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Lycaste Cassiopeia

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    Hi Augusto,

    Thanks! Lycastes don't seem to be that difficult, but their culture can vary within the genus. What did you get? I'll look up its species compositon and try and find my culture cheat sheet for you. Some are deciduous, some semi-deciduous, etc. The culture can vary.

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    Thanks Julie,
    I got a Lyc Shoalhaven. I believe it is the result of Lyc. skinneri x Lyc. Koolena.
    Thanks again!!

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    Very nice indeed -- so do you pipe to the orchids instead of sing to them?

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    How did I miss this thread? It is an Orange/Peach flower. Oh Well, it is beautiful McJ. Good Growing.
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    Sadie, yes - I pipe to my plants. They mostly love it. Those that don't find the compost heap! LOL!

    Cin, it's an apricot color. A lovely one at that. I should say it was an apricot color. I bought it from Christina, who hasn't been on the forum for a bit. She grew it to specimen size and graciously allowed me to buy it for a silly low price. I've only managed not to kill it. But it has two very vigorous new growths. This plant loves to live to the fullest!

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    Congradulations on not killing a gorgeous plant! Keep up the good work.

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    Hi Augusto,

    You're right on the cross! It's worth knowing that your hybrid is 91% skinneri, with 6% macrophylla and 3% cruenta. So the culture should be straight skinneri culture, which is a semi-deciduous Lycaste (as opposed to the fully deciduous species.)

    This is a pretty accurate culture sheet:
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    Be careful about overhead watering with new growth. Because of the way the leaves emerge, water can collect in the unfolding cone of leaves, and cause rot. Yours will love fertilizer through the spring-summer-fall as well. I tend to fert a bit more than my other plants.

    It should be coming into blooming season. Any signs of spikes? I can't wait to see pictures - shoalhaven is a pristine white flower!

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    Nice! There are some neat Lycastes out there!

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    OMG! I can't believe I missed this thread, must have been when my internet was all funky and disconnected. I am finally back to my old internet now.

    This is a beautiful orchid! I like the way the red lip stands out, it makes the blooms look more orchid like, rather than being radially symmetrical. And so many blooms too.
    I don't know much about Lycastes yet How long do the blooms last for? For dormancy can I leave them in the dark and ignore them?

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