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Old 23-09-2003, 04:02 AM
P.J. Bloodworth
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Default Stanhopia Oculata Question

Hi Diane,
I am in humid central North Carolina, and have been growing the plant in an
enclosure under a single layer of gray triple-wall polycarbonate, which I
have found cuts out about 50% of the ambient light. It is up in the section
where structural members give a little more of an intermittent shading
effect. At any rate, I have observed no burning of the foliage, which
supports the notion that they can tolerate and may prosper in a near
Cattleya-like light regime. In R.O. water, I use Grow More 20-10-20 @ 1/2
tsp gal during spring, bumping it up to 1 tsp/gal during the summer at every
watering about once a week. No adjustments of pH have been necessary.
Between watering/fertilizing events, which consist of dunking the entire
basket into a reservoir of the fertilizer solution, I heavily mist the
plants w/ R.O. water once a day in the morning if the surface of the medium
appears dry. This has encouraged the proliferation of live sphagnum moss
(that probably came with the seedling) over most of the surface of the
medium. Several weeks ago, when the ambient temperatures backed off, I began
using Grow More 6-30-30 (Bloom Formula) @ 1/2 tsp/gal. During the winter,
the minimum temperature in the enclosure is about 57-58 F.

Good luck,


"Diane Mancino" wrote in message
Hi Jeff, what conditions are you growing in, feeding etc. - what ever your
doing I need to try it
"P.J. Bloodworth" wrote in message
I obtained a small Stanhopea oculata seedling from Oak Hill in 5/02 for

very reasonable $4.00. At that time, the longest leaf blade, not

the petiole, was 5" atop a pseudobulb about 1/2" in diameter. I placed

a 10" wire basket in pure sphagnum moss. Since that time, it has grown
steadily longer leaves (5", 7", 6",11") on a single lead. The largest
pseudobulb is now 1" in diameter. To my amazement, I saw a spike this
morning protruding from the bottom of the basket! If this is any

your wait may not be so long.


"Shell91" wrote in message
I have just gotten a Stanhopia oculata on eBay. I have been doing

reearch on the web but I can't find anything on how old a plant has to

flower. Is it like most and needs to be several years old? 218

This is the page for the auction. Any opinions on the plant?