest mountain in the Philippines.

    But the Rhynchostylis that I also mentioned before is such a slow grower, I think it put out only two new leaves in the span of a year. Is this normal? Otherwise the plant looks healthy with a good root system.

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    I only have a Rynchostylis retusa Angel and though the oldest of my Vandaceous types and quite healthy, it is a very slow grower. I'm sure your Aerides will do fine. I hope someone here who deals with Rynchostylis/Aerides and knows your area can give you more advice than I can. AL

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    Al, although three of the four Rhynchostylis species are endemic to the Philippines, mine is most probably also a retusa since it is more common in the lowlands, though the gigantea is also a lowland grower. Oh well, thanks for sharing the info, especially on its being a very slow grower. I actually bought two plants supposedly with different colored flowers but I lost the other one early on. I opted for young plants since the blooming size ones were quite expensive. Though they are Philippine natives, the Rhynchostylis does not occur often in local plant markets and trade fairs.

    I acquired mine about two years ago for US $1.60 each.

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    Hi Angel my Aeredis lawrencia now in spikes, maybe this is the season for this wonderful species from your country I wish your plant will do the same thing. Rhychostylish retusa is very slow grower I agreed with both of you I got young seedlings retusa alba after world orchids conference in Singapore the size just about 2 inches you imagine now almost about 5 inches with the leaves length just about 6 to 7 inches.I noticed once the plants already established with ample of fertilizer the growth will accelerate very fast maybe by next year if nothing happen it will bloom for me.

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