Saturday, September 29, 2012

What is this Orchid Hybrid?

The tag on this plant reads "Laeliocattleya Santa Barbara Sunset 'Showtime' HCC/AOS". There is no question that the tag is wrong.

I got the plant two years ago and this is the first time blooming in my collection. When a new plant blooms I take a flower picture and search the internet for pictures of it to compare. Then it comes to orchid tags I believe in "trust but verify". But I knew right away that this was wrong since there is no hint of sunset it this flower.

The flowers are pretty and distinctive. It is quite possible it is a popular hybrid. If you have any ideas about what it is, please let me know.

Thank you for the help.

Friday, September 28, 2012

C guatemalensis x Mem Helen Brown 'Sweet Abton' AM/AOS

Cattleya guatemalensis x Mem Helen Brown 'Sweet Abton' AM/AOS - Flower photo by Richard LindbergThis plant spent the summer outdoors after having been re-potted last January in sphagnum over peanuts in a clay pot. The new growth is full-sized and there is room for at least three years of growth. The sphagnum will not break down too much in that time because it is watered sparingly.

Cattleya guatemalensis x Mem Helen Brown 'Sweet Abton' AM/AOS - Plant photo by Richard LindbergThis plant is in sphagnum over peanuts in a 5 1/2-inch clay pot. There are four pseudobulbs and stands twelve inches above the pot.

This is a nice plant. With three or four leads it could put on a nice show. The reason it is my collection, however, is that a dear friend who passed away a few years ago had a passion for C Mem Helen Brown. That was her mother's maiden name. When I see this plant I think of my friend and the times we drove to San Francisco together.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Ornithophora radicans

Ornithophora radicans - Flower photo by Richard LindbergThe flowers on the Ornithophora radicans are only a quarter inch and the plant itself is small. It was in a rack of other small mounts and a bit hard to see so I could have missed seeing it bloom at all. I have had it two years now and it is about the same size. It has grown but the older growth has died off.

Ornithophora radicans - Plant photo by Richard LindbergOrnithophora radicans grows in coastal Brazil. It is warm to hot growing and is fragrant. It needs a short rest after the pseudobulb has matured. The genus Ornithophora (Orpha) contains 1 species from Brazil. Flower is shaped like a bird if seen from the side.

I have reviewed the information provided on OrchidSpecies.com and I suspect that I am growing it too bright. Since it is growing off the top of the mount, I am going to re-mount it on cork and re-locate the plant in the greenhouse.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Stanhopea tigrina

I took my Stanhopea tigrina out of the greenhouse for this picture. It is a pretty big plant with perhaps fourty pseudobulbs. It usually blooms in August but this year the new growth is just now starting and no sign of spikes yet. It has put on quite a show in past years. In the picture below, there were four spikes open at the same time. The orchid society never got to see that, of course, since the flowers only last a very sort time.

Stanhopea tigrina - Flower photo by Richard LindbergStanhopea tigrina - Plant photo by Richard LindbergThe genus Stanhopea (Stan) contains 55 species growing from Mexico, through Central America and South America.

Stanhopea tigrina grows in Mexico at about 2000 feet. It is cool to warm growing, fragrant and blooms in the summer and fall. The flowers are pendant and last only 3 to 5 days.

It may be time to break up the plant and start with a new 5-pseudobulb lead division. Not right now, but I'll put it on my list of activities for April or May.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Cattleya Orchidglade 'ZOI'

Cattleya Orchidglade 'ZOI' - Flower photo by Richard LindbergThis plant is in sphagnum in a 5-inch clay pot. There are three pseudobulbs and stands nine inches above the pot. The plant was a two-pseudobulb sprouted backbulb division potted in mid-June. It has been hanging in the outdoor growing area since and is already in bloom.

Cattleya Orchidglade 'ZOI' - Plant photo by Richard LindbergThis plant is in sphagnum in a 5-inch clay pot. There are three pseudobulbs and stands nine inches above the pot. It is a primary hybrid, the cross Cattleya walkeriana x Cattleya aurantiaca.

