Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Cattleya CH4067

Cattleya Pamela Hetherington? - Flower photo by Richard LindbergI got a large Catt NOID last year from Steve Christoffersen. When it bloomed it had this beautiful, very distinctive flower. This backbulb division is the last of the pieces and it is going to its new home today. It is developing well but has not grown any new roots. It is still using the energy stored in the backbulbs.

The new growth is doing well. It may not grow to full size. It is normal for the first generation to be small. The important thing it will do is develop new roots to support the plant from now on. This will not bloom in 2013 but 2014 is possible.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Stellamizutaara Kelly 'Lea'

Stellamizutaara Kelly 'Lea' - Flower photo by Richard LindbergI went to a collection reduction sale just about a year ago. Stellamizutaara Kelly 'Lea' - Plant photo by Richard LindbergI was about ready to check out but I was still looking around because I was not quite up to my spending limit. This Stellamizutaara (Stlma) Kelly 'Lea' caught my eye. It had two fading flowers. The colors were wonderful and I wanted to see what the flower looked like in full bloom. Now I know.

This plant is in sphagnum over peanuts in a 3 1/2-inch clay pot. There are seven pseudobulbs and a new growth. It stands about 5 inches above the pot. It is the cross Brassavola nodosa x Cattleytonia Keith Roth.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Dendrobium Stephen Batchelor

Dendrobium Stephen Batchelor - Flower photo by Richard LindbergDendrobium Stephen Batchelor is a primary hybrid, the cross Dendrobium alexandrae x Dendrobium johnsoniae. Both of these are from Papua and New Guinea blooming in fall and winter. The flowers are unusual, long lasting and showy. A good plant for a collection that can accommodate a large plant.

Dendrobium Stephen Batchelor - Plant photo by Richard LindbergThis plant is in rock in a 4-inch plastic pot. There are fifteen pseudobulbs and it stands fourteen inches above the pot. It needs to be tied up or the plant will spread out, taking way too much space on the bench.

The plant was in a 2 1/2-inch pot and very tippy. I up-potted to a 4-inch pot in rock. One of the nice things about rock as a medium is that over potting is not much of an issue. The rock holds so little water that is behaves much like a mount.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Dendrobium lichenastrum

Dendrobium lichenastrum - Flower photo by Richard LindbergDendrobium lichenastrum - Plant photo by Richard LindbergDendrobium lichenastrum is one of my favorite plants. It is small, grows well in my greenhouse and flowers all summer. Right now it has six flowers. I took the opportunity to try to take a new flower picture. These are tiny, almost white flowers and are very hard to photograph. None of the new pictures was good enough. The one on this post is a re-processing of the older picture.

Dendrobium lichenastrum grows in north-eastern Australia at all elevations. It is fragrant and blooms in the fall. It is very small and forms a mat.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Free Orchids

On the left is a small piece of Dendrochilum cobbianum and on the right is a nice division of Pholidota chinensis. Dendrochilum cobbianum - Flower photo by Richard LindbergThey both produce long strings of small white flowers. They will come to you as shown padded by some sphagnum moss. You will need to pot them.

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 them (they come as a set) and then 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 Saturday the 27th. After that, anybody who wants them can have them.

Continental US only please.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Dendrochilum cobbianum

Dendrochilum cobbianum - Flower photo by Richard LindbergThis Dendrochilum cobbianum is blooming. There is just a single spike. I was glad to get the chance to take a new flower photo showing more of the 'String of Pearls'. The tiny white flowers are interesting but the effect comes from having the whole spike open at once. A large plant will put on quite a show.

Dendrochilum cobbianum - Plant photo by Richard LindbergDendrochilum cobbianum grows in the Philippines. It is warm to hot growing and likes lots of water. The genus Dendrochilum (Dend) contains 150 species from Burma to the Philippines. Water well. Hates to have the roots disturbed and takes a year to recover from re-potting.

This plant is in a bark/coir mix over peanuts in a 3 1/2-inch plastic pot. There are 8 pseudobulbs and it stands 4 inches above the pot.

This is just about the only plant I have in coir. The plant has settled and it needs to be trimmed. I am going to over-pot it because it needs time without root disturbance to recover.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Dendrobium NOID

This plant has a tag that says "Den David Copperfield 'Golden Sunrise' x Palolo Sunshine 'Yellow Dragon'". I am going assume that the tag is wrong.

