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Calanthe and Pleione

This is a discussion on Calanthe and Pleione within the Semi Hydro / Lights / Greenhouses / Accessories forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Hello all, Last week, i posted a thread about a new fertilizer, the package arrived ...

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    Hello all,

    Last week, i posted a thread about a new fertilizer, the package arrived yesterday, with some free stuff in it, and to my surprise i found 3 bulbs in the package.
    I emailed the vendor and he said that he sent me 3 bulbs as a gift.
    1 Calanthe bulb and 2 Pleione bulbs.
    The Pleione bulbs have some new growth on them already.







    Has anyone tried these with semi-hydro? and what is your advice about light? fert? temp?
    I already have phals and an oncidium.

    Thank you.

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    These will not go well in SH.....they are both terrestrial species, so i would just grow like you would a normal potplant-in a nice rich loam, 2parts potting mix, 1 part sand and 1/2 styrofoam packing pellets (ie, 2 cups, 1 cup, 1/2 cup). Keep them moist, but not wet. An annual fertilising with a slow release is fine, the Pleiones LOVE a cold snap in Winter, considering they naurally get covered in snow in the Himalayas, and the Calanthe likes to be kept at the least, at 10C. The pleiones i have done some experimentation with....they will grow under 70% sunlight, or 70% shade. The Calanthe prefers more like 50/50.

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    Thank you for your reply kiwiorchids.
    I went ahead and did it. What's life without risk?

    I will post results later!

    A little update on the matter, the guy who sent me the bulbs and who also happens to be the orchid curator and the Shanghai Botanical Garden told me that when it comes to Pleione Orchids in S/H, the trick is not to leave a lot of water in the reservoir at the bottom, because they don't love too much humidity.

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