Thursday, August 30, 2012

Miltonia (spectabulis x Jim MacKinney)

Miltonia (spectabulis x Jim MacKinney) - Flower photo by Richard LindbergMiltonia (Milt) contains 10 species from Brazil and Peru. They grow in bright warm conditions. Miltonia spectabilis grows in Brazil. It is cool to hot growing. Light level should be high and it should be a pale green. Blooms in summer and fall.

Miltonia (spectabulis x Jim MacKinney) - Plant photo by Richard LindbergI brought this to Napa from Sonoma just over a year ago. It was doing poorly because it was not getting enough water. In a years time, it is doing much better and is just starting to bloom. There are several spikes all around the plant.

I should have removed it from the mount during the spring and started another mount and some pots. It is a mass of backbulbs. I removed some three years ago and sprouted a few of them, but I think they needed a wetter location. I am going to try a few so I can learn from them but there will be some extras available.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Cattleya CH4067

Cattleya CH4067 - Flower photo by Richard LindbergThis is the last of the three backbulb divisions from the un-labeled plant which might be C Pamela Hetherington. The other two are sold. I decided to keep this one when I saw that it was going to develop two leads. My other plant is a single lead and if I can get this one started well, it will become the collection plant instead.

Cattleya CH4067 - Plant photo by Richard Lindberg

There is only a hint of root right now but I will not wait too long to pot it. The watering will have to be carefully done because it will be badly over-potted through the rest of the summer.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012


This nice little white Phal came to me at an odd moment so I just set it down on a bench in the greenhouse, then promptly forgot about it. It had just finished blooming and the stem had already been cut. It has now re-bloomed. I think it is worth mentioning for a couple of reasons.

One reason is that it re-bloomed from the very lowest node. I wasn't expecting that one to sprout. I might be because it was the only node left after the cut. As you can see, the stem died back to just above the sprout.

The main reason for pointing this plant out is that it is alive at all. In fact, it seems to be doing well with strong new growth. It should have died from crown rot and root loss. It gets water ever day from the misters above it.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Cochleanthes amazonica

Cochleanthes amazonica - Flower photo by Richard LindbergI was happy and surprised to find the Cochleanthes amazonica in bloom. When I re-arranged the greenhouse in the spring of 2011 it was distressed. I tried to place it a relatively cool and shaded location. It seems to be coming back after a full year in the new location.

Cochleanthes amazonica - Plant photo by Richard LindbergCochleanthes amazonica grows in the Amazon Basin in shady wet forests. It is fragrant and blooms through a long fall to spring season. The genus Cochleanthes (Cnths) contains 10 species spread through tropical America They need a shady and humid environment.

This plant is in pea gravel in a 4-inch plastic pot. There are four pseudobulbs and it stands six inches above the pot. I will re-pot it as soon as the flowers are gone. It needs to be moved back to the center.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Sonoma Greenhouse

The Sonoma greenhouse is very nice but it is also a few years old. It needs maintenance. The owner can't afford to do it and I am unwilling to put much money into it since it is a loss for me. The most recent problem is that a panel has come off. It shaded a vent that now lets sunlight in when it is open.

I put up a 6-foot wide panel of 60% shadecloth. It has to go all the way across since the light moves across the greenhouse and the sun gets lower in winter. The light level is still pretty high.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Cattleya Pacific 'Red Fountain' x Summer Stars 'Circassian Angel'

Cattleya Pacific 'Red Fountain' x Summer Stars 'Circassian Angel' - Flower photo by Richard LindbergThis plant is from the Sonoma collection. It only bloomed for the first time under my care last year. It is not fragrant but very beautiful. I can't believe it is not a named cross, but the RHS database doesn't have a listing for it.

Cattleya Pacific 'Red Fountain' x Summer Stars 'Circassian Angel' - Plant photo by Richard LindbergThis plant is in sphagnum over peanuts in a 3 1/2-inch clay pot. There are four pseudobulbs and it stands nine inches above the pot. I am not thinking of making any change beyond staking it.

