Friday, April 30, 2010

Coelogyne mooreana 'Brockhurst' FCC/RHS HCC/AOS

Coelogyne mooreana 'Brockhurst' FCC/RHS HCC/AOS - Flower photo by Richard LindbergI have said more than enough about Coelogyne mooreana so after this I will shut up about it.

Coelogyne mooreana 'Brockhurst' FCC/RHS HCC/AOS - Flower photo by Richard LindbergThis Coelogyne grows like a weed in both the greenhouses. I expect most backbulbs to sprout. Even so, I was surprised that this one sprouted.

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

Thursday, April 29, 2010

The heater was off at 3am

When I got up at 3am I looked at the remote greenhouse thermometer and was surprised to see it at 46 degrees, 11 or 12 degrees less than what it should be. (I am a morning person, 3 or 4 is normal for me.)

Good old Southern Burner is very reliableI got out the flashlight and started checking. First on the list was the pilot light. It has not blown out for a couple of years since I figured out the air flow around the heater but it is easy to check. It was on.

Next was the thermostat. It is a basic thermostat but it is in a wet area and the battery is overdue to be replaced. It looked as if it were on and functioning. That took care of the easy fixes.

Last on the list of things possible at 3am was the connection between the thermostat and the heater. That looked rusty and I really should have covered the terminal strip. The heater is well out of the wet zone but there is a lot of water and mist in the greenhouse. I started fooling with it and the heater came on. It is back above 50 and now I will monitor it to make sure it goes off at the proper time.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Renanthera 'Twin Star'

Renanthera 'Twin Star' - Flower photo by Richard LindbergI have had this Renanthera 'Twin Star' for a long time. I bought it in bloom while I was still an indoor grower. When it finished blooming it just sat there, not blooming, not growing. After awhile I stopped thinking about it.

Renanthera 'Twin Star' - Plant photo by Richard LindbergThe genus Renanthera (Ren) contains about 15 species from Southeast Asia to the Philippines. Renanthera 'Twin Star' is a primary hybrid made up of Renanthera monachica x Renanthera angustifolia.

After I moved into the greenhouse I figured that it would get out of survival mode and start growing. I was wrong. I have tried several different micro-climates and have found one that it likes enough to bloom. I have kept it because I had not taken a flower picture.

Now I have the flower picture and I am ready to let go of this plant. Here's the deal. If you think you can give this a new home where it will be happy, you can have it. The first comment that asks for it gets it. The plant is free, shipping is $6. Make the comment then go to this web page to get my email address and we will figure out the details that way.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Cattleya walkeriana 'Purple Plane' (cont)

Cattleya walkeriana 'Purple Plane' in four pieces

I'm stretching it to call this a leadI talked about taking a Cattleya walkeriana apart and here is the result. One pot (lower right) has the visible lead and another (lower left) has the lead I suspected from the condition of one of the pseudobulbs. The picture to the right is a close-up of that lead.

I don't know for sure that any of them will grow but I am going to be optimistic and catalog them all. Then when they do take off I will have some kind of notes. I am always wishing for better notes.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Laelia Zip 'Short Stack' x Laeliocattleya Perelli Sunrise

Laelia Zip 'Short Stack' x Laeliocattleya Perelli Sunrise

This is in bloom again and a little stronger than last year. After blooming is done this will be re-potted. It is not big enough to divide but there will be a backbulb division.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Cattleya walkeriana 'Purple Plane'

Cattleya walkeriana 'Purple Plane' has only one weak lead

Cattleya walkeriana 'Purple Plane' - Plant photo by Richard LindbergCattleya walkeriana grows in Brazil. It is fragrant and needs bright light. It doesn't like to be disturbed.

This plant is about to be disturbed, very much disturbed. After two growing seasons it has developed only a single lead. A very weak one.

