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Knickknacks, orchids that are, in bloom

This is a discussion on Knickknacks, orchids that are, in bloom within the Orchids of Other Genera IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; Hi Tim, The spots on zygos' leaves are due to the heat that they suffer ...

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    Hi Tim,

    The spots on zygos' leaves are due to the heat that they suffer during summer. I notice that these plants develop these spots during the hot summer months and stop having them when fall arrives.

    I used to visit the greenhouses of certain commercial growers in Los Osos, which are only a mile or twos from the ocean. They are also lucky to have mountains blocking the scorching wind from the inland California desert. They have the knacks of growing zygos to almost perfection, no spot on the leaves and the plants retain all of their leaves for many years. As a result, their plants are huge and put out tons of spikes. After comparing the differences in weather patterns where they and I grow these orchids, I have to conclude this is the case. Where they are, the summer months are very cool with the morning marine layer provides a blanket of fog to mid morning at least, at times until noon. I felt like just stepping back in time and experiencing that special time of spring April again, when poppies cover the hillside of California. At those locations, poppies were actually in bloom all over the places in mid July and all the way to September! It is pretty chilly there during the summer months.

    Well, so where can we provide coolish temperatures year round like those places? I mean like coastal California, 1-2 miles at most in land where daytime temperatures are in the 60s-70s and night time temps are in the 50s most of the year? That happens only if you are lucky enough living in those places. If not, I guess we have to make the best out of where we live. And thanks that the zygos are very tolerant plants.

    If it was me, I would find a coolish place with enough shade during those hot summer months to shelter these orchids and take them out and give them much more light when the temperature drops in early fall to encourage blooming. Repot the plant if neccessary so they will have a good root system. If they drop their spotted leaves, as long as they still have good roots, they are fine and will bloom like crazy.

    Cheers. Hoa.
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    Default Cymbidium Christmas Beauty 'St. Francis'

    A beauty, always blooms right around Christmas time, hence the name.

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    That is a nice one, Hoa - thanks for sharing it!

    Julie

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    Thumbs up

    They're all so very lovely.

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    Default Coelogyne cristata 'The Queen' AM/AOS

    Very large flower-variety of this gorgeous species! The blooms are at least twice as big as normal varieties. The bulbs from this cultivar is 2-3 times fatter than normal sizes as well! Light and pleasant fragrance!
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    Default Cymbidium sinense

    Fragrant blooms of an orchid known to have been cultivated since ancient times!
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    Default Cym. Colina 'Candy Cane'

    Sweetly fragrant miniature cymbidium!
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    Holy Veal, Hoa!

    That Coelogyne is stunning! Very nice! (The cymbs are great too...)

    Julie

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    I agree with Julie, (darn it!! not again!!!) that Coelogyne is magnificent!

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    Holy VEAL is right!!! I think from this point on, I will say "HOLY VEAL". I like it! It definitely has a nice ring to it!!!

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