Thursday, February 18, 2010

Coelogyne miniata

Coelogyne miniata - Flower photo by Richard LindbergI got this Coelogyne miniata last September. It was in bloom, not too expensive and looked as if it could be divided. I put it aside and waited for new growth. This plant now has four new growths so I have reread what OrchidSpecies.com has to say about the species and I took it out of the pot and removed the old bark.

Coelogyne miniata - Flower photo by Richard LindbergCoelogyne miniata grows in Java, Bali, Lesser Sunda Islands and Sumatra in mountain forests above 3000 feet. It is cool to warm growing and blooms in winter.

The roots are quite sparse. There is a pseudobulb that has three growths that is the center of the plant. I think the plant was ripped from a mount and potted, winding it around to make a full-looking pot.

The two top pseudobulbs and their new growths will be on one mount. The other two new growths will each be another mount. The lead without a new growth now will be one. The backbulbs will be at least two more.

2 comments:

  1. I was considering repotting my Coel mossiae this spring, but I read that Coel has an intolerance to repotting. Plants will stall for a year or more before resuming active growth and flowering. HAve you experienced that problem ?
    Does Coel miniata grow best under year round warm temps or does it require cooler conditions and a winter rest ?

    Charlie

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  2. I don't have a Coel mossiae, but the my mooreana divides well and I have a big survival percentage for backbulbs as well. On the page http://www.backbulb.com/Coel_divide_01.asp the first piece listed is already spiking and I divided it just over a month ago.

    I checked OrchidSpecies.com and didn't see any mention of a winter rest, and it usually does mention it if it is needed. I didn't dry rest mine, but temperatures were cooler and there was less light.

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