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This is Jairak Rainbow 'Plum Pretty'. Right on time and very photogenic. It likes high light and very fast drainage...enough to make the leaves speckle for best flowering. I grow these in tiny clay pots on a hunk of lava rock. I've grown them on chunks of natural charcoal too.
The flowers on Epc. Rene Marques x Epi. pseudepidendrum are long lasting and the lip turns more orange as it ages. The differences between this one and a straight Rene Marques are that my flowers are fewer and almost twice as big. Epc. Rene Marques has a yellow lip while mine, which is crossed back to the pseudepidendrum parent, is orange.
Well, Mom and I headed out to our society's orchid show and sale this morning. I wasn't surprised to see Jim there waiting in line to get in, LOL! There were some beautiful orchids on display and I picked up a few as well.
1. Blc. Ports of Paradise 'Green Ching Hua' (Jim helped convince me on this one. No seriously, I had noticed it even before he said anything. He just helped me make up my mind.)
2. Blc. Goldenzelle 'Lemon Chiffon' x Blc. Sylvia Fry 'Supreme'
3. C. Hawaiian Crystal x C. Tiffany Bells (Continuing my Hawaiian theme I've got going.)
I also bought Bc. North Miami 'Suncoast'; the sample plant smelled wonderful. I can't wait for it to grow up; I just bought a baby plant. I also got two cattleya divisions from Krull-Smith - Blc. Orglades Charm 'Crystelle' and Blc. Leonard Smith 'Krull-Smith'. He had pictures up of what they will look like and they're both gorgeous.
I also took some random photos that I hope you will enjoy.
1. Phal. Krull's Butterfly (Mom was ready to steal this one out of the display.)
2. Lyc. Chita Impulse 'Krull-Smith'
3. Cym. Oriental Legend 'Largo' (Love the color on this one)
4. Onc. Jairak Rainbow (Since we've been talking about the Jairak series lately, including Laurel's cutie above).
5. Rlc. Frank Fordyce (Rlc. Golden Slippers x Catt. Colorama)
1. Vanda Spotted Sunshine - V. (Mote's Butterscotch x Darres' Golden Heritage) LOVE this color!
2. C. amethystoglossa (Why don't I have one of these yet; I like it!)
3. Vandachostylis Colmarie 'Black Beauty' (How cool is this?!)
4. Slc. Rosemary Clooney 'Nanae'
5. Lc. Prism Palette x Lc. Gaiety Flambeau
Hope you enjoyed the mini-show! I'm sure Jim will be along shortly with his highlights from today!
Very true and it looks like we will have to start referring to Mellie as the Catt Lady.
Mellie, Ports of Paradise is a real oldie. I used to have POP 'Emerald Isle' back in the seventies when it was getting all kinds of awards. I paid a bundle for it back then. When we moved I went from a greenhouse to lights in a basement. Everything eventually croaked and I quit growing for years. Orchid prices used to be huge. Growers would send out Xerox sheets of their available plants each year with descriptions, no pictures. Unless you had seen the orchid at a show or meeting you were flying by the seat of your pants. I'd say an average, decent Catt specimen was $65-$85 dollars. $45 was a super show special bargain probably not near bloom size.
Here I am, after the nice show and sale today. The first thing I saw was Melanie and her mom so I knew I was at the right place. There were only six or seven orchid vendors so it didn't take long to scout the place. I spotted Blc. Ports of Paradise 'Green Ching Hua' and thought that was the pick of the Catt litter :>) Next thing I know, Melanie had bought it. Nothing else grabbed my attention. I talked with Jim Krull and told him Laurel said hello. I then started to look at the orchid displays and two orchids spoke to me. The first was Rossioglossum Rawdon's Jester 'Suncoast Cicada Killer'. I'll show it here in the first two photos. The second was Lycaste Geyser Gold 'Capricorn Valcan'. I show it here in the third picture. I asked all of the vendors if they had these orchids and did find a non-blooming Ros. Rawdon's jester but there was no Lycaste for sale in the entire show. Needless to say, I bought the Rossioglossum. I told Melanie about it but I see she took a pass. I'm betting she will be sorry later.
Bc. Hippodamia (B. nodosa X C. aclandiae) in spike
C. Gene May - Lc. Jungle Elf 'Space Leopard' X C.Penny Kuroda - L. briegeri 'Corpusles' in bloom and shown here. I know that is a long name but I copied it right from the tag. Laurel, can you help me understand this crazy tag?
The second picture is of the three orchids that came home with me.
You did good, Jim. The C. Day Tripper on display is the bomb. Thanks for saying "Hi" to Jim Krull.
Our show opens next Friday. I'll be working at least Thursday, Friday and Saturday. We only have space for ten vendors. One is always orchid art and another supplies. Harry Phillips is returning with wife Leslie to represent Andy's once again this year. Time to cash in my gift certificated (and then some).
