Sunday, March 31, 2013

Potinara Burana Beauty x L anceps

Potinara Burana Beauty x L anceps - Flower photo by Richard LindbergPotinara Burana Beauty x L anceps - Flower photo by Richard LindbergPotinara Burana Beauty x L anceps - Flower photo by Richard LindbergPotinara Burana Beauty x L anceps - Plant photo by Richard LindbergI am gathering backbulbs to take to the Central California Orchid Society meeting on Thursday. As I was looking around I found a pot with three backbulb divisions and a label that I thought read "Potinara Burana Beauty". It is a nice enough hybrid but not one I want in the smaller collection I am hoping to acheive by the end of summer.

Potinara Burana Beauty x L anceps backbulb division has two leadsWhen I finally noticed the "x L anceps" and checked out the flower picture I decided to take only one of them to CCOS. I really like the flowers. I am keeping for my collection and the most developed one will be sold later this summer as the two new leads develop.

Saturday, March 30, 2013

SCOS Show and Sale Starts Today

The SCOS Show and Sale is this weekend. It is a nice intermediate sized show. We have lots of plants on sale and in displays. Well worth a little driving. Click on the SCOS Show and Sale link for details.

My talk has been changed. It is now Sunday at 1:00PM. The subject is backbulb culture. Be sure to introduce yourself if you are there.

Friday, March 29, 2013

Maxillaria picta

At one time I was adding Maxillaria species to the collection. However, the change in my greenhouse to a dryer winter has damaged or killed many of them. This Maxillaria picta is a good example. It had a couple of flowers but the new growths have died.

Maxillaria picta - Flower photo by Richard LindbergMaxillaria picta - Flower photo by Richard LindbergMaxillaria picta - Plant photo by Richard LindbergThe genus Maxillaria (Max) contains 650 some species spread throughout the tropical and sub-tropical Americas. They have a single flower. Generally warm to hot growing.

Maxillaria picta grows in Brazil and Argentina. It is a high light cool to warm growing plant, blooming in winter and spring.

I have taken the youngest four pseudobulbs and potted them in sphagnum. That should help with the watering. The rest of the plant was cleaned up and made into two backbulb divisions. I will give the plant to the end of summer and then decide if I want it in my collection. I know that I will be making that same decision for a lot of plants when they have to go back in the greenhouse for the winter.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Dendrobium lindleyi

It took a long time, but I am starting to feel like I can grow Dendrobium lindleyi. It needs to get to have some size, a three pseudobulb division doesn't seem to be enough. And it needs a REAL dry winter rest. Not even a "sympathy splash" of water during the winter. The last water this one got was November.

Dendrobium lindleyi

Dendrobium lindleyi - Flower photo by Richard LindbergDendrobium lindleyi - Flower photo by Richard LindbergDendrobium lindleyi grows from India to Vietnam. It is warm to hot growing and needs a dry winter rest. As the flowers mature, the color deepens. The genus Dendrobium (Den) contains 1200 species from all parts of Asia and the Pacific. Some like a dry winter rest, all like to dry out between watering. Flowers are long lasting.

I plan to leave the plant in one piece and up-pot it back in rock. It has been in the same pot for five years and it needs more space. I will go up two inches since using rock as medium reduces the problems of over-potting. I will try to disturb the roots as little as possible when I do it.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Blc Empress Worsley

Blc Empress WorsleyBlc Empress WorsleyBlc Empress Worsley - Plant photo by Richard LindbergI have five plants on sale at EBay and I plan to have between five and ten on sale every week through October. I want to mention one of this weeks plants particularly.

It was potted in sphagnum over peanuts in a 4 1/2-inch clay pot. This plant has been removed from its pot and is being sold bare-root to save shipping cost and so you can see the quality of the roots. There are six pseudobulbs with two leads and stands eight inches above the pot.

I went back and forth on this decision. If these were high-end plants like Steve Christoffersen sells, I wouldn't have disturbed them. But for my plants, although they are nice, having the shipping cost more than the plant would hardly generate sales. The roots won't be harmed by a few days out of the pot. I really need to reduce my plant count over this growing season.

Monday, March 25, 2013


This Paph bloomed in January. The flower is gone, two new fans are developing and the roots look very strong. I said I would give it away. Did you think I forgot?

I am going to send it without medium. It needs to be re-potted and I don't want you to pay to ship broken down bark. You pot it when it gets there.

The rules are the same as always: You pay actual postage and it comes Priority Mail. 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 Tuesday the 26th. After that, anybody who wants it can have it. Continental US only please.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Cattleya aurantiaca

In August 2010 I got four Cattleya aurantiaca seedling from Ian's Orchids on EBay. I put two in rocks and two in bark and spread them around the greenhouse. This particular plant grew well and actually bloomed the next year. It is one of the ones in bark and is partially shaded by mounted orchids.

