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    this is in responce to the only bloomin once a year comment someone made, i have a small collection of "Lowes" orchids that i have aquirred over the last year all but 2 were bought without flowers and on sale. one of the 2 with flowers is a phal that i picked up this spring and quit blooming about 3 months ago and three weeks ago i noticed its flower stock growing and forming new buds and will probably bloom again in a couple weeks( that makes 2 blooming periods in 6 months) i also purchaced an occidium(i know thats not spelled right but its a "dancing lady orchid", lots of smaller yellow flowers) that i purchaced last winter out of flower but it looked healthy and i didnt have one. anyways it started blooming about the end of june and the flowers lasted several months untill the dead flowers far out numbered the live and i cut off the the flower stock. well imagine my surprise whe i was watering this plant a couple weeks ago and low and behold there is another flower stock coming up(not sure how well i like this i was about ready to repot it because the last time it bloomed i had to set its pot inside a larger one to prevent the wieght of the flowers from tipping the pot). another double bloomer in 6 month period. these 2 plants also are NOT in any special conditions they are growing on a NE facing window sill in the north east corner of Montana(a place known for a distinct LACK of humidity......i just grow them in clay pots in trays that containe shpagnum moss) anyways this is just my experiance and being that i am having quite i time getting Dendrobiums to do well for me has me mystified as to why these other 2 are doing so well.

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    Josh

    My favorites are the paphs and phrags as well. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img] I've always had a fondness for the slipper orchids stemming from my first childhood discovery of a cypripedium growing in the woods behind our house. I was awstruck! Unfortunately in my childish ignorance, I dug it up and moved it up closer to my house and of course it died. If only I had known then of their rarity and special requirements. I'd love to have some cyps one day but they are so expensive. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/sad.gif[/img]

    So for now, I'll enjoy my paphs and phrags and all my other orchids. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]
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    Rattler,
    As I explained, Phals will flower continually from the same inflorescence (flower stalk) if the plant is in good health and growing conditions. I had a pure white Phal. amabilis hybrid flower off and on in about 6 flushes for almost a year but this is the SAME flower stalk and thus, NOT a new bloom event.

    You cut off the flower stalk of the Oncidium ("dancing lady"?) and it grew another flower stalk. I'm quite sure that it sent up a new stalk from a different pseudobulb as Oncidiums do not repeatedly flower from old bulbs (i.e. bulbs which have already flowered). The old bulbs are simply used as nutrient stores to fuel the next growth. If it did rebloom from the same bulb and in the same growng year (it happens every now and then) then that is very exceptional. Each orchid has a blooming season, just like any other plant.

    Edit: Dendrobiums die off and then begin to grow again. When the plant dies back after flowering water it only rarely and do not fertilize it (do mist the bare or few leaved stalk every day or two to keep it from drying out totally). When the light intensity increases in spring the plant will begin to send up another growth. When this happens you can begin watering and fertilizing as normal for Orchids (1/8-1/4 strength Urea Free Orchid fertilizer) The new growth(s) should mature and flower by next autumn.

    Plantakiss,
    Yup, the Cypripediums are always very expensive. It's rare to find a single growth immature plant of any of the 45 or so species for less than $50-$100 (and usually more). The poached plants off Ebay not included! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img]

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    Some Dendrobiums, such as Den. nobile and its numerous hybrids, are deciduous and have that distinctive winter die-off. I have a Den aphyllum that does the same. But many others, such as the phalaenopsis type Dendrobiums at Lowes, etc., do not do that. They keep plugging away, growing new pseudobulbs and blooming once from each.

    A good choice for a long blooming orchid is Encyclia cochleata. It's known as the cockleshell orchid and is the one whose flowers look like little purple and white octopi. I've heard they can be in perpetual bloom. But, as Swords mentioned, plants need good health and growing conditions for longer blooming. I'd like to think I give my orchids good health, but good growing conditions are scarce during the 8+ months they spend inside each year.

    Regarding sources for Cyps; check with Spangle Creek Labs, which sells small Cyp. seedlings for something in the range of $6. You'll need to baby them and be patient, but it's an affordable entry into that world.
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    Hey thanks alot Bruce!
    I will have to contact these fellow Minnesotans on some seedlings-maybe I can save on shipping by driving there to pick up my order. I've lived in MN my whole 28 years and I have no idea where Bovey is! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img]

    I do not grow any Dendrobiums except D. polysema which was sold to me as D. macrophylla. The differences between these two are subtle. I did not know until I got home and began researching the flower against the descriptions and photos in my books. This Dendrobium species is not deciduous but I was somehow put under the impression that any non-Latourea ("Antelope Orchid") section Dendrobiums were deciduous. Maybe I'll have to branch out to more Dendrobiums after all!

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    Bovey is about an hour west of Duluth. I expected to be in Duluth for a work-related trip back in June and, since I'm a geologist, had thought about renting a car for a day and heading into the Iron Range. The trip fell through when then boss' boss forgot to approve the trip in time.

    Other sources for Cyps, of larger stature, include Cyp. Haven, Rocky Mountain. Orchids, and Vermont Ladyslipper Company. There are a couple others, but I'll have to do a little searching to find them. I'm not organized enough to keep track of them.
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    Fear not, that's far more contacts than I'll ever need! Thanks again![img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

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    I have a miltoniopsis hybrid and it had one flower stalk when i got it, then it formed another one from the same pseudobulb, then it started another stalk from one of the the new growths before it finished growing.
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