Monday, October 25, 2010

Cattleya Mary Williams 'Azores'

Cattleya Henrietta Japhet x Dubiosa,
Registered by Sea God Nursery, 1975

Friday, October 22, 2010

Orchid Naming & Road Trip

Royal Horticultural Society GREX Name SearchThe Royal Horticultural Society Horticultural Database contain a great deal of information and I rely on it when I want to know about hybrids. It is very easy to use but the ongoing name changes and reclassifications have complicated matters. At least for the first lookup, I have stopped specifying Genus as part of the search.

Rhyncanthe Daffodil - Flower photo by Richard LindbergIt turns out that there was a moment in all the renaming that this plant was actually named Cattleya Daffodil. Both its parents were Cattleya. Then BOTH of its parents were moved out of that genus and the Laelia parent of another hybrid was moved and IT became Cattleya Daffodil.

The orchid road trip has been canceled. I may reschedule next spring, don't know yet. I hate it when life interferes with orchid fun.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Slc Seagulls Apricot

Slc Seagulls Apricot - Flower photo by Richard LindbergThe collection Slc Seagulls Apricot was divided and down-potted early this year. The older roots were dead so I divided the lead from an older group of pseudobulbs.


Slc Seagulls Apricot - Plant photo by Richard LindbergSlc Seagulls Apricot --> Slc California Apricot 'Orange Circle' HCC/AOS x Sophronitis coccenea 'Full Circle' 4n, Registered by Seagulls L.O. 1987

The plant that bloomed was the all dead root backbulb division. I didn't expect it to bloom this year so I have it down among some taller plants for shade. You can see the effect because the flower opened pointing up to find the light. There are some live roots now so it will go into the same pot with bark over peanuts.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Cattleya Daffodil

Cattleya Daffodil - Flower photo by Richard LindbergCattleya Daffodil is quite popular around here. It is a classic, registered in 1907. All the blooms will be open at once and on a specimen plant, the display can be quite striking. This one just opened the first spike and the second spike will open later in the week.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Rodriguezia decora

Rodriguezia decora - Flower photo by Richard LindbergRodriguezia decora grows in Brazil in cool to warm mountain forests and grasslands. It is fragrant and I have it growing high up where the light is bright and the greenhouse is warmest. The genus Rodriguezia (Rdza) contains about 30 species mostly found in Brazil.

Long rhizome and it grows away from the mountI got a two-pseudobulb piece from the SCOS potting party two years ago. I mounted it on a large piece of cork because I could see it needed a lot of space to grow.

As a collection plant it has good news and bad, but mostly good. It grows well, is nice looking between blooming and has bloomed every year. The only less desirable trait it has is the long rhizome, and that would be more of an issue as an indoor plant.

I originally thought that it would only be a couple of years before it outgrew the piece of cork. But I have reconsidered now that it is growing away from the mount. I am able to imagine it growing on bushes or tall grass with the roots out in the air to collect moisture.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Free NOID Phaleanopsis

I was doing a bit of business and while we were waiting on copies, the conversation turned to orchids. She had three Phals among the plants near a window and, long story short, I went home with all three.

She claimed to know nothing about orchids but, really the plants were in fine shape with actively growing roots and leaves. She watered all her plants once a week and orchids grow like any other house plant, one leaf at a time.

They will be re-potted and will grow in Sonoma with the dozen or so Plals there. I have neither room nor a good micro-climate in Napa.

NOTE: even though it still feels like summer it is time to start cutting back on watering and regrouping the orchids for winter. I have to remind myself that three years ago I had major root loss particularly among the Catts by watering too often going in to shorter days and cooler temperatures.

Friday, October 15, 2010

NOID Dendrobium

For pure flower power, this hard cane Dendrobium is the champion of the collection. It has seven spikes and will bloom for four to five months.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Simple orchid photography setup

I am not a photographer, I am an orchidist who takes pictures. I want the setup to be easy and I don't have any space that I can dedicate to photography. I take my pictures in the kitchen. The light is fair and I can end up with pretty good photos with a minimum of adjustment.

