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    David Morse

    Coelogyne cristata should be familiar to most orchid growers as its flowers and gooseberry-like pseudobulbs are so distinctive. In the spring of 2020, I split my huge specimen of 14 years growth. Despite its reputation for resenting repotting, all the divisions not only prospered but most have flowered this spring filling the greenhouse with a primrose fragrance. The plant is very cold tolerant demonstrated by an experiment with one split kept dry and overwintered in the greenhouse and which was subject to temperatures down to -3 degrees C on several nights without apparent harm.
    I keep my plants in an unheated house room all winter and only water about every 4 weeks. I hope to have many flowering-sized plants to offer society members when the society meetings resume.

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