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Gladiolus Acidenthera (Peacock Orchid)

#1 User is offline   ladybird 

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Posted 10 February 2005 - 12:09 PM

I got bulbs from my friend in Brazil....I never thought they'd bloom here but what a surprise!....

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v346/borneobabe/Plants%20Pt%202/Plants%203/DSCN2290.jpg

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Very nice fragrant and flowers last for 3 days. Here's a write up on the plant.....

http://www.americanmeadows.com/bulb_detail....cfm?itemid=739
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Posted 10 February 2005 - 12:38 PM

Oh... I din know these can be grown in the tropics!

U grew from bulbs?

Are these similar to those from the temperate countries?
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Posted 10 February 2005 - 12:47 PM

I should think so. I wonder if the bulbs will multiply...then can share! :grin:
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Posted 12 February 2005 - 10:31 PM

wow very pretty :grin:
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Posted 14 February 2005 - 08:43 AM

sorry, just being very curious here..
is this a real orchid family?
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Posted 15 February 2005 - 05:37 AM

No... this is a plant of the lily family. it's perhaps called an "orchid" due to the resemblence of its flower to orchids... :happy:
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Posted 15 March 2005 - 11:35 AM

was reading somewhere that people who dun like the gaudy gladioli often grow this species!!! hehe... :grin:
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Posted 17 April 2005 - 10:14 AM

violet_gal said:

where can i find this in Singapore?


Hi there,

I havent never seen mature plants being sold. But do try your luck you Far East Flora Thomson.

Sometimes they do import some bulbs from overseas. U can grow these plants via the bulbs, but they do need a good amount of light to grow well and flower.
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Posted 17 April 2005 - 06:54 PM

Far East Flora Thomson does sell the bulbs. They have several colours in baskets...you just have to choose properly as some of them maybe too dried out. I grew some long time ago (early 90's) and they did flower but you have to grow them in semi-shaded positions. :grin:

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Posted 17 April 2005 - 07:10 PM

Good point raised by devilx.

A big lesson I learnt - semi shade outdoors is different from semi shade indoors!
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Posted 21 April 2005 - 03:34 PM

The difference between semi-shaded positions indoors and semi-shaded positions outdoors is th humidity factor. Unless you can mimic the humidity indoors, its best to grow them outdoors.

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Posted 21 April 2005 - 10:44 PM

Hmm... What I meant is that in so-called semishade indoors can be very much darker than the semishade outdoors, depending on which direction the window is facing.

Yup, humidity is another critical factor. This plant is too tall to fit into a tank and conventional methods of increasing humidity may not be good enuff...
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Posted 03 May 2005 - 02:21 PM

just when i thought i'd lost my gladioli forever, i saw a plant today (about a foot tall) in the canna bed. rejoice, rejoice!! the last time i saw any in the garden was about 3 or 4 years ago, so the sight of the plant was most unexpected. anyone growing glads out there?
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Posted 03 May 2005 - 02:33 PM

Yep, 20 years ago. When the weather was MUCH cooler. The bulbs from Fraser's Hill in Malaysia grew and flowered spectacularly. Although the stalk did flop over because I think the soil was too (Nitrogen) rich.
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Posted 04 May 2005 - 10:39 PM

Yup...I grew them in the early 1990s in semi-shaded position outdoors. I had several varieties which I brought back from Amsterdam. They flowered beautifully and produced more bulbs which flowered when planted sperately. They however started to decline in the number of blooms produced and eventually stopped flowering altogether. I glad yours are flowering beautifully and maybe you can post a picture... :grin:

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Posted 05 May 2005 - 11:51 AM

Just curious, the gladioli leaf, is it soft or hard?
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Posted 05 May 2005 - 11:35 PM

patricia said:

Just curious, the gladioli leaf, is it soft or hard?


The leaves are the same texture as pandan leaves. :grin:

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Posted 06 May 2005 - 01:15 AM

Does the flower stalk grow from one of the leaves? or does it protrude from the soil?
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Posted 11 May 2005 - 10:32 PM

cellena said:

Does the flower stalk grow from one of the leaves? or does it protrude from the soil?


The flower stalk grows between the top few leaves of the plant. :grin:

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Posted 27 January 2006 - 10:18 PM

It's in bloom again :flowers:/>

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