Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Bifrenaria aureo-fulva

Bifrenaria aureo-fulva - Flower photo by Richard LindbergAmong raffle tables I have seen I would have to say that the table at the San Francisco Orchid Society was the best. Not only are there a large number of plants but there is a wide variety. I got my Bifrenaria aureo-fulva from that raffle table in bloom. It bloomed last year and it is in bloom now.

Bifrenaria aureo-fulva - Plant photo by Richard LindbergThe genus Bifrenaria (Bif) is 30 small epiphytes or often terrestrials from South America. Partial shade and wet humid conditions especially while growing.

Bifrenaria aureo-fulva grows in coastal moutain rain forest from central to southern Brazil. It is warm to hot growing and fragrant, blooming in the summer. It needs a dry winter rest. I have my plant in a space that is shaded by a group of mounted plants. Many plants would not have enough light to bloom.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Working with greenhouse "features"

Cattleya hybrid growing toward the light

The Sonoma greenhouse is big and bright. It was built at the south end of a house and has the same profile, extending the roof-line exactly. The whole south wall is translucent so that, during the winter especially, a primary source of light is this south wall. More light comes in from the south wall than the roof.

In the Napa greenhouse the primary light source is the roof. My south wall has a 60% light reduction so most plants grow up, not sideways. I don't need to do much staking in Napa. I will need to do more staking in Sonoma.

As soon as the flower opens and I get a nice picture I will re-pot this plant. Since the whole plant is growing sideways that should do the trick. Other plants will be more of a challenge.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Hydrologic reverse osmosis system

Hydrologic reverse osmosis system

The Sonoma greenhouse gets its water from a well which is high in minerals. The owner installed a reverse osmosis system that has been producing less and less water. Now, even in the low watering time of year, it barely keeps up with the usage.

I need to maintain the system. As far as I can tell, that means replacing the three filters. I have found some spare filters and have figured out how to remove the bottom two containers. So far the top one, the one which is the actual RO part of the system, is being stuborn.

Does anybody have one of these? It looks as if it should be hand-tight but it is too tight for me. Where is it safe to grip the tube with a wrench? Any other hints for getting the cap off the top unit?

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Laelia anceps 'Barkeriana' x 'Jerry Boyd' compots

Laelia anceps 'Barkeriana' x 'Jerry Boyd' compots

Laelia anceps 'Barkeriana'In September I went on a field trip to pick up a flask of Laelia anceps 'Barkeriana' x 'Jerry Boyd' from Steve Christoffersen. There has been some loss in two months but I am not unhappy either. They have passed the first transition stage and now I have to start increasing the light level. If they don't get enough light they will just sort of hang on for awhile and never really develop.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Coelogyne mooreana 'Brockhurst' FCC/RHS HCC/AOS

Coelogyne mooreana 'Brockhurst' FCC/RHS HCC/AOS - Flower photo by Richard LindbergCoelogyne mooreana grows in Vietnam in high mountain cloud forests. It is fragrant and blooms in spring and early summer on immature growth. The genus Coelogyne (Coel) contains 100 species found in all of Asia east of India and Indonesia and Fiji. Conditions vary considerably.

Coelogyne mooreana 'Brockhurst' FCC/RHS HCC/AOS - Plant photo by Richard LindbergI have no idea why this plant wanted to bloom now, but I am not complaining. Not a whole lot is flowering just now even though there should be next month.

This is the only one of this species in the Napa greenhouse. The others are in Sonoma and were hurt by the cooling failure in the summer. Some died and the others are just starting to recover. I am going to divide and re-pot this since it is overflowing the 3 1/2-inch pot and has two leads.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Cattlianthe Sir Jeremiah Colman

Cattlianthe Sir Jeremiah Colman - Flower photo by Richard LindbergCattlianthe Sir Jeremiah Colman - Plant photo by Richard LindbergThere were a couple of Cattlianthe Sir Jeremiah Colman divisions in the Sonoma collection when I started taking care of it. It seems very hardy and I was able to divide them last spring.This is one of the divisions blooming and two others are going to bloom.

There are five divisions cataloged and a few other backbulb divisions so there will be some available for sale soon. I have been selling on eBay but have decided to also have some others listed on the website. That will be a tab under 'Plants'.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Cattleya walkeriana

Tony writes: Can you give me your thoughts on the smaller p'bulbs?

I bought this Cattleya walkeriana 'Pendentive' with a couple of new p'bulbs and it has added several since, all much smaller than the old back-bulbs. The C. walkeriana looks healthy enough and it is in full sun (inside a patio enclosure, about 40% shade). It continues to put out new growths.

This is a rescue plant well on its way to full recovery. The previous owner got it sprouted. You have kept it going and it is responding. Good job, Tony!

Cattleya walkeriana ('The Chairman' x 'Cadillac') - Flower photo by Richard LindbergWhen a weak plant sprouts, it draws energy from a non-renewable source, the old pseudobulbs. As far as the plant is concerned, the only goal is to create a renewable source, a generation of pseudobulbs with live roots. The first generation is often quite small. The live roots are what will build the next generation.

The second generation might not be full sized either but will be larger than the first and may or may not bloom. It is better for the plant to cut spikes off of the second generation. The third generation ought to be back to close-to-normal size.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Blc Hawaiian Treat x C Pastoral Symphony

Blc Hawaiian Treat x C Pastoral Symphony - Photo by Richard Lindberg

This plant was in bloom when I got back from a slightly extended spiritual retreat. I do these from time to time, often structured but sometimes a wandering road trip.

The Napa greenhouse was dryer than I would have liked. It should have been able to have four dry days at this time of year. I don't think anything was really hurt but I need to keep an eye on things.

The new thermostat settings going into winter may require a bit more watering. The minimum temperature for the 11am to 6pm time frame is 10 degrees higher than last year.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Liparis viridiflora

I have had this Liparis viridiflora plant for a few years. It has grown nicely but has never bloomed. This spring I decided to divide and re-pot so I could try some different micro-climates in Sonoma. I had already tried different spots in the Napa greenhouse.

Liparis viridiflora - Plant photo by Richard LindbergThe genus Liparis (Lip) contains 250 mostly terrestrial species found in wet mountain forests up to 10,000 feet. They are widespread in both temperate and tropical areas. grows in India to the Philippines and Fiji.

During the division I lost the tag. I was running out of patience with the plant when it decides to bloom. Now I have unsalable plants even if I get a good flower picture. I put a picture up and asked the Gardenweb Orchid Forum for help and within a day had the name.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Laelia anceps 'Tomiko'

Laelia anceps 'Tomiko'Laelia anceps 'Tomiko' - Plant photo by Richard LindbergThis is the first of my Laelia anceps to bloom. I have only a few anceps in spike, I sold most of the plants of blooming size over the year.

This plant is sold widely as a Laelia anceps variety and it is better know that way. Howerver, it is Schombolaelia (Schomburkia lyonsii x Laelia anceps). I got it last year from Steve Christoffersen and will divide it in spring.

It is not that I am running out of Laelia anceps. There are still quite a few backbulb divisions that need another year to develop. I will sell some of those starting in spring.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Vanilla planifolia for sale

Vanilla planifolia - Flower photo by Richard LindbergThere are two floor-to-ceiling Vanilla planifolia plants in the Sonoma greenhouse. As an experiment to learn just how hard it is to root a cutting, I did a couple. Now I have two more plants than I need. I tried twice to sell one of them on eBay, no takers.

Vanilla planifolia - Plant photo by Richard LindbergThe genus Vanilla (Vl) contains 100 species growing world wide in the tropical zone. Vanilla planifolia grows in Florida, the West Indies, Central America and Northern South America. It is warm to hot growing, fragrant and needs bright light and can bloom any time of the year.

This is the one I want to sell. The stake in 14 inches, the height of the shipping box. It is growing pretty fast and will soon be too big to ship. Shipping will be $8.50 and I want to get SOMETHING for the plant. I am thinking, including shipping, $15 OBO as of noon Sunday Pacific time takes it. (Remember to 'fall back' tonight). Let me know in the comments.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Neofinetia falcata

Neofinetia falcata - Flower photo by Richard LindbergI have recently replaced the Neofinetia falcata that my puppy Maggie ate. I felt I had to since that is one of the must-have species in a collection.

The genus Neofinetia (Neof) contains 3 species. Neofinetia falcata grows in Japan, Korea and the Ryukyu Islands. Neofinetia falcata - Plant photo by Richard LindbergThe species grows on deciduous trees and get more light in winter. They are fragrant and tolerate a wide range of temperatures.

I bought it on eBay. It was quite inexpensive for a plant of this size. Certain varieties of this plant go for amazing amounts of money, up to $300,000. One can have a whole collection of just plants of this one species.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Cirrhopetalum Elizabeth Ann 'Buckleberry' FCC/AOS

Cirrhopetalum Elizabeth Ann 'Buckleberry' FCC/AOS - Plant photo by Richard Lindberg

Cirrhopetalum Elizabeth Ann 'Buckleberry' FCC/AOS - Flower photo by Richard LindbergThis is Cirrhopetalum longissimum x Cirrhopetalum rothschildianum. Cirrhopetalum (Cirr) contains 150 species growing in Asia east of India on to the Pacific islands. This group was separated from Bulbophylum. Grow these in a wood basket or treefern fiber.

The fan is just opening. It is a great plant with the flowers long-lasting and showy.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Cattleya Coquina x Little Sunshine

Cattleya Coquina x Little Sunshine

From Bob Richardson Orchids, this is a large plant with very large flowers.