Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Cattleya L011

Cattleya L011Cattleya L011Cattleya L011 - Plant photo by Richard LindbergOne of the few remaining NOID Catts has bloomed. It is still in the lava rock mix and over-potted. But the plant is getting stronger now that it has started to go over the edge of the pot.

The plant looks bad because of a lot of old insect damage. I will take it out of the pot after blooming to look at the roots and see what can be done with it. I think it will end up somewhere else as I reduce the collection this summer.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

New Thermostat

After the repairs to the Southern Burner were done, I decided to change the temperatures in the greenhouse a little. I wanted to go down just a couple of degrees. But when I went to make the changes, I could not remember how to program the thermostat.

The thermostat is mounted in a spacious wood enclosure that has an open bottom and is located on the opposite side of the greenhouse. It is awkward to work with and I didn't want to risk messing it up. I decided to simply replace it.

I have programmed the new thermostat while sitting at my desk. I will replace the current one and bring it in to where I can see what is going on. I'm sure I will be able to figure it out. Then I will put it away with my other sprinkler-related spare parts.

Saturday, January 26, 2013


Sophronitis cernua - Plant photo by Richard LindbergIt's a sad story. On the way home this Phal got badly beat up. There was only a single bud left when I got it three weeks ago. The flower had just now openned.

It is not a surprise that the flower is turned the wrong way. Buds form based on light direction and in the process rotate 180 degrees. It the light direction changes it gets confused and will not make the full rotation. That's who it is important to not turn the plant during this process.

Phal plants will often rebloom but this happens after all the original flowers are gone. I didn't realize this would happen due to physical damage rather than blooming out, so I was surprised to see two of the nodes sending out side branches. I will get to enjoy the flowers.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Coelogyne lawrenceana

This Coelogyne lawrenceana was on the member sale table at a SFOS meeting in 2007. It was three pseudobulbs, the ones on the left of the picture, in fact. It has grown and bloomed pretty regularly once it had got established. I had thought about dividing it. I have finally done it.

Coelogyne lawrenceana - Flower photo by Richard LindbergCoelogyne lawrenceana - Flower photo by Richard LindbergCoelogyne lawrenceana grows in the Himalayas and Vietnam in mountain forests. It is fragrant, cool to warm growing and blooms some time from fall to spring. The genus Coelogyne (Coel) contains 100 species found in all of Asia east of India and Indonesia and Fiji. Conditions vary considerably.

The end result is five pots. There are two 3-pseudobulb lead divisions in 4-inch plastic pots. The original three pseudobulbs and one of the connecting backbulb divisions are in 3 1/4-inch plastic pots. The best backbulb divisions of three pseudobulbs is in a 4-inch plastic pot. I will keep one of the backbulb divisions and sell the rest later.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Oncidium nudum

Oncidium nudum - Flower photo by Richard LindbergOncidium nudum - Flower photo by Richard LindbergThis Oncidium nudum is mounted on a 6 x 14-inch piece of cork bark. There are five intact pseudobulbs and four damaged ones.

Oncidium nudum - Plant photo by Richard LindbergThis is from Sonoma but it had been attacked by a rat and was not doing well. I brought it to Napa where it was part of a squirrel's lunch. After I got one of the electronic rodent repellent it has grown undisturbed. It bloomed last year and now has bloomed again. I was worried about the two weeks where the Southern Burner was waiting for parts. I had a 1500 watt electric going that didn't really get the job done for the warm to hot growers like this one.

Oncidium nudum grows in northern South America in hot, humid wetlands. It blooms in winter and has an inflorescence that extends almost two feet. The flowers last a very long time.

The spike started to develop in October. There are just a few more buds and it will be fully open. The spike is about six inches short of the two feet mentioned as proper spike length, but I am happy.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Mediocalcar decoratum

It looks as if I will not have to make any quick decisions about downsizing my collection. The Sonoma property where the greenhouse sits has not sold so I have a minimum of three month. By May I will be able to have the Catts outdoors and I have plenty of covered space for that. I will still have to reduce by the end of the summer.

