Monday, April 30, 2012

Epidendrum ilense 'Valley Isle'

Epidendrum ilense 'Valley Isle' - Plant photo by Richard LindbergEpidendrum ilense grows in central and western Equador at 1000 to 2000 feet in wet, tropical forest. It is hot growing and can bloom any time of the year. Leave old canes and spikes on the plant until they are totally dead because they can rebloom.

This plant is in bark in a 3-inch pot. It stands 18 inches above the pot and has 5 canes. Over the past year that I have had it, there have been no new canes. I am going to move it to a slightly larger pot and change the medium to rocks.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Cymbidium NOID

Sonoma has an outdoor area for Cymbidiums. It is great in summer but is not sheltered from the rain so is less successful over all. This year I took several plants to Napa and several went inside the Sonoma greenhouse. We have had a much better bloom this year than any since I started working with the collection. Since the focus in Sonoma is more about flowers and tags are not as significant as I think they are for my collection, the owner is very happy.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Dendrobium lindleyi

The Dendrobium lindleyi is in bloom, a nice surprise for my return to the Sonoma greenhouse. When I left it was in bud but didn't seem all that close to openning any flowers. Now almost all are open.

Dendrobium lindleyi - Flower photo by Richard LindbergDendrobium lindleyi grows from India to Vietnam. It is warm to hot growing and needs a dry winter rest. As the flowers mature, the color deepens.

I have had the plant seven years now. I have never divided it, just up-potted a couple of times. It has grown but had not flowered well until I got serious about the dry winter rest. It went three months without water this year.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Spring Spiritual Retreat

I am back from a wonderful few days. I didn't take a book or a camera.
No phone, no TV, just birds, water and trees for music.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Spring Spiritual Retreat

From time to time I take a few days. Even though orchids are very spiritual, a short renewal of a more global sense of a spiritual connection is nice.

Specimen Barkeria spectabilis - not my plant

I will be gone until Friday afternoon and then I will find a couple of plants to get the selling season started. The only task left is to pack yesterday's free orchid. The next blog post will likely be Sunday.

Friday, April 20, 2012


I got this NOID plant in december. There are two other divisions. One of the first rules in dividing orchids is not to rush. Don't cut anything until the medium is gone. Don't cut a rhizome where you are not sure what is attached. I cut too soon and ended up with a single pseudobulb division instead of a five pseudobulb division.

I am curious about the flower. I was tempted to toss the single PB, but potted it instead. The color has turned from green to red meaning that it is getting more light than it had. It might bloom now since I don't think any of the pseudobulbs has bloomed.

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My selling season starts 4:00pm on Saturday, April 28th. I will list some plants on eBay and the auction will end at 4pm PDT on Saturday May 5th.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Cattleya CH4067

Cattleya CH4067 - Flower photo by Richard LindbergI have now divided the pot-bound unlabeled Cattleya that looks like C Pamela Hetherington. I tried to be careful but there was still major root loss. The result was five divisions with a total of fourteen pseudobulbs. Only one of them had any healthy roots.

Cattleya CH4067 - Flower photo by Richard Lindberg

This brings me to offering one of these as a free orchid. Mouse over the picture to see it. It may not look like much but it really does have a good chance that it will sprout.

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 4pm PDT on Friday the 20th. After that, anybody who wants it can have it. Continental US only please.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Cattleya Laurie Lynn Westenberger

Cattleya Laurie Lynn Westenberger - Flower photo by Richard LindbergLast December I sent a group of four backbulbs from Cattleya Laurie Lynn Westenberger blog reader Chiqui to play with. As you can see, they don't look like much, rootless, leafless and dried out. But still green.

She put it in rock and splashed a little water on it once in awhile. She reports that it has sprouted! Mouse over the picture on the right for a close-up.

I suggested taking it out of the rocks, rotating the whole thing so that the sprout is as far from the edge as possible and putting the rocks back. There is little risk of damage right now if a little care is taken during the process.

This plant should stay in rocks for quite awhile yet, until the next new growth starts. For now, water once a week and start feeding "weakly weekly" in a couple of months.

Good job, Chiqui!! It may take some time, but soon enough you will have flowers from this classic white hybrid.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Cymbidium NOID

Cymbidium NOIDCymbidium NOID - Plant photo by Richard LindbergThis is another NOID Cymbidium from Sonoma. In this case, the tag is readable and it contains only a flower description.

I am very encouraged to see Cymbidium flowers this year. In a Cymbidium culture scale of 1-10, I may be only a 3, still I have improved. I have moved from keeping them alive to having them bloom with at least a few flowers.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Hard Cane Dendrobium Season

Dendrobium keikeisDendrobium keikeisI have just removed two keikeis from one of the hard cane Dendrobiums in Sonoma. It has been in bloom since November.

In terms of greenhouse color, there is nothing as good as a group of hard cane Dendrobium plants. The Sonoma collection has several of these with a mix of colors now beginning to bloom. Color is one of the goals of the Sonoma collection and NOID Dendrobium plants are a big part of the winter color. We have had five months of Dendrobium flowers in the display window.

These keikeis will go in rocks and will start adding color very soon, maybe even next fall. I will keep these in Napa through the summer.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Cymbidium Maggie Lindberg

Cymbidium Maggie Lindberg - Flower photo by Richard LindbergCymbidium Maggie Lindberg - Plant photo by Richard LindbergSix months ago someone brought a big box of Cymbidium divisions to the SCOS meeting. I didn't really need one but I took one anyway. It had some roots and what I thought were new growths. They turned out to be spikes, but both look alike to me at the very early stage.

This is in a Supersoil and bark mix in a 4-gallon pot. The plant produces large white flowers with a pink center. Since I am never going to sell it and my dog is white, I named it after her.

There are four spikes of flowers and it is now in the Sonoma display window. Right now, most of the flowers in the window are cymbidiums.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Brassia Rex

Brassia Rex - Flower photo by Richard LindbergBrassia Rex is the cross Brassia verrucosa x Brassia gireoudiana, registered in 1964. Brassia Rex - Plant photo by Richard LindbergThis plant is potted in rock in a 5-inch plastic pot. There are 6 pseudobulbs and stands 11 inches above the pot.

I have had this plant several years and it has grown really well in my greenhouse since I started raising the base temperature. I have three divisions blooming or about to bloom. All of them need to be divided. When I divide them I will pot part of them in bark to sell.

The Brassia flowers are open all at once and are gone in about three weeks. They are fragrant, so that is nice.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Encyclia selligera

Encyclia selligera - Flower photo by Richard LindbergEncyclia selligera - Plant photo by Richard LindbergThe Encyclia selligera is in bloom again. It is very reliable, blooming every year no matter where it ends up in the greenhouse. It gets moved around because it is large and shading other plants.

Encyclia selligera grows in Mexico, the Bahamas and Central America in low altitude forests. It is fragrant. The genus Encyclia (Encycl) contains 240 species that grow throughout all of tropical America and the West Indies.

I have had it seven years. In that context, I would have to say that it is not doing all that well. The mount is the original piece of cork and it has never been divided. My guess is that it is barely hanging on.