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This is a discussion on Ionopsis utricularioides within the Phalaenopsis, Oncidium, & Intergenerics IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; I'm awaiting a bare root Ionopsis plant which I'm hoping to establish on a mount, ...
I'm awaiting a bare root Ionopsis plant which I'm hoping to establish on a mount, would you recommend bark or treefern for this? The plant I had many years ago died but I was a novice then!
Incidentally I find Tolumnia very easy to grow, I water them when I think of it, one is just growing in a very small clay pot, no media, others on bark, not masses of flowers I admit but none have died, yet! I think I lost a lot of my plants because I was giving them too much attention as I'm only a window sill grower and some hang outside when weather permits. Cold, wet England
A fun species to see, especially a well grown one like this.
Ionopsis and Tolumnia are twig epiphytes - adapted to grow to maturity quickly on the twigs and small branches that are exposed to light and air movement and with perfect drainage, and as the tree grows and their spot becomes more shaded within the canopy or heavy growth of lichen or other epiphytes overtakes them they no longer thrive. Both genetically programmed to mature fast and die young, and growing in an environment that may change in just a few years. Another familiar example of the type is Erycina/Psygmorchis. If conditions remain ideal and they are growing vigorously they may persist longer, and that is something you can manage with cultivated plants. Tolumnias have also been through enough generations of selective breeding that they may live much longer.
If you like Ionopsis but have trouble with it, look for Ionmesa (Ionocidium) Popcorn - a hybrid that looks much like Ionopsis utricalarioides but grows more like the Gomesa (Oncidium) flexuosa parent. There may be other Ionocidium types available too but Popcorn is probably most often seen.