I could not find any information or a picture of this color variation. However, it is from Sea God nursery so it is a good plant. I am going to take it apart and try to get the pieces sprouted. There is another pseudobulb on another part of the plant that may develop a lead.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Iwanagaara Apple Blossom

Iwanagaara Apple Blossom 'Golden Elf' - Flower photo by Richard Lindberg begin_of_the_skype_highlighting     end_of_the_skype_highlightingLast year I recieved four Iwanagaara Apple Blossom plants, two were 'Maris' and two were 'Golden Elf'. They had been used as a decorator item and the tags had been removed from the pots. She kept the tags but we couldn't figure out which was which.

Iwanagaara Apple Blossom 'Golden Elf's - Plant photo by Richard LindbergIwanagaara Apple Blossom is a complex inter-generic hybrid containing Brassavola x Cattleya x Diacrium x Laelia. It is quite popular and has been around for some time.

Now that they have all bloomed and I have flower pictures, I will divide them and, after they have settled in their new pots, list them on eBay. They are nice enough but don't fit my collection. The greenhouse is too crowded already.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Pholidota chinensis

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Pholidota chinensis - Flower photo by Richard LindbergI don't remember why I have this Pholidota chinensis. The notes simply say I got it July four years ago. My best guess is that it was from the SFOS raffle table. They often have excellent raffle tables. It doesn't matter I guess. It has bloomed well every year.

Pholidota chinensis - Plant photo by Richard LindbergThe genus Pholidota contains 30 species growing from India to South China, Malaysia, Indonesia, New Guinea into the Pacific Islands and south to Australia. Pholidota chinensis grows in Vietnam, Burma, Hong Kong and southern China. It is warm to hot growing and fragrant.

This plant is high up and grows very bright and very wet. The basket has been overgrown with moss. It may be time to divide it. This is a plant that blooms before the new growth starts so I can take it for show-and-tell next month. After that I will decide what to do.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Cattleya Laurie Lynn Westenberger

Cattleya Laurie Lynn Westenberger - Flower photo by Richard LindbergCattleya Laurie Lynn Westenberger was registered in 1958 and a half century later compares well with any modern hybrid. It is large and fragrant and lasts well. With an orchid of this quality, nothing green gets thrown out no matter how unpromising it looks.

Cattleya Laurie Lynn Westenberger - Plant photo by Richard LindbergLast September I divided Lillian's plant and got three divisions. I also got this piece containing the oldest pseudobulbs from the plant.

I put it in a pot with rocks to hold it down. Two of the pseudobulbs are actually leaning against the sides of the pot. I put it with my other backbulbs in Sonoma and kept an eye on it.

There are two sprouts coming from this group of backbulbs. It will take time for them to become blooming size but they are in the right greenhouse where conditions are right for Cattleyas.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Sobralia xantholuca 'Broa' x leucoxantha alba 'Broa'

It's a miracle, three Sobralia flowers open at once

Sobralia xantholuca 'Broa' x leucoxantha alba 'Broa' - Flower photo by Richard LindbergSobralia flowers are ephemeral. The flowers on this plant open early in the day, usually starting to close by noon and are gone by evening. I went into the greenhouse just before noon yesterday and was amazed to see three flowers open.

Sobralia xantholuca 'Broa' x leucoxantha alba 'Broa' - Plant photo by Richard Lindberg taken a year ago. It has grown since then.This was on the raffle table when Bruce Rogers spoke. It was the largest plant he had there. I don't know what possessed me to take it, but I did. I almost immediately had raffle remorse.

It bloomed all summer and I got used to looking at the plant for flowers whenever I go into the greenhouse. It took a couple of tries to get a nice flower picture, but that was fun too. All in all, well worth the space it takes.

Bruce Rogers is local to us so he visits every year. He is a great and enthusiastic speaker. He gets around, so if you get the chance to hear him, take it. You may THINK you don't care about Sobralia. He will change all that.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Cattleya dormaniana

Cattleya dormaniana - Plant photo by Richard LindbergThe last of the Cattleyas I bought is a Cattleya dormaniana. It is a great plant with lots of new growth. I think that will do for now, I need to let these settle in before spending any more money on this new direction for my collection.