I have never done much staking beyond what is necessary for a rootless plant. But I am seeing too many plants where the new growth is going in an un-aesthetic direction. I will put a stake in next time I water then tie the wandering pseudobulb just before the watering after that. It seems that there is less chance of breaking the plant if it is dry.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Dendrobium Red Emperor 'Prince'

Dendrobium Red Emperor 'Prince' - Flower photo by Richard LindbergI have stayed away from nobile type Dendrobium hybrids. The few times I have tried them I failed to rebloom and eventually killed them by over watering. I got this one free so I will give it a try. I have better dry conditions in the greenhouse now and I can keep it outside until the end of October to give it a temperature drop.

My portable PVC and plywood photo studio in the corner of the kitchen

This is where I take most of my pictures. It is PVC with a thin plywood platform that I set up between the microwave and the sink. The back is 24 inches tall and works for most of the plants I have. I can set it up and take it down quickly. I am always testing the boundries of how many plants can be in the house and for how long.

I use available light and then color-correct later. I use Gimp for photo processing. The price is right and the program can do anything I need.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Laelia lucasiana

Laelia lucasiana - Flower photo by Richard LindbergLaelia lucasiana - Plant photo by Richard LindbergI was really happy to see this Laelia lucasiana in bloom. I got it two years ago when I was trying to fill in my Brazilian species. I wasn't sure it would grow in my greenhouse but I wanted to try. It has grown and this is the first flower. It is about half the size it could be, but I am satisfied with it.

Laelia lucasiana grows in Brazil in the mountains of Minas Gerais above 4500 feet. It is cool growing, needs bright light and a dry winter rest. It blooms in early summer.

This plant is mounted on a 2 x 4-inch piece of cork bark and there are six pseudobulbs. I am going to leave it where it was, high and bright, right in front of a mister. I think that is why in did as well as it did, with the water cooling it in the hot air.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Dendrobium moschatum

The inflorescence on the Dendrobium moschatum is probably the best I have had since I got the plant in 2007. I thought about removing it from the mount but missed the chance during the new growth.

Dendrobium moschatum - Flower photo by Richard LindbergDendrobium moschatum grows in Southeast Asia at low altitudes. It is cool to hot growing, needs bright light and is fragrant. It blooms spring into summer on leafless canes. Flowers last only a few days.

The plant looks terrible with one cane that has leaves. The other half dozen are dead looking. I guess I will leave it as-is. I have it is bright and hot conditions already, and I have no place that I think would be better for it.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Cattleya CH4067

Cattleya CH4067 - Flower photo by Richard LindbergI have a really beautiful Cattleya hybrid. Its only flaw is that the tag was lost so I don't know for sure what it is. It has a very distinctive look and I believe that it is an early version of Cattleya Pamela Hetherington. Before coming to me it had been in Steve Christoffersen's personal collection for many years.

When I divided the large plant it had a single lead and was going over the edge of the pot. I took it apart and got a well rooted lead division. I also got three divisions out of the eight remaining backbulbs. These had leaves but no good roots. I put them all outside it clay pots and rock.

The first of these has already sprouted. I am going to sell them in a just-sprouted state like this because these are full-sized plants and would be very expensive to ship potted. If I knew for sure what the plant was I might have waited and got more for them. This one is already promised but I'm sure the other two will sprout soon.

I will email you later today.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Epidendrum ilense 'Valley Isle'

Epidendrum ilense 'Valley Isle' - Flower photo by Richard LindbergEpidendrum ilense 'Valley Isle' - Plant photo by Richard LindbergI have had this Epidendrum ilense since our show in 2011. I got it from the member sale table. I figured it would do well in my greenhouse but it has not grown much. I re-potted it into rocks this spring so I haven't had a growing season to tell how that is working, but it has three flowers on the oldest cane.

Epidendrum 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 rock in a 3 1/2-inch pot. It stands 18 inches above the pot and has 5 canes.