Encyclia tampensis grows in Florida and the Bahamas at low altitudes and hot conditions. The genus Encyclia (Encycl) contains 240 species that grow throughout all of tropical America and the West Indies. They prefer intermediate conditions and a long, dry winter rest.
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
This plant is a primary hybrid Rossioglossum grande x Rossioglossum williamsianum. It is in the Sonoma collection. The new growth looks good but the rest of the plant looks desiccated. The greenhouse is too warm for it and may not be wet enough. It is risky to decide that a plant should be watered more if it is dried out. It may just be root loss when the plant was re-potted in which case the new roots will re-hydrate the plant.
Monday, June 28, 2010
My Encyclia aspera plant came to me as a sliver of a backbulb four years ago. It has hung on and even grown a little, but a far cry from what four years growth should be. I have re-read the notes on the species on orchidspecies.com and this time will pay attention.
Encyclia aspera grows in Colombia, Ecuador and Peru in low elevation forests. It is hot growing and fragrant. It needs even watering bright light. In cultivation it does best mounted.
The plant is hot growing. My greenhouse has only been changed from an intermediate greenhouse to a warm greenhouse (base of 62 degrees) less than a year.
The plant needs even watering and feeding all year. I have been cutting back on winter watering so it has been too dry. I can move it to Sonoma for the winter.
The plant has been in rock. As soon as new growth appears, probably soon, I will mount it.
Saturday, June 26, 2010
This Laelia mantiqueirae is more like what I would expect when I buy an orchid plant. It has been growing in this pot and there is a good root system. I paid more for it but it doesn't need to be rescued. It might well bloom this fall.
Laelia mantiqueirae grows in Brazil above 3000' in the Mantiqueira mountains. It is a warm growing lithophyte that blooms in fall. It is also sold as Laelia pabstii.
I found the choice of medium interesting. It is in sphagnum moss and it is doing very well. I forget that growing on rocks is really often growing in cracks in the rocks where all kinds of plant material and moss might be found. I am going to up-pot it so the new growth has room but will take care not to disturb the root ball.
Friday, June 25, 2010
I bought this Laelia sanguiloba and Wednesday's Laelia bradei from the same vendor in the same sale. Anybody can have a problem with a single plant, but both of these plants had no live roots. They could not have been growing in the brand new bark that filled the pot.
Laelia sanguiloba grows in Brazil, is warm growing and blooms in winter.
This plant has been mounted. There is probably an active eye and the hint of a second. I put those on the top so that if they sprout it will go up the bark.
I got the plants for the minimum bid. If they don't pull through I haven't lost much. On the other hand it is a new backbulb challenge.
The mount seems a bit small but the plant is very compact with a short rhizome. When the plant starts to grow it should be 3 or 4 years before it outgrows that piece of cork bark.
Thursday, June 24, 2010
This Bulbophyllum sumatranum is from the member sale table in San Francisco. They generally have good plants and I shop there before deciding how many raffle tickets to buy. I have $20 dollars in my pocket and try to stick to that limit.
Bulbophyllum sumatranum grows in Sumatra needing low light and high humidity. Blooms in the spring and early summer.
I like this kind of plant, a REAL Bulbophyllum, not one of those Cirrhopetalum pretending to be a Bulbophyllum.
I have had the plant for a year. It has doubled in size and has two flowers coming from a mature pseudobulb. One of the interesting things to know about a species is where and when the flowers will come. It varies so much.
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
I have bought several small Brazilian species in the past few months and this Laelia bradei is a recent addition. It is a bit of a disappointment, having no live roots and a small piece in the pot to make it look larger.
There is a group of sellers on eBay who sell in this group of species. I think I have bought from most of them now and have started to decide which I may want to buy from again.
These pieces are going to be mounted. The lack of roots will make for a slow start, but may end up with a more attractive root system in a couple of years.
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
I saw pictures of this Laelia purpurata variety on eBay and thought that it couldn't be the real color of the flower. But it is.
This plant is in bloom right now. It is making a comeback. All my large Laelia and Cattleya plants suffered bad root loss when I didn't reduce watering enough and the end of the growing season in 2007.
Monday, June 21, 2010
In February I got a division of Cattleya forbesii that had six pseudobulbs and poor roots. But it DID have a new growth. As soon as roots started to appear I cut off a couple of pseudobulbs with the new growth and mounted it on a piece of cork bark.
Cattleya forbesii grows in Brazil near the coast and streams near the ocean. It is fragrant, cool to warm growing and blooms in the winter. It is best grown mounted and in bright light.