Cattleya dormaniana grows in Brazil to the south of Rio in the Organ Mountains. It is cold to warm growing, blooms in the fall and needs very bright light. It needs a dry winter rest period.

I am going to mount it. If I can, I will divide it first, but the rhizomes are very short.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Epicattleya Rene Marquez 'Flame Thrower' HCC/AOS

Epicattleya Rene Marquez 'Flame Thrower' HCC/AOS - Flower photo by Richard LindbergI would not have purchased an Epicattleya Rene Marquez 'Flame Thrower' HCC/AOS but I am glad I have it. It is a mix of Epidendron pseudepidendrum x (Cattleya intermedia) x (Cattleya loddigesii) and many people have one in their collection.

Epicattleya Rene Marquez 'Flame Thrower' HCC/AOS - Plant photo by Richard LindbergI got it in 2007 from a friend who was down-sizing her collection. I re-potted in rock and let it settle in the greenhouse. The first year it didn't bloom but did have a taller new growth than any it had before.

for the 2009 growing season I moved it to a dryer and brighter location and the plant bloomed on a taller new growth. This year to size continues to increase. I take that as a sign that the plant likes the location.

I am not sure how many flowers there are supposed to be. There are only two and I would have thought it would be more. When it comes to flowers I'll take what I can get but it is nice to know what to expect.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Cattleya skinneri coerulencens 'Orchidglade'

Cattleya skinneri coerulencens 'Orchidglade' - Plant photo by Richard Lindberg

Cattleya skinneri coerulencens 'Orchidglade' - Flower photo by Richard LindbergI don't actively seek trades but I am open to them. The trade where I got this Cattleya skinneri coerulencens 'Orchidglade' is one I remember well because I felt that my half of the trade was not a strong plant to say the least.

Cattleya skinneri grows from southern Mexico to Costa Rica on tree trunks and rocks. It is fragrant, cool to hot growing in very bright light. It blooms in winter and spring.

Laelia perrinii - Flower photo by Richard LindbergAn active collector of blue orchids saw a picture of one of my orchids as ask about a trade. This was back before I restricted fall and winter watering as much as I do now and I was getting a lot of root damage. Long story short, I sent him my Laelia perrinii. It was in very poor shape, a real rescue orchid. I have always felt bad about how that trade went.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Cattleya violacea ('H&R' x 'H&R Giant')

Another new addition this week is a Cattleya violacea seedling from eBay. It is from Jewel Orchids and looks healthy. I hope I can keep it that way.

Cattleya violacea ('H&R' x 'H&R Giant') - this flower is a few years off, seedlings take time to develop to blooming sizeCattleya violacea grows throughout eastern South America near streams in tropical forests. It is warm to hot growing, fragrant and blooms in spring and summer. Give it very bright light.

The plant arrived in a 2-inch clay pot in sphagnum. The sphagnum was a bit broken down but than was not a problem since I re-pot as soon as I get a plant. I will mount it a little differently from most other Cattleya since it wants to be more wet during growing season. Most Catts get little or no sphagnum but this will get a pad of moss and some over the roots. I will place it at the top of the greenhouse near to, but not right in front of a mister. That is my guess, based on a combination of OrchidSpecies.com and culture information from Jewel Orchids.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Dendrobium lindleyi

Dendrobium lindleyi - Flower photo by Richard LindbergMy plant inventory shows a bunch of Dendrobium lindleyi but the truth is that I have three. All the rest are backbulbs and small divisions that have not sprouted or are struggling. This is a species that I have yet to figure out.

Dendrobium lindleyi - Plant photo by Richard LindbergDendrobium lindleyi grows from India to Vietnam. It is warm to hot growing and needs a dry winter rest. As the flowers mature, the color deepens.

The reason there are so many plants in the inventory is that I was over optimistic about backbulb culture. I bought a large plant 5 years ago just to over-divide to produce as many plants as possible. I have had good success with many species, but Dendrobium lindleyi is not one of them. I have had only a few sprout, but they don't die easily so there is a lot of bench space full of plants-in-waiting.