The first time I saw Dendrobium unicum was at a show. Though diminutive, it's so brilliantly colored, it attracted me from across the room. Had to have it! So I ordered one from Andy's, April '09. It bloomed in May '09. The first and second photos are of the orchid today and the last is its first time in bloom. You can see it still has lots of flowers to open. The lip looks like a bird's feather. It is semi-deciduous with blooms on the older canes. The green is mostly new growth starting.
Me too and, Jim, you really have a case of the blues.
Carol, Den. unicum gets the cold shoulder and no water in winter except an occasional spraying. Is your humidity ridiculously low year around? I started watering it a few weeks ago when the flower buds began to swell and new growth sprouted.
Yeah, pretty much year round. It gets very high at night while we are under the ocean influence, then it drops during the day. Normally May and June stay cool,damp, and gloomy, but who knows what will happen this year.I'm switching between the heater at night, and the fan blowing across water during the day. It works as long as I keep the door closed and we don't get any seriously bad winds.
I have an Oncidium dancing ladies "I think" came with a tag and pic that looks just like yours...However, I may have mine seriously over potted judging by your plant. Mine has not bloomed since I got it on the Lowe's Rescue rack...maybe that is the problem.
I am having no luck finding the right shading and size with the Aluminet...either it's too big/small or the size I want doesn't come in the shading I need. GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR.
My Den. fimbriatum came from Fuch's down in Hoemstead. It's heat tolerant in summer and cold tolerant in winter. In fact, it must go through a cool, dry period to bloom well. They are slow growing but bloom on year old canes and re-bloom on older canes as well. Some of my blooms are on very yellow canes that would not look capable of flowering.
Mjs, are you looking at the Aluminet in increments of 7' widths and you buy it by the foot? Here is another site I looked at http://www.gothicarchgreenhouses.com/shade_aluminet.htm I recall their prices being the same as the first link I sent you and they have other shade options but their minimum order was slightly larger. It gets expensive when you order from companies that prefab set sizes with finished edges meant to cover travel trailers, dog kennels, etc.
Hi again; I do so love reading all the post and I'm getting so much insight on growing orchids. We just recently had an Orchid Show here in Pensacola and I had bought a Den. superbum just like what my mother had on Guam. What happened when I looked out my back window to admire my recent acquisition was two mature stem broken off and also a brand new one too. What my question is; will the canes be able to grow again or is all lost?
Hi all, got back from sailing last night and all orchids survived our vacation - Yay! My anonymous Phaius is starting to drop lower flowers but the second spike burst into bloom while I was away too. A little Phal that was all buds when I left has a magnificent plume of flowers now, too. Camera's down on battery so more pics later. Best thing about going away is coming home to see what's bloomed.
You've all been so busy, it's taken me forever to catch up from the last part of last thread. Some absolutely gorgeous flowers posted there - love the Dens and Paphs. Jim the two Psychopsis are fabulous, too.
Oh, Pearl what a shame about the damage to your new Den! Maybe a squirrel took a liking to it? Is the picture above before or after the damage?
No harm in trying though? I'd certainly give it a shot - wrap the ends of the pieces in sphagnum and lay on a bed of moss. Keep them moist in the shade, and you never know . . you might get roots. Those are pretty vigorous plants, and it's spring!
Squirrels are bad about gnawing on those canes! The broken ones will not re-root. However, you can try laying them horizontally on a bed of perlite, sand or barely damp sphagnum. They are capable of producing keikis from the joints on the canes. I know...not the same as re-growing full sized canes capable of flowers. You'll be years away from bloom size plants if you are able to get keikis but think positive; you can share your superbum with DG friends! lol As an aside here, I want to encourage people with questions to start new threads with appropriate titles and, if there is no response, poke us here on the main thread. I don't mind being OT at all but care and culture questions and answers gets buried in a thread with a title having nothing to do with the problem. When DGers do a search or come to the forum seeking general advice they will never see this response.
I have arrived at Maypop to spend the week on the garden. No orchid photos from me.
Elaine, we grew up sailing, I on single handed. SO's family kept boats in Dinner Key (Morgan Out Land 33') and the BVI's (CSY 44'). We used to spend part of the summer with the kids mostly in the BVIs but also the American Virgins. My SO misses it but as much as I love the water I never loved sailing for more than a few days. Maybe because I was the one who had to go overboard and tow in the dingy every bad storm. lol
Great info on the Den problem though, Laurel! Pearl, try some anti-terrorism stuff on your squirrels. I've had some success with scent deterrents like pepper or mothballs (although I couldn't stand the smell) to keep the little beggars away from my mangoes. Spraying them with the hose is good, too. Doesn't hurt them but scares the bleeps out of them.
We were sailing on a Moorings Beneteau 50 out of Tortola for the week. Cruised 4 days then raced the last three out of Nanny Cay. Beautiful wind and weather, easy boat to sail, no worries, lots of fun. I learned as a kid, too. Raced Lasers for many years while we lived in Utah and now we race here all the time.
Wow, all this talk about sailing . . . sounds beautiful.
Elaine, that anonymous Phaius is beautiful! I can't remember seeing so great a contrast between petals and lip. Very striking!
