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Paraphalaenopsis labukensis

This is a discussion on Paraphalaenopsis labukensis within the Orchids of Other Genera IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; This is a species with rat-tail leaves, my leaves are over 3 feet long and ...

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    Default Paraphalaenopsis labukensis

    This is a species with rat-tail leaves, my leaves are over 3 feet long and they will get longer.

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    Very nice, Ron...

    I have Paraphalaenopsis labukensis x Renanthera philipinesis that currently has a spike about 1" long. I'll post a photo when it blooms in a few months. I don't think my cross has been named yet, does anyone know?

    Anyway, great growing and a great selection. (I've found that in my cross, the Renanthera has dramatically reduced the mature leaf length.)

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    That's fabulous looking.

    Can you post a picture of the leaves too? I am not sure if what I am imagining is anything like the real thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kerry View Post
    Can you post a picture of the leaves too? I am not sure if what I am imagining is anything like the real thing.
    I didn't take a pic with the leaves in it but if I remember, I will next time I am at the greenhouse

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    Very nice going there, Ron! I am trying to collect more of these paraphalenopsis species. They are intriguing!
    And the renanthera cross, it would be unique, Clint, please do post the pictures once you have them!
    Cheers. Hoa.

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    Oooh, very nice!

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    Interesting flowers. Those leaves are WAYYYYYYYYYYY out of my range LOL

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    OMG, there are Paraphalaenopsis out there! I didn't even know! bEAUTIFUL!

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    I just recently became aware of these---Can you tell me more about it's culture? I saw one for sale on one of my last 'outings' but didn't buy it because I would like to be sure I wouldn't kill it first. Very nice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by murgdan View Post
    I just recently became aware of these---Can you tell me more about it's culture? I saw one for sale on one of my last 'outings' but didn't buy it because I would like to be sure I wouldn't kill it first. Very nice.
    They require warm temperatures, good air circulation and high humidity. They should not be exposed to cold and likewise do not do well in extreme heat. They are epiphytes with terete (pencil shaped) leaves, and should be grown allowing the leaves to hang naturally, as they can become rather long. Blooms grow from the base of the plant, in clusters that usually carry a strong scent similar to cinnamon or ripe bananas, depending on the species or hybrid. The blooming season is usually spring or early summer. The flowers normally stay on the plant 2 to 3 weeks but do not last long when cut.

    Paraphalaenopsis can be grown in different ways with good results. One method is to pot them in an open mix with good drainage and either hang the plant or let it sit on a bench. Plants in pots would normally need watering once or twice weekly as they dry out between waterings. Another way is to grow in a hanging wooden or plastic basket with little or no medium. When grown this way, they will need more frequent watering, as often as daily in the Spring and Summer if grown in good conditions. A third option is to mount directly onto cork or tree fern slabs. Again, these plants will need more water than when potted into a mix. Keep plants in low to medium light until established and then give larger plants more light to promote blooming. (They do well in phalaenopsis light conditions). Fertilize during active growth.

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