I have just made this PVC frame with a plywood shelf and I started using it today. My old setup was in the same location with the cloth trapped in the cabinet doors. Now I have both more height and more shelf depth.

This is the first picture, Vuylstekeara Stephen Isler. As you can see, the bottom of the cabinets would not have been tall enough to shoot this flower. Any of the Vuylstekeara hybrids make very fine indoor plants and the flowers are colorful.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Surprising keiki find

Dave_SF writes:

Earlier this year while I was trimming last year's dead pitchers from a Nepenthes 'Marble Queen' (tropical pitcher plant), I saw something big inside one of the pitchers. Looking in, I saw a little Den. kingianum growing inside in the liquid at the bottom of the pitcher!

Apparently it had fallen off a nearby plant right into the pitcher. Even more surprising is that the acids and digestive enzymes of the pitcher don't seem to bother the orchid roots.It has new roots about an inch long and a new side growth starting.

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Thanks Dave, for that amazing example of just how hardy orchids are.

If you have a backbulb or rescue story (with pictures, naturally) then go to this page to get my email address and use "ORCHID STORY" as the subject. I would love to hear about it.

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FLASK UPDATE: It has been close to a month and none of the seedlings has died. I think the initial shock danger is over. Now I need to keep them going. I'll do another update at three months.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Cattleya Mandy Lindberg

Cattleya Mandy Lindberg - Flower photo by Richard Lindberg

There is no Cattleya Mandy Lindberg listed with the Royal Horticulture Society. I have tried to figure out the "proper" name for this plant but cannot. So I have named it after my daughter-in-law.

I won't sell it under that name or even sell it at all. It is a nice plant with a nice flower and that is enough. Also, a much better name than NOID #4.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Cattleya Lagoon 'Mint Julep' x Rhyncholaelia glauca v alba

Cattleya Lagoon 'Mint Julep' x Rhyncholaelia glauca v alba - Flower photo by Richard LindbergMost Cattleya hybrids do well mounted. I generally prefer mounting for smaller plants, but this one is a medium sized plant on a too-small piece of wood. The flower is pleasant looking and fairly long-lasting for a Cattleya but lacking in "wow" factor.


Cattleya Lagoon 'Mint Julep' x Rhyncholaelia glauca v alba - Plant photo by Richard LindbergI removed it and potted the two leads in bark. They have pretty good roots and should recover from the damage of removal. The rest of the plant, four pseudobulbs, is in rock.


As we go into winter the next maintenance task will be to re-organize the pots according to watering needs. Sloppy watering can be forgiven in summer but over-watering in winter can kill a plant. I have mostly the same bark medium for Sonoma but there are a wide range of pot sizes.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Encyclia bracteata

Encyclia bracteata - Flower photo by Richard LindbergThis has been the best year ever for my Encyclia bracteata. It has bloomed continually all summer, often more than one flower at a time. I have had it several years and it has been a nice plant with one or two blooming periods. But, as I said, this is the best year ever.

Encyclia bracteata - Plant photo by Richard LindbergEncyclia bracteata grows in Brazil in low elevation forests. It is fragrant, warm growing and blooms in summer.

It has been in the same location as last year. There are two main difference in the climate. First, I have had the heater on all summer and the greenhouse mostly closed. The humidity and temperature have both been higher. I have tried to maintain 60 as the lowest temperature.

It is growing near one of the misters. The green moss is growing well in spite of the light level. It is a small plant and fits well into my general down-sizing and a move to warmer-growing plants in this greenhouse.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Getting the greenhouse ready for winter

Southern Burner natural gas heaterI replaced and upgraded my heater thermostat recently. There are three thermostats in the greenhouse. Two of them are for watering.

The new one has more programming options than the old one did and I wanted to correct a problem with the old setup. I had the temperature set for 62 F 24/7. That is a start but plants like to have a temperature range. On some days, the greenhouse got to 62 and no higher.

