Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Cirrhopetalum Elizabeth Ann 'Buckleberry' FCC/AOS

Cirrhopetalum Elizabeth Ann 'Buckleberry' FCC/AOS - Flower photo by Richard LindbergCirrhopetalum Elizabeth Ann 'Buckleberry' FCC/AOS - Plant photo by Richard LindbergThe fourth plant I got last Saturday was this great Cirrhopetalum hybrid. It had two spikes and the and one of these is now open.

The cross is Cirrhopetalum longissimum x Cirrhopetalum Rothschildianum. They are both fragrant, not in a good way.

There are seven pseudobulbs with two leads. Now that I have taken the flower picture I am going cut off the spikes and divide it into three pieces. I will mount all three on fairly large pieces of cork bark.

Since two of these will eventually be sold or traded, I will remember to test fit the mounts in the shipping box BEFORE attaching the plant.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Dendrobium lichenastrum from the BBQ

Dendrobium lichenastrum - Plant photo by Richard LindbergThere are three flowers open on the Dendrobium lichenastrum I got at the SCOS barbeque. I will try to take a picture today but it will be a real challenge.

Dendrobium lichenastrum grows in north-eastern Australia at all elevations. It is fragrant and blooms in the fall. It is very small and forms a mat.

It already covers front of the mount and it ought to go all around it to form a mass. Anyway, it is cute and small and different from the image that Dendrobiums have in my mind.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Mediocalcar versteegii 'Waterfield'

Mediocalcar versteegii 'Waterfield' - Plant photo by Richard LindbergThe second of the new plants I got at the SCOS barbeque is this cute Mediocalcar versteegii 'Waterfield'. I'm sure I have seen this in bloom at some show and tell or other but the tiny flowers are not a quick click of the camera. I'm not surprised that I don't have a picture.

Mediocalcar (Medi) contains about 20 species from New Guinea. Mediocalcar versteegii grows in Papua and New Guinea above 2500 feet. It is cold to cool growing and blooms in winter.

My plan is to mount it. When I get it out of the pot I will decide if I will divide it, and what size piece of cork to choose. The mount will probably look a little empty for the first couple of years as it grows out.

No roots!UPDATE: I have unpotted the plant and see that I have a rescue on my hands. The top looked fine but there were no roots.

It looks as if the person selling it knew the condition of the plant. The whole thing was wrapped in sphagnum and jammed in the pot.

I separated the two legs of the plant because keeping them together does not increase the chances of recovery and dividing it gives me two chances to grow the plant. I will mount them both and place them in different micro climates. There is new growth starting, so this is the perfect time to give the roots that should be growing shortly a place to attach.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Four new plants

Osmoglossum pulchellum - Flower photo by Richard LindbergOsmoglossum pulchellum - Plant photo by Richard LindbergThe Sonoma County Orchid Society puts on some classy events, but my favorite so far is this year's BBQ and Auction. I took three donations to the silent auction and came home with four very nice plants.

Osmoglossum pulchellum grows in Mexico down into Central America in mountain forests above 3500 feet. It is cold to warm growing, very fragrant and blooms in the fall and winter. When spikes appear, set a stake since it will need support.

I took this flower picture at a show and tell and I am excited to get the plant. Of course I will replace the flower picture as soon as I can. I prefer to have matching pictures as much as possible.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Yeah! SCOS BBQ and orchid auction today

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Maxillaria picta - Flower photo by Richard LindbergIt's been a rough couple of days. My server had a disk failure and I had to rebuild it. I had a backup of some of the websites on it but not all. I will be happy to relax today.

I am donating a plant or two to the auction including a Maxillaria picta and I know there will be a good selection of orchids for sale and for the auction. See you there!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

New Maxillaria variabilis

Maxillaria variabilis yellow form - Flower photo by Richard LindbergThere are two ways to reclaim bench space; reduce the plant count and reduce the size of the plants. Still, that doesn't mean I can't have new plants. The way to stay "count neutral" is to trade.

Maxillaria variabilis backbulb group with active new growthMaxillaria variabilis grows in Mexico south to Ecuador. It is cool to hot growing and blooms throughout the year. It is a cute little plant, and as the name implies, has different color forms.

When I got an offer to trade a Maxillaria picta for the red form of Maxillaria variabilis I went for it. It was a rhizome with several rootless withered pseudobulbs. But it had new growth starting all along it.

Mounting seemed to be the obvious choice. I wanted all of the new growth to have an equal chance and potting in on its side seemed awkward.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Coelogyne miniata

Coelogyne miniata - Flower photo by Richard LindbergCoelogyne miniata - Plant photo by Richard LindbergI am a bit of a sucker for Coelogyne and this plant called out to me from the member sale table. It was small, reasonably priced, big enough to divide and in bud.

Coelogyne (Coel) contains 100 species found in all of Asia east of India and Indonesia and Fiji. Conditions vary considerably. Coelogyne miniata grows in Java, Bali, Lesser Sunda Islands and Sumatra in mountain forests above 3000 feet. It is cool to warm growing and blooms in winter. There is also a rust colored form.

It is going to rest in the greenhouse until I see new growth. Then I will divide it, and since it is both an epiphyte and lithophyte, I will mount at least one of the pieces.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Epicattleya Nebo 'Orchid Haven'

Epicattleya Nebo 'Orchid Haven' - photo by Richard Lindberg

Have you had the feeling that you were done with a plant? I think I am about there with this one.

It was a raffle prize plant that I got about 4 years ago. It has bloomed for me, so that is not it. It has got taller and taller on the same canes. I can barely set it on the kitchen studio counter because of the height.

