Coel. ochracea

carolinn_on(z3 Northern Ontario)April 1, 2009

One of my favourite species. Very fragrant.

It would have had 2 more spikes if I hadn't have been so clumsy!

Carol

Coel. ochracea

Coel. ochracea

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raphael_toronto

Very nice Carol! Culture?

    Bookmark   April 1, 2009 at 10:37AM
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aachenelf z5 Mpls

Really cool and really, really elegant.

Kevin

    Bookmark   April 1, 2009 at 12:31PM
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xmpraedicta(3b Saskatoon)

Oh Carol this one of my all-time favorite coelogynes!! Thank you so much for posting...yours is beautiful. I cannot wait to smell the fragrance. Mine is in spike right now for the first time after 2 years and I can't wait to see it bloom:

...do you start watering it more right now? Higher light and warmer? I'd love to hear cultural tips and how you take care of yours, as mine seems to be sulking a bit...

    Bookmark   April 1, 2009 at 5:38PM
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jemsta

Very pretty

    Bookmark   April 1, 2009 at 5:41PM
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Sheila(8b SW Texas)

Very pretty blooms! Wish we could transmit fragrance.

Sheila :)

    Bookmark   April 1, 2009 at 8:40PM
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carolinn_on(z3 Northern Ontario)

Thanks everyone for your comments.
Raphael, I grow it intermediate-warm, with night temps a bit higher the last 6 weeks or so.. being low to mid 60's. It started to spike about 3 months ago, and I watered more frequently then...and also applied a little fertilizer. It's in an eastern exposure window and potted in fir bark in a plastic pot. This is my second ochracea. I had one in my early orchid days and it didn't do well. The flower patterns were the same, but looked quite different in growth habit.The first one had grassy leaves, tall and with tiny blooms. still very fragrant and lovely. This one has much larger blooms. wider leaves and compact growth. Love it!

Cal, I was really excited to see your other Coel. in bloom, as you likely know already. :) It's funny...we both had rather similar experiences with our Coels... and I also demolished spikes (2). I didn't know these were flower spikes until about 2 weeks ago. That's when the buds began to show, then they developed very rapidly. I watered mine more frequently when I first saw the spikes (about 3 months ago), and more when the buds began to show. Kept it in the same place and same temps.

Carol

    Bookmark   April 2, 2009 at 9:42AM
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carolinn_on(z3 Northern Ontario)

Thanks everyone for your comments.
Raphael, I grow it intermediate-warm, with night temps a bit higher the last 6 weeks or so.. being low to mid 60's. It started to spike about 3 months ago, and I watered more frequently then...and also applied a little fertilizer. It's in an eastern exposure window and potted in fir bark in a plastic pot. This is my second ochracea. I had one in my early orchid days and it didn't do well. The flower patterns were the same, but looked quite different in growth habit.The first one had grassy leaves, tall and with tiny blooms. still very fragrant and lovely. This one has much larger blooms. wider leaves and compact growth. Love it!

Cal, I was really excited to see your other Coel. in bloom, as you likely know already. :) It's funny...we both had rather similar experiences with our Coels... and I also demolished spikes (2). I didn't know these were flower spikes until about 2 weeks ago. That's when the buds began to show, then they developed very rapidly. I watered mine more frequently when I first saw the spikes (about 3 months ago), and more when the buds began to show. Kept it in the same place and same temps.

Carol

    Bookmark   April 2, 2009 at 10:39AM
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xmpraedicta(3b Saskatoon)

Thanks for the tips, Carol. Did the 'sheaths' turn yellow on yours before popping open? And do you have this in any special humid conditions?

    Bookmark   April 3, 2009 at 12:30AM
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olyagrove(z9 Tampa, FL)

Beautiful flowers...
Olya

    Bookmark   April 3, 2009 at 12:28PM
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carolinn_on(z3 Northern Ontario)

Cal, those 'sheaths' really intrigue me! Almost as if they are trying to protect the bloom, when it is even more delicate, so sweet! The first pics I took, I wondered why i didn't remove the pointed bamboo stick behind one of the flowers, when I noticed the dried 'sheath'! Today one of them fell off a fresh bloom, and it was still looking fresh itself.

It's quite dry in the sun room, so I would spritz the new growths and media with R/O water lightly every day or 2. It should do really well in your tank. :)

Correction: the media is not fir bark, but tree fern!

Carol

    Bookmark   April 3, 2009 at 11:10PM
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