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Orchids forum: Gram scriptum var citrinum 'Hihimanu'

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Name: tarev
San Joaquin County, CA (Zone 9b)
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tarev
Apr 19, 2012 5:54 PM CST
Does anybody have this orchid? And if you do, may I see a photo how it is planted..I have one small one, well, used to be big but it is now improving a tiny bit... Rolling my eyes.
Name: Jim Hawk
Odessa, Florida (Zone 9b)
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hawkarica
Apr 19, 2012 6:47 PM CST
I have a Grammatophylum scriptum but I don't remember the variety. I've been growing it for several years now. I put it into a wooden log square box with a little bark and hung it from the roof of the lanai. The roots quickly consumed the container as they came out the bottom and sides and grew upwards. I haven't seen the container in three years. It is about the size of a basketball and very heavy. I mist it with a weak fertilizer solution every day and deep water once a week. It usually puts out multiple spikes of about three feet long, each with 50 flowers or so. That means it can occupy six feet of space so give it lots of room. Here are some pics.

Jim

Thumb of 2012-04-20/hawkarica/dd238d Thumb of 2012-04-20/hawkarica/b74512
Thumb of 2012-04-20/hawkarica/de67d7 Thumb of 2012-04-20/hawkarica/938509
Name: tarev
San Joaquin County, CA (Zone 9b)
Always count your blessings in life
Plays in the sandbox Region: California Orchids Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Composter Cactus and Succulents
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tarev
Apr 19, 2012 8:20 PM CST
Wow! That is one humongous orchid! Thanks for the photos and inputs Jim! Yeah, I did notice it likes a lot of water Smiling Do you have to keep it indoors come winter time? I have just brought this little one outdoors today for the first time, now that temps are getting much warmer. From what I have read it can take really warm temps up to 90F...do you think it can take dry 100F too outdoors? Coz our temps come summertime sometimes go beyond 100F. When does your orchid usually do her spikes and flowers?

Really interested to hear more about it from an actual grower like you...aside from what I have read on various write-ups. I almost lost this orchid last year..am just glad it made a come back, down to one pseudobulb now..am such a newbie.. Hilarious! Hilarious!
Name: Jim Hawk
Odessa, Florida (Zone 9b)
Charter ATP Member Orchids Region: Florida Tropicals Roses Region: United States of America
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hawkarica
Apr 22, 2012 5:28 PM CST
My Grammatophylum is spiking now. Since I live in Florida, I have copletely different growing conditions than you so it is difficult to give advise. We never get to 100 degrees here but I would advise you to keep it in the shade and give it lots of water under those conditions. Also, avoid temps below 45 degrees. I don't find it to be particularly delicate. Mine stays outside all year long since I have a greenhouse. Even before the greenhouse, mine stayed outside except for the few nights where temps dropped below 45 degrees.

Jim
Name: tarev
San Joaquin County, CA (Zone 9b)
Always count your blessings in life
Plays in the sandbox Region: California Orchids Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Composter Cactus and Succulents
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tarev
Apr 23, 2012 1:59 PM CST
Thanks Jim! I will take note of that winter time weather...we do get down to 21F sometimes..so will hide it in the garage when it does give that forecast...and will give it a bit more shade and maybe put it nearer the fountain area, so it can get a bit more humidity when we hit the 100's ugh!

This is how the Gram looked like when I first got her in March 2010:
Thumb of 2012-04-23/tarev/b27270

As it started to decline, I tried different ways of potting it..and now I got this little one left, an offshoot of the last pseudobulb that came from the original batch. So keeping a watchful eye on this last one, as it tries to survive:
This photo on 17May2011:
Thumb of 2012-04-23/tarev/def708

And the most recent one..as it stays outdoors:
Thumb of 2012-04-23/tarev/0377c6

I just notice it always droops to the side..either it was trying to follow the light or just likes it going that way.
[Last edited by tarev at Apr 23, 2012 2:00 PM CST (+)]
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