Does anybody want it for the $5 shipping cost? (I promise to update when I get a request) It will be unpotted, minimally cleaned up and trimmed to fit in a 14-1nch box. There are some keikis and they will come with it.

My email address is here on the main website. Use a subject that won't be confused with spam, please.

UPDATE: The plant is spoken for and will be off to its new home very soon.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Grab bag

The first of my goals in selling any of my orchids is to recover bench space. The second is to make the list of plants look more like what I want in my collection. The third is to pay for my habit hobby.

Today I have all three covered. I am sending off a box of orchids to someone who is an indoor grower and doesn't have any orchids other than what they sell at Big Box. She will get 5 plants for $30, including shipping. I get space, she gets plants, everybody is happy.

Dendrobium kingianum - Flower photo by Richard LindbergDendrobium kingianum grows in eastern Australia. It is fragrant, needs bright light and needs a dry winter rest. This is a keiki I took from my huge specimen plant a couple of years ago which now has several canes. This will go close to the window and it should dry out between watering.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Miltonia spectabilis

Miltonia spectabilis - Flower photo by Richard LindbergMiltonia spectabilis - Plant photo by Richard LindbergLillian's Miltonia spectabulis is mounted on a log that is hanging from an overhead beam. It has several spikes but a lot of older pseudobulbs.

The genus Miltonia (Milt) contains 10 species from Brazil and Peru. They grow in bright warm conditions. Miltonia spectabilis grows in Brazil. It is cool to hot growing.

The log is in good shape so it would not be necessary to remove the plant. To increase the number of spikes next year we are going to back cut the plant instead.

Back cutting is effective for plants where the rhizome is visible. I take a new razor blade and cut the rhizome as if I were dividing the plant, leaving groups of at least three pseudobulbs together. Then I insert a small piece of plastic between so that the cut cannot heal.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

SCOS BBQ and Auction next Sarurday

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Cirrhopetalum makoyanum x aurem - Flower photo by Richard LindbergCirrhopetalum makoyanum x aurem - Plant photo by Richard LindbergIt's not too late to sign up for the BBQ and Auction fundraiser on Saturday September 26th. Click the poster for more information. Feel free to invite and bring your friends, relatives or just anybody who would be interested in a good time. If you have not signed up contact either Kris or Jim Foster or Becky Jackson before Thursday so we can purchase the meat.

I am donating a plant or two to the auction and I know there will be a good selection of orchids for sale and for the auction. See you there!

Friday, September 18, 2009

Potting and catalogging today

Cattleya trianaei - Flower photo by Richard LindbergAfter a week full of non-orchid activities, I have a day devoted to orchid catch-up. I have 15 pots in the "photo studio" for pictures and cataloging. I also need to choose 5 or 6 plants to list on eBay.

Cattleya trianaei grows in Colombia and is the national flower. It is fragrant and needs bright light. My larger plant had a couple of backbulbs removed and the new growth is now more to the center of the pot.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

News flash, Dendrobiums are top heavy

Mckenna Isabel Lindberg born September 3rd - Flower photo by Richard Lindberg

Dendrobium Haleahi Butterfly 'Perfecto' x Jaquelyn Thomas 'UH800' - Photo by Richard LindbergWhen Dianne and I got back from visiting my newest grandchild there was a surprise in the greenhouse. A half a dozen hard cane Dendrobiums were tipped over and three more on the ground with broken pots.

Hard cane Dendrobium hybrids, the kind that you see in Big Box, are the puppies of the orchid world, cute in the store. Take them home and feed them and they get taller and taller until they get very tippy. One went over and took the rest with it.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Laelia anceps victoriana 'Santa Barbara Blue'

Laelia anceps victoriana 'Santa Barbara Blue' - Flower photo by Richard LindbergLaelia anceps victoriana 'Santa Barbara Blue' - Plant photo by Richard LindbergRight now I have quite a few of what I consider high value backbulbs, primarily Laelia anceps.

Laelia anceps grows well and blooms well. It grows in Mexico and Honduras. It is warm to hot growing and needs a dry winter rest and bright light. If it is dry it can winter outside if there is no hard freeze.

Conventional wisdom says that sphagnum and plastic is an unmanageable combination for a Laelia, but I have had to learn some things the hard way in my life. I know that if I am going to pull this off I have to watch the moisture level closely.

I check the pots daily and pick each one up for close inspection every Tuesday. Some weeks there are no sprouts, but yesterday I found two to move into the sprouted group. There are still more unsprouted than sprouted, but there is a fairly steady trickle of new sprouts as the weeks pass.

Patience, Richard. Patience.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Bulbophyllum laxiflorum

Bulbophyllum laxiflorum - Flower photo by Richard LindbergBulbophyllum laxiflorum - Plant photo by Richard LindbergI got a dividable plant almost exactly a year ago. My plan was to break it up, sell some divisions and keep one. I put the pieces on a clay tray on a bed of pea gravel and a top dressing of sphagnum moss.

Bulbophyllum laxiflorum grows throughout Southeast Asia. It is warm to hot growing, very tropical. The flowers are fragrant and can occur any time of the year. A group of flowers radiate from the end of the spike forming a starburst effect.

Bulbophyllum laxiflorum - Plant photo by Richard LindbergThis community pot approach works fairly well in my greenhouse. I have since mounted a couple, lost a couple and potted a couple.

One of the potted divisions is about to bloom. It has done quite well. The newest growth is still maturing and the flower is coming from an older pseudobulb. I need to move the plant away from the edge or mount it. Bulbophyllums do well mounted, and since I expanded the area for mounted plants I have the space.