Maypop, I am going to be gardening too this weekend, working on my mom's garden in Pennsylvania turning the soil. Not looking forward to it even with a rototiller, it's such a patch of weeds. This year much more mulch will be used! Will be planting peas (edible and flowering), lettuce, chard, beets, and leeks.
Jim, beautiful flower shots. Especially love the Blc Walanae Leopard 'Mai Ling' X Bc Richard Mueller and Blc. Mem. Vida Lee 'Limelight' (I almost bought one of those recently). So exotically pretty. BTW, I'm really enjoying my Epidendrum cordigera. The flowers seem to last and last, and the fragrance in the sun is like vanilla perfume. I'm going to enjoy growing it to larger proportions!
I'm going back a few posts to let Jim know how beautiful his flowers look. Evidently there's been a lot of shopping going on without me. I'm checking your shoes, Jim, the next time we get together.
Elaine, the Moorings, Fleet Indigo and CSY were the three charter yacht anchorages in Tortola when we had our boat down there. The boat was in charter for all but June and July when the family had the boat. I think the Moorings is the only one left.
I thought I had no orchids to post this week since we are putting in our veggie gardens at Maypop but a young Calanthe is almost open. I'll be here for several days so hopefully there will be a photo or two.
I have found an excellent fire retardant that I pre-apply to my shoes thus eliminating the constant problem of smoldering pants cuffs. Actually, most of those orchids are oldies but goodies. That reminds me, Elaine, are we still on for the 12th?
Currently, I am hot on the trail of another hard to find palm. I talked to a grower in Bartow, FL., yesterday about an Allagoptera arenaria (Seashore Palm) and will head there tomorrow cash in hand. I've been looking for this one for over a year.
Looking forward to a foray to Fenders Floral next Fursday, Jim. btw. Their ad for the sale says to bring your own boxes. I have lots. I'm walking around my garden saying "I wonder if Jim would like a start of this, or one of those".
Laurel? You definitely need to join us if the planting is done by then! Help me keep Jim from lighting my shoes on fire? Lots of flights from Atlanta right into SRQ. I'll pick you up. Bring a big suitcase.
My list is getting longer and llonnggerr and I'm probably buying for PtP, too. (we may yet need to take the Tundra!)
Here's my little Phal that I've had for nearly 3 years. It's 3rd bloom cycle anyway. This is the one I showed a while back with the purple leaf reverses and dark leaves with silvery markings. It's lived its whole life outdoors, too! A survivor.
Jim, how great to collect palms! One time vacationing in florida I picked up a book on palms and was amazed at the variety. Some incredibly beautiful ones. Wonderful hypnotic patterning to the growth. I think I'd collect them as well if I was down South!
Elaine, I love the "wild" look, if I can call it that, of your phal. Must be more than a bit of schilleriana in it, no? Very nice.
At the SEPOS show I picked up a replacement for a plant I had when I was a teenager and really loved: Slc. Jewelbox 'Sheherazade.' I had bought it years ago from Jones & Scully and it used to bloom for me all the time just under lights in the bathroom. Wonderful plant that succumbed only when I went away to college and didn't take it with me. Here are a couple of photos with different lighting. This time I'm hoping to grow it to specimen proportions!
Speaking of Jones & Scully, I recently got my hands on a copy of their old 70's "Recommendations" catalogue, and have been having a ball looking at the old hybrids and remembering dreaming over the plants in that same catalogue when I was much (much) younger.
Wow, the colors on those are spectacular! I can see the bright purple on the lip of that red Phal just fine! Amazing.
I don't know the name of that white one sadly. The tag faded right out on me so it is another anon. I like to let the flower stems trail 'au natural' rather than staking them up. This way the flowers know which way to face when they open. (well, sort of)
I like what Doritaenopsis adds to Phals.. The hybrids are always so nice. A little harder to grow, IMO.
Elaine, it takes several months to get the garden in and is close to a full time job. We not only grow much of what we eat but we also trial seed for other growers. We started in March with clearing, tilling and planting peas, cilantro, parsley, arugaula and hardy perennials while still tending overwintered veggies. I've got one head of cabbage left from fall planting and forty young plants to go in by Sunday. There are all kinds of red lettuces and buttercrunches. The fava beans overwinter too. Next week we'll plant out broccoli, broccoli rabe, kale and chard. The first of eight or ten varieties of heirloom beans and southern peas will get planted. I've grown out over two hundred heirloom/open pollinated tomatoes and over one hundred heirloom/open pollinated peppers and eggplants. They will go out from late April to early May. Okra, summeer and winter squashes will fit in somewhere. I transplanted Japanese Soyu cukes today. Several other varieties will get planted over the next few months. Did I mention tomatillos? You'll have to make sure Jim takes his medication before the shopping trip otherwise there will be no stopping him.
I don't blame you one bit. I like that old one hipped hippie too. :>)
I'm back from the long trip to Bartow and am now the proud owner of an Allagoptera arenaria, aka Seashore Palm. That makes 30 different kinds of palms I have growing on the property. I also picked up another Cycad. I know it is a Zamia but need to search some to nail down which one. My guess is it is fairly rare.
