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Old 07-11-2018, 10:19 PM
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Originally Posted by estación seca View Post
It's the increased water with moist sphagnum. They are wet all summer, but people have assumed growing on rocks means they're dry. Cattleya new growth turns black when it's underwatered. People mistakenly think it's rotting and water less. They turn black faster, and people assume they overwatered.
That’s the truth. Mine was watered sometimes daily, at least every other day, last summer and I thought that was good enough. I guess not. I can’t believe how great it’s been doing in the sphag. It has been going so well that I picked up a few more at Redland fest. Couldn’t pass them up, they were a good price. 3 of the 5 are imports from Brazil and all are in sphag and all are doing great. Lots of new roots, new growth, and all are nice and plump. It’s my first time dealing with imports from a different hemisphere but so far so good
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Old 07-14-2018, 03:43 AM
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Default Rupics on Rocks at Andy's Orchids

I took some pictures of the rupic house at Andy's open house recently, and thought they would be good to share. It's a small area, outside, but covered for protection from the rain if it ever comes. About 20' x 30' maybe. The first photo is at the entrance, and the last 3 are plants mounted on rocks (marked not for sale).

I've got 9 rupics but none on rocks. L. sanguiloba is in bud, others are mostly growing OK.
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