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Old 02-01-2014, 10:16 PM
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Question Can you help me id my orchid?

My grandma was given this and a bunch of shade loving house plants in a basket, she didn't want to take care of them so she gave them to me. Most of the other plants had tags and such, but this one took me some time of searching to find out that it was an orchid. Since there are many types that need different care I'd really like to know what kind it is! I've had it for a while now and it's still alive, but I'm sure it could be doing better. Thanks in advance!
Since I haven't posted enough on this site I can't put pics on here yet. But I have them posted on my profile.
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I guess if I spam this a bit i can add those pictures
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It also has large flat leaves that attach at the top of a bulb looking part above the roots.
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Here are the pictures!


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Welcome wingedshadowwolf! You have a lovely orchid. Unfortunately I do not have an orchid like this so I can't help ID. However, I am sure other members will opine! Welcome here!
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It appears to be a grammatophyllum of some sort....and it looks like a very nice one. You probably won't be able to ID the exact one but at least w/the genus you know what you're working with. Some species can get very, very large.

Here's some info on culture....
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Could be Grammotophyllum scriptum var citrin, i'm impressed you have it flowering in alaska!!

Generally, bright light, warm temperatures and watering once a week is about right. Too cold and it will drop all the leaves.

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Wow! That is a beauty! I don't grow these and haven't really paid them much attention but, now, I hope I don't come across that one at any shows.... Where would I put it?
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I can't take credit for those flowers as it came like that, but they lasted quite a while! Those pictures were taken sometime in late August.
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Here are some current pics of it

Took these tonight.

It's got some brown spots on the leaves, but my peppers don't like winter either! I have the orchid near the window and give it a splash of water whenever I water the others. I'm not sure if I should mist the roots or not.

I moved it to take a better picture, it's still hard to see clearly but it has a nice spike of new growth!
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Give it as much light as possible, (ok not so easy in alaska in winter) and as warm as possible. If it loses its leaves its not a complete disaster as they will regrow in spring but ideally you dont want it to do that.

I kept mine in a bedroom windosill with min about 15C and its been fine this winter, watered once a week, i dont spray the upturned roots.

Last winter lost all the leaves when growing at 10C minimum.
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The leaves are still quite sturdy but the temp hangs around that range. It's a bit of a choice here: heat or light, hard to do both without grow-lights. I'm having that problem with my mini lime, it seems to have preferred light by the window over being by the stove but it lost it's leaves anyways.
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You were spot on with the variety! Googled it and found a youtube video of a guy selling them, the one he had has 3 giant flower spikes!
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A splendid Grammatophyllum scriptum var citrinum! They are hardy and love plenty of sun.
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A splendid Grammatophyllum scriptum var citrinum! They are hardy and love plenty of sun.
Hardy means something different in Jakarta than it does in Alaska
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sciptum blooms in late summer usually September so you can put it outdoors when the temps at night stay above 10 C (it can stand zero for a couple of hours at night. Mine get that cold in Florida but no more than 2 hours here.

The big pseudobulbs (those big things under the leaves) can turn black and soft. This is a normal growth pattern for the plant to clear space for new growth. Ignor it when it happens. The plant will reabsorb the liquid and the shell will fall off like a dead leaf. Trying to cut it out when soft can kell the plant.

Keep them in the smallest pot you can. I put one in an 8 inch pot and it took 3 years to reflower. It did produce 11 flower stems and over 1000 flowers
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