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growing terrestrial orchids, Boon Manakitivipart introduced me to varieties of orchids used as accent plants. One in particular stuck with me. Boon gave me a couple of bulbs and grew them successfully for many years. After a while, however, the numbers began dwindling as they often gave them to friends. A few years ago, the last few failed to sprout and that was the end of it.
Until this spring. Anthony Pancotti of Kusamono gardens – an online store specializing in terrestrial orchids with whom I had become master – came up with the idea of testing different culture media to see what works best. The idea sounded good to me. Before long, I received enough bulbs to try some very different options.
The orchid in question has two common names and two botanical names. Known alternatively as Habaneria radiata or radiata pecteilis , the orchid is most commonly known as a crane orchid or orchid white heron.
I planted bulbs a month – starting this week, everyone has sprouted. Here is a summary of the planting media used:
[19459001perlite] the above seed medium soils represent Anthony and I have used successfully in the past with some soils and soils commonly available suggested by orchid growers. I will be measuring results throughout the year with the aim of identifying those recommended by the variety means.
Here is a brief look at the progress made to date.
planting orchids in akadama – four bulbs for 4 “plastic container
Bonsai soil, pumice, and kanuma akadama
potting soil, pumice moss, decomposed granite and kanuma
the above vaccines were taken the day the bulbs were planted. that’s how come this week.
outbreaks greens have pushed the light in the last week and a half All buds are the same size and color at this point, but I have noticed a pretty big difference between the media Some mixtures are very wet -.. especially land for pots – and some are very dry – especially the decomposed granite. I do not know the difference in moisture will have an effect on how to grow orchids, but that’s what’s interesting test -. Not knowing what will happen ahead of time
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