- Nov 15, 2017
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In situ! Me like!
Just wondering why you call them Corysanthes as opposed to Corybas?
. Does nobody care that there live protected plants in the earmarked area ?
David, good luck and may your efforts be successful.The ACT is running out of land, and the population is growing, so land developers are keen to use any land they can get. This small parcel of land has some remnant forest so is quite valuable. All around it has been cleared. I think it is worth saving. I am currently involved with a group that is surveying the orchids in it over the next year. If we find any rare species then it may be possible to stop the development. The two species above are quite common, so these themselves won't help protect the area. There is a petition to the local parliament to try and get the land protected.
neat! I just received a bag of P. curta tubers in the mail today. What do you suggest planting them in? I can provide a wide range of temperature and humidity conditions for them, so whatever they need can be provided. Growing in Central Ohio, USA, Zone 6b.
Well, now knowing the full story, I think it was a smart move of the judges to choose another of your magnificent plants as champion of the show. Could be, I suppose, rather disencouraging for the rest of the lot with your Bel Royal going away with the prize every single time. And thinking of it, this choice even further cements your status as the (or one of the) undisputed mastergrower(s) of ACT, if not the Southern hemisphere![ My Bel Royal] ... flowers at this time every year. Fortunately always in time for our Spring show. It has won grand champion a couple of times previously, but last weekend it was beaten by [this] Pterostylis curta of all things.
PterostyIis curta is pretty tolerant. It will grow well in most things. I grow my Australian terrestrials in a good quality seedling/cutting mix (Debco) which tend to drain well, which is important. I add a pinch of blood and bone to the potting medium. As for temperature, they are pretty cold tolerant. I grow mine outside here in Canberra, where it does get below freezing. They actually grow naturally in Canberra. But they do grow under a canopy, which protects them from the frost. My understanding is that Zone 6b is extremely cold, colder than what I experience. So I think this will be a bit too cold for this species. I dare say you are going to have to grow it in a slightly warmer protected area.
There is a lot of good cultural information at this link - CULTURE OF FAST MULTIPLYING (FM) TERRESTRIAL ORCHIDS
Thank you, David! And WAUW! What's not to like about it.. and what a specimen plant (plant looks pretty big, but I wonder, what is the pot size?). Kudos for culture!
Well, now knowing the full story, I think it was a smart move of the judges to choose another of your magnificent plants as champion of the show. Could be, I suppose, rather disencouraging for the rest of the lot with your Bel Royal going away with the prize every single time. And thinking of it, this choice even further cements your status as the (or one of the) undisputed mastergrower(s) of ACT, if not the Southern hemisphere!
Are your winters dry? In the US east coast, we have often wet cold winters (I'm supposedly in zone 6b also, but the last couple of winters were zone 8).
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