A sunny morning for photos; orchids and citrus.

Discussion in 'COMPANION PLANTS - TROPICAL & SUBTROPICAL' started by firefly, Mar 23, 2016.

  1. firefly

    firefly New Member

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    Things were looking bright and green this morning, my phone is not the best camera though, sorry for the low quality of the orchid photos, I will try to obtain a higher resolution camera and improve those.

    A yellow orchid of some kind which I just spotted has flowered. I recently got this from the forest and wasn't expecting flowers at all as the plant didn't look too healthy. Another one I placed in a different tree has 10 buds waiting to come out too.

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    A few more varieties on the same tree, which is a Jamun tree.
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    Each time I make lime juice I throw the seeds onto an area next to the back door, I end up with lots of smaller trees which will eventually be added to my garden or are given away to visitors. These are Jamaica lime, very tart but lots of juice, almost orange inside. The seeds take a couple of months to germinate it seems.
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    More baby lime 'trees'
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    This is my tangerine tree (although it may be a mandarin?), produced one fruit last year after being rescued from the woods that had grown up around it, tree is over 40 years old apparently. Behind to the left is a mahogany of about 40 or so feet, a youngster.
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    Hope you enjoy!
     

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  2. Dypsisdean

    Dypsisdean Administrator Staff Member

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    Orchids are one of those plants that look hard to grow, but if given the proper conditions they are unstoppable. Same with Anthuriums - they look as if they couldn't last through any kind of a dry spell - but do amazingly well.
     
  3. firefly

    firefly New Member

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    I'm certainly a novice and have been very lucky this year as we had a lot more moisture than usual, which has no doubt helped. I'm given to understand that they retain a surprising amount of moisture and nutrients inside bulges to see them through the dry spells.
    I try to pick nice shady spots where water gathers and splatters, I don't water any of these myself at the moment but that will likely change as the heat really cranks up later this year.
    Last summer I recorded 112f with 90% humidity at one point.
     

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