Thursday, May 30, 2013

Miltassia Shelob 'Webmaster'

Miltassia Shelob 'Webmaster' - Flower photo by Richard LindbergMiltassia Shelob 'Webmaster' - Flower photo by Richard LindbergI originally bought this Miltassia Shelob 'Webmaster' in 2004 at the San Francisco Orchid Society member sale table. I bought it because it was pretty large and I intended to divide it and also because the name went along with my day job. It has a nice flower and has grown and bloomed every year since then.

Miltassia Shelob 'Webmaster' - Plant photo by Richard LindbergMiltassia (Mtssa) is the cross made from Brassia x Miltonia. This plant is in bark over peanuts in a 3-inch plastic pot. There are five pseudobulbs and it stands nine inches above the pot.

I described it as being in "bark over peanuts" but a better description would be "peanuts with a little bark". The environment is very wet. Most of the roots grow in the space below the bark. It could certainly have better roots, but I am happy that it is growing as well as it is.

I am going to put the plant back in the same pot with fresh bark, but first I am going to remove one of the pseudobulbs. It is the oldest and is growing in a slightly different direction than the other four. It is pretty strong and has an active eye at the base. It should sprout and start a new growth quickly.

Miltassia Shelob 'Webmaster' pseudobulb with active eye at the base - photo by Richard Lindberg

In the spirit of plant count control, this backbulb is offered to you as a free orchid. 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 Friday the 30th. After that, anybody who wants it can have it. Continental US only please.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Dendrobium Stephen Batchelor

Dendrobium Stephen Batchelor - Flower photo by Richard LindbergDendrobium Stephen Batchelor - Flower photo by Richard LindbergI have a group of plants not good enough for EBay but still good plants. I will be selling them here at what I think is a good price.

Dendrobium Stephen Batchelor - Plant photo by Richard LindbergDendrobium Stephen Batchelor is the cross Dendrobium alexandrae x Dendrobium johnsoniae. Both of these are from Papua New Guinea blooming in fall and winter. The flowers are very long lasting. There are fifteen+ canes and the plant is twenty inches tall.

The rootball is very tight so there will be damage. There are two leads so I suggest making at least two divisions with a couple of backbulb divisions.

I would like $12 for the plant. The postage will be in the $8-$10 dollar range. Go to this page to get my direct email address so we can work out the details.

UPDATE: The plant has sold and will be on its way to Florida today.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Dove Nesting in my cork bark

Dove Nesting in my cork bark - photo by Richard Lindberg

There is a pair of doves nesting in my outdoor growing area in my pile of cork bark. I took the picture standing less than three feet away and right at eye level.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Dendrobium lichenastrum

One of my favorite plants is the Dendrobium lichenastrum. It is small, grows fast and is in bloom all spring, summer and fall. It would do well in a terrarium near the light source for those who are space challenged. This plant will remain in my collection after the fall purge.

Dendrobium lichenastrum - photo by Richard Lindberg

Dendrobium lichenastrum grows in north-eastern Australia at all elevations. It is fragrant and blooms in the fall. It is very small and forms a mat. 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.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Nageliella purpurea

I almost removed the old flower spike from this Nageliella purpurea. I had forgotten that OrchidSpecies.com told me that it re-blooms. Nageliella purpurea - Plant photo by Richard LindbergIt looks as if this re-bloom will be even stronger than last year. These are quite long lasting and a nice color.

Nageliella purpurea grows in Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras at low elevations on mossy branches. It is cool to warm growing and blooms in summer. The genus Nageliella (Ngl) contains 2 species from Central America.

Even though the flowers are about 1/8 of an inch, the inflorescence is pretty showy for such a small plant.

Nageliella purpurea re-blooming - photo by Richard Lindberg

This will remain as a collection plant. It is small, blooms well and has plenty of space on the piece of cork to grow for several more years. I have no plans to ever divide it, in case you were wondering.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Barkeria spectabilis 'Bob Hoffman'

I mentioned on Saturday that I planned to sell my Barkaria spectabilis because I felt I had put enough effort into making it grow. Ted from Southern California wrote and ask about buying it. We made a deal and I sent it to him.

Barkeria spectabilis 'Bob Hoffman' in its new home in Southern California

Here is a picture of Ted's lathehouse with his new plant already re-mounted and ready for the growing season. It is located near the coast and should be a great climate for the Barkaria.

Thanks for the picture, Ted. It's off to a great start!

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Lycaste aromatica

One of the Lycaste aromatica has now openned all the flowers and is putting on a good show. There are twelve flowers and a nice cinnimon fragrance in the heat of the day.

