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Old 05-25-2017, 06:16 PM
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This weekend I went to the orchidarium where I bought it and there were a few striatas smaller than mine in bloom. Hopefully they will bloom too.
Let's wait and see what happens.
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They usually bloom closer to April to May.

Once they're blooming sized plants, they bloom like clockwork.

I have a couple pots full of these. The temperatures can get pretty warm during the summer days. High temperatures are not a problem for these. I've had mine for about 5 - 7 years, (I forgot how long they've actually been growing for me). So, yeah, temperatures over 100 F - no problem!

Temperatures around 36 F, no sweat too!

Try adding some limestone or calcium to them.

Mine are the variegated leafed variant that are commonly sold in just about every garden center you can find here in the US. They are sold as spring bulbs here.

They grow in moderately bright indirect to bright indirect light.

Their underground rhizomes are branched btw. If you pull them out, they resemble ginger roots, only green.

If yours didn't bloom this year rbarata, you will definitely see blooms next year if they are grown correctly.

Just as a fun fact, this species is actually one of the very few orchids where you can sow the seeds without doing lab work. Just put the seeds on a wet paper towel and add a tiny bit of calcium and dilute amounts of fertilizer, then put a light over them. Within 1 - 2 months you will see green protocorms!
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Just as a fun fact, this species is actually one of the very few orchids where you can sow the seeds without doing lab work. Just put the seeds on a wet paper towel and add a tiny bit of calcium and dilute amounts of fertilizer, then put a light over them. Within 1 - 2 months you will see green protocorms!
This was one of the reasons why I wanted to try one.

The other is the fact they're hardy.
Temps are now in the upper 90's with forecast of upper 100's and it seems to be doing fine, with daily waterings (HR is between low 20's by day and upper 80's by night).

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How much sun does that area get?
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How much sun does that area get?
Almost none... maybe one hr early morning and another late afternoon. It's a north balcony.
But it has bright light due to some buildings in front.
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I love Bletillas!! They used to be so readily available at local places like Home Depot but now I can only find them online.
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