Monday, September 30, 2013

Changes for Fall

October is upon us. Even though the weather seems to be still fine, the plants are changing. They need less water and the average temperature is lower. I have turned off the automatic water and lit the pilot light in the heater. The heater should not come off yet, but it is ready to go when needed.

I have moved one of the benches out and am using it for outdoor storage while I re-arrange the mounted plants. The goal is to have the whole ceiling available for the hanging pots.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Dimerandra emarginata

Dimerandra emarginata - Flower photo by Richard LindbergDimerandra emarginata - Flower photo by Richard LindbergThe Dimerandra emarginata is blooming again on a different cane. The flower from July had developed a seed pod. It is a probably self, since there are no other plants of that species. I rarely get seed pods. Seed pods are interesting but worthless to me. I have no wish to spend the money and/or time to germinate them. It is possible to do this at home but takes patience and attention to detail, not to mention the five years to blooming.

Dimerandra emarginata with seed pod - Photo by Richard Lindberg

Dimerandra emarginata - Plant photo by Richard LindbergThe genus Dimerandra (Dmd) contains 7 species growing from the West Indies down to Brazil at lower elevations.

Dimerandra emarginata grows from Mexico all along the east coast of South America down to Brazil. It is warm to hot growing and grows in low elevation rain forests, blooming through summer into fall.

This plant is mounted in coconut fibre. There are ten pseudobulbs and stands ten inches above the medium.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Encyclia diota v atrorubens

Encyclia diota v atrorubens - Flower photo by Richard LindbergEncyclia diota v atrorubens - Flower photo by Richard LindbergEncyclia diota v atrorubens - Plant photo by Richard LindbergOne of the plants I got when I visited Santa Barbara Orchid Estate was a nice Encyclia diota. It was in spike at the beginning of August and has now bloomed. These are pretty flowers, not individually showy but a bunch of them on a 4-foot spike makes a nice display.

Encyclia diota grows in Mexico down to Nicaragua. Needs bright light and a dry winter rest. It is warm to hot growing, is fragrant and blooms in summer. The genus Encyclia (Encycl) contains 240 species that grow throughout all of tropical America and the West Indies. They prefer intermediate conditions and a long, dry winter rest.

This plant is in rock in a 4-inch plastic pot. There are four pseudobulbs and it stands nine inches above the pot.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Sophrolaeliocattleya Mango Spice

This plant is sphagnum over peanuts in a 3 1/2-inch clay pot. There are a five pseudobulbs and the plant stands four inches above the pot. It is half of the plant I got last week. When I cleaned the plant I found what could be two plants, or an unusual growth pattern. There several very small pseudobulbs and leads growing from them in two separate directions. Either way it wound have been over potted. I now have two plants of five pseudobulbs.

Sophrolaeliocattleya Mango Spice - Plant photo by Richard Lindberg

Sophrolaeliocattleya Mango SpiceSophrolaeliocattleya Mango SpiceThis picture is not mine, it is from the Sunset Valley Orchids webite. It is of a previous make if this hybrid. These plants are a re-make in an attempt to improve it and still retain the distinctive color pattern and shape. I am confident that that will be the result once these plants start blooming. I am also aware that these plants are from seed and could end up looking quite different, just like two children in a family can look different.

I may have to change the name if my flowers are different. I know the names of the parents and I could revert to that, or I can give it my own name. Whenever that is, I will replace the flower picture with my own.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Anacheilium cochleatum

I have started to re-configure the greenhouse for winter. Two benches have been consolidated into one, and all of those will go on the benches that are along the wall. The whole center of the greenhouse floor will be clear. I will also be moving the mounts toward the walls. The hanging pots now growing outside will fill the center.

While I was doing the moving I saw that this plant had started to bloom. It had no tag but the flower identified it. I have now tagged and cataloged it. I will also re-pot it. I might not divide it, although it is plenty large enough.

Anacheilium cochleatum var alba - Plant photo by Richard Lindberg

Anacheilium cochleatum grows from Florida to the north coast of South America. It is a medium sized epiphyte that requires even water and fertilizer throughout the year. The genus Anacheilium (Ahl) contains 59 species growing from Mexico through northern South America. These are the cockleshell orchids. They were separated from Encyclia for technical reasons.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Potinara Hawaiian Charisma 'Hilo Beauty'

Potinara Hawaiian Charisma 'Hilo Beauty'Potinara Hawaiian Charisma 'Hilo Beauty'Potinara Hawaiian Charisma 'Hilo Beauty' is in bloom. There were three buds but one of them blasted. The remaining two flowers are still a pretty good display. I am very happy about the way the plant has grown in the two years since I moved it from bark and plastic to sphagnum and clay.