Happy Easter and tonight at sundown is the beginning of Passover. We are having a mountain seder...matzo ball soup with chicken and veggies, leg of lamb that daughter slaughtered and butchered, garden cabbage and the ritual foods on the seder plate.
Congrats on your new palm, Jim. I keep thinking palm is the first syllable in palmetto bug. Another reason I don't miss FL. Your place must be looking like Jurassic Park what with the palms and cycads.
I have been gardening for hours this morning. Most of the cabbages are in. We are returning to Atlanta today just to check on things and then back for more planting. This reminds me to go check the status on that Calanthe discolor.
No my Den doesn't have a name Laurel. It was given to me by a grower when i bought another orchid from them, think they had grown it from seed but it didnt have a tag.
Maxima is excellent Jim, it would be up there with my few favourites like purp.
I agree, Bree. I posted a list of my top 8 must have orchids somewhere and the C. maxima and L. purpurata were both among them. Some orchids are great enough to rise above the bumbling of us amateur care givers.
Wow, some great photos posted. Scott, your phals are particularly "Eastery." Very nice! Ted, I love Yellow Song 'Canary.' Just beautiful. And Bree, your den. is very sweet looking. Jim, maxima is breathtaking. And your encyclia . . . my little plant with the 5 or so flowers . . . every once in awhile those flowers release an amazing vanilla-y scent. I can't imagine how your multitude of flowers must scent the air. I've some so close to purchasing a Epc. Rene Marques 'Tyler' several times. The color combination is superb.
Maypop, I was going to go on about my tilling and gardening efforts over the weekend, but hearing of all of your endeavors greatly humbles me. Do you post about your gardening on another thread? Would love to read about your experiences.
I'm all over that Encyclia, Jim. Three spikes makes for a plethora of flowers! How hardy is the Jacaranda?
Bree, what a beautiful picture.
Pinetop, my most recent posted garden photos are on the Georgia forum where I started this thread. http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1217421/ I started a thread here on Orchids several years ago titled "What's In Your Garden" that went on for a number of installments. It's there if you go back over old threads. I didn't go back to review but there are surely photos of both houses and the gardens of other DG members past and present.
Tomorrow I'm leaving early for Sarasota where I hook up with Elaine for a discount orchid hunt. I've cleaned the turbo fuel filters on my buying shoes and everything worked well on a test run. I'm taking extra meds just in case.
Have fun and come home with lots of photogenic beauties. With our temperatures flying up and down there's been no time for photos. Either I'm rushing around opening up the greenhut during sunny days or sealing it up and setting the heaters up for cold nights. I'm hauling tray after tray of veggie seedlings out every morning and back in at night too. The greenhut is too big (or maybe there are to many orchids?) to accommodate veggies.
LOL! Laurel, I took all my 'chids that could hang out to get a good soaking and washing last night. It didn't get below 52. Well, the big storm pretty much passed us by and they didn't even get a decent watering. Tonight, it's back to the heater as temps are dropping again. SIGH... I still have to fill my water features. I know this sounds silly to y'all, but I'm just so sick of this rollercoaster ride. My plumerias have inflos, but are dropping the leaves they held on to all winter, my bulbs are about finished, my lilies are comming up (one is in full bloom), I have one over-zealous daylily scaping, but I can't plant my tomatos yet. I hope "MOTHER" is done punishing us for our sins against her...
Carol, we have trees that have bloomed and leafed out and trees that are still bare! Our giant old redbud that used to overhang the deck and be covered in spring flowers is dead. I have been very good to MOTHER. She should treat me kindly.
Here is the young Calanthe at Maypop. It didn't open by the time we left. Looks pretty in the shade garden. Hopefully it will still be in bloom when we return.
Miami neighbor gave me a few pbs of her NOID Oncidium three years ago. It's grown very rapidly and is blooming for the first time. Got lots of hairy roots.I can see this one as getting too big for my space.
A favorite Tolumnia Memoria Ralph Yagi 'Palola' AM/AOS. SEveral months ago this plant had two spikes full of flowers mysteriously abort. Maybe that was when the greenhut got so cold. Now there is this back bloom of a few sweet flowers.
Laurel, absolutely love that 'Magician' and the Little Nuggets is a beautiful color, too.
Well, Jim and I were disappointed at the closing sale down at Fender's, I'm afraid. We arrived about an hour after they opened, and the selection was severely depleted by then, prices were not great, and there was a huge lineup to check out. Sadly, we only bought two plants each.
We consoled ourselves with lunch and a tour of the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, so hopefully Jim's trip was worthwhile anyway. He is on the way home now so I get to post the pictures I took of him at Selby.
1. in the greenhouse but not an orchid, I think it was a type of Thunbergia
2. Jim didn't really need to get that close to smell the wonderful fragrance of this Den, I could smell it from where I was.
3. We think you need one of these little Bulbos, Laurel . . .
4. Nearly as big, bulbo with flowers although they were almost over, so didn't smell too rotten
They had starts of Maxillaria for sale at Selby, too, and was I ever tempted especially since I didn't blow the budget at the other sale. They sure do smell like coconut, don't they! I may go back and get one.