The two Lycaste I saw today really blew me away. I know they require some cool temps but I'm going to research them to see if I can grow one. I asked Jim Krull about them and he said he grows a few in his private collection but has none for sale. That seems to be a familiar theme in Apopka. I asked Paul Phelps as well and he doesn't grow them.
Just call me the crazy Catt lady! Thanks Laurel for the history lesson on my Ports of Paradise. Nice to know I have an oldie but goody.
I'll be breaking out the blankets again and carrying in the vandas tomorrow since we're supposed to get some cold temperatures this weekend. I never think I have that many vandas until I have to transport them all into the garage, LOL!
Good choices from the show, Jim! I like your Blc. Haleahi Sunbow 'Bow Wow' X Pot. Haleahi Jewels 'Ruby Tangerine', too.
I just came in from cutting the grass and I tell you that is one cold wind blowing out there. Time to break out the blankets and make the hot toddies. It is 62 degrees in the OC which is cool for this time of day. I went out there to take some pics and this is what is in bloom.
I'll start out with species Epi. stamfordianum which hails from Belize. It puts out a nice fragrance.
Jim, you've got a ton going on in the OC! I hope my Cardinal's Roost blooms soon, like yours. Mine is nice and healthy looking and I think it's grown some since I bought it a few months ago. Maybe I'll try talking to it.
That was a cold wind today! I covered up all the cattleyas and brought the vandas into the garage again.
I raise butterflies, as well, and had two come out of their chrysalis today. One I already let go but the other is going to spend the night in the house. I tired to tell them it was the wrong day to come out but they don't listen to me, LOL!
Just an outstanding show. Thanx for taking the time to shoot and the extra effort to get the names.I go to a show and start out that way. I'm going to take lots of pix with the ID's.
Ya, right. Between looking and buying it's lucky I get any pix
Lc. Eva ( C. aurantiaca X L. cinnabarina 'poppy) really took my breath away, Tell me Jim, is the camera capturing the color correctly. Reds can be such a pain
Jim your C. Gene May - Lc. Jungle Elf 'Space Leopard' X C.Penny Kuroda - L. briegeri 'Corpusles' is the colour of Jungle Elf with Penny Kuroda shape and laelia briegeri is plain yellow. Lots of orchids flowering at your place. Very nice.
Great pics and I agree with Ted; thanks bunches for adding to the eye candy! We've had a busy social weekend and I'm about to get busier with show set up starting this Wednesday. I am also in the middle (not the beginning or the end) of setting up seed for our spring and summer garden. It takes days and then some to get everything going. I'll post if I can but meanwhile I'll be looking in.
Picked up this at a Lowe's discount cart. Have no idea why it was there. Must have been fate. I was there yesterday to pick up some caulking guns for the shop. And everyone here knows the rules about checking the discount rack. It is a must. So I found this, didn't ask any questions and took this 'chid home. No tag, so if it looks familiar to anyone, let me know. Second bud opened today
lol @ Tommy. Meanwhile, I'm peeking in but busy getting plants ready for show and dealing with strange weather. In between severe storms the sun is sending temps way up in the greenhut. Need to get the Aluminet up before I go off with show duties tomorrow. I've got lots of super minis in bloom but they need to be staged and there's no time.
Beautiful flowers, as always, Jim.
Carol, the Max. picta is something to get wild about. Is it new? I don't recall seeing you post it before.
Ted, great find and how did you score such a huge plant with so many buds on a clearance table? MJ, maybe you could get the name of that Catt. cross for Ted? I'm sure he'd love to tag it. I'll look at my Lowes to see if there is one. Let's all help Ted name his orchid. I've gone between stores to do that with my own collection.
Now is the time to scout out the big boxes if you are interested in those type orchids. They stock up for Easter and Mother's Day and will clearance at any time throughout. Just sayin' I have insider info on this and he lives in this house.
So right, Laurel. After Valentine's Day is a good time to score as well. Our Lowe's had a huge new stock of boring Phals last weekend, but in amongst them, Tolumnias and at least three Lc. Blazing Treat plants in full bloom. If I didn't already have a couple, they'd have come home with me despite being still full price.
Wacky weather, here, too. We get one nice night of the usual temps, then tomorrow is back to chilly again!
I have Cym City going on here today. Two NoIDs going to town with flowers opening, and Cym Kenny Wine with one good spike open.
Laurel, I got 2 Maxi. pictas from Andy's last year. The yellow is a slightly larger one with no spots that I got in Feb. and this one I got in March is Maxi. Picta sp. on the tag. On his site it says "cf. picta, type C". The yellow hasn't bloomed so far this year, or if it did, I missed it.
