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Ionopsis utricularioides in bloom

This is a discussion on Ionopsis utricularioides in bloom within the Phalaenopsis, Oncidium, & Intergenerics IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; Hi - this little sweetheart has just been blooming and blooming for weeks now. It ...

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    Hi - this little sweetheart has just been blooming and blooming for weeks now. It hangs on the inner wall of the lanai here, where it gets medium-bright indirect light. I spray the roots once a day, and water it thoroughly about every 2-3 days. It's a very young one, with the old growth not looking so hot (left too much in the sun, I think), but the new growth seems healthy. I just have to be careful I don't overlook it when I'm tending the monster Catts!

    I understand these are notoriously short-lived, but I've seen pretty good-sized specimens. Anyone know any tricks to making it flourish?

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    Southern Florida is it's northern range. If you are in that area, you should be able to keep it growing outdoors. I had one that came from Puerto Rico. It lasted a few years for me and then died
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    It is a sweet little blossom.

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    Almost picked one of these up at the last orchid show but held off in favor of a couple other minis. I would imagine, Maura, that the key to longevity will be finding out what conditions will lead to it producing keikis.

    Cute flowers. For any who might be interested ... just a bit of side trivia here ... the species portion of its name refers to the flowers which bear a strong resemblance to the flowers of the genus Utricularia -- a type of carnivorous plant with very intricate bladder traps (hence their common name "bladderworts"). For any with a hankering to see more: utricularia - Google Search

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    So beautiful. I love it.

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    i have seen both uticularoides and paniculata on citrus trees...true minis and twig epiphytes...high humidity...fast drying and drainage...weak fertilizer...i have a few in spike now..branched spikes as well....

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    Quote Originally Posted by King Kjeldz View Post
    i have seen both uticularoides and paniculata on citrus trees...true minis and twig epiphytes...high humidity...fast drying and drainage...weak fertilizer...i have a few in spike now..branched spikes as well....
    Photos? i'd love to see them.

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    Very nice looking. this is the first time I've ever seen it I will have to keep me eye out to see if I could get a hold of one.

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    a beautiful mini, Maura. Notoriously difficult to keep alive here. Killed 2 already.

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    Very cute one I saw one of my friend few months ago with many spikes so impressive Maura.

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