This was a most magnificent Paph, with leaves over 18in. long and the flower spike was 3ft. if it was an inch.
Great pics, Elaine. If you sent "little" Bulbos like those I'd be hysterical. Glad you had a nice day despite slim pickins'. It's so much fun to be with Jim. We laugh and laugh. Who knew someone from a state starting in "I" had such a sense of humor. :>) As for the dearth of bargains, I've found that's often the case at greenhouse closings. The orchids go to another vendor who adds them to his stock, sells them at shows and takes a percentage. With all the spring shows there's no shortage of ways to sell orchids for retail or close to it. The Redland show is only four weeks away.
Mm hmm, you see the twinkle in Jim's eye in that pic of the huge Bulbo? He was saying "let's tell Laurel the truck's on the way". As for me, I think Jim has lots of room for that plant.
I think you are on the money as to where all the 'good stuff' went from Fenders. One of the docents in the greenhouse at Selby said she was also at the sale this morning, and had arrived before 9am when they were supposed to open. She says there were people already shopping, and that she thought even then all that was left was, in her words "junk".
These two pics are of one of dozens of Laelias growing - and blooming! -on a branch of a big oak tree at Selby. Pretty amazing that they survive the winters up there considering the tree is exposed to north winds off the bay. There are a bunch of gorgeous broms up there, too.
Well, I made it home in good order and before the rush hour set in. Elaine was right about the big close-out sale. 95 percent of the sale stock were Catt crosses in 4 or 5 inch plastic pots. All 5 inch plants were marked $35.00, on sale for only $17.50. Very few were in bloom or were even of bloom size. The same plant in bloom would cost $5.00 at Apopka, regular priice. Even worse was the crowd as the single greenhouse was packed wall to wall and folks were grabbing up plants like lunatics. It reminded me of a Black Friday sale. I didn't even fire up my buying shoes. I did come away with two plants:
1. Blc. Chia Lin 'New City' X Pot. Susan Fender 'Cinnamon'
2. Lc. Royal Emperor X Blc. Chia Lin
I'm not sure what the flowers will look like but judging from the parents, I can't wait.
Elaine saved the day by inviting me to Selby Gardens. It's a wonderful place for a stroll with lots of palms and other interesting plants. Isn't that Bulbo something? I kept thinking how impressive it would look in the middle of the green hut.
Bottom line is it was a good day and we had lots of fun. Elaine gave me the tour of her 'jungle' and made me a mean turkey sandwich. I think we need to all meet in Apopka the next time Laurel and Steve come down this way.
Laurel, The Calanthe is a sweety. Native is always good and I love the stone marker. Hope you can get a pic of it fully open. Nice Onc., but it does look like it could become a monster. In my limited experience the Onc. species seem to be a lot tougher than the hybrids. This is the first winter mine have had any protection from the elements, ndd they bloomed, while my intergenerics have barely survived. Love those Tolumnias. Hm, annual spring garden show comming up, and all the local vendors will be there. I might have to look into those.
Elaine, sorry you didn't get to see Jims buying shoes catch fire, but looks like you had a good day anyhow. That Den. you showed looks like "jonessii' (ruppianum). They are very fragrant, but don't last long...3weeks from first flower to clipping . I agree that those huge Bulbos would be perfect at Jim's place.LOL!
No chance, Laurel. I'm an either a it smells or doesn't type guy. By the way, did that big Bulbo. arrive at your place yet?
Elaine, I ran into another grower from Sarasota today at the USF spring plant sale. It is Meke Aloha Orchids, owned by Paul and Mary Storm. The address is 5780 Augusta Dr. and the phone is 941-923-5023. They may be worth a visit.
Looking very good everyone! My orchid collection has grown past 150 and i just got about 100 of them outdoors today. Let's hope the night temps stay above 45 from now on so I don't have to move them all back in (took 5 hours to get them all out and in place) :P
Meke Aloha Orchids seems to specialize in Schomburgkias. I bought three from them.
1. Bc Jacqui which is a primary hybrid of Cattleya granulosa x Brassavola nodosa
2. Mcp grandiflora, aka Myrmecophila tibicinis ( syn Schomburgkia tibicinis)
3. C. bicolor 'Lines' AM/AOS X L. undulata (syn Schomburgkia undulata). I can't find it so assume it is not registered.
The new 'chids are of nice size but need repotting. The prices were reasonable.
dyzzypyxxy wrote:Did you build the shade house you were talking about for your orchids, Franco?
You have a plan for the fall when you're going to college, right? Donating plants to the local botanical garden or something?
Which school will you be going to?
I plan to build the shadehouse this fall and use it for next year (had some personal family issues lately that put a delay on everything). Until then I bought 100 pot hangers and have everything hanging in trees in my backyard. Looks a bit like a jungle! haha :P
I'm going to the Richard Stockton College of NJ for marine bio or horticulture (haven't decided yet). But the campus is only 45 minutes from where I live so I plan to keep everything here at home (C'mon giving away my orchids?! You're CRAZY!) I can easily commute back and forth to care for everything.
