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#1 amphirion

 
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Posted 06 September 2011 - 04:07 AM

dont know if many are interested in miniatures but for those who are, i'd like to share photos of plants in my collection that have bloomed for me this year...enjoy!

hello all.
i would like to share with you a few miniatures that have bloomed for me so far this growing season:

sigmatostalix ibis:
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dendrobium laevifolium:
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promenaea stapelioides:
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dendrobium cuthbertsonii:
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haraella odorata:
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macroclinum manabinum:
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stelis uniflora:
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dryadella liliputiana:
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phalanopsis parishii:
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dryadella simula:
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lepanthes telipogoniflora:
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porroglossum sergioi:
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thanks for taking a look. :)
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Posted 06 September 2011 - 06:45 AM

I'm certainly interested, as I'm interested in miniature plants in general. I find macroclinum manabinum particularly interesting. Thanks for sharing.

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Posted 06 September 2011 - 08:17 AM

Those are amazing! Thanks for sharing indeed!

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Posted 06 September 2011 - 15:26 PM

Spectacular photos. Your Dendrobium cuthbertsonii sure looks amazing. Is it hard plant to cultivate? Thanks for sharing.

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Posted 06 September 2011 - 17:49 PM

Those are very well grown, dainty looking miniorchids. Very nice :thumbsup:

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Posted 06 September 2011 - 18:13 PM

Truly, truly inspirational. Thanks for posting

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Posted 07 September 2011 - 01:22 AM

thanks everyone for the kind comments.
@deadly weapon: D. cuthbertsonii is considered as one of the harder miniature orchids to cultivate...however, if you are a heliamphora grower, you should not have any problems with this plant, as it too, likes high humidity levels, moderate to high lighting, coupled with good ventilation, and nightly temperature drops. ;)

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Posted 07 September 2011 - 03:11 AM

Beautiful plants! I especially like the lepanthes telipogoniflora, it hardly looks like an orchid. Where do these plants grow naturally?

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Posted 07 September 2011 - 13:50 PM

Orchid flowers are so kyewt!

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Posted 07 September 2011 - 16:09 PM

Not so happy to hear about D. cuthbertsonii being a highland plant. But maybe I will get this plant if I get my highland terraria accomplished. :biggrin:

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Posted 07 September 2011 - 23:19 PM

Beautiful plants! I especially like the lepanthes telipogoniflora, it hardly looks like an orchid. Where do these plants grow naturally?


thanks very much. nadja, most of the orchids that i grow are found in south america; columbia, ecuador, venezuela i believe are the dominant hotspots for the pleurothallid alliance, to which l. telipogoniflora belongs to.

others from australia, new guniea, and southeast asia are also found in my collection.

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Posted 07 September 2011 - 23:22 PM

Hi Amphirion,

...enjoy!

I did...very muchly actually! :good2:

Promenaea stapelioides is the most striking imho!

Looking forward for more pics!

I have just started to grow a few more orchids again. Two Masdevallia to be more precisely. One is the warmth loving Masdevallia nidifica from Costa Rica which could be considered a miniature orchid as well. The other one is Masdevallia ignea which thrives in my highland tank among highland Nepenthes. I was told I wouldn´t have success in growing montane orchids in a terrarium. They´d need a lot of fresh air and good air movement. So, I will install a ventilator soon.

Kind regards

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Posted 07 September 2011 - 23:28 PM

@andreas: i actually have masdevallia nidifica in my collection as well...however, i suspect that my conditions are either too dry or too cold to form, as the flowers have always aborted for me...however, the plant has grown wonderfully well. Good luck with growing yours as well!

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Posted 08 September 2011 - 00:00 AM

I have grown masdevallias and lepanthes in terrariums with good success. The key was keeping temperatures low by placing lights high above the terrarium, and a strong fan installed inside the terrarium.

Amphiron: I grew my nidifica with temps of days ~75, nights ~60. Humidity was 70-80%.

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Forgot to say, love the photos! especially that teli.

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Posted 08 September 2011 - 18:31 PM

thanks drew....looks like humidity is the main culprit---i grow mine on a grow rack that i made with egg-crate...
here are a few more pics:

restrepia iris
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dendrobium laevifolium (updated)
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lepanthes calodictyon
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masdevallia exquisita
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Posted 08 September 2011 - 19:19 PM

Wow... this is topic just gets better and better :smile:

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Posted 09 September 2011 - 10:43 AM

These posts have inspired me. I've always wanted to grow miniature orchids, as I like miniature plants in general. Problem is that I don't have the environment to do so or the room to have a large terrarium. So, I want to produce a small 'feature' for my living room, consisting of one plants for which I will provide a suitable environment (a mini terarrium). Given that it will be a single plant, I'm looking for suggestion of what might be suitable. Ideally it should flower for extended periods of time and be a true miniature. I can provide airflow, humidity (mist), lighting, elevated temperatures (if needed) - night time temperatures are naturally low here! Any suggestions to a suitable orchid?

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Posted 09 September 2011 - 18:01 PM

This is probably a silly question, but are there any really small ones that can grow with highland nepenthes?
Nice plants by the way :D

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Posted 09 September 2011 - 18:24 PM

@mobile@inactivemoth:

soo....bear with me, i'll tell you how i got hooked on these beauties....
up until two years ago, i really wasnt into orchids...most orchids sold at supermarkets were both large and lacked much shape and form....sure the colors were there, but im the kind of guy that liked extreme forms as well as color, and considering that all being sold were phal mutts, i dismissed orchids and kept to CPs instead...

however, a couple of friends of mine, both orchid fanatics--invited me to go along with their orchid group to visit a few orchid nurseries. since california carnivores happened to be one of their stops, i thought i would join along. it was then, where i was introduced into the world of miniature orchids...orchids not only in different shapes and forms, but with stunning colors and no larger than the size of my palm in certain cases. i was excited, but still resisted...i dont have enough space to grow orchids and CPs simultaneously, then i saw that many of the orchids in the greenhouse were mounted and could be hung on walls....that pretty much put the nail in the coffin. and within 2 years, i went from zero orchids to over 60 species! quite an addictive hobby indeed!

with that being said, the majority of the orchids in my collection would do very well with highland nepenthes...some stunners to consider are:
Masdevallia decumana: leaves of about 1.5" to 2", large flowers about 4".
Lepanthes camprimulgus: leaves about .5" on 1 to 1.5" stalks. stunning .5 inch striped flowers.
Stelis uniflora: compact, 1 inch leaves, .25" purple flowers
Trisetella hoeijeri: compact, 1 inch leaves, 1" flowers
Dendrobium cuthbertsonii: compact grower, stunning flowers...see my plant ;)

all of these do well in high humid and cool conditions as many highland nepenthes require. i dont know how available these plants are in europe, as i hear it is very hard to find them---i suppose the grass is greener on the other side...i envy your CP selection! happy growing!

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Posted 09 September 2011 - 18:32 PM

@amphirion Thanks very much! If Lepanthes camprimulgus would work, would lepanthes telipogoniflora?
Anyway, you weren't lying - it seems pretty tough to find them so far... but I've only been searching for 5 minutes :D

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