Saturday, December 29, 2012

Oncidium Twinkle

It must be house cleaning time. Orchids are coming my way more quickly than usual. There have been eight left in my care this week alone. I want to pass along one I just got to you. It is an Oncidium Twinkle. The previous owner mistook buds for spikes where the flowers were knocked off, but really there are four spikes just starting to bloom. You can have it for $5 plus shipping.

The rest of the plants, including another Oncidium Twinkle, are bloomed out. I will re-pot and find a place in the greenhouse.

You pay actual postage and it comes Priority Mail. (I'll let you know, but it will be around $6.) Add a comment claiming it and then go to this page to get my direct email address so we can work out the details. Continental US only please. I can't hold this one, I want to get it moving to the new owner on Monday.

This will come WITHOUT a heat pack so be mindful of weather and where the postman will leave it.

Friday, December 28, 2012

Southern Burner

I heat my Napa greenhouse with a Southern Burner Model A-1 Vented Orchid Greenhouse Unit Heater using natural gas. I has been very good and I would recommend it. It now needs a replacement burner and it is all my fault that it does. The installation instructions clearly state that the thermostat terminals need to be protected from water. I did not do that. But there is a lot of water in my greenhouse, especially in summer with the misters going.

Night before last I noticed the greenhouse temperature was heading towards 40f when I checked it a t 3am. I got the flashlight, a screwdriver and long fireplace matches and headed out to see what was wrong. The pilot light was fine but there was no connection to the thermostat. I played with it until I got too cold and brought out a electric heater.

After some more fooling around I decided to order the burner unit. Luckily the company is not on a 2-week vacation and the part is shipping today. The electric will keep the base temperature high enough until it comes and I can get Bob the Plumber to come by and install it.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Bulbophyllum facetum

Bulbophyllum facetum - Flower photo by Richard LindbergBulbophyllum facetum - Flower photo by Richard LindbergI took the Bulbophyllum facetum completely off the mount. After I removed the parts growing off the edge, I could see that it was not going to be well formed. I will take a new piece of cork about 6x10 inches and mount one of the pieces after it starts new growth. It will look bare to begin with but this species grows well and will spread out as it forms multiple leads.

Bulbophyllum facetum grows throughout the northern island of the Philippines in the mountains. It is warm to hot growing. The genus Bulbophyllum (Bulb) contains 1500 species found in all tropical areas on earth.

I could not get any pieces going in the same direction. I got frustrated and now have 16 small divisions. I am giving this one away as a free orchid. It is small and scruffy, but will sprout and be a nice addition to your collection. I don't know if it would be considered "rare" but it is unusual.

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 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 Monday the 24th. After that, anybody who wants it can have it. Continental US only please.

This will come WITHOUT a heat pack so be mindful of weather and where the postman will leave it. I can hold it if need be.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Bulbophyllum facetum

A plant that has outgrown its mount is the Bulbophyllum facetum. It has grown well and blooms every May. It is time now to divide it so that I will have some established plants for spring.

Bulbophyllum facetum from behind the mount

Bulbophyllum facetum - Flower photo by Richard LindbergBulbophyllum facetum - Flower photo by Richard LindbergBulbophyllum facetum - Plant photo by Richard LindbergBulbophyllum facetum grows throughout the northern island of the Philippines in the mountains. It is warm to hot growing. The genus Bulbophyllum (Bulb) contains 1500 species found in all tropical areas on earth.

This plant is mounted on a 6x10-inch piece of cork. I have some choices as to what to do. I am going to start with taking any leads that can be easily potted. After that, I am not sure. The older pseudobulbs won't re-attach if I move the plant down on the mount. I could just reduce the mount to backbulbs and let it sprout new leads.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Phal NOID

Two of last year's Phal rescues are growing spikes. One of them has developed pretty far while hiding under a leaf. It is not too late to get this going in a more upward direction if I take it easy, making only small changes in direction.

The plant is doing very well. The new leaf is bigger than the previous leaf and there are lots of good looking roots.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Cattleya trianaei

Cattleya trianaei - Flower photo by Richard LindbergCattleya trianaei - Flower photo by Richard LindbergCattleya trianaei - Plant photo by Richard LindbergWe had frost last night. I intend to have only a few Laelia anceps outside in the cold, but I thought I had better check. I looked at all the plants, and I am glad I did. My Cattleya trianaei was out there in the cold too. I have it indoors to photograph and later I will put it in the greenhouse here in Napa.

Cattleya trianaei grows in Colombia and is the national flower. It is cool to hot growing, fragrant, needs bright light and blooms in winter.

This plant is in sphagnum over peanuts in a 4 1/2-inch clay pot. There are six pseudobulbs and two new growths. The plant stands 10 inches above the pot.

There is only one note on this plant. I have been a poor record keeper. I should note everything I do with all the plants. This plant is one of my favorites. I have had it several years but you would never know it.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Oncidium Twinkle 'Fantasy'

Oncidium Twinkle 'Fantasy' - Flower photo by Richard LindbergOncidium Twinkle 'Fantasy' - Flower photo by Richard LindbergOncidium Twinkle 'Fantasy' - Plant photo by Richard LindbergThis is the kind of rescue I like, one that doesn't need a rescue as much as a good home. This is from a friend who likes the flowers but doesn't want to keep the plants.

The plant is potted in sphagnum in a 3 1/2 plastic pot. There are three pseudobulbs and the plant stands four inches above the pot. I am going to cut the spike and repot in a smaller pot, adding peanuts under the new sphagnum.

Oncidium Twinkle is the primary hybrid Oncidium cheirophorum x Oncidium ornithorhynchum registered in 1958.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Cattleya Drumbeat 'Minerva Burr'

Cattleya Drumbeat 'Minerva Burr' - Flower photo by Richard LindbergCattleya Drumbeat 'Minerva Burr' - Flower photo by Richard LindbergHere is a great example of why I never give up on a backbulb until the very end. This was a four pseudobulb division with no lead and no roots. It was removed to shape and reduce the size of a plant two years ago. Since that time it has done NOTHING but slowly die.

Cattleya Drumbeat 'Minerva Burr'

I am cleaning up the Sonoma greenhouse in preparation for moving my plants out. I was heading toward the garbage can when I looked down and spotted a sprout. The plant was right on the verge and it was using its last bit of energy to start a new plant.

When I looked more closely at the plant I was able to see that there was indeed some green. This plant will now be potted and given a chance to return to collection status. It is a classic, a cross between Cattleya Bonanza x Cattleya Horace. It was developed by Fred Stewart and registered with the RHS in 1967.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Bulbophyllum Memoria Richard Mizuta

About eighteen months ago I bought this plant specifically to divide and sell. I saw this plant in the first few minutes of an orchid event and knew it would not remain unsold long. I thought it would divide into several good pieces and it had a flower and two or three buds. I don't have a flower picture because I did not secure the plant properly in my car to take home so the flower and all the buds were broken.

Bulbophyllum Memoria Richard Mizuta - Plant photo by Richard Lindberg

I have finally taken it apart. There are sixteen pieces with four of those what I would consider a decent size and shape. The plant has a long rhizome and a tendency to form a mat, growing every which way.

This is a primary hybrid, the cross Bulbophyllum lobbii X Bulbophyllum affine. I don't have my own picture but here is one showing the potential that Bulbophyllum Memoria Richard Mizuta has to form a pretty specimen.

I will pot these in plastic and sphagnum within the next couple of days. I will offer a couple of pieces as a free orchid, but wait for the post. No claims before then, please.