I have set a 72 F time from 11am until 6pm. Heating will be more expensive but the plants will like it better.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Cattleya Hawaiian Wedding Song x Blc Chancemaker

I am happy that the fall Cattleya season is starting. There are lots of shadows inside the sheaths and some emerging buds now. I can get a few more plants into the display window.

The Sonoma greenhouse has an interesting feature. It is attached to the house and there is a large window looking into the greenhouse. When plants are in bloom they are arranged in the window on a bench just on the other side. Plants are on display yet still in the greenhouse for watering and any other care they need.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Epidendrum peperomia

Dave from San Francisco sent me a picture of the free orchid he got, a nice Cirrhopetalum. It is doing well, and it reminded me that I have an orchid to give away for October.

The genus Epidendrum (Epi) contains 1000 known species through out tropical Americas and the Caribbean. Extremely varied. Epidendrum peperomia grows from Nicaragua to Ecuador in pine and oak forests. Cool to warm growing, Phal light level and water a lot. AKA Neolehmannia porpax.

This plant is on a 3x5-in piece of cork and has a bud. I make a few of these but have found that they don't sell well so I am just going to grow my main plant larger without dividing it. It doesn't take much space and can be a very cute with a bunch of flowers open at the same time.

Post a comment saying that you want it and have not had a free orchid from me before, then go to this page to get my email address and use "FREE ORCHID" as the subject. Offer ends at 8pm PDT today. Postage is $5.50 (priority mail) and you will have the plant before the end of the week.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Rescue report from Matt

Matt writes:

I hoped you might find this "rescue" story interesting. Last January, while in Alamos, Sonora, I rescued a few orchids from a Mexican gardner who had some laying around.

One was a single peudobulb, with no roots and two weather leaves. I soaked it in water a liitle, then laid it on damp sphagnum in the shade moistening it daily.

Well, nothing happened for about three months, then I noticed a tiny green sprout. I couldn't tell if it was a root or a shoot because it came out low on the pseudobulb, but not down where I'd expect roots.

By the time I left Kino Bay, Sonora in mid-June, I could tell it was indeed a shoot, but less than a quarter inch long. Well, not knowing how it would fare over my three 3 and a half month absence, I left it in the best shade I could where occasionally, the RV park workers would water it along with my other MX orchids.

Yesterday, I returned and got up nerve to go check out my abandoned orchids. All was well and one of my old Denrobiums which I had had for over a dozen years with only one bloom, had doubled in size and had two bloom spikes. So, here is the early photo of the "shoot" in June and one of the new growth now. I am not sure of the species, but hope it might be Cattleya (G.) aurantiaca. It does have 4 or five leaves though.

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If you have a story about orchid rescue or backbulb culture send it along (with pictures of course). I'd love to hear about it and I might make it a guest blog entry.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Coelogyne usitana

Coelogyne usitanaThe Coelogyne usitana has just started blooming again. At the beginning of the year it had two spikes blooming and then they died off. Coelogyne usitana - Plant photo by Richard LindbergI spent most of the year without a flower open. A properly cared-for spike will bloom sequentially indefinitely.

The genus Coelogyne (Coel) contains 100 species found in all of Asia east of India and Indonesia and Fiji. Conditions vary considerably.Coelogyne usitana grows only on Mindanao. It is warm to hot growing. It will set a spike in spring or summer in new growth.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Cattleya Laurie Lynn Westenberger

This is the last of the Cattleya Laurie Lynn Westenberger plants to be cleaned up and repotted to a smaller pot. There are several of these divisions in the greenhouse and I am planning to sell some of them at the beginning of the 2011 selling season in March.

Laelia lundi divisions

I am happy with the results of the dismount/division. I have ended up with;
• 5 divisions of 5 or 6 pseudobulbs, good shape and new growth,
• 3 with poor shape but have a lead,
• 7 backbulb divisions.

I will get these mounted right away and add these to the spring "for sale" list.