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Ionopsis utricularioides

This is a discussion on Ionopsis utricularioides within the Phalaenopsis, Oncidium, & Intergenerics IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; I just love this orchid. The flowers remind me of Japan "Sakura" Cherry Blossom. This ...

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    Default Ionopsis utricularioides

    I just love this orchid. The flowers remind me of Japan "Sakura" Cherry Blossom. This one that I have is still a baby. I have seen a more matured one that have more flowers. Keeping my finger cross that mine will grow under my care. If anyone can share with me what must I do to keep this plant healthy, I welcome all advises. I am still new caring for orchids.

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    Grow it like Tolumnia--medium light, dry-out between waterings, good air movement...

    Just a note, it is a beautiful species but it has a reputation of being short-lived even in the wild, average life span is about 5 years. If you want to keep this species in your collection, you might have to try selfing it now.

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    Very pretty. I agree with Tom. Treat them like Tolumnia and like them are very delicate. I have found that both are very susceptible attacks by scale insects and the mortality rate is quite high once scales get at them.

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    Wow, it is such a pretty orchid to be so short lived. I hope you can keep it in your collection. Since these are so short lived (Tom / Yew Sung) - Are they fairly easy to propagate? Seems like they would die off pretty quickly otherwise.

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    I have no experience but nice species Seet. Thanks to Tom and Yew.

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    Really beautiful, graceful flowers. It sounds as if it has a somewhat short lived and delicate constitution. AL

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    The flowers are beautiful...but this fact that there are short lived orchids is total news to me. Are many like this??

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    This plant can produce lots of flowers if you know how to take care. I'll upload a few pictures which I've taken in Orchid Shows organized by my Society, i.e. Taiping Orchid Society. It can grow well if tied to fern-roots (cycad), must dry up between waterings, good air movement and one very important thing is do not fertilize like any other orchids, apply fertilizer very dilutely and once a month only. That's how we grow it in Taiping. Growers in Taiping are famous for they can grow this to a big clump and produce hundreds of flowers.

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    Me too, it looks like Cherry blossom. Once mature like the specimens posted in another recent post, it will be a breathtaking beauty.
    Quote Originally Posted by seetmei View Post
    I just love this orchid. The flowers remind me of Japan "Sakura" Cherry Blossom. This one that I have is still a baby. I have seen a more matured one that have more flowers. Keeping my finger cross that mine will grow under my care. If anyone can share with me what must I do to keep this plant healthy, I welcome all advises. I am still new caring for orchids.

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    Very beautiful and delicate. How long do the blooms last generally?

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