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Old 21-02-2004, 12:08 PM
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Hi everyone !

I am thinking about purchasing Rhynchostylis gigantea, but I am not sure if
it will thrive in my conditions (hot in the summer, cold-medium in winter).
Is it true that it requiers hot and humid conditions ?

thanks
Martha



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Old 21-02-2004, 02:21 PM
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Cut-and-pasted from www.orchidspecies.com:

This species occurs on the Indochinese peninsula as a medium sized,
monopodial, warm to hot growing, vandanaceous epiphyte with a stout stem
carrying imbricating at the base, linear, very thick, channeled, acute lobed
apically leaves. The axillary, arcuate, to 15" [37 cm] long, racemose,
densely many flowered inflorescence, which appear in autumn and winter, have
sweetly fragrant blooms that last for about two weeks. They need ample
bright light and even watering and fertilizer through out the year.


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"samaki" wrote in message
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Hi everyone !

I am thinking about purchasing Rhynchostylis gigantea, but I am not sure

if
it will thrive in my conditions (hot in the summer, cold-medium in

winter).
Is it true that it requiers hot and humid conditions ?

thanks
Martha




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Old 21-02-2004, 02:24 PM
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Cut-and-pasted from www.orchidspecies.com:

This species occurs on the Indochinese peninsula as a medium sized,
monopodial, warm to hot growing, vandanaceous epiphyte with a stout stem
carrying imbricating at the base, linear, very thick, channeled, acute lobed
apically leaves. The axillary, arcuate, to 15" [37 cm] long, racemose,
densely many flowered inflorescence, which appear in autumn and winter, have
sweetly fragrant blooms that last for about two weeks. They need ample
bright light and even watering and fertilizer through out the year.


--

Ray Barkalow - First Rays Orchids - www.firstrays.com
Plants, Supplies, Books, Artwork, and Lots of Free Info!

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"samaki" wrote in message
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Hi everyone !

I am thinking about purchasing Rhynchostylis gigantea, but I am not sure

if
it will thrive in my conditions (hot in the summer, cold-medium in

winter).
Is it true that it requiers hot and humid conditions ?

thanks
Martha




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Old 21-02-2004, 03:42 PM
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Martha: Hot summer is no problem; winter cold might be depending on your
definition of cold-medium. We find they do best kept at 50F or warmer.
Several years ago, I had a small batch which all survived an accidental
night in the mid-30s, but they complained about for quite some time
afterward.

Good growing,

--
Kenni Judd
Juno Beach Orchids

http://www.jborchids.com

"samaki" wrote in message
...
Hi everyone !

I am thinking about purchasing Rhynchostylis gigantea, but I am not sure

if
it will thrive in my conditions (hot in the summer, cold-medium in

winter).
Is it true that it requiers hot and humid conditions ?

thanks
Martha




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Old 22-02-2004, 02:02 AM
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On Sat, 21 Feb 2004 09:07:32 -0500, "Ray"
wrote:

Bear with me here ray, I'm a newbie :-)

This species occurs on the Indochinese peninsula as a medium sized,
monopodial, warm to hot growing, vandanaceous epiphyte


What does vandanaceous imply? If it doesn't imply it's a vanda, does
it imply it looks and grows a lot like a vanda?

bb


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Old 22-02-2004, 01:32 PM
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Actually, it implies that I must have been drinking...

It's "vandaceous," which means that it is closely related to vandas,
ascocentrums and the like, capable of interbreeding with them.

