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Leo Schordje

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This plant originally belonged to Rich Jezioro who won CCM on it with about 120 flowers in 1994. I think he got the plant from Hausermann's. Rich raised his CCM winner in the southeast window of a run down mobile home in a trailer park just down Sheridan Rd from me. Proof that orchids are not elitists !!! You can grow an award winner in the lowest tech of settings. I got a couple pieces of it when he changed the mount it was on. The above is one piece. Below is a second. I like having a few Tillandia on the cork with it, makes a more naturalistic display.


easy to grow miniature, I water the slabs maybe twice a week, flowers have a sweet fragrance.
 
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Eric, you need to grow it on a sheer slab of rock! (Cuz it grows easier for me in a CHC mix, due to my watering schedule.......)

It's a lovely one Leo! nice form and size flowers. And good growing! of course :) Leptotes are up there at the top of my favorite orchids.
 

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Very nice show Leo! Esp. the first pictured part seems to be crowded with fine open blooms. I like them !! Jean
 

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Nice plant & blooms, Leo.
I was told that these should grow with the foliage hanging down. And that's why the flowers look like they are upside down. What do you think?
 

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Hey Dot. On all the new growths, the foliage tends to point up. If it wanted to hang down it would have done so years ago. Each of the 2 mounts started with one or more 3 growth divisions. So what you see in the pictures is 5 or so years worth of growth on the slabs. If they wanted to hang down they would have by now.

That is a good point. For orchids where I don't know what they want - I mount the first growth sideways. Then if they want to point up - they can, and if they want to point down, the very next growth ends up pointing down. Hard to know sometimes how a plant want to go.
 

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Hey Dot. On all the new growths, the foliage tends to point up. If it wanted to hang down it would have done so years ago. Each of the 2 mounts started with one or more 3 growth divisions. So what you see in the pictures is 5 or so years worth of growth on the slabs. If they wanted to hang down they would have by now.

That is a good point. For orchids where I don't know what they want - I mount the first growth sideways. Then if they want to point up - they can, and if they want to point down, the very next growth ends up pointing down. Hard to know sometimes how a plant want to go.
Interesting, Leo. I don't remember who told me that, but it was someone who was knowledgeable about miniatures. Just shows that no one knows everything -- the growth habit certainly disproves that theory!

I like your idea about mounting sideways and letting Mother Nature take over. Good thinking.
 

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