I want to get a new flower picture. I am changing my flower pictures from 432px to 500px wide. If I were to offer this on EBay, I need a picture that wide and it also works well with the width of the blog. I will have to wait to do this since this is one of those flowers where the color improves as the flower matures.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Mormolyca ringens

This Mormolyca ringens plant started as a 2-backbulb division, the two on the far right. It follows the normal pattern whereby the first growth is smaller and each growth after that becomes larger. It is blooming not only from the mature pseudobulb but there is a spike growing from the base of the new growth.

Lycaste aromatica - Mormolyca ringens by Richard Lindberg

Mormolyca ringens - Flower photo by Richard LindbergMormolyca ringens - Plant photo by Richard LindbergThe genus Mormolyca (Mlca) contains 6 small species growing in Central America and northern South America.

Mormolyca ringens grows from Mexico down into Central America. It is warm to hot growing and does well in a basket. The plant can flower all spring and summer.

This plant is in bark in a 2 1/2-inch plastic pot. There are six pseudobulbs and it stands four inches above the pot. There is plenty of room for the next two generations so I am going to leave it as-is for now.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Coelogyne usitana

Coelogyne usitanaCoelogyne usitana when I got it five years ago - Plant photo by Richard LindbergI have a fairly broad collection. One of the challenges I face is that there are plants I have that are not happy. It could be how it is potted or where it is placed. Or it could be that I just can't grow them at all in my range of light and temperature. My Coelogyne usitana is one of those. I have had it five years and it seems to be just hanging on.

Coelogyne usitana grows only on Mindanao. It is warm to hot growing. It will set a spike in spring or summer in new growth. A properly cared-for spike will bloom sequentially indefinitely.

Coelogyne usitanaWhen I got the plant it was in sphagnum and clay. I moved it to rock because of the high levels of moisture in the greenhouse. I have since learned that there are some plants that do fine in sphagnum. I am going to re-pot back the way it was and give it another try.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Orchid watering

It is time to be paying attention to the weather forcast. The night time temperatures can take a quick downturn and damage plants that are enjoying being outside in the summer. My 7-day forcast shows night temperatures above 50 every night and day time temperatures right around 80. Nothing to worry about so far, right?

WRONG! There is more to consider than temperature. Plants pay attention to changes in light, too. They are already noticing the reduced light that comes from shorter days. They are starting to reduce the use of water and fertilizer. If you are watering on a schedule, it would be wise to cut back, even using the pencil test instead of the calendar to decided on watering.

In past years I have been lulled by warm night temperatures and suffered big root loss as a result. I am trying to pay particular attention to the rule of thumb "When in doubt, go drought".

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Coelogyne fimbriata

Coelogyne fimbriata - Flower photo by Richard LindbergOne of the plants I gave away in June was a piece of my Coelogyne fimbriata. Mine is blooming now and it should continue to bloom through the fall. I have three spikes so I ought to have a couple of flowers open for the next SCOS show and tell.

Coelogyne fimbriata - Plant photo by Richard LindbergCoelogyne fimbriata grows throughout Southeast Asia in limestone cliffs below 4500 feet. It is cool to hot growing, fragrant and blooms in the fall. Coelogyne (Coel) contains 100 species found in all of Asia east of India and Indonesia and Fiji. Conditions vary considerably.

This plant is in a bark/perlite mix in a 3-inch plastic basket. There are twelve pseudobulbs and stands six inches above the pot. It is a bit of a rebel. It doesn't care where you pot it, it grows free out in the air. The long rhizome make it take a lot of space.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Neofinetia falcata

Neofinetia falcata - Flower photo by Richard LindbergI got this Neofinetia falcata from Ian's Orchids on EBay. Neofinetia falcata - Plant photo by Richard LindbergI have some other plants and have found them pretty good. The plant had good roots and has grown well in the rocks. I will just leave it and see how big I can get it. It has three spikes.

Neofinetia falcata grows in Japan, Korea and the Ryukyu Islands. The species grows on deciduous trees and get more light in winter. They are fragrant and tolerate a wide range of temperatures. The genus Neofinetia (Neof) contains 3 species from Japan, Korea and the Ryukyu Islands.

The plant is in a 4-inch plastic pot in rocks. There are 6 mature fans and at least 4 new growths visible. The plant stands 5 inches above the pot.