Both these pictures were taken last week. The first is the mount showing how much root has developed. It will be attached very soon.
The mouse roll-over is the backbulbs that were put back. This piece has started two new growths. This piece will also be mounted.
Sunday, June 20, 2010
Bulbophyllum echinolabium grows in Borneo. It is warm to hot growing and likes high humidity and frequent watering. It is unpleasantly fragrant and blooms in spring and summer.
The opportunity table was provided by Golden Gate Orchids and was very nice. I bought $20 in tickets and won three plants, any of which could sell for $20. This Bulbophyllum echinolabium was one of them.
It looks as if the blog is back in business. There are more rough edges on this move to the new ISP but the pictures are visible again. This move was necessary and has been a learning opportunity.
Thursday, June 17, 2010
I am going to take a blog break until we get the server problems resolved. The text of the blog is on Blogger.com but I have the pictures on my server. In theory the pictures should have moved no problem since the URL is exactly the same.
This whole exercise has been very time consuming. It really was necessary to change ISPs because the service from the old one was so poor. With as many pictures as I have on some of the website pages, good response is important.
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Around here, the re-potting season for Cymbidiums starts on Mother's Day and all the plants need to be done by the 4th of July. I am working my way through the Sonoma collection Cymbidiums. It got off to a slow start but now it is going pretty well.
This is my re-potting station at the back of my car. I bring a half dozen home at a time. They are not too bad to work with since they were all re-potted two years ago. The main challenge to getting done before the primary growing season starts is that there are about 50 of them and I still have the largest plants to do.
I am using potting soil out of a bag with extra perlite. That's what's in the wheel barrow. The setup works pretty well for me. I can do several at a time.
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
I am pretty sure you are looking at a picture of the Vanilla flower from the Sonoma greenhouse. (I still can't see them.) I took this picture at about 10:30am. I have one I took an hour later where it is already fading.
Sunday, June 13, 2010
I have completed the switch and you should be able to see this blog and all the pictures. Unfortunately, I cannot.
I have my own server and am still sorting through the firewall settings. They are still a little too tight in separating my systems from one another and I am working through how to adjust that.
The result will be worth it. The pictures will load much faster. That will help the blog and especially the companion website www.backbulb.com.
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Thursday, June 10, 2010
Not long ago I removed a Cattleya walkeriana 'Purple Plane' from its mount. It was from the Sonoma collection and had done nothing through all of last year. I had left it alone to see where any leads were and because there were other plants more in need of attention.
Cattleya walkeriana grows in Brazil. It is fragrant and needs bright light. A lot of Cattleya hybrids have this walkeriana as part of their makeup.
This species does NOT like to be disturbed. No orchid likes to be disturbed but many will tolerate needed re-potting without too much of a setback. If you get an orchid and the grower tells you that the species does not like to be disturbed, believe them. I have learned this the hard way a time or two, including one Cattleya walkeriana.
The way to deal with this is to follow the potting guidline regarding when to re-pot. That is, re-pot at a time of new growth. For growing in a pot that means that there are an inch of new-growth roots. For mounting I go earlier than that, just as soon as I can see where the new roots are growing from. That spot goes next to the mount. That way the plant will attach quickly. Older roots will not attach, you need new roots.
That piece of sphagnum is on the rhizome and is just there as a pad under the nylon line holding the plant in place. There is no sphagnum under the the plant.
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
While I am waiting for the server to get updated, life in the greenhouse goes on. One of my favorites, my Cattleya warscewiczii 'Lunata' x 'Sanderiana #14' bloomed. It was not a great bloom this year and I had an inch worm on one of the flowers. The picture is from a previous bloom that came out much better looking.
Cattleya warscewiczii grows in northwestern Colombia and is warm to hot growing. It is fragrant and needs very bright light.
I don't have a plant picture. I'll take one very soon, just as soon as I divide it. It needs to be groomed.
Sunday, June 6, 2010
I am going to start posting again tomorrow. When the change actually occurs, you may get notified that the blog can't be found for a couple of days while the interwebs catch on to what I've done.
As life tends to do, the change is not going as smoothly as I would like and I have been paying for both connections for about a week.
After the change, the blog and the website will work much faster so the effort is worth it. Still, I am anxious for it to be done.
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
I am changing Internet Service Providers tomorrow, Wednesday. There may be some adjustment period, so I am not going to post for the rest of the week.
This will be a big improvement in quality of service. It will end months of connection problems that started almost a year ago. My line was finally declared unrepairable, so I am going to give another provider a shot at it.