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On Sat, 21 Feb 2004 09:07:32 -0500, "Ray"
wrote:

Bear with me here ray, I'm a newbie :-)

This species occurs on the Indochinese peninsula as a medium sized,
monopodial, warm to hot growing, vandanaceous epiphyte


What does vandanaceous imply? If it doesn't imply it's a vanda, does
it imply it looks and grows a lot like a vanda?

bb



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Old 22-02-2004, 07:02 PM
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On Sat, 21 Feb 2004 23:05:37 -0500, "Ray"
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It's "vandaceous," which means that it is closely related to vandas,
ascocentrums and the like, capable of interbreeding with them.


thanks ray

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Old 23-02-2004, 11:32 AM
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What is the size of a flowering size Rhynchostylis gigantea, e.g.
what's the leave span from tip to tip ?
I have some small plants for a couple of years now, and by the rate
they're growing it'll be a long time before they flower.


"Kenni Judd" wrote in message ...
Martha: Hot summer is no problem; winter cold might be depending on your
definition of cold-medium. We find they do best kept at 50F or warmer.
Several years ago, I had a small batch which all survived an accidental
night in the mid-30s, but they complained about for quite some time
afterward.

Good growing,

--
Kenni Judd
Juno Beach Orchids

http://www.jborchids.com

"samaki" wrote in message
...
Hi everyone !

I am thinking about purchasing Rhynchostylis gigantea, but I am not sure

if
it will thrive in my conditions (hot in the summer, cold-medium in

winter).
Is it true that it requiers hot and humid conditions ?

thanks
Martha


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Old 23-02-2004, 11:37 AM
TU
 
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What is the size of a flowering size Rhynchostylis gigantea, e.g.
what's the leave span from tip to tip ?
I have some small plants for a couple of years now, and by the rate
they're growing it'll be a long time before they flower.


"Kenni Judd" wrote in message ...
Martha: Hot summer is no problem; winter cold might be depending on your
definition of cold-medium. We find they do best kept at 50F or warmer.
Several years ago, I had a small batch which all survived an accidental
night in the mid-30s, but they complained about for quite some time
afterward.

Good growing,

--
Kenni Judd
Juno Beach Orchids

http://www.jborchids.com

"samaki" wrote in message
...
Hi everyone !

I am thinking about purchasing Rhynchostylis gigantea, but I am not sure

if
it will thrive in my conditions (hot in the summer, cold-medium in

winter).
Is it true that it requiers hot and humid conditions ?

thanks
Martha


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Old 23-02-2004, 11:42 AM
TU
 
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What is the size of a flowering size Rhynchostylis gigantea, e.g.
what's the leave span from tip to tip ?
I have some small plants for a couple of years now, and by the rate
they're growing it'll be a long time before they flower.


"Kenni Judd" wrote in message ...
Martha: Hot summer is no problem; winter cold might be depending on your
definition of cold-medium. We find they do best kept at 50F or warmer.
Several years ago, I had a small batch which all survived an accidental
night in the mid-30s, but they complained about for quite some time
afterward.

Good growing,

--
Kenni Judd
Juno Beach Orchids

http://www.jborchids.com

"samaki" wrote in message
...
Hi everyone !

I am thinking about purchasing Rhynchostylis gigantea, but I am not sure

if
it will thrive in my conditions (hot in the summer, cold-medium in

winter).
Is it true that it requiers hot and humid conditions ?

thanks
Martha




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Old 23-02-2004, 11:46 AM
TU
 
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What is the size of a flowering size Rhynchostylis gigantea, e.g.
what's the leave span from tip to tip ?
I have some small plants for a couple of years now, and by the rate
they're growing it'll be a long time before they flower.


"Kenni Judd" wrote in message ...
Martha: Hot summer is no problem; winter cold might be depending on your
definition of cold-medium. We find they do best kept at 50F or warmer.
Several years ago, I had a small batch which all survived an accidental
night in the mid-30s, but they complained about for quite some time
afterward.

Good growing,

--
Kenni Judd
Juno Beach Orchids

http://www.jborchids.com

"samaki" wrote in message
...
Hi everyone !