Lycaste aromatica - Flower photo by Richard Lindberg

There is no room for the new growth so I will re-pot after the flowers fade. This may be quite awhile, since the flowers last well.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Sphagnum, Clay and Peanuts

I freely admit that some of my plants are over potted, but they are not as over potted as they look from on top. All my clay pots have at least one layer of peanuts in the bottom of the pot and some are half full of peanuts.

By peanuts I mean the "bad, not bio-degradable" kind. The "good" peanuts turn to slime in the pot.

This pot fell a couple of months ago and the bottom broke off. I have been growing it like this since. As you can see, the sphagnum is not all that thick. It is much easier to control the moisture level like this and if the roots grow out of the spagnum into the air space they will be just fine.

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Saturday, May 11, 2013

Barkeria spectabilis 'Bob Hoffman'

Barkeria spectabilis 'Bob Hoffman' - Flower photo by Richard LindbergBarkeria spectabilis 'Bob Hoffman' - Flower photo by Richard LindbergBarkeria spectabilis 'Bob Hoffman' - Plant photo by Richard LindbergThe Barkeria spectabilis is in bloom once again. It teases me with a growth and a couple of flowers so I keep it around and hope for "better next year".

Barkeria spectabilis grows in Southern Mexico, Guatemala and El Salvador on oak trees above 4000 feet. It is cool to warm growing, needs bright light with even brighter in winter and blooms in spring. The genus Barkeria (Bark) contains fewer than 20 species growing in Central America. All need a bright and dry winter rest.

I give up! I am going to sell the plant. I have had it ten years now and my greenhouse is just too warm for it. I will never get to my goal of a nice specimen plant like the one I saw at San Francisco.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Clay and Sphagnum

I have been potting my Catts in clay and sphagnum over peanuts for a couple of years now. I finished the conversion last year. The results have been mixed but generally good. I am finding now that those doing less well are plants that are over-potted.

This hybrid died back and has put all its energy into a single new growth. There are some roots and even though it looks as if it is still over potted in the 3 1/2-inch pot, I think it is right for the roots. Also, there is a layer of packing peanuts underneath so the sphagnum only goes a little over half way down.

Now every time I water a section of hanging pots I select a couple to re-pot. There are not really that many that need it so I should be done with this task this month.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Cattleya bicolor 'Mendenhall-beta' (4N x self)

Cattleya bicolor 'Mendenhall-beta' (4N x self)Cattleya bicolor 'Mendenhall-beta' (4N x self)Cattleya bicolor 'Mendenhall-beta' (4N x self) - Plant photo by Richard LindbergI got this Cattleya bicolor as a seedling just under two years ago. The original plan was to mount it but I finally decided to pot it.

Cattleya bicolor grows in Brazil. It is fragrant, cool to warm growing and blooms in spring.

When I potted it I didn't have enough small pots so I over potted in a 5-inch clay pot. I have now down potted to a 3 1/2-inch pot now that I have some smaller pots available. The plant has grown some and has some thick, adult roots. I am happy with the progress, although much of the original plant is gone.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Cattleya L011

Cattleya L011Cattleya L011This is the last piece of this beautiful but unlabeled Cattleya. And this is the free orchid for May. It comes as shown, un-potted. Even so, the plant and box comes to two pounds so postage will run about $11 to the east coast. This is a full-sized orchid with the pseudobulbs and leaves twenty inches long.

Cattleya L011 - Plant photo by Richard LindbergThe 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 Saturday the 4th. After that, anybody who wants it can have it. Continental US only please.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Bulbophyllum facetum

Bulbophyllum facetum - Flower photo by Richard LindbergBulbophyllum facetum - Flower photo by Richard LindbergI was quite surprised when four of the Bulbophyllum facetum backbulbs started showing a bud at the base. These are not what would normally be considered blooming sized divisions. They were single pseudobulb divisions made when I took the larger mount appart last December.

Bulbophyllum facetum - Plant photo by Richard Lindberg

Bulbophyllum facetum grows throughout the northern island of the Philippines in the mountains. It is warm to hot growing.

This plant had been mounted on a 6x10-inch piece of cork. There were 13 pseudobulbs and it was growing over the edges of the cork. The plant was healthy, if a bit rough looking. This species makes a good looking mount because the rhizome allows for some space between the pseudobulbs and the flowers show up well.

I am going to put the two with the least developed buds on EBay as a "buy it now" for $15. That way you can see the flower and decide what to do with it as the now growth appears later in the month. I could ship today if they sell in time to get them to the post office.

The listing starts today at 8am PDT.