I'll be hanging mine on the garden fence with partial afternoon shade from a star magnolia tree as soon as the night temperatures are trustworthy.
Laurel, thanks for the link to your gardening thread. I am enjoying reading it. My favorite quote is: "I like knowing my food from the time it was a seed." That's wonderful! I will continue to enjoy reading this thread. We share a knack for growing rocks in addition to plants, btw. . .
I am so sorry the Fender's sale was a bust. What a bummer. Jim, the prices you mentioned certainly don't sound like a break at all. Glad Marie Selby saved the day. I mentioned to Elaine I haven't been there in 20 years, but I still remember enjoying it, and still have some of my orchid photos from that trip!
Finally got some film developed (still take some photos the "old fashioned way") and found this photo of Chia Lin 'Shinsu #1' lip from February.
Glad you are enjoying the thread. I've just opened up two threads for our annual RU. This will be the third year. Feel free to come on down (or up). The photo of Chia Lin should be made into cards. Gorgeous!
I can almost smell that beautiful Chia Lin from here.
I awoke this morning to four new bloomers. The first is Vanda Boonchoo X V. Tubtim Velvet. I'm glad I took it down for pictures as I found some nasty fungus on a couple of the leaves and I removed them post haste.
Jim, all are just beautiful, esp. the Den with such graceful flowers. Love the color and markings on that Miltonia, too GreenEye! I'm going to satisfy myself with looking at your Miltonias, though. If Jim can't grow them it's highly doubtful I'd be able to either. We did see a beauty in the greenhouse at Selby last week, though. They were keeping the temp cool-ish I thought, so maybe that's what is good for Miltonias?
All I've got are repeat pictures, but I hate to post without a picture, so here's the last gasp of my Nun's orchids, and my two little Phals phaithphully blooming away! Couple of my brassavolas are in spike, and one of my Catts has two big fat buds, though.
Elaine, don't worry, your blooms will come. I'm not sure it is the temps that does in my Miltonias as much as the rain during our wet summers. They will not take wet feet and when it rains every day for 3 or 4 months they die. Perhaps I could try again now that I have the OC and can control the water much better. By the way, I'm thinking of putting 50% shade Aluminet over the OC roof. It should help with the summer heat problem.
Jim, let me know how that works for you. So far, nothing has burned under my dual core plexi, but it hasn't gotten overly hot here yet. I've been thinking about either adding shade cloth, or removing the roof and just using shade cloth. Are your fans not keeping up with the heat? I did remove the eave windows today, and that is working for now, as we usually have a good breeze.
Been really busy lately, but have been keeping up. All these wonderful pix. I just love it. Jim, the Dendrobium anosmum is great and Green Eyed, love the Miltonia. Looks like I will have Sodiro's Dracula blooming soon and Masdevallia Mary Staal is spiking again.
Ohh, I love that Miltonia also, but I think I'll admire them from afar also. That Dendrobium anosmum is one I'd be very tempted by tho...Do they get large ?
I finally got my Aluminet up, and it's made a huge difference and I only did the south eve of the greenhouse since the other side is under a huge Maple tree. I got a deal on a piece that was just the right side...Glad of that cause that stuff's expensive !!
Enc. Green Hornet that I got recently came in spike and is fully opened up now. I'm loving this guy !!
Laurel I'd take that 4 in. in 36 hours. It still would not get us up to where we are supposed to be. Last report showed our area as being 7 1/2 in. below average...and my horse pastures look it...Supposed to get some starting today thru Sunday...I'm hoping.
I can't get over the difference the Aluminet is making...not only is it staying about 8 degree's cooler,and when you walk in the greenhouse you don't feel the heat radiating down from the ceiling...temp feels much more even throughout the whole gh. I should have done this a long time ago.
Jim, I love Golden Tang! Makes me thirsty for it! I've been a fan, from afar, of Dendrobium anosmum. Nice to see your blooms.
Elaine, I have a NOID phal that is similar to the spotted one in your photo. I bought it to work and sat it on my desk to enjoy closer up (had NOTHING to do with that fact that I've run out of room at home . . . ) and the comments it drew were incredible. Many offices here in NYC have the big white phals at the reception area, or in common locations, but no one ever seems to see the spotted or multicolored ones. Mine practically caused a sensation, and it only had three flowers on it.
Not being able to grow miltonias seems to be a common thing. I had a beautiful yellow one once. It, and every other one I've tried since, always seem to develop "accordion leaves" which I'm told mean the plant isn't getting enough moisture. Water them more, and the roots start to rot. Such a shame. They are so beautiful and most have a wonderful scent.
Hi everyone! St. Pete Orchid Farm was having their open house this morning so I headed across the bridge from Tampa to take a look. He had four greenhouses full of orchids - I'm so jealous! I took a few shots of plants I just thought were pretty; I have names for the ones I bought, though. Here's a few random plants he had...
Here's the ones I bought. I'm an orchid newbie but I can manage not to kill cattleyas and vandaceous orchids. So I try to stick to those varieties (for now, right?). LOL! St Pete Orchid Farm specializes in encyclias; their website is http://www.stpeteorchidfarm.com/ if you're looking for a new supplier. Ok, the first one I bought is called Lc. Marcia Foster "Bob Sanker". The picture is the sample plant; I bought a baby (much cheaper that way)! The second one I really like and it's called Blc. "Solar Flare". It reminds me of a daffodil.
