Sunday, June 14, 2009

Coelogyne mooreana 'Brockhurst' FCC/RHS HCC/AOS

Coelogyne mooreana 'Brockhurst' FCC/RHS HCC/AOS - Photo by Richard LindbergThe genus Coelogyne (Coel) contains 100 species found in all of Asia east of India and Indonesia and Fiji. Conditions vary considerably.

Coelogyne mooreana grows in Vietnam in high mountain cloud forests. It is fragrant and blooms in spring and early summer on immature growth.

This clone is easily available, yet it is in demand too. And for good reason. It is a easy to grow plant, hard to over-water and puts on a very nice show of flowers from a spike that appears out of the center of a new growth.

This particular plant is a two-pseudobulb lead from my collection plant. Every year I take one or two backbulbs off and move the new growth away from the edge of the pot so that it will have room to grow. This year there were two leads and I didn't see how I could do that and have room for new growth. Therefore I divided it. The picture above was taken just after it was repotted and new growth had started.

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The Sonoma County Orchid Society had another open greenhouse yesterday. There were enough visitors that when I arrived I had to wait for the next tour. The greenhouse was packed with people.

After seeing the plants and a pair of deer across a pasture, we all hung out, talked and enjoyed a very nice snack table. A good time was had by all.

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