I have not cataloged it before for this very reason. I have cataloged it now so that I can keep notes on it. My cataloging system won't keep notes on a plant not in the catalog. Go figure.

Now I don't have to wonder in the spring, "This bloomed last year, why did I not catalog it?" NOID orchids are worthy of having a catalog entry if they are part of the collection. And any color is welcome in the display window by the owner of the Sonoma collection.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Cattleya BR101

Cattleya BR101 - Plant photo by Richard LindbergThis is an unknown Catt hybrid from the Sonoma collection. It was identified with the name of the hybridizer and may be unamed. While the flower is pretty, the stalk is very weak and the flowers droop.

This is in sphagnum over peanuts in a 5 1/2-inch clay pot. There are six pseudobulbs and it stands fifteen inches above the pot. It has room to grow a couple more years and at least adds color the the display window.

Monday, October 22, 2012


A year ago I had a rescue Phal get its new leaf eaten by a rat. I figured it was done for, but I didn't give up on it. In early summer I brought it to the Napa outdoor area where it started a spike and it bloomed. I was about to cut the spike off yesterday when I saw this under the oldest leaf.

This is a basal keiki. As far as I know, this only occurs if there is crown damage and is different from the keiki on the flower stem.

Now the plant energy needs to go to the keiki. I will cut off the flower stem and also cut off the leaf that is keeping it shaded and restricting the growth.

This plant will not be allowed to grow a spike until there are three full sized leaves. I want to see how long that takes. It will be at least a year.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Oncidium Sugar Sweet

Oncidium Sugar Sweet - Flower photo by Richard LindbergMost people would perfectly happy with this Oncidium as a raffle prize, even a seedling. For me, it was a last choice of the plants on the table. But is was one of those nights where I had $20 invested and a lot of great plants were gone. I could have passed and let someone else have it, but I would likely gone home empty handed.

Oncidium Sugar Sweet - Plant photo by Richard LindbergThis commonly known as 'Dancing lady' and is the cross Oncidium Aloha Iwanaga x Oncidium varicosum. Oncidium (Onc) contains 600 species from throughout Central America and South America. Many of them do very well in cultivation.

The plant has been hanging out in the greenhouse for a couple of years and has now bloomed. It has been much over watered and was saved by the high temperature range. I am going to cut off the spike, re-pot it and move it to a better location. When the next growth cycle starts I will sell or give it away. I don't have room for a plant that will eventually have 4-inch pseudobulbs.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Raineth drop and staineth slop. And how the wind doth ram.

Our outdoor growing season is ending. The temperatures are staying in the mid to upper fourties. But since the night humidity is close to 100%. I am declaring winter as far as the orchids are concerned. The last of the outdoor plants will move today or tomorrow.

Most of the Cymbidiums and the Laelia anceps will stay outside and sheltered from the rain. But no Laelia purpurata or anceps hybrids wintering outside this year. I took a bad loss last winter on those.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Hard Cane Dendrobium

For sheer flower power it is hard to beat a hard cane dendrobium. I have one in Sonoma that blooms especially well. It has two sprays of flowers that have been open for six weeks and I expect more spikes on developing new growth.

This is a Big Box rescue growing in rock. I don't care about a varietal name for this plant. Its job is to add color to the display window. It will be in bloom well into Spring.

It took me a long time to realize how seldom these need to be watered. Having these Dendrobiums in rock helps since the rocks hold no water from one watering to the next. The roots do all the work. I water twice a week in Summer and once in Winter.

Rock is the only medium that I have been able to grow these Dendrobiums in and even then, only in Sonoma. The Napa greenhouse is water cooled and far too wet. Sonoma is all hand watered and I can manage much better there.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Dimerandra emarginata

Dimerandra emarginata - Plant photo by Richard LindbergThe genus Dimerandra (Dmd) contains 7 species growing from the West Indies down to Brazil at lower elevations.

Dimerandra emarginata grows from Mexico all along the east coast of South America down to Brazil. It is warm to hot growing and grows in low elevation rain forests, blooming through summer into fall.

This plant is mounted in coconut fibre. There are ten pseudobulbs and stands twelve inches above the medium. It was added to the collection from a trade with Alexix Pardo in February.