Got really lucky with that find. It had to be some sort of screw up, there were a few dried up buds, but nothing really bad. You can see from the picture it's a healthy plant. I'm sure some manager said to the part-timer "mark down those orchids over there" and never really showed where there was. lol. So, like I said, no questions asked. They also had a healthy looking Encyclia cordigera at full price, $29.99. But I have one. And thanx for the help, Laurel. I would really love to know what kind of catt it is.
Jury still out on a Santa Barbara trip this weekend Carol. Would love to go and we always have a good time at the show as well as in Santa Barbara itself, with the mission and the downtown area. Just fun. But the drive. And not exactly walking on the beach weather 54, 61 and 67 highs for Fri, Sat and Sun. Sunday would be nice. Also kind of busy at the shop, so we are playing it by ear.
Nice blooms Jim, especially that Bollopetalum Midnight Blue 'Cardinal's Roost'. And a great shot of it, too. Head on and profile in the same photo.
Good haul at the show Carol. And I really like Burr. Nelly Isler 'Swiss Beauty', but I think Laurel and I will both be on Andy's site looking for Maxi. Picta. I perk up when you get something I like. I know it will do well in our neck of the woods. You know what grows well in SoCal.
Nice cyms, Elaine. I have Kenny Wine in spike, but it will be awhile before I see a bloom.
I tool the plunge last nite & joined the St Aug Orchid Society. They had such lovely plants on the raffle, sale & exhibit tables. Lady sitting next to me, also a new member, won 4 Orchids. Brian went with me & I think he really enjoyed himself so we got a family membership. I'm looking forward to the re-potting class later this month.
All the pics are on his phone, I was too busy drooling!!!
got a birthday gift from my kids today, three new babies for the outdoor menagerie . .
Ludisia discolor, the regular Jewel Orchid with dark leaves and pink veins, Ludisia discolor var. alba, a green leafed variety with pretty markings, and Macodes Petola, another with lovely laced veining on the leaves. I suspect they may need to be in the house for the summer, but maybe not!
And they don't like sun. Yes the are finicky. I keep my Ludisia discolor var. alba, along with the paphs, outside in a very shaded area if it is warm enough. Hopefully soon. Here is a shot of the blooms it sent out last week. I also have a Ludisia discolor that is in a shaded area that gets just a hint of morning sun. It sits in the middle of a three tiered planter outside all year. The top tier has a hanging plant whose name escapes me. It gets cut back in the winter and I let it grow so by summer it protects the Ludisia discolor from all direct sun. The plant is huge and I have had it for years.
Thanks all, b'day was Saturday and we went out to eat stone crabs, yummm! Mj, the aquarium sounds like an awesome idea. Nice flowers, Ted. I suspect mine have already flowered for this year.
What kind of medium do these guys like? Two are in sphagnum, and the other seems to have just regular potting soil. If they want to stay moist, I guess sphag might be ok, huh?
So much for the description from EFG's site - "very easy growing, a great beginner orchid". Ha! I have them on the north facing windowsill tonight, sitting on top of a soaked towel. I think I have a great spot for them outside, but may need to baby them along. In my hurry to unpack them I broke a shoot off the alba, but it has not wilted, so I'm going to keep it close by, and mist it carefully in hopes it will re-root.
The little Macodes does indeed have "jewelled" veining. Leaves look like expensive Chinese brocade. Wish I could get a picture to show it.
Elaine, you can use sphagnum moss , with a little perlite/pumice mixed in, but I have had success with African Violet mixes. Remember, these are terrestrial type orchids, so the planting mixture needs drain quickly and retain moisture. Shallow, wide pots are best, as the Jewels are like a rhizome. They grow along the top. Pieces breaking off is how to propagate them. Let the broken end scab over. I dip it in some cinnamon and let then let the broken end harden and then stick it some soil. Good luck
Elaine, I remember being at Selby and seeing some kind of orchid called Appleblossom; I wonder if it's the same? Does yours smell good; it sounds like it should!
I feel very productive today. Dad put up some conduit pipe in the shade house so I hung up all my larger vandas. Then, I potted up the bareroot orchids I bought over the past two weeks. Then, everyone got watered and fertilized. So they should be happy little orchids for the time being.
Ascda. Kulwadee Fragrance #22 opened its first flower. Also, Blc. Ports of Paradise 'Green Ching Hua' opened two new flowers.
I have 3 of 4 bottom windows on the sunporch. Guy said he would have them all in today so I emptied the GH & moved it out back and, next thing I knew, before 3PM, he was gone. All the orchids are on the back porch so hopefully the nites will be warmer over the weekend.
Tomorrow I'll organize a bit better & water them very well.
Thanks, Ted. I'm going to keep the little Jewels indoors for now, just for the sake of quarantine. The cutting still has not wilted so I am encouraged.
The shade house is looking good, Melanie. Ascda. is gorgeous, how's the fragrance? Love the color on the Ports of Paradise. My Apple Blossom doesn't seem to have any fragrance, sadly. But then blossoms on apple trees don't either, so I guess the name still fits.
