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Renanthera 'Tom Thumb'

This is a discussion on Renanthera 'Tom Thumb' within the Orchids of Other Genera IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; the seller i got mine from says they stay more compact... due to the monachica ...

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    the seller i got mine from says they stay more compact... due to the monachica parent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaphMadMan View Post
    I presume this is Renanthera Tom Thumb (Ren. monachica x Ren. imschootiana), not some unknown Renanthera hybrid with a clonal name (Ren. ??? 'Tom Thumb'). Great color for sure. The name is a bit puzzling since I doubt this hybrid would be normally be a compact plant.
    Why not, I wonder ? ( why doubt that it would be compact ). All Renantheras that I have seen and grown will flower on plants much less than a foot high , especially when young. I know that storei etc can get to be big things ( noit in UK probably) and in fact when they get much over 2 feet high I usually take a top cutting so as to keep them manageable to get into a car to take to shows. .

    Whatever - I love the colour here - if I see this grex on offer I will certainly buy , but then this genus is so rarely seen here in Europe that this comment is true of any Renanthera !

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaphMadMan View Post
    I presume this is Renanthera Tom Thumb (Ren. monachica x Ren. imschootiana), not some unknown Renanthera hybrid with a clonal name (Ren. ??? 'Tom Thumb'). Great color for sure. The name is a bit puzzling since I doubt this hybrid would be normally be a compact plant.
    You're quite right with your presumption--but afraid I didn't provide the clonal name.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dorsetman View Post
    Why not, I wonder ? ( why doubt that it would be compact ). All Renantheras that I have seen and grown will flower on plantsmuch less than a foot high , especially when young. I know that storei etc can get to be big things ( noit in UK probably) and in fact when they get much over 2 feet high I usually take a top cutting so as to keep them manageable to get into a car to take to shows. .

    Whatever - I love the colour here - if I see this grex on offer I will certainly buy , but then this genus is so rarely seen here in Europe that this comment is true of any Renanthera !



    This plant is just 13" in height and is it's second flowering.Last year it spiked and branched out all over the place and ended with 52 open flowers-- it won best vandaceous plant at Tatton Park-- so slightly disappointed with the blooms this year. There is a pic of last years somewhere on the site , will put a pic of the plant.

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    thanks for posting the plant photo, I can't find much about this one and at what size to expect blooms, mine is about 2/3 the height of yours, so that is good. thanks again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dorsetman View Post
    Why not, I wonder ? ( why doubt that it would be compact ). All Renantheras that I have seen and grown will flower on plants much less than a foot high , especially when young. I know that storei etc can get to be big things ( noit in UK probably) and in fact when they get much over 2 feet high I usually take a top cutting so as to keep them manageable to get into a car to take to shows. .
    I guess compact is in the eye of the beholder. Based on the parent species, this hybrid would be expected to reach a height of 60 - 70 cm, maybe more. Compact? Not on my windowsill.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaphMadMan View Post
    I guess compact is in the eye of the beholder. Based on the parent species, this hybrid would be expected to reach a height of 60 - 70 cm, maybe more. Compact? Not on my windowsill.
    You know, Kirk and Geoff, Bonsai experts have this whole compact thing down to a complete science.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stateless View Post
    thanks for posting the plant photo, I can't find much about this one and at what size to expect blooms, mine is about 2/3 the height of yours, so that is good. thanks again.
    The first spike on the plant is at 6" high and the one at the moment at 8" high---so it looks like it's growing 2" per year.

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    your photo is probably the largest of these i've seen photos of.... whereas i've seen other renantheras mentioned as being over 6 feet tall.... some close to 20 feet tall. so topping them is probably a must for hobbyists. i bought this one specifically because it was told it would not get so big, but from what i gather rens do not grow a whole lot in a year, they seem to be slow growing. but most, if left to grow will scamper up into the tree tops.

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