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Old 05-03-2018, 05:16 PM
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I have had this Drockrillia cucumerinum since February 2015 and this is the first flowering Iíve had with it. Originally from Alís Orchids, it is mounted on tree fern and has been growing in my 12x12x18 Exo Terra for almost 2 years. It is mounted to the back of the tank at the top, sandwiched in between a Drockrillia torresae and a Drockrillia lichenastrum. The light is a 26 watt cfl full spectrum daylight Exo Terra. I water daily, tank stays humid, around 75% with day time tems near 80.

I understand cucumerinum is difficult to flower and I actually was surprised to see the buds.

The plant has been growing like crazy recently and reaching out halfway across the terrarium. Maybe I should take some cuttings before it takes over the tank!

The flowers are large and beautiful. The thin red stripe is accompanied by a frilly, speckled lip that curls upward. Iíve not personally seen a cucumerinum flower. Here are a few pictures. Hopefully you will be able to see how it has grown outward from the mount.
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So nice. Have tried these with no luck and your tank method seems the key to success. Your entire setup is fantastic!
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That's a cutie! It was a project plant some years ago, and people had a lot of fun with this one.
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What nice blooms! I am definitely impressed that you have this one in bloom. I had one of these during the project but it never bloomed so I finally lost interest (sadly) and gave it away. I do have a few variations of Drockrillia lichenastrum/prenticei which do bloom well for me.
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So nice. Have tried these with no luck and your tank method seems the key to success. Your entire setup is fantastic!
Thank you! I believe the terrarium setup has made a big difference though it has been almost two years in this tank. I was surprised to see the buds and the blooms are much larger than those of my other Drockrillias. Much easier to see for sure!

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That's a cutie! It was a project plant some years ago, and people had a lot of fun with this one.
I remember that project. I had this plant then and a second one which has yet to bloom. I really like the little pickles.

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What nice blooms! I am definitely impressed that you have this one in bloom. I had one of these during the project but it never bloomed so I finally lost interest (sadly) and gave it away. I do have a few variations of Drockrillia lichenastrum/prenticei which do bloom well for me.
Thanks Leafmite! I honestly didnít expect this plant to bloom, it seemed it just wasnít happy enough and I have no idea why it finally spiked. My other Drockrillia have bloomed for me, this one just seemed reluctant. I had not looked a the flowers online and the size of these was a nice surprise. They are reported to have a foul odor, these do not thankfully. I have a prenticei with tiny flowers, it smells like fish.
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Thanks Leafmite! I honestly didnít expect this plant to bloom, it seemed it just wasnít happy enough and I have no idea why it finally spiked. My other Drockrillia have bloomed for me, this one just seemed reluctant. I had not looked a the flowers online and the size of these was a nice surprise. They are reported to have a foul odor, these do not thankfully. I have a prenticei with tiny flowers, it smells like fish.
I have three prenticei. One, a large form from Andy's, hasn't bloomed (I hope it won't be fishy), one of my prenticei doesn't have a fragrance while the other smells fruity, like an apricot, and from a few inches away.
Then there is the lichenastrum which has a few years to go to be blooming size, I think. I love these.
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