The last one is Vas. Red Yen x Ascda. Peggy Foo (which is a little lighter in real life). I hope you all enjoyed the pictures! I usually hang out in the butterfly gardening forum, but I think I'm going to find myself over here more and more! Orchids sure are addicting!
Welcome to the Orchid forum, Melanie. You are so right about orchids becoming addicting and you have found a group of folks that share your fate. I see we are neighbors as I live just off of Gunn Highway in Odessa. Elaine lives down in Sarasota so we have a nice group here in the Tampa area. I think I have been over to the St. Pete Orchid Farm to shop Encyclias. The one you posted in your third photo is beautiful. I hope you post often so we can see your new babies grow and prosper.
Now I'm off to help with the big fund raising gala for the Shepherd Center in Tarpon Springs. Wouldn't you know it, I'm the bartender. :>)
Love that Green Hornet - fits in with my my "odd looking Orchid" fetish.
Drove down from MD with my back seat full of my Orchids and my Cockatail in the front seat yesterday. We got some "looks" at the rest stops. All but 1 orchid fit and I'll get her when I go back to MD to get my car in ~1 month.
Have to get the van unloaded & returned to the airport by 1PM. And that is ALL I'm doing today.
They say April's showers bring may flowers ... but April's sun also brings sunburn.
I feel horrible for what happened to my prized Den. spectabile. This just goes to show that the slightest amount of sun after a winter indoors can lead to horrific sunburn. What do all of you guys think? I know with some TLC it will be just fine, but is it worth all the sulking in it's near future and lack of blooms - when i can replace this one with a similar sized plant for about 40$ shipped? The source from where i'd get another one is extremely limited on quantity ... so it's kind of a now or never sort of deal. Maybe I'll just buy another and have two?
I'm really torn. What would all of you guys do? Do I spy the start of new growth eyes already?
I live off Livingston Ave so we are pretty close! I have an aunt that lives in Odessa and I love to head that way to hike over in Brooker Creek.
Thanks everyone for the welcome and I'm glad you liked the pictures. We had a lot of rain last night but everyone made it through just fine. Last time I bought orchids the flowers fell off the next time it rained. I have a feeling the flowers had been open longer than the vendor implied. Grrr!
Franco, I would stick with your sun burnt spectabile and try to nurse it along. Be sure to monitor the burned spots so fungus does not set in. It should recover bynext year.
Melanie, I have a friend who lives just off of Livingston and she is constantly fighting wild boars. Her husband built a tree stand and spends half the night up there with a bow and arrow. They sure can do a lot of damage to a garden. I'm enjoying this rain as is my garden. The orchids are all in the OC well protected.
Psychopsis Mendenhall alba 'Yellow Butterfly' has opened another flower.
Franco, what a shame, but don't ditch that wonderful plant for a few spots of sunburn! With your great care and this summer's growth I'd bet you won't even notice the burnt areas by next fall. Just put it behind some other plants for its recovery period so you won't have to look at it. A couple of my Catts got a touch of sunburn in December when we went on vacation but are coming on strong now. With all the new leaves coming on this guy, I'm going to cut off the burnt leaves in good conscience pretty soon. People who show orchids remove any leaf with a boo boo and their plants do fine.
Jim, remember that big Spathoglottis we saw outside the greenhouse at Selby? Here's the one I bought in Apopka, looks very similar, yes?
We got some rain, too, but not nearly the storms and downpour that went by to the north of us. Still rain barrels are all full - Yay!
Beautiful, Jim. That Epi looks a lot like mine, too!
Here's my first flower open on Enc. alata x 'Early Bird'. Been waiting 2 months for this spike to do its thing.
Can't get a good shot of this spotty Phal, as its flowers are facing every which way. I think I'll have to mount it to get it to behave. If it ever stops blooming, that is! It started in early March, and still has one more bud to open.
Forgive my absence. I am a thread deserter for sure. Come April and May we are putting in the gardens. We've spent weeks tractoring out dead trees, fixing fences, prepping soil and planting veggies. It will take another month before I can sit back a bit. This year is more demanding than usual since we are hosting a country weekend celebration for family and friends following DD's city wedding. It's nice to see everyone's orchids when I have the chance to peek in.
Welcome, Mellie. I can honestly and objectively state you've stumbled into the nicest, most talented, smartest group of people on DG. There are also the suave and debonair among us. Ahem.
Franco, I know how sickening it is to have a perfect plant burn or freeze. It will be fine. Spend your money on another plant.
Jim, I have neglected my Epidendrums because they got so unwieldy. I might be able to rescue keikis and start again. Beautiful radicans.
Elaine, your Encyclias is an especially pretty one.
