The Notorious…Nelly Isler

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    Eszter Bogolin
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    Last night’s meeting named this very orchid a “hard to grow” one…I read it many times over a past couple of years this plant could be challenging to grow and to flower…Now, I do like challenges and when I researched the conditions needed to keep “Nelly” happy it sounded like it’s a match for me!

    It’s is second year with me and it is third time flowering since I brought it home, currently having 5 flower spikes…I loved it so much that I had to buy the “dark red” version as well, and flowering (almost done) with the first spike and growing 3 more…

    I changed them into their new medium (coconut coir) in July and they seem to like it, it was keeping their roots nice and cool…

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    Shane
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    Hi Esther,
    I and many others consider the “Nellys” to be tricky to sustain long-term. Referring to the excellent You Tube channel of “MissOrchidGirl” a grower with a large diverse and superbly healthy orchid collection she has ranked the Nelly as her Number 1 most difficult orchid! So Esther you have to be congratulated. Obviously the specific growing conditions you provide are key! So keep on doing what you are doing!

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    Eszter Bogolin
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    Hi Shane!
    Yes, I know Danni’s channel. She is in Mediterranean climate, and as far as I understand Cambrias don’t like to be too hot for too long…so might that’s why it’s challenging for her to make them flourish.
    I don’t do anything special for them, they are just growing seemingly by themselves. I hold water back a bit when they are in flower, other than that they are sitting in the north-east facing window…I did changed the bark for coir when I’ve seen them struggling with the heat and seemingly solved the problem… I can’t wait to see how the roots are doing after they finished flowering…

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