Thursday, February 10, 2011

Angraecum sesquipedale 'Orchidglade II' FCC/AOS

Angraecum sesquipedale 'Orchidglade II' FCC/AOS - Flower photo by Richard LindbergI bought this Angraecum sesquipedale 1n 2005 at POE. It was an impulse buy after a hard day of ribbon judging and waiting for the Gala Preview to start. It was in bloom and potted. The first thing I did was to take it out of the pot and put it in this small basket.

Angraecum sesquipedale grows in Madagascar. It is hot growing and needs consistent warm temperatures and even watering. It has large, fragrant flowers. The genus Angraecum (Angcm) contains 200 species that grow in tropical Africa to Madagascar. They like a wood slat basket, high humidity, moderate shade, and ample water while in growing.

Angraecum sesquipedale 'Orchidglade II' FCC/AOS - Plant photo by Richard LindbergThose original flowers were the last flowers on the plant for four years. The first year the roots from the pot died and some new roots grew. Not many roots but enough to keep it going. I kept it at the top of the greenhouse where the minimum temperature was highest. But it was too bright and the leaves hardened and warped. I sought advice at my orchid society and we decided that the light level was too high.

In 2008 I added a 60% shadecloth panel above it and it bloomed one flower with some buds blasting. Since then it has improved and this year there are two spikes with three buds each. The first two flowers are open now. After the flowers are done I am going to trim the stalk and move it to a new basket.

4 comments:

  1. Looks good. Do you grow it in a basket with no media at all? Looks bare root in he photo. Did it ever grow any keikis like other Angraecums that form a clump?

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  2. Bare root. The basket is just to have a handle.

    No sign of keikis.

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  3. I just purchased an Angraecum sesquipedale ...
    NBS. I've been holding off, since I see that these can become quite huge .....but felt I was up for the challenge...
    I have (2) CFL lighting fixtures around all of my other MOUNTED Aerangis and Angraecum...
    and I hear this orchid can tolerate rather high light ......

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  4. I had to restrict light on mine, it didn't like my high light, 4000 FC. You won't get to that level with artificial light.

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