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Old 09-07-2022, 01:33 AM
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Southern California is in the midst of a record-setting heat wave (both for intensity and duration) with not only hot days, but unusually warm nights. Not ideal Dracula conditions. But here is my brave little Dracula woolwardii, in full bloom this morning. The flower partially collapses during the heat of the day, but opens again in the morning even though it's not cool and hasn't been for a week. I also show a close up of a blooming in June to show how hairy the flower is. (it blooms on and off much of the year)

Drac bellerophon is also getting ready to bloom, and Drac cordobae also has a couple of buds getting close. I have found that my Dracs are a lot more forgiving of heat than many of the showy Masdevallias. Keeping them sopping wet seems to help. They are in baskets, so even though quite damp, they get lots of air.
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That's amazing it's blooming for you outside in this summer's heat! Wow!!
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That's amazing it's blooming for you outside in this summer's heat! Wow!!
And after partially collapsing during the day as usual yesterday, it's wide open again this morning. Night low temperatures haven't been below mid 70's F (24 C) for about 2 weeks and don't get that low until the wee hours of the morning. Days 90 deg F or more (32-33 C) . Not as bad as inland, but still HOT and humid.
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Not as bad as inland, but still HOT and humid.
I'm sorry Roberta, but considering where I live, I have to chuckle just a little. I don't grow pleurothallids for just this reason!
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I'm sorry Roberta, but considering where I live, I have to chuckle just a little. I don't grow pleurothallids for just this reason!
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I'm sorry Roberta, but considering where I live, I have to chuckle just a little. I don't grow pleurothallids for just this reason!
I get it. Hot and humid is very relative, ain't it? I gave up killing pleuros quite a ways back.
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Try Pleurothallis ruscifolia. Extremely wide geographical range.
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Since we are (supposedly) working on a move to a completely different climate, I'm waiting before I acquire any new plants. Once established on the frozen tundra I do plan on some type of cypripedium in s/h in a window. Pleuros may take me awhile. We shall see.
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Since we are (supposedly) working on a move to a completely different climate, I'm waiting before I acquire any new plants. Once established on the frozen tundra I do plan on some type of cypripedium in s/h in a window. Pleuros may take me awhile. We shall see.
Ya know, there will be less time on the bike in the frozen tundra... you can use the spare time to grow a cyp or three.
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