Melanie, I don't know if you know about the Tampa Orchid Club but it meets at the Northdale Rec Center on the 4th Tuesday of the month at 10:00 AM. They always have an informative speaker and orchids for show,sale or swap. There is also a guy selling orchid supplies. I have enjoyed the meetings, especially because it is so close. The Tampa Bay Orchid Society meets clear down on Bay Shore and I don't want to drive that far. The dues are like $25.00 a year and it is well worth it in educational benefits alone. Also, there is always a wonderful pot luck lunch. Here is their website: http://www.tampaorchidclub.info/
Love the Enc. alata x 'Early Bird', Elaine. I'll be looking for it this weekend.
There are two Spring Garden shows this weekend. The annual one at the Huntington BGs got moved up and landed right on top of the same type show in Orange county. That's fifty miles apart. Also our neighborhood garage sale is this Saturday. About 30 garage sales right within 2-3 miles of here. Lynda can smell a garage sale. And of course our annual Rotary gala, which is always a blast as it is open to everyone and provides clothing to needy kids for school, is SATURDAY.
The show in Orange County will have Andy as a vendor, so I think it's up early for the garage sales, over to see Andy and party in the evening.. I will need Sunday to rest.
I got a little excited this morning when I saw 2 spikes from Masdevallia civilis or Masdevallia Ibanez-Behar 'Speckles'. I bought these from Santa Barbara Estate Orchids at the show up there last year as small bare root specimens. And I say or because the foliage is similar on both and the tags got mixed when returning home. What is interesting is that the other plant is slowly growing in a bark only pot, while the one blooming is larger now and I put it in a piece of cork with two other small Iridifolius x Zygostatus Alleniana and various Tillandsia. They get about the same light though the cork get's more waterings albeit spays
Hello All and congratulations on all the beautiful orchid pics as usual. I've been pretty much out of commission trying to recover from another back surgery. I haven't acquired any new orchids or any plants at all for that matter for well over a year. Losing many plants due to inability to care for them, but the Miltonia pictured here ('Breathless') has been a welcome surprise--Not only blooming under adversity, but flowers lasting 3 months. Flowers from red in sunlight to almost purple under "daylight" fluorescent bulbs.
Jim, I joined the Tampa Bay Orchid Society since it's easier for me to meet in the evenings. I went to my first meeting tonight. It was lots of fun with many beautiful orchids. Saturday, I'll be going to the Green Thumb Festival in St. Pete where I'll hopefully acquire a few more orchids of my own!
Allan, I lost a lot of my bromeliad collection when I got sick with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue. If nothing else, you learn which plants thrive on neglect. Hope you do better soon!
Ok, this isn't one of mine, but I was at the Green Thumb Festival in St. Pete today and I saw this beautiful vanda. I walked over to it and it had a sticker that said "Rare Species" and a price tag of $250! Trust me to find the most expensive thing in the place. I took a picture since that's the only way I'll get to enjoy it, LOL! And now you can, too. This is V. Goodwin Thai Sunset.
Ok, I admit I'm a newbie. I was searching the internet for that Thai Sunset orchid and one site listed it as being a cross between V. Rasri Gold x V. Dr. Anek. Well, I bought a plant labeled V. Rasri Gold x V. Dr. Anek but it didn't say anything about a Thai Sunset. I really don't understand how all these orchids get named anyhow. Was Thai Sunset a special one that came from the cross? Either way, I'm happy with the plant I did buy. Check out the picture and tell me if I bought the same plant or if they are slightly different.
Melanie, Laurel can answer your question better than I but I know the crosses take time to get registered and receive a name. I also know that there are lots of variations out there. Thus if you cross A with B you may get C. The next time you cross A with B you could get C variation 2, or you could get D. The trick is to get a C or a D consistently which requires a division or a clone.
Anyway, what you bought has not yet been registered and named. The V. Goodwin Thai Sunset has been registered and named. Chances are you have the little sister which must pass some tests before being named. Both are very nice so enjoy your new Vanda.
Elaine, we may have to haul Melanie to Apopka to see Vanda heaven. Nice Blc cross.
Jim, I think your explanation was very good!
Melanie, Think of them as siblings. You can have many siblings from the same parents, and though they may all have some family features, they won't all look exactly alike. In this case the breeder picked one out of many seedlings and named it Thai Sunset. The rest will either have different names, or not be named at all...in theory. I have one, bought from the breeder that I found three photos of on the internet. Of those three, one was the breeders photo. The others don't look anything close to the breeders photo, nor does mine. Even with tissue culture, they can vary. It's always best to see what you're buying, in person.
The one you got is close, and very pretty!
Ok, that makes sense. I just joined my local orchid society and went to my first meeting last Thursday. I learned a lot! But you can tell some of these people are very, very into it and are on some kind of scientific level I will never get to. I'm just glad I got a pretty plant and didn't have to pay $250 for it!
You explained it, Jim. Anyone can cross the same two orchids but then the hybrid seedling needs to be registered with the RHS (Royal Horticultural Society). The registrant owns the equivalent of a patent. Sometimes old crosses go out of favor or have carrier diseases (become virused) or genetic problems and the cross is re-done.
I'm off to Maypop this afternoon but will try to grab some photos for later posting.
