Thursday, March 29, 2012

Maxillaria picta

Maxillaria picta - Flower photo by Richard LindbergMaxillaria picta - Plant photo by Richard LindbergJust over two years ago I got a large Maxillaria picta. It was from a collection close-out and cost only a couple of dollars. I took it apart but the roots were so tightly intertwined that I ended up with lots of small pieces. This is the largest of those.

Maxillaria picta grows in Brazil and Argentina. It is a high light cool to warm growing plant, blooming in winter and spring. The genus Maxillaria (Max) contains 650 some species spread throughout the tropical and sub-tropical Americas. They have a single flower. Generally warm to hot growing.

This is not a strong plant and it has some scale on it. It is going to get up-potted along with a complete cleanup including spraying the roots. I will also check and spray the plants sitting near it.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Brassanthe Maikai

Brassanthe Maikai - Flower photo by Richard LindbergOne of the Brassanthe (Bsn) Maikai divisions is blooming. It grows well in Sonoma in a pot and as a mount in Napa. From the original single plant I now have seven divisions in various stages of development.

Brassanthe Maikai - Plant photo by Richard LindbergThe plant is in bark in a 3 1/2-inch plastic pot. There are twelve pseudobulbs and stands eight inches above the pot. It is the cross Brassavola nodosa x Guarianthe bowringiana. Renamed from Bc Maikai, registered in 1944, still popular after 70 years.

This particular division needs to be re-potted. Since I have enough to sell a couple this year, I will clean it up and up-pot it.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Cymbidium Tags

Among the Cymbidiums in the Sonoma collection are quite a few that originally had name tags. Almost all of them are now missing or un-readable.

I had high hopes that this one would get confirmed once it bloomed. There are two plants. The first tag was probably the one on the plant that was added to the collection and the second a division. Notice that they are spelled differently.

I think that this has now be confirmed as a NOID. I could find no reference to "Cym Leo Lippur" and the description does not match the 3-inch flowers that the plant produced.

Even being a NOID, it is still a pretty flower and goes a long way toward filling the display window with flowers at this time of year. Now that I have a flower picture I will re-tag it with an inventory number so that I will know what to expect from this plant next year.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Brassia NOID

I got this plant a few weeks ago and at the time I couldn't tell much about what it is. Now one of the spikes has produced a single 6-inch tall flower so I can now say that it is a Brassia hybrid. It looks familiar but I can't name it.

The plant itself is in need of a repot and now is a very good time to do it. There are three new growths to go with the six mature pseudobulbs. I was going to offer it as a free orchid but I just weighed it and see that the shipping will be in the $8-$9 range, too much for a NOID. The package would be well over two pounds. I will take it to the orchid society raffle table instead.

Of course, if you want it...

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Zygopetalum Kiwi Dusk

Another group I have struggled with in the past is Zygos. The few I have had did not do well and eventually died. The idea I had about them is to treat them like Cymbidiums, not much help for me with my Cym track record.

I got this just under a year ago from the SFOS member sale table for $4. I re-potted it in a 4-inch pot in bark and put it "temporarily" in the Napa greenhouse. It was still in the same spot when I saw the spike a couple of weeks age.

There are five flowers and one of them is peloric with two lips. It has so far not developed any fragrance but I expect that it will as the flowers mature.

I think that I will up-pot it and replace the bark. It has been very wet all year and bark does not last when it is as wet as that. In addition, it needs more space for new growth.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Cymbidium NOID

This year has been my most successful Cymbidium year yet. I'm not claiming greatness, just progress.

As many of the Cymbidiums that I could fit in the outdoor area and the ones I bought in October are doing pretty well. Many are in various stages of blooming. This one is very pretty with a group of 1-inch flowers.

I am going to re-pot it after Mother's day, just a basic cleanup and moving the plant so the next new growth is near the center. I hope for more leads next year.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Pholidota chinensis

Pholidota chinensis - Plant photo by Richard Lindberg

Pholidota chinensis - Flower photo by Richard LindbergMy Pholidota chinensis is just beginning to bloom. There are a few spikes open and a bunch more spikes growing. It has bloomed every year since I got it six years ago. This plant is high up and gets water from the foggers when it is warm. It is in the brightest, warmest and wettest microclimate I have.

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

I have wanted to divide it for a couple of years now. The problem is that it blooms on new growth and if I wait for the flowers to finish it will be too late. This year I am going to divide it. I will do it this week and cut off the spikes. The basket has rotted and there is always next year for more flowers. There should be several divisions from the basket.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Miltonia Breathless 'Florence'

Miltonia Breathless 'Florence' - Plant photo by Richard LindbergI have free orchid for someone who like pansy orchids. I am going to leave the spike on and one of the buds might open. If you Google the orchid there are some good flower pictures. This is a readily available, inexpensive variety.

This plant is in bark in a 3 1/2-inch plastic pot. There are two pseudobulbs and it stands ten inches above the pot. The bark is old so it should be re-potted when the new growth starts in the next few weeks.

The rules are the same as always: You pay actual postage and it comes Priority Mail. (I'll let you know, but it will be around $6.) If you have not had a free orchid before, add a comment claiming it and them go to this page to get my direct email address so we can work out the details. "First time" restriction ends at 8pm PDT on Monday the 19th. After that, anybody who wants it can have it. Continental US only please. I will ship Tuesday so you will have it Thursday or Friday.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Dendrobium Stephen Batchelor

Dendrobium Stephen Batchelor - Flower photo by Richard LindbergDendrobium Stephen Batchelor - Plant photo by Richard LindbergI have had this plant four years and it has grown well and bloomed every year. The flowers are big and very long lasting. A very satisfactory PNG hybrid. The only thing is that it can be top-heavy and it will sprawl if not tied up.

This plant is in rocks in a 3 1/2-inch clay pot inside a larger clay pot. There are fifteen canes and stands sixteen inches above the pot.

This is the cross Dendrobium alexandrae x Dendrobium johnsoniae. Both of these are from Papua and New Guinea blooming in fall and winter.

With that many canes I suppose I could divide it but there is still room in the pot and I like to have it in Sonoma where I need in-bloom orchids for the display window.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Coelogyne lawrenceana

Coelogyne lawrenceana - Flower photo by Richard LindbergI am always happy to get a new flower picture, particularly from a plant I have had for a couple of years that had not bloomed. I got this Coelogyne lawrenceana from the member sale table at San Francisco Orchid Society in 2007 and this is the first flower I have had on it.

Coelogyne lawrenceana - Plant photo by Richard LindbergCoelogyne lawrenceana grows in the Himalayas and Vietnam in mountain forests. It is fragrant, cool to warm growing and blooms some time from fall to spring.

This plant is in rock in a 3 1/2-inch plastic pot. There are twelve pseudobulbs and stands twelve inches above the pot. Since Coelogyne bloom before the new growth starts, it is a good time to decide about dividing it. I am going to take each 4-pseudobulb lead and make it a division potted in bark so it can go on eBay in a couple of months. The backbulbs will be put in a 4-inch pot and re-positioned.

The plant looks ok but the roots look stunted. I have a note about that from when I bought it, so I wonder if it just doesn't grow a lot of roots in nature. Anybody know about this species root growth habit?