I am thinking about purchasing Rhynchostylis gigantea, but I am not sure

if
it will thrive in my conditions (hot in the summer, cold-medium in

winter).
Is it true that it requiers hot and humid conditions ?

thanks
Martha


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Old 23-02-2004, 11:22 PM
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Mine, which I bought in Sept. of 2002, bloomed in Jan 2004. I don't think it
grew much after I bought it.
Leaf span is uneven, about 7" or 8" on one side and up to 10" on the other.

Bob

"TU" wrote in message
om...
What is the size of a flowering size Rhynchostylis gigantea, e.g.
what's the leave span from tip to tip ?
I have some small plants for a couple of years now, and by the rate
they're growing it'll be a long time before they flower.


"Kenni Judd" wrote in message

...
Martha: Hot summer is no problem; winter cold might be depending on

your
definition of cold-medium. We find they do best kept at 50F or warmer.
Several years ago, I had a small batch which all survived an accidental
night in the mid-30s, but they complained about for quite some time
afterward.

Good growing,

--
Kenni Judd
Juno Beach Orchids

http://www.jborchids.com

"samaki" wrote in message
...
Hi everyone !

I am thinking about purchasing Rhynchostylis gigantea, but I am not

sure
if
it will thrive in my conditions (hot in the summer, cold-medium in

winter).
Is it true that it requiers hot and humid conditions ?

thanks
Martha




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Old 23-02-2004, 11:39 PM
Bob Walsh
 
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Mine, which I bought in Sept. of 2002, bloomed in Jan 2004. I don't think it
grew much after I bought it.
Leaf span is uneven, about 7" or 8" on one side and up to 10" on the other.

Bob

"TU" wrote in message
om...
What is the size of a flowering size Rhynchostylis gigantea, e.g.
what's the leave span from tip to tip ?
I have some small plants for a couple of years now, and by the rate
they're growing it'll be a long time before they flower.


"Kenni Judd" wrote in message

...
Martha: Hot summer is no problem; winter cold might be depending on

your
definition of cold-medium. We find they do best kept at 50F or warmer.
Several years ago, I had a small batch which all survived an accidental
night in the mid-30s, but they complained about for quite some time
afterward.

Good growing,

--
Kenni Judd
Juno Beach Orchids

http://www.jborchids.com

"samaki" wrote in message
...
Hi everyone !

I am thinking about purchasing Rhynchostylis gigantea, but I am not

sure
if
it will thrive in my conditions (hot in the summer, cold-medium in

winter).
Is it true that it requiers hot and humid conditions ?

thanks
Martha




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Old 24-02-2004, 04:44 AM
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Um, I think we have a misunderstanding going on here. Leaf span is
generally considered, at least around here, the total from one tip to the
other, which from Bob's message I think is 17" or 18" for the plants he
mentioned.

Bob: If the size difference on the leaves is consistent from side-to-side,
and you aren't moving the plant around, then one side of it [the one with
longer leaves] is not getting enough light. I shudder to suggest this,
because it is not usually a good idea for most folks and most plants, but if
this behavior has been consistent over a 2-3 year time period, you might
think about rotating the plant's orientation every couple of months.

Rhy. gigantea bloom here much smaller than that -- at 6-8" leaf span
[tip-to-tip]. But on these smaller plants, the flowers are a litte
individually smaller and much less numerous than they are on the larger
plants of a size comparable to Bob's. On the former, we'll get a spike
maybe 4" in length, on the latter we usually see 3-4-6 spikes 6" or better
in length, with more flowers per spike [and individual flowers slightly
larger].

I should probaby also mention that this is one of the few vandaceous types
that we have found will adapt well to pots. Most of our vandaceous are
grown bare, in the basket or with no basket at all. R. gigantea will grow
and bloom that way, but those we put in pots with a very coarse mix of big
lava rock chunks and a bit of coco-fiber far outdid those "bare in the
basket."

Good growing,

--
Kenni Judd
Juno Beach Orchids

http://www.jborchids.com

"Bob Walsh" wrote in message
news:[email protected]_s52...
Mine, which I bought in Sept. of 2002, bloomed in Jan 2004. I don't think

it
grew much after I bought it.
Leaf span is uneven, about 7" or 8" on one side and up to 10" on the

other.

