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Lycaste Cassiopeia

This is a discussion on Lycaste Cassiopeia within the Orchids of Other Genera IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; Thanks, all! I'm not a Lycaste expert, unless I know a bit more about them ...

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    Thanks, all! I'm not a Lycaste expert, unless I know a bit more about them than anyone else here - LOL! That's what defines an "expert" these days. Anyone else with experience in the genus, please feel free to correct me.

    The blooms lasted a month. I hoped for more, because I wanted to show it at the NH Orchid Show, but they dropped the week before... Smaller flowered plants may last longer. I don't know.

    Fren, any winter rest involves temp and water, not light. So no darkness. The semi-deciduous types (such as skinneri) don't want to get below 60F in the winter. The deciduous types can dip a little lower.

    The semi-deciduous want more even moisture, but only let them just dry out between waterings, as you would a Phal. The deciduous will take a bit more drying out, like a Catt. I don't believe they ever do a hard dry winter rest like some Dends!

    If you plunge, do let us know what you get! I'll gladly PM you my Vancouver nursery contact - the plants they import are sold with a reasonable markup, but they had some amazing deals on their other orchids, as of last summer.

    I have another species, powelii, that was imported on request (legally, by a U.S. nursery) on a trip last year to Central America. As many of the Central American emigrants can be when they first arrive, the plant was in awful shape when I got it (nurseries typically hold them for six months or so to perk them up), but it's got great new growth this spring, and I can't wait for it to bloom! Whenever that might be!

    McJulie

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    McJulie,
    Thanks for the info. You are our Lycaste guru
    My plant does not show any indication of spikes. Hopefully it would bloom for me this season.
    GRACIAS!

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    This is how I got into Lycastes
    I was in Miami for work the same week of the 62nd Orchid Show.

    Here are a couple of pictures.
    Enjoy!!!!
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    Oooo! That would do it for me! Those are gorgeous flowers! Thanks for posting, Augusto. I'll be down at the NY Orchid Show next month. I'll keep my camera handy and see if I can return the favor!

    McJulie

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