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Old 09-15-2017, 09:06 PM
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I think you have no problems. I think you are in a perfect place to grow at least 2 out of three.
"Optimist" really suits you, Optimist haha. I should change my name to Pessimist
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So today I re-potted all 3 of them. This is how it went down:

I'm pretty disappointed in that vendor, I will not be purchasing any orchid from them again. The Myrmecophila was damaged in transport and it split into 3 sections: one big one (thankfully it's the one with the newest cane and it's currently in spike) and 2 small ones with old canes. I mounted the main one to a log of wood I had laying around (my brother uses them to smoke the meat when we use the grill). The other smaller divisions went to a small ficus tree and a really young orange tree (I don't have a yard, so I keep my trees in containers). I took a picture, I think it looks great mounted.

The Lycaste and the Rhyncholaelia were not in great shape either, specially the Rhyncho, it almost had no healthy roots (most of the old ones were dead and the newer ones are sooo small). Their newest growth seems smaller and smaller, so I'm guessing they have been neglected. So I followed my instinct and re-potted both of them in LECA (traditional culture). They will be inside under artificial lights, heat mat and humidifier. Hopefully that will encourage healthy root growth. Once they're doing better I will move the Rhyncho outside, but I don't want to risk it right now. Do you think I did the right thing?
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The mount looks great. The Rhyncholaelia will probably be fine. I don't know much about Lycastes.
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The mount looks great. The Rhyncholaelia will probably be fine. I don't know much about Lycastes.
Thanks! And thank you for all of your insight! I know a couple of people that grow them successfully indoors in Mexico City, so I'm hoping they'll be ok
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Lycastes like to be pretty damp all the time, but a little drier in winter when they are sitting there with leafless bulbs. If the pseudobulbs are firm, don't worry about it... it will probably start new growth in the spring. Depending on which one, it may bloom from leafless bulbs, and then grow new leaves. Lyc. aromatica and relatives do that... they sit there doing nothing, then put out flowers in late spring, then the new growth. Others (such as Lyc. skinneri and relatives) do the growth first and then the flowers. I grow them outside, in the shade, water all year but a little less when it is cold. They'd probably be happy to be warmer, but they get what they get, and grow for me quite well.
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I only say that because I have a mermecophilia and it does fine in 6a. You are in 8 or 9 better, you also actually have warmer winters, cooler summers, and more humidity than I have. It looks like Mexico City is sort of perfect for Orchids. I'd love to go down there but no habla Espanol, you know? Por lo menos no lo suficientemente bien como para evitar la risa.
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Lycastes like to be pretty damp all the time, but a little drier in winter when they are sitting there with leafless bulbs. If the pseudobulbs are firm, don't worry about it... it will probably start new growth in the spring. Depending on which one, it may bloom from leafless bulbs, and then grow new leaves. Lyc. aromatica and relatives do that... they sit there doing nothing, then put out flowers in late spring, then the new growth. Others (such as Lyc. skinneri and relatives) do the growth first and then the flowers. I grow them outside, in the shade, water all year but a little less when it is cold. They'd probably be happy to be warmer, but they get what they get, and grow for me quite well.
Thanks for the tip! I'm growing them indoors this year and see how they like my setup. I'll keep you posted!

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I only say that because I have a mermecophilia and it does fine in 6a. You are in 8 or 9 better, you also actually have warmer winters, cooler summers, and more humidity than I have. It looks like Mexico City is sort of perfect for Orchids. I'd love to go down there but no habla Espanol, you know? Por lo menos no lo suficientemente bien como para evitar la risa.
Oh, then they'll do great! Mexico City indeed has great climate that allows me to go crazy trying a lot of different species and growing habits. And you should come down here! There's a lot of neighborhoods like Roma and Condesa where you could find people on the street talking in English, French, Chinese and nobody would care if your Spanish isn't great.
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