Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Maxillaria coccinea

Maxillaria coccinea - Flower photo by Richard LindbergMaxillaria coccinea - Plant photo by Richard LindbergI got this Maxillaria coccinea from the member sale table at the SFOS meeting three years ago. The plant picture is from two years ago. I'm embarrassed to show you what it looks like today.

Maxillaria coccinea grows in the West Indies, Colombia and Venezuela. It is cool to hot growing.

Let's just say that it has not matured well. I am going to take the flower picture again in hopes that I can improve it. Then I am going to clean and re-pot.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Brassocatanthe Hawaiian Treat x Cattleya Pastoral Symphony

Another plant in bloom in Sonoma is this Brassocatanthe Hawaiian Treat x Cattleya Pastoral Symphony. There are only three flowers, but I just love the color and the lip markings. I didn't go through who were the parents, but I'm sure it is interesting.

This is a plant that didn't bloom last year but is doing much better this year. When new growth starts I will re-pot it.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Maxillaria grayi

Maxillaria grayi - Flower photo by Richard LindbergMaxillaria grayi - Plant photo by Richard LindbergA part of my 15 minutes of fame is my picture of Maxillaria grayi in OrchidSpecies.com. And that has an asterisk beside it, they are not sure I got the identification correct.

Maxillaria grayi grows in Ecuador at the base of limestone cliffs at about 3000 feet. It is warm to hot growing and wants low light.

Whatever it is, it is in bloom right now. It is part of the grandiflora complex, and I do not do well with them. They have suffered with the dryer conditions in the greenhouse over the past two winters. I am definitely not getting any more plants of that group. I can't sell them because of the poor condition and large size. I may have to find somebody local who has better conditions for them than I do.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Cirrhopetalum Elizabeth Ann

Cirrhopetalum Elizabeth Ann 'Buckleberry' FCC/AOS - Flower photo by Richard LindbergI put out to the universe that I may be willing to pay shipping or do a trade if anyone has backbulbs to send me. Yesterday I received a box with a dozen Cirrhopetalum Elizabeth Ann 'Jean' pseudobulbs.

Cirrhopetalum Elizabeth Ann 'Jean' backbulbsCirrhopetalum Elizabeth Ann is the primary hybrid Cirrhopetalum longissimum x Cirrhopetalum rothschildianum. There are two of these being sold, 'Jean' and 'Buckleberry'. It is a great plant with large, long-lasting flowers and easy to grow. A very satisfactory addition to a collection.

There are two groups of pseudobulbs. They are a little small but they are in very good condition. There are a few live roots and a few leaves. I am going to pot them in sphagnum over a base of peanuts and put them in the wet zone in Sonoma.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Brassavola tuberculata 'Alaura' x self

This Brassavola tuberculata came to me as part of a trade. It was a bonus plant, a tiny seedling. I have been 'growing' it for about a year and it is just now showing signs of changing. Up to this point it was just sitting in the pot.

Brassavola tuberculata 'Alaura' x self - Plant photo by Richard LindbergThe genus Brassavola (B) contains 18 species which grow in all the tropical lowlands of the New World. They are fragrant, mostly at night with a citrus fragrance. Brassavola tuberculata grows in Brazil, Paraguay and Bolivia in a broad range of temperatures and humidity. It needs very bright light, is fragrant and blooms from the spring into summer.

Reviewing the literature about the species, I see that at the very least the light level has been too low. I am trying to decide if I should mount it now or wait another year. I am leaning toward doing it now while the new growth is occurring.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Laeliocattleya Caprice

Laeliocattleya Caprice is in bloom in Sonoma right now with two spikes and seven flowers open it is quite a sight. This is a very tall plant and the flowers are very big.

It will need to be re-potted this year. I'll decide about dividing when I see the whole plant, but this is a favorite of Lillian's and I may try to let it get bigger. She certainly has the space for a few specimens.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Oncidium ampliatum

Oncidium ampliatum - Plant photo by Richard Lindberg

Oncidium ampliatum - Plant photo by Richard LindbergI am just guessing with this Oncidium ampliatum. It has had a hard life as you can see from just looking at the last 4 generations of pseudobulbs.

Oncidium ampliatum grows in Central America and northern South America in hot lowland areas. It blooms from the fall into spring.

The leaf on the new pseudobulb is the best I have had, but because I re-potted it, it may sulk for a year. It is now in a bigger pot and higher up so it can go over the edge better. I see some slug damage on the roots. It is not new, but just in case, the greenhouse will get a new round of snail bait and ant stakes.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Bulbophyllum gracillimum, NOT

Bulbophyllum gracillimum - Flower photo by Richard LindbergBulbophyllum gracillimum grows in Thailand, Burma and Malaysia. It is cool to warm growing and fragrant. It need high humidity and blooms spring and summer. But that information doesn't help. This plant is not Bulbophyllum gracillimum.

Bulbophyllum gracillimum - Plant photo by Richard Lindberg

I got some pieces of this at the SCOS potting party. I mounted it about a year ago and it grew nicely. I was happy when it bloomed and I took a pretty good picture of the flowers. Since I have other pieces, I was planing to sell this piece. But I can't if I don't know what it is.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Up-potting

Lots of new roots all through the potLots of new roots all through the potYesterday I was working with some of the Sonoma collection plants and I up-potted two of them. It is unusual for me to up-pot a plant and to have two on the same day is unusual enough for me to say something about it.

Both of these were re-potted last summer. At that time they were down-potted and cleaned up. They both had roots. Not great roots, but enough that it wasn't in the "rescue" category. More like "rehab".

