Monday, July 27, 2015

Cymbidium Black Gold

Cymbidium Black Gold - Plant photo by Richard Lindberg

The Napa Valley Orchid Society has come and gone. Almost all the orchids are gone. The left just a few and so I am moving on with a collection of about a dozen plants pulled out of the trash.

The plant in the best condition is this Cymbidium hybrid. It is a very well known variety first awarded in 1966. The problem is the name which is a bit insensitive. I am never going to sell it, so I am renaming it 'Black Gold' taken from the awarded name.

Cymbidium Black Gold - Flower photo by Richard Lindberg

The flowers are small and a very deep red that appears almost black. This variety needs a very hard dry winter to bloom.

Friday, April 11, 2014

What happened to the blog?

There have been no posts for awhile. I have been thinking about it and I still am not sure what will happen in the future. I will downsize the collection, that is for sure.

My orchid enthusiasm has been greatly lost. There are several factors, but the biggest single is the second greenhouse. I ended up not taking very good care of either greenhouse.

I also made a judgement error in not selling more plants in 2013. I plan to fix that this year after the plants have started new growth, probably starting June first.

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I am gradually regaining focus and will post more about what is going on. Thanks for your concern.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Cattleya BR101

Cattleya BR101Cattleya BR101Cattleya BR101 - Plant photo by Richard LindbergThis plant is in bloom again. It has bloomed every year and is a nice enough plant. I don't know anything about it so it is not salable and I don't like it well enough to keep it in the smaller sized collection.

This is in sphagnum over peanuts in a 5 1/2-inch clay pot. There are six pseudobulbs and it stands fifteen inches tall.

Since the flowers just openned and the Napa Valley Orchid Society meeting is Friday, I plan to donate it to the raffle table.

It I were keeping the plant I would pop the plant out of the pot and remove the oldest pseudobulb. It is growing in an odd direction and removing it would improve the look of the plant in the pot. I could then move the plant a little toward the side and fill in the other side with sphagnum. The plant would have room for three or four years growth before needing to be re-potted again.