Bob

"TU" wrote in message
om...
What is the size of a flowering size Rhynchostylis gigantea, e.g.
what's the leave span from tip to tip ?
I have some small plants for a couple of years now, and by the rate
they're growing it'll be a long time before they flower.


"Kenni Judd" wrote in message

...
Martha: Hot summer is no problem; winter cold might be depending on

your
definition of cold-medium. We find they do best kept at 50F or

warmer.
Several years ago, I had a small batch which all survived an

accidental
night in the mid-30s, but they complained about for quite some time
afterward.

Good growing,

--
Kenni Judd
Juno Beach Orchids

http://www.jborchids.com

"samaki" wrote in message
...
Hi everyone !

I am thinking about purchasing Rhynchostylis gigantea, but I am not

sure
if
it will thrive in my conditions (hot in the summer, cold-medium in
winter).
Is it true that it requiers hot and humid conditions ?

thanks
Martha








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Old 24-02-2004, 05:12 AM
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Kenni,

Your math is right --17" tip to tip. It gets moved around at least once a
month or so as I jockey things around under the lights when they hopefully
start a spike or fill a sheath.

Bob

"Kenni Judd" wrote in message
.. .
Um, I think we have a misunderstanding going on here. Leaf span is
generally considered, at least around here, the total from one tip to the
other, which from Bob's message I think is 17" or 18" for the plants he
mentioned.

Bob: If the size difference on the leaves is consistent from

side-to-side,
and you aren't moving the plant around, then one side of it [the one with
longer leaves] is not getting enough light. I shudder to suggest this,
because it is not usually a good idea for most folks and most plants, but

if
this behavior has been consistent over a 2-3 year time period, you might
think about rotating the plant's orientation every couple of months.

Rhy. gigantea bloom here much smaller than that -- at 6-8" leaf span
[tip-to-tip]. But on these smaller plants, the flowers are a litte
individually smaller and much less numerous than they are on the larger
plants of a size comparable to Bob's. On the former, we'll get a spike
maybe 4" in length, on the latter we usually see 3-4-6 spikes 6" or better
in length, with more flowers per spike [and individual flowers slightly
larger].

I should probaby also mention that this is one of the few vandaceous types
that we have found will adapt well to pots. Most of our vandaceous are
grown bare, in the basket or with no basket at all. R. gigantea will grow
and bloom that way, but those we put in pots with a very coarse mix of big
lava rock chunks and a bit of coco-fiber far outdid those "bare in the
basket."

Good growing,

--
Kenni Judd
Juno Beach Orchids

http://www.jborchids.com

"Bob Walsh" wrote in message
news:[email protected]_s52...
Mine, which I bought in Sept. of 2002, bloomed in Jan 2004. I don't

think
it
grew much after I bought it.
Leaf span is uneven, about 7" or 8" on one side and up to 10" on the

other.

Bob

"TU" wrote in message
om...
What is the size of a flowering size Rhynchostylis gigantea, e.g.
what's the leave span from tip to tip ?
I have some small plants for a couple of years now, and by the rate
they're growing it'll be a long time before they flower.


"Kenni Judd" wrote in message

...
Martha: Hot summer is no problem; winter cold might be depending on

your
definition of cold-medium. We find they do best kept at 50F or

warmer.
Several years ago, I had a small batch which all survived an

accidental
night in the mid-30s, but they complained about for quite some time
afterward.

Good growing,

--
Kenni Judd
Juno Beach Orchids

http://www.jborchids.com

"samaki" wrote in message
...
Hi everyone !

I am thinking about purchasing Rhynchostylis gigantea, but I am

not
sure
if
it will thrive in my conditions (hot in the summer, cold-medium in
winter).
Is it true that it requiers hot and humid conditions ?

thanks
Martha












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