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    Hello everyone, I know NOTHING about orchids!!! I just completed a highland Nepenthes greenhouse and was wondering which orchids you experts recommend would do well in there. Here are my conditions which remain steady every day:

    Temps:
    nighttime: 48-58F
    daytime: 80 max

    Humidity:
    nighttime: 98%
    daytime: 65% lowest, 90% highest, usually right in the middle of these 2

    Light:
    mostly in full sun but can accomodate with shade cloth if needed.

    I am sure there are some orchids that would do well in these conditions but not all I am sure. If you have any suggestions, I would even appreciate any info as to where they can be bought/traded.

    Thanks to all of you!
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    Look at the cold-cool growing species. If I could provide those conditions, I'd be loading up on a lot of Draculas, Masdies, and Pleuros I can only dream about. I'd also get me a Dendrobium victoria-reginae (I think is the spelling) and there are many, many others. Especially the genera of the Pleurothallid Family. But none of them will tolerate the highland Nep lighting. Either put them under shade cloth or under the shade of Neps. A lot of these are understory plants in cloud forests, so cool at night, never hot, and lots of humidity are the conditions they want.
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    New Guinea Dendrobiums are amazing plants. Dend. cuthbertsonii.. the victoria-reginae Bruce suggested also. Not the easiest but fantastic plants. Lots of stuff from the cloud forests of South America. Odontoglossum, Miltonopsis, Dracula, Masdevalia, Resterpia, Pleurothallis etc. Many of these things grow mounted too. The gals from J & L Orchids in Easton CT are good, Darrin from Mountain Orchids in VT has excellent stuff. You might try Andy's Orchids in South. Cal. Not sure how much highland stuff he has but everything is artificially propagated and reasonable priced. William from Hoosier Orchids has a nice selection.. unusual things all artificially propagated. James Rose from Cal-Orchids has very nice plants also. Carries Lycaste and other things which are also cool growing if you stay away from the Mexican species and stick with the South American ones from Peru, Columbia etc.

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    Thank you both of you!!!!!!!!! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_m_32.gif[/img]
    That is a wealth of information there!

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    personally Dracula and Masdevalia would be highest on my list with those conditions, actually i do have those conditions, why in the heck dont i have more? some are quite stunning species and generally not very big. Pleuros are really neat if you like odd ball species, its a genus full of oddballs
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    Many Coelogynes or "necklace orchids" grow in the same environments as many highland Nepenthes. In fact Coelogyne papillosa grows on Mt. Kinabalu alongside ultra highland Nepenthes villosa. I am surprised that Coelogynes are not more popular as many of them have large showy white flowers, bloom regularly and are not unusually demanding. Coelogyne cristata, Coelogyne flaccida and Coelogyne pandurata are popular in cultivation but there are many others as well.

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    I have just one word to say to you: Miltoniopsis.

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    Yeah Go with Miltonopsis if your into that sort of thing. Not my fav. I also recomend Dracs and Masdis. Here is the link to the orchid photo encyclopedia. http://www.orchidspecies.com/ You can look through it to see things you like. Ohhh Almost forgot Phrag Besseae grows well in those conditions and also Paph delenatii grow in highland conditions. ABG has then in their highland area blooming profusely. Also from what I have heard the new Phrag Kovatchii is a cool to cold grower. http://www.orchidspecies.com/phragkovatchii.htm It was just discovered in 2002 in peru. Flasks are just now being sold to the US because of CITES and all that jazz. She is still rather expencive though. $500 for a flask of like 25 plants from what I hear. Do not let the picture seen on that link fool you. That is a SMALL flower. I have seen insitu pictures of this plant and those flowers get HUGE!!!!! It dwarfs rothchildianum. The plant still needs to be cultivated to get the rizomes shorted because as of now it spreads out ALOT from what I understand. sending off long rizomes before sending up a new fan. Needs to be bred to shorten the rizome by selective breeding, but its going to open up a new world of phrag crosses once it gets established and easily grown. Just a little teaser. LOL I looked for the post on another board that had pictures of a member in the wild with these flowers, and they were larger than a softball. Really HUGE flowers.
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