Cattleya aurantiaca - Flower photo by Richard Lindberg

Cattleya aurantiaca - Plant photo by Richard LindbergCattleya aurantiaca grows in Mexico and El Salvador in rain forests. It is cool to warm growing and blooms in winter and spring.

This plant was put in bark over peanuts in a 2 1/2-inch plastic pot. There were three pseudobulbs and a new growth. As the new growth developed it got tippy so I put that in a larger clay pot with rocks. The pseudobulb that is blooming now is over the edge of the plastic pot and has roots down in the rocks. It is much taller than last year's growth and there are quite a few flowers.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Epicattleya Rene Marquez 'Flame Thrower' HCC/AOS

Epicattleya Rene Marquez 'Flame Thrower' HCC/AOS - Flower photo by Richard LindbergEpicattleya Rene Marquez 'Flame Thrower' HCC/AOS - Flower photo by Richard LindbergEpicattleya Rene Marquez 'Flame Thrower' HCC/AOS - Plant photo by Richard LindbergI have two of these and they are both in bloom. It is both doing well and not doing well. The two tallest canes have grown since I got the plant and it has bloomed on both. On the other hand all the older growth is dead.

Epicattleya Rene Marquez is Epidendron pseudepidendrum x (Cattleya intermedia x Cattleya loddigesii)

This plant is in bark in a 3 1/2-inch plastic pot. There are two canes and the plant stands thirteen inches above the pot. I got the plant in the fall of 2010 at the SCOS BBQ silent auction. That year I put the minimum bid on a bunch of plant and I got a surprising number of them.

I am going to re-pot. I will use rock because it needs to have a heavier base and better drainage. I would like to sell it but it is not in good enough condition for that. Maybe after another year it will look better.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Cattleya Backbulbs

Dave at Cattleyaphilia sent me some backbulbs. They are his half of a trade we are doing. They are a Cattleya mendelii and two different forms of Cattleya lueddemanniana.

Cattleya Backbulbs

I will be speaking at 2pm on Sunday, March 31, 3013 at the Sonoma County Orchid Society show and sale and at the Central California Orchid Society's regular monthly meeting. These backbulbs will be great examples since the root development is different stages.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Colmanara Wildcat

I have another Colmanara Wildcat in bloom. It didn't have a tag when I got it, but the flower has a very distinctive shape. I usually don't like to guess about hybrids. There are so many that have similar looks. In this case, I feel confident in calling this a Wildcat.

Colmanara Wildcat

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Cymbidium backbulb

I am speaking twice in the coming weeks on (you guessed it) backbulbs. The first time will be at 2pm on Sunday, March 31, 3013 at the Sonoma County Orchid Society show and sale. The second time will be at the Central California Orchid Society's regular monthly meeting. While I am able to talk at length on this subject, I thought it would be nice to have live examples to go along with it.

This plant is a good example of the progression of the steps between a backbulb and a blooming plant. It is also a reminder that we are trading time for money. The plant may cost very little money but could take years to bloom.

On the far left is the original Cymbidium backbulb. It was potted two years ago after it sprouted. The new growth became the smaller leafless pseudobulb right in the center of the pot. All the plant's energy went into getting some roots established so that it could move on to the next growth cycle.

Last year the pseudobulb that formed was slightly larger and kept its leaves. It grew more roots and is beginning the 2013 growing season with two strong new growths. This plant will not bloom this year but has a chance to bloom in the next year or two.

I hope to meet you at one of these events. Introduce yourself. I will be sure that you have a free backbulb to take home to practice on.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Colmanara Wildcat 'Leopard'

Colmanara Wildcat 'Leopard' - Flower photo by Richard LindbergColmanara Wildcat 'Leopard' - Flower photo by Richard LindbergColmanara Wildcat 'Leopard' - Plant photo by Richard LindbergColmanara Wildcat "Leopold' is in bloom again and it looks terrible. It looks even worse than it did a year ago when I told you I was going to clean it up and re-pot. I guess I didn't get to it.

Click here for the Blog entry from a year ago.

Colmanara Wildcat 'Leopard' - Plant photo by Richard LindbergColmanara Wildcat 'Leopard' - Plant photo by Richard LindbergThere are several varieties of Colmanara Wildcat. It is a mix of Miltonia x Odontoglossum x Oncidium and was developed for indoor culture. It grows well and blooms easily. It is a staple of many orchid collections.

A task for today is to clean and re-pot this plant. It is embarrassing to have my procrastination documented in the blog. I don't want to have to do this again next year. Instead I want you to see a spike twice as tall with three times as many flowers. If I take care of the plant, it will reward me with a good bloom.