Bulbophyllum phalaenopsis

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Bulbophyllum phalaenopsis

Bulbophyllum phalaenopsis, a rare species has very wide Phalaenopsis-like leaves. The flowers are very unusual in that they are carrion scented and smell of rotting flesh. Fortunately you have to get fairly close to the flowers to catch the scent. This orchid is easy to grow and would be treated as a phalaenopsis for culture.

Light:
Low to medium as for Phalaenopsis. Bright diffused light is best. Too much light will cause an intense reddening of the foliage.

Humidity:
50% or higher is ideal.

Water:
Do not allow it to become completely dry between watering.

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For more

http://bulbophyllums.proboards.com/thread/48/bulbophyllum-phalaenopsis

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Neofinetia

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Neofinetia Red

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Neofinitia.Darwinara Charm ‘Blue Star’

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‘Lou Sneary’

Neofinetia x Rhynchostylis = Neostylis (e.g. ‘Lou Sneary’)

Neofinetia falcata is arguably the first orchid ever to be grown as a house plant in Japan in the 1600’s. It is also known as the Samurai Orchid, as Shogun Tokugawa Ienari fell in love with the plant and it is rumored that samurai would help in searching and collecting the plants from the mountains. It is one of the world’s highest priced orchid (depending on the rarity of each variety), with a history of some plants selling for $100,000+. Neofinetias are enjoyed as bonsai are, for the foliage and the overall presentation of the plant. In Japan, it is said that the key to growing them is to enjoy the plant everyday of the year, not just for the flowers. They generally flower in June and July, and have a very sweet fragrance (somewhat like Jasmine) that is strongest at dusk and dawn.

Water
like to stay slightly wet between watering from late April until September or October, when the weather is warm and the days are long.If allow the moss to completely dry out in May or June, neofinetia often abort flowering for the season.During the cool season, only water or mist the plants on sunny days (if you have high humidity, you don’t need to do this often). these plants have a warm and wet growing season, and then a cool and dry season in Japan. We have found that the plants do not require a cool dry rest to grow and flower well.
Fertilizer

Fertilizing is important in the growing season only, which is from April until September/October. Fertilizer may be cut out 100% in the winter and when the plants are in bloom.
Temperature

Fuukiran are very strong plants, and are quite easy to grow. can tolerate temperatures from 0 to 37 degrees Celsius. Ideal temperatures would be 15 degrees Celsius at night, with a daytime temp in the mid 25 to 28 degrees Celsius
shade

They enjoy medium light conditions (no direct sun)
Repotting

Neofinetia can grow in almost any substrate as long as they get good moisture to the roots with good air flow. They can grow in sphagnum moss, bark, bare root in baskets (like Vandas if the humidity levels are high) and mounted on cork slabs.
Growing Outdoors

Semi-shaded with brighter morning sun will make these plants grow to their full potential. Being too cold and wet is often followed by bacterial or fungal rot. Also remember to keep the plant watered adequately as sun and wind will dry the plants out quickly.

Links

http://newworldorchids.com/neofinetia-care-sheet/

https://www.wikiwand.com/en/Neofinetia

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Flower spike initiation in phalaenopsis.

What triggers or initiates spike growth on phalaenopsis is cool night temperatures of around 25 degree C for several weeks.A temperature of 32 degrees, even for a short time, will prevent spiking.
so my phalaenopsis plant grows quite well, but doesn’t bloom reason could be too high temperature. We find that phalaenopsis flower quite well at 16.5 degree C. If you are growing the plants indoors, artificial lights nearby might cause long days and thus inhibit flowering. If the plants seem to be growing well, water and fertilizer applied as directed, temperature ideal, and still no flowers, then not enough light is probably the answer. Gradually increase the light intensity . If growing in the home, move the plants to a nice, bright windowsill.

so What triggers or initiates spike growth on phals is cool night temperatures for several weeks. But, prior to this, it should have been growing and building up nutrient reserves within its leafs. This brings up a concern about how healthy the plant is, whether the leafs are full and firm (healthy) or somewhat limp and droopy (unhealthy).
other facts/methods

1)Some Phal species do not require temperature drop to initiate spike.

2)Timing these is very important for the cut flower industry. The nurseries that fill those markets grow their Phals in extremely dense shade–just a little more light than you’d get on a clear night with a full moon–for several months under tarps. When the tarps are removed and normal light levels restored, the plants spike within two weeks.
The darkness delays the normal spike season for the particular type of plant. In other words, if you have a Phal that normally spikes in December, and you want it to spike in March, you could drastically reduce light levels in mid November, then restore them in March to make the plant spike.

3) study points to the possibility of using intermittent high temperatures to prevent spiking. By applying cycles of 1 to 3 weeks of reduced temperatures (down to 59°F or 15°C) followed by 1 week of high temperature to inhibit spiking between late fall and early spring, it may lower the cost of inhibiting spiking by using constant 82°F (28°C).

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Dactylorhiza fuchsii

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Dactylorhiza fuchsii a splendid cultivated form of this easy plant. Attractive greyish leaves are lightly covered in diffuse purple spots.
This is held below long, packed spikes of shell-pink flowers, each of which is intricately spotted and dotted with
candy pink.An easy plant, in the garden, in a moist sunny soil. The best Dactylorhiza to start with,
and one which will, in time, make a splendid garden display.

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Ophrys lutea

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Ophrys lutea is found in Portugal, Spain, France, Italy, Greece and the surrounding Mediterranean islands and plus
western area North Africa in cool grassy areas of 0 to 1800m in elevation.It is found in areas with partial sun.
Plant blooms from winter to spring with two to ten 2.5 cm flowers.
Plant should be grown from seeds. Avoid fertilizers, transplanting, and fungicide because it may kill
the symbiotic fungus. Plant in low nutrient soil with partial sun.

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Cyrtochilum macranthum

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Cyrtochilum macranthum is native to Columbia, Ecuador and Peru. It is a protected species according to the Washington Convention.Cyrtochilum macranthum is a species in the genus Cyrtochilum which belongs to the family of the Orchidaceae (Orchideen).Cyrtochilum macranthum has simple leaves. They are linear with entire margins.The flowers are orchid-shaped and yellow. The plants bloom from May to July.

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Ascocentrum garayi

ascocentrum   -    garayi

Ascocentrum has about six species in Asia and the Philippines that are compact vanda like plants and
have upright inflorescences with dense cones of smaller flowers.
Most of these plants are warm to intermediate growers that like slat basket culture with little or no potting media.
The offspring have the small plant size of the ascocentrum combined with the larger flower size of the vanda.

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Anguloa brevilabris

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Anguloas, also called Tulip Orchids, are relatives of the Lycaste orchid genus.
They are found in South American rainforests. The flowers have good substance, and they are fragrant orchids,
typically smelling of cinnamon. Colors are geen, white, yellow, and red.
The flowers are round and curved inward, giving them a resemblance to tulips.
They have large, thick pseudobulbs, with long, thin, veined leaves.

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Terrestrial Orchids (ground orchids)

Pleione formosana

Phaius tankervilliae

Nervilia orchid

Terrestrial orchids share some characteristics with their greenhouse counterparts. These plants come in many shapes and size, produce blossoms in a rainbow of colors, and are famous for filling the night air with wonderful aromas. Unlike their tropical cousins, however, these woodland flowers do not produce aerial roots or stems that climb trees and bushes. They prefer to keep their roots firmly planted in the earth.

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