Well, I was checking on my orchids today and found the squirrels ate all the buds on one of my vandas and chewed through the stem of one of my cattleyas. Has anyone found a way to keep the squirrels away from their orchids? Dad's going to be building me a greenhouse (we priced the materials today at Home Depot) so I imagine that will help - or has anyone had critters raid their greenhouse? It's so aggravating to see the buds come out and then lose them to a furry rat. Here's a pic of the cattleya he ate through; at least I got a picture (sniff, sniff). It's Rlc. Hawaiian Wizard.
Oh, what a shame, Melanie! That catt flower will most likely last a long time if you put it in a vase in the house, though.
I haven't had problems with squirrels getting at my orchids in the yard, at least not yet. But I have a pool cage, where the ones in flower come so that I can ogle and smell them. They sit in state on the table in there until the flowers are over. When my 'Chia Lin' was in bloom it was so fragrant I think it attracted a whole family of raccoons into the pool cage one night just because it does smell like something to eat. (there is a cat door into the cage)
I also have a bird feeder. While lots of birds eat the seeds, the squirrels eat 'way more than all the birds put together. So, I'm concluding that my squirrels are so well fed most of the time they're not interested in the orchids.
HOWEVER when my mangoes are ripening I do wage war on the squirrels. They nibble a mango stem, let the fruit drop to the ground, then eat about a teaspoon of fruit and leave the rest to rot. When they come back they don't finish the ones on the ground, they get a new one! So, I have two fake owls that are silvery reflective stuff, I hang them from poles on either side of the tree. Also strips of grocery bags tied to bamboo stakes around the tree make a sound like a snake when the wind moves them. And I use a product called 'Critter Ridder' that is a peppery spray scent deterrent. Available at HD or Lowe's. Wear a mask or scarf over your nose and wear glasses when you're spraying the stuff, and don't spray when it's windy. It really makes you sneeze!
My brother has already contributed to their population decline. The county kind of frowns on shooting within so many feet of a home, but that doesn't stop us out here in Lutz, LOL! We're lucky enough to have some Red-Shouldered Hawks in our neighborhood, too. Maybe once the greenhouse is built it will protect the orchids.
Melanie, don't forget to factor in the cost of some shade cloth for your greenhouse, so it won't cook your orchids during the summer. Jim was saying he's putting some on his greenhouse this year, too. Did you get your Aluminet yet, Jim?
The greenhouse will be mostly covered by a large oak tree so that should help, too. I guess it's more of a partial sun greenhouse. Most of my orchids hang from some smaller oaks in the backyard and get dappled sunlight. They haven't died and bloom a few times a year (the vandas anyway) so I assume they like it. My cattleyas are mostly on the fence between me and my neighbor's house. They face east and are also shaded by trees. I only have so much space to work with so the greenhouse has to be somewhat under the tree. Hopefully, that will be all right.
I have a question about vandas. When they're done blooming, can I just cut the flower spike off?
Melanie, yes, you can trim off the spent Vanda flower spikes. Good for your brother. They bake up nicely in cream of mushroom soup.
The Aluminet is more to reduce heat than give shade. The Polycarb roof already eliminates UV rays. The contractor should be here any minute to measure the roof and place the order. All of the local growers use it and love it. The big fans I have do a good job but make lots of noise.
I love the Aluminet but you still need fans running continuously. The more thermal mass, like a stone floor or pool, the harder it will be to swing temperatures downward. I have misters timed to go off for ten minutes at the time when the sun is hottest on the roof (1 p.m.). The fan disperses the mist and the floor, which is covered in outdoor carpet, acts like a swamp cooler. This reduces the temperature fast. I can go from 92 to 78 degrees in those fifteen minutes. Last year, without the Aluminet and three of the four walls removed AND the fan, it was over 115 degrees when the burnout disaster happened. The greenhut is slightly recessed between a small solarium on one side and the bkfst room in our kitchen on the other. Fortunately, by the time the day is at it's hottest (late afternoon) the solarium blocks the direct sun. The Aluminet helps but is not a sure fire solution. A swamp cooler is really appropriate for a large hot space. I don't know a big greenhouse without one. I have seen some attractive ones decoyed into water features.
Woohoo! The temps finally a little more loving toward the orchids. I got about 80-100 of my 'chids outside today. Let's pray that i don't have to move them all back in again until October (and for some spikes and blooms too!). Here are some pics! As promised.
Those Orchids look so happy hanging from the tree. I had to remove my large Oak last week (it had bore worms). So now just have 1 tree from which I might be able to hang a few. But, after hearing of the squirrel attacks, am reluctant to put many out there.
Squirrels are terrible. They love to gnaw on orchid pbs. Come fall they dig out the potting medium to bury nuts. I have often told the story of my thirty five year old Catt. aurantiaca that has just now grown big enough to produce its first sheath. Aside from natural disasters over the years that set it back to seedling size multiple times, the squirrels have spent many a summer chewing away. It went missing from spring until late fall one year. Came home and there was nothing but an empty pot. We found what was left of the plant in a pile of fall leaves under the deck.
With good intentions, I took new photos before leaving Atlanta for Maypop. Unfortunately I think we forgot the card reader. Sigh. Hopefully someone will give us a May start.