Place the plant in the corner of the pot with the new growth in the centerMouse over the picture above for a better view. There wasn't room in the pot for this year's growth. I knew that when I re-potted last year. I chose the pot size based on the amount of root, not the size of the top of the plant.

These plants slipped out of their pots in one piece. The bark was slightly moist and there were enough roots after a year to hold it all together. There were green tips and no sign of breakdown in the bark. I couldn't ask for a better result.

I put a layer of peanuts in the bottom to take up some of the space and set the root ball carefully in the new pot. I filled in with dry bark and the plant will have room for the new pseudobulbs.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Cymbidium dayanum

Cymbidium dayanum was grown in tightly packed sphagnum mossCymbidium dayanum was grown in tightly packed sphagnum mossI divided my Cymbidium dayanum last summer. I potted the pieces in tightly packed sphagnum moss. I have taken a couple of them out of the pot to replace rocks with peanuts and the roots I found were excellent.

Cymbidium dayanum - Plant photo by Richard LindbergCymbidium dayanum grows from India through Southeast Asia to Japan. The plant grows in full sun and is cold to warm growing. This Cymbidium is an epiphyte blooming in summer and fall. The flowers are pendulant and fragrant.

I am getting very good results with tightly packed sphagnum moss. I filled the pot half way with peanuts (if I am going to sell) or rocks (if I am going to keep it). Then I surround the plant with a ball of sphagnum that could never fit in the pot and **JAM** it in. Then I trim the sphagnum for a flat surface on top.

As you can imagine, I use a lot of sphagnum. I will go through two or three 50 gallon bales a year. Bought in that size it is not so expensive, about $1.35 a gallon.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Laelia sincorana

Laelia sincorana - The challenging half of the plantI got this Laelia sincorana very recently. It was the only plant I bought at the SCOS show and sale. I took it out of the pot to evaluate. I almost always do that soon after I get a new plant; you can't really tell about a plant by looking what is above the medium.

Laelia sincorana grows in Brazil on rocks and bushes in Sincorana mountain range at the 3000 to 5000 foot altitude range. It is cool to warm growing and does best mounted. Give it a completely dry winter rest.

The first thing I found was that it was actually two plants. That was good, I would have divided it with as many pseudobulbs as it had. Mouse over the plant picture to see the second half.

The second half had little root and the pseudobulbs were getting smaller, not larger. Instead of treating this as a division, it has become backbulbs. I will over-divide it and try to sprout them. That means at least two years to a decent size plant. Orchids take time.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Baptistonia echinata

Baptistonia echinata - Flower photo by Richard LindbergBaptistonia echinata - Plant photo by Richard LindbergBaptistonia echinata has been down in just about the darkest spot in the greenhouse, surrounded by shading plants. Still it bloomed and the pseudobulb that developed last year is larger than the one before it. Those two things together tell me that the plant is happy.

Baptistonia echinata grows in Brazil in low mountain rainforests. It is cool to hot growing with water all year. This is a genus with only the one species, at least for a day or two.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Potinara Burana Beauty

Potinara Burana Beauty - Flower photo by Richard LindbergPotinara Burana Beauty was one of the first plants I bought. It was also one of my first self-made rescues. When I moved out of the house into the greenhouse and decided that I needed a formal inventory, I didn't include it. It was in really bad shape.

Potinara Burana Beauty - Plant photo by Richard LindbergThe weather was great yesterday. The sun was out and it was warm. I spent the afternoon re-potting. As I looked around for another re-pot candidate, I spotted this plant. It had been sitting undisturbed for at least two years. I had put the scrap of live plant in rock and hoped for the best.

When I took it out of the pot there was a nice cage of firm white roots. I wish I had taken a picture, but I was on a re-potting roll. I moved it to bark over peanuts and I will start looking for a new home for it. It is a great plant, but doesn't fit the direction my collection has taken, and I try to remember that plant-count reduction is one of my goals.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Dendrobium kingianum

Dendrobium kingianum - Flower photo by Richard LindbergThis Dendrobium kingianum was almost free, $10 as I recall. I didn't want it as a specimen plant, and I already had a Dendrobium kingianum in my collection. I had some vague thought of dividing and selling the pieces.

Dendrobium kingianum - Plant photo by Richard LindbergDendrobium kingianum grows in eastern Australia. It is fragrant, needs bright light and needs a dry winter rest.

I put the wide, shallow pot on top of a 5-gallon bucket in the yard while I tried to figure out where to put it. And I needed to have it bloom so I could get a flower picture. Eventually it did bloom, not well but enough, and I got a picture. (not this one, the flowers are paler). I am using this flower picture because it is one of my favorite pictures.

Most of the year it has been hanging in the Sonoma greenhouse. I left it outside for the month of November on the theory that it might need a temperature drop and be dry for awhile. I'm not sure that helped any, but this year's bloom is a little better than last year's.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Dendrobium Stephen Batchelor

Dendrobium Stephen Batchelor - Flower photo by Richard LindbergI got this Dendrobium Stephen Batchelor for someone who didn't take it for one reason or another. Dendrobium Stephen Batchelor - Plant photo by Richard LindbergI kept it because it was too big to ship in the size of box I use. Eventually it bloomed and I was pleased with the long-lasting and interestingly shaped flowers. The plant needs to be tied up or it tends to sprawl all over the bench.

Dendrobium Stephen Batchelor is the cross Dendrobium alexandrae x Dendrobium johnsoniae. Both of these are from Papua and New Guinea blooming in fall and winter.