Tuesday, February 26, 2013

My Favorite POE Display

There are always lots of great displays at POE and this year was no exception. The theme was 'East Meets West' and some of the exhibitors had a challenge working the theme into their display.

For me, this display did the best job of matching the theme while staying focussed on the primary goal, to display orchids. These three pictures are of that display. Somebody please let me know who's display this is. I can't find my list.

The core of the display is a Wardian case. A fine display all by itself.

On one side of the Wardian case was a bowl of orchid from Asia.

On the other side was a bowl of orchids from the Americas.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Coelogyne flaccida

Coelogyne flaccida - Flower photo by Richard LindbergCoelogyne flaccida - Flower photo by Richard LindbergCoelogyne flaccida - Plant photo by Richard LindbergOne of the Coelogyne flaccida plants is in bloom. It didn't bloom last year after being re-potted in 2011. It has now grown to fill the pot.

Coelogyne flaccida grows from northern India through south China in mountain forests in the 3000 to 6000 foot range. It is cold to cool growing and is fragrant. The genus Coelogyne (Coel) contains 100 species found in all of Asia east of India and Indonesia and Fiji. Conditions vary considerably.

Coelogyne flaccida February 2011 and September 2011This plant is in sphagnum moss in a 3 1/2-inch pot. There are seven pseudobulbs and stands eleven inches above the pot. There are two leads.

These lower pictures are this same plant when it was re-potted in February 2011 and the growth it made over the summer of that year. It has almost doubled in size in the two years since the re-pot.

I am going to up-pot this plant. I will carefully remove some of the sphagnum and replace it with new, the orient the plant so that the leads have the maximum room to grow in the new 4-inch pot.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Dinema polybulbon

Dinema polybulbon specimen plant

My favorite plant at POE is this Dinema polybulbon. It is a huge plant covered with flowers. I have one of these so I know that this plant took many years of top quality culture.

The displays at Pacific Orchid Exposition were nice. They ranged in size from the very big to an 12-inch bowl. And there was the big case full of Draculas that is always a big favorite.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Pacific Orchid Exposition

Pacific Orchid Exposition setting up

Pacific Orchid Exposition entrance displayPacific Orchid Exposition entrance displayThe Pacific Orchid Exposition starts next week. The displays go up Wednesday and the vendors set up and the displays are judged Thursday. The Gala with wine tasting, food and music is Thursday evening. The show runs Friday, Saturday and Sunday. IMO, Friday at 10am is the best time to go. Fewer people and booths fully stocked.

Andy's Orchids at POE

POE is the largest show west of the Mississippi. It is a huge venue, all orchids. Vendors are from all over the world. It is a chance to get species that will not be available at any other time.

I am on the ribbon judging committee again this year. We are judging displays and individual plants within the displays. It is a lot of walking because we have to leave the plants where they are.

If you are going to only one show, this is the one to see.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Cattleya Mom's Favorite

Cattleya Mom's FavoriteCattleya Mom's FavoriteMom's Favorite is not the 'real' name of this fragrant hybrid, but it is Steve Christoffersen's mom's favorite among his plants, hense the name. He has had it a long, long time and the tag is long ago lost.

The piece I have is a little rough looking. I got it in late 2011 and it bloomed last spring. This year's growth is outside the pot and so I will divide it after blooming ends. There will be backbulb divisions available. I'll let you know.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Dendrobium parishii hybrid

Dendrobium parishii hybrid '#1'Dendrobium parishii hybrid '#1'Dendrobium parishii grows in Southeast Asia. It is cool to warm growing and fragrant. Blooms on old canes in the spring after a dry winter rest period. I mention this because this plant probably has a lot of Dendrobium parishii in it. It might be a species plant, I don't know. The tag was written in ballpoint and was completely faded when I first saw it.

It is in bloom again. The challenge with it as a collection plant is the tendency to sprawl. This year the plant was very near the north wall of the greenhouse so was guided up. I will re-pot and tie up the canes before putting it back.