This backbulb piece of Mediocalcar decoratum is a free orchid if you want it. It is what was left over after I removed the leads to sell on EBay later in year. It looks bad, but I am sure it will sprout all over. You may end up with a pretty full mat by the end of the summer.

Mediocalcar decoratum grows in Papua and New Guinea in moist mountain forests. It is cold to cool growing and blooms in spring. The genus Mediocalcar (Medi) contains about 20 species from New Guinea.

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 Wednesday the 23rd. After that, anybody who wants it can have it. Continental US only please. Be sure that the plant will be in a be in a place safe from freezing cold when it arrives.

Saturday, January 19, 2013


Have I mentioned that it is not good to use ink on labels? This Paph has a tag and I can see faint marks. No hope of reading any of it, though.

This will last a long time and become part of the decor in my living room. When it does finally finish I will clean it up to become a claimable free orchid.

But don't claim it now, wait for the announcement.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Mediocalcar decoratum

I wanted to show you how I potted the Mediocalcar decoratum divisions. This species forms a mat and needs a short pot. It likes to be moist but does not like sitting in water.

I am using a 2 1/2-inch pot. These are also 2 1/2 inches deep. The first step is to reduce the depth and create an air space. For this I use foam peanuts (the "bad", non-biodegradable type). I use three or four, enough to cut the depth to about one and a quarter inches.

On top of the peanuts I put a layer of sphagnum cutting the remaining depth to about three quarters of an inch. I do this for as many pots as I have divisions.

Taking the cutting, I added about 3/4 inches of sphagnum up around the roots and placed this as a unit on top of the pad in the pot. To keep it all in place I cut a large paperclip to make pins and put one over one of the rhizomes. Now they can settle in to the pot and grow new roots. I can handle the pot without knocking the new division loose.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Mediocalcar decoratum

I bought a Mediocalcar decoratum two years ago with the idea of dividing half of it for sale. I took a few small pieces off the edge, but waited to get a flower picture before doing a full division on it. It has not bloomed in my greenhouse and I am tired of waiting for it.

Mediocalcar decoratum - Plant photo by Richard Lindberg

The genus Mediocalcar (Medi) contains about 20 species from New Guinea.

Mediocalcar decoratum grows in Papua and New Guinea in moist mountain forests. It is cold to cool growing and blooms in spring.

The divisions are now in sphagnum over peanuts in 2 1/2-inch plastic pots. They will get a couple of months to start growing before selling starts in April. This species will join the plants being sold off to reduce my collection size. My goal for fall of 2013 is to have room in my Napa greenhouse for the whole collection.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

The Southern Burner is Back at Work.

Just before New Years my gas heater stopped working. I ordered a new controller and it just arrived and has been installed. I replaced the pilot sensor at the same time so it should be good for a few more years.

I live in a state where electricity is expensive. I didn't want to really know, but I finally had to face it. When I calculate it, the power I was using came to $.50 per hour. The weather has been cold enough that it probably ran 24 hours a day. It managed to keep the greenhouse at 40f so I am hoping for limited damage.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Brassolaeliocattleya Lawless Romeo 'Sundance'

Brassolaeliocattleya Lawless Romeo 'Sundance' - Flower photo by Richard LindbergBrassolaeliocattleya Lawless Romeo 'Sundance' - Flower photo by Richard LindbergIf I had to reduce my collection to a single plant this would be it. It is my first Catt and I have had it a long time. I thought at the time that it was a mini-catt.

Brassolaeliocattleya Lawless Romeo 'Sundance' - Plant photo by Richard LindbergThe wood is a very expensive piece meant for a terrarium. It is very dense and quite pretty. I mounted the plant on it right away and it has done pretty well.

It has over grown the wood. I am going to soak it for a couple of hours and try to work as much of the live root as possible. Then it will go into a clay pot in sphagnum over peanuts.

The wood will have to be cleaned too. Since the wood is so dense I don't have to be too gentle. After the soaking I will try peroxide. I plan to use it again, but from a fresh start if possible. I am not sure what I will put there, but I'm pretty sure it will be Brazilian.