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    Default Grammatophyllum Name & Repotting

    In my former house, I had Gram Scriptum var Leopard "NN" and Citrinum in coconut fiber wire baskets. When they grew too large to hang, I merely placed the baskets on the ground, under a tree. One gets the morning sun; the other gets the afternoon sun. They both flourished and just keep growing - currently more than 3' diameter each - with no care at all, solely sun and 3x/week lawn automatic watering. The roots grew out through the coconut fiber, but I've never been able to see where they went (along the ground, into it, etc.) because the upright air roots surround everything.

    At my new home, I just brought in a Gram Broga tiger. Its blooms look just like the Leopard. Is this a different species? variety? Or a new name?

    It is in a plastic pot and is probably a year away from needing repotting. I read about a gentleman whose grew so large he couldn't even find the basket, and merely placed it on a coconut fiber shell. It died. So I'm trying to plan ahead and figure out where I'll end up putting this new one and how to "encase" it. I could just keep placing it in larger and larger plastic pots. Has anyone merely placed the pot partway into the ground? With any success?

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    Grammatophyllum Broga Tiger is a hybrid between the species Gram. measuresianum and the hybrid Gram. Tiger's Paw.

    Having never grown a grammatophyllum, I cannot give much in the way of cultural advice, but as long as the root system is not suffocatedI don't see any issue with pot culture.

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    Quote Originally Posted by raybark View Post
    Grammatophyllum Broga Tiger is a hybrid between the species Gram. measuresianum and the hybrid Gram. Tiger's Paw.

    Having never grown a grammatophyllum, I cannot give much in the way of cultural advice, but as long as the root system is not suffocatedI don't see any issue with pot culture.
    Thanks, raybark for the cross info. I'm going to have to take a flower from my Broga and see if I can match it with my old Leopard. They seem identical in my brain. As to pots, my new one with its two long flower spikes has blown over twice - with our frequent Florida rainstorms just beginning for the summer. Thought "anchoring" the pot partway into the ground might be a solution for that, and possibly making it semi-terrestrial (resting without pot mostly on top of the soil) for future growth. Gram roots are very compact; but these plants grow rapidly and need repotting every year or two, doubling in size.

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    You cannot reliably identify a plant by the appearance of its flower.
    1. Hybrids can look like some species and certainly like other hybrids.
    2. Two examples of the very same species or hybrid can look significantly different.
    3. Culture can also affect flower appearance - two people growing the very same clone can end up with flowers that look different because their growing conditions differ.

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