Potinara Hawaiian Charisma 'Hilo Beauty' - Plant photo by Richard LindbergThis plant has been hanging outdoors. I am appreciating a couple of things about hanging plants. First, I can get a lot of pots in a small space because I don't need an isle. They are all above my head or at least easy enough to duck under.

Second, one challenge to caring for a plant with buds is to care for it without rotating the pot. The hangers take care of that because they force the plant in the same orientation when I put it back and I don't have to remember how it was facing. No more twisted flowers!

This plant is in sphagnum over peanuts in a 5 1/2-inch clay pot. There are seven pseudobulbs and it stands nine inches above the pot. While not a mini-catt, it is much more compact than many Cattleyas and a nice addition to a collection.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Sophrolaeliocattleya Mango Spice

Sophrolaeliocattleya Mango SpiceSophrolaeliocattleya Mango SpiceThe speaker at the NVOS meeting was Fred Clarke of Sunset Valley Orchids. He talked about the basics of his mini-catt hybridizing program and he his enthusiasm was catching. This is one of those talks that I would like to hear again.

Slc. California Apricot ‘Orange Circle’ HCC/AOS x Sc. Beaufort ‘Luna Rousse’

He brought a great opportunity table, all mini-catts, unbloomed but close to it. I bought $20 in tickets and almost got skunked. No matter what's on the table I buy some tickets, but that night I really wanted to win some.

Fred Clarke travels pretty widely so you may get a chance to hear him. You will be glad you did.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Laelia dayana 'Hartford' AM/AOS

Laelia dayana 'Hartford' AM/AOS - Flower photo by Richard LindbergLaelia dayana 'Hartford' AM/AOS - Flower photo by Richard LindbergLaelia dayana 'Hartford' AM/AOS - Plant photo by Richard LindbergLaelia dayana is in bloom again this year. This one is more in the time I expected the plant to bloom. The earlier bloom in July was a bonus.

Laelia dayana grows in Brazil near Rio de Janeiro in a fairly broad range or altitudes, 1500-6000 feet. It is cool to warm growing blooms in summer. It does well mounted and needs a dry winter rest.

This plant is mounted on a 10x4-inch piece of cork bark and there are twelve pseudobulbs. This cultivar of Laelia dayana is famous and highly awarded. A nearly black lip is off set by petals and sepals that remain less cupped than other cultivars. I am lucky to have one in the greenhouse.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Dendrobium moschatum

Dendrobium moschatum - Flower photo by Richard LindbergDendrobium moschatum - Flower photo by Richard LindbergOld Dendrobium moschatum cane looks dead but has bloomed four times, once each yearI got this Dendrobium moschatum in 2007 from a grower who was down-sizing. This was during my "mount everything" phase. I built and industrial strength mount.

Dendrobium moschatum grows in Southeast Asia at low altitudes. It is cool to hot growing, needs bright light and is fragrant. It blooms spring into summer on leafless canes. Flowers last only a few days.

The plant survived but what I would call good growing. It put out new growth and bloomed but sprawled all over and became a huge space problem. I have been thinking about taking it off the mount for two years and have finally done it.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Epidendrum NOID

This is one of my two Epidendrum NOID plants. They are good looking plants, good green color and tall canes.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Maxillaria tenuifolia

Maxillaria tenuifolia - Flower photo by Richard LindbergMaxillaria tenuifolia - Flower photo by Richard LindbergI divided the large Maxillaria tenuifolia plants and tried to keep groups of at least several pseudobulbs together. I had lots of 2, 3 and 3 1/2-inch pots of plants. After making these divisions look reasonable there were a few very small divisions, one or two pseudobulbs. I put them in a clay saucer with a hole drilled in the bottom. For medium I used bark. To keep the pseudobulbs upright I added a layer of rocks.

Maxillaria tenuifolia - Plant photo by Richard Lindberg

Most of these are not showing new growth. I don't need more Maxillaria tenuifolia plants, I have plenty. I am not sure what to do with them, but I think I will leave them in the saucer for now.