Good to hear you have some progress at least, Jean.
Back from the first day of the show opening. Exhibits were judged this morning. Since we are an AOS judging center, and have many AOS judge/members, the AOS judges awarded the exhibits. I entered eight orchids and got two blues, three reds and a white. The two blues were awarded Best In Section as well so those won rosettes and two glass art "trophies". One is for Vanda alliance (Ascocentrum garayi) and one for little Pleurothallis brighamii in the wooden shoes. Such a surprise when I saw that two little species orchids beat out all those big flashy ones. The Vanda trophy is in engraved in memory of my orchid friend, who loved Vandas and passed away this year. It was sponsored by his wife, so it's a special honor. Been a very good day. :) I'll try to post the winners early in the week. We just came back from a dinner party for judges, vendors and board members. The feed back has me reeling and needing to reduce the swelling in my head. I had my fifteen minutes of fame. Now off to bed to face two more long days.
Can't wait to see, Laurel, ribbons and all! Way to go.
Little Tol. Jairak Firm No.35 just opened its first flower today. All five of my little Tols live in a candle holder that fits the tiny clay pots perfectly. Jim discovered this for me last April when he came down to go orchid shopping at Fender's closing sale - Thanks Jim!
There are still 3 rings in the candle holder that don't have plants, though . . . Lowe's has them in bloom, too. Arg.
First off I have to say, Melanie, that Ports Of Paradise cross is special. It's got the fringes going and the ruffles which has the best of all worlds for a fimbriated cross. Beautiful!
Jim, Catt skinneri is your bag of beans. You do it so well. Beautiful. Remember I made you buy that Black Sambo? Well mine is fine but spent the winter ignored and unloved=no flowers. Maybe next year I'll do better.
We break down the show tomorrow. The 'chids and ribbons and trophies will come home then. I think we'll be out late with orchid friends to celebrate the show. I am still floating over the performance of my babies. I actually preregistered at the eleventh hour thinking I had nothing but species that would not be show worthy this year. SO convinced me to go ahead and add plants on behalf of the society and for the exhibit.
Elaine, nice colors on your Jairak. That's going to look good when more flowers are opened.
Jim,a nice C. skinneri is not such a common thing. Yours is lovely.
Here is my Jairak Rainbow 'Plum Pretty' that I started the month with. It got a red ribbon. The second photo has Ascocentrum garayi, with five spikes, on top (a blue ribbon and Best In Section gold winner) and Ascocenda Arthorn, a red ribbon winner. Jim's Ascocenda Crownfox 'Golden Dawn' is a consistent ribbon winner for me. It took a red this time. I have been asked repeatedly by a number of judges to put it in for regional judging but don't want to pay the registration fees if it gets an AM. The fourth photo, Pleurothallis brighamii also earned a blue and a gold Best in Section rosette. It was a little worse for the wear when it arrived home though.
Some orchids get entered, albeit nervously, because I like to show the range of size and form to the public who is not necessarily orchid savvy. I say nervous because these more exotic species that live in the greenhut's 60%-80% humidity do not like three days in a dry, heated social hall. Plus, and sadly, the little ones go missing. I was surprised when tiny Microterangis hariotiana, the first two photos, won a white. Mine is still quite young, you can barely see the flowers and they are not completely open.
The third and fourth photos are of Platystele ortiziana from Ecuagenera. I've had it for three years now and hope I have it forever. It did not go to the show because you need a micro lens to see the flowers. The entire plant lives in a 1 1/2" pot.
The last photo is of Encyclia bratescens. It went to the show but didn't get a ribbon. It is a rather common Mexican and elsewhere orchid with small flowers for but I like it a lot. You have to have a killer big specimen to wow the judges with this one.
I am not good at photographing our shows because I have to spend most of my time on the floor meeting and greeting. It's bad enough to have my purse stashed under a table and since there is no secure place to store personal belongings the camera stays home.
Do I know what I bought? Not really. It'll be a surprise when i walk in the greenhut and see the newbies. lol Speaking of surprises, the largest plant I got that might come as a surprise to friends here is this Blc. Hawaiian Passion 'Carmela'. What, me with a Catt.-like thing that smells lemony? Well it is pretty small and it is white and green. I had a weak moment.
I know I got a Den. bracteosum http://www.orchidspecies.com/denbracteosum.htm I got a rundown one for cheap a number of years ago that now resides in orchid heaven. Never brought it to bloom so hoping a fresh start will bring good results. Also added a Den. bellatum to the collection. http://www.orchidspecies.com/denbellatulum.htm These are from a member of our society who does orchid art glass and grows species but is not around much. I'll explain more about him another time because he makes these interesting ceramic orchid "logs" that are hollow and are good for growing cool orchids in hot climates.
Just outstanding, Laurel. