Thursday, April 21, 2011

Justin visits the Greenhouse

One of the blog readers, Justin, along with his wife and baby visited me yesterday. They are semi-local and were on their way to San Francisco for the day. They got to see the chaos my greenhouse is going through with plants scattered everywhere.

He brought along a box of orchids. He is going to school and will not have room for his collection. In the future when he is ready, I will send some plants to get him started again. I gave him two small mounts to remind him that he is a orchidist. They are Laelia lundii that grows in Brazil on the coastal mountains. It is warm growing, fragrant and blooms winter and spring and Dendrobium lichenastrum that grows in north-eastern Australia at all elevations. It is fragrant and blooms in the fall. It is very small and forms a mat.

Justin's plants

He has not been collecting a long time but has the start of a quite sophisticated collection. The plants he gave me are mostly seedlings and all in very good condition. Encyclia naranjapatensis grows in Ecuador and Peru at 1000 to 4000 feet on the western slopes of the Andes. It is fragrant, warm to hot growing, needs bright light and blooms winter or spring. Pescatorea lalindei grows in the mountains of Santander Colombia. It is cool to warm growing, needs shade and blooms from spring into summer. Oeceoclades maculata is a terrestrial growing in Africa and also the Americas. It is cool to hot growing, needs bright light and blooms summer into fall. Dendrobium discolor grows in Queensland Australia and New Guinea on the coast. It is fragrant, warm to hot growing, needs bright light and blooms any time of the year. Give it a dry (but not completely dry) and very bright winter rest. Laelia tenebrosa grows in Brazil. It is fragrant, cool to hot growing, and blooms in early summer. 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. Dendrobium kingianum grows in eastern Australia. It is fragrant, needs bright light and a dry winter rest. It can be grown outdoors with Cymbidiums.

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