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Old 04-09-2021, 11:50 AM
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I got one of these from Bloomify on Etsy. They sell a small variety of mini and micro-mini orchids, and some other things. The care info they give with the orchids is pretty generic "keep lightly moist" care, and the only thing they say about this particular orchid is that it likes to be warm. When I try to Google it, all the results that come up are from Bloomify.

So, what do I do with this little one? Anything beyond generic mini/micro bulbo care?

Semi-related, I'm happy with the plants I got from Bloomify. If anyone happens to want something they're selling, I recommend them.
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Old 04-09-2021, 12:07 PM
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Interesting, I think Bulb. electrinum is a synonym of Bulb. hirundinis, which can grow fairly cool. I'm sure that it would do well on the warmer side, but not so sure that it is a requirement. (I grow Bulb. hirundiinis outside and it puts up with what passes for winter at my house)
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Old 04-09-2021, 03:06 PM
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Any idea if it wants any kind of dormancy or rest period?

I found some pictures of flowers online, and whoo, I hope this does well for me. I'm a fan of strange-looking flowers, and these look like they've melted. Can't go wrong with bright orange ribbons on a flower stalk long enough to put them in your face. Suppose we'll find out if this is one of the bulbos that really stinks.
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If it is really hirundinis (which I do grow) no spell that I have noticed. But outstanding color. I don't think it needs dormancy... Bulbos do sometimes lose leaves (probably in response to inadequate water) but I don't dry them out... but then, I grow this one mounted (as I do most of the ones that grow cool - outside -, so if I water less (which I do I do in winter anyway_) it gets drier. But I think that most Bulbos come from very humid climates so even if rain is less in winter, they're always going to have dew.
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Bulbos are wet-growing plants. Tiny ones should never even approach dryness unless you really know what you're doing.
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Makes sense. The bulbs on this thing are tiny- I had to go looking for them. Can't imagine it would tolerate dryness at all.

I guess I'll give it generic micro-mini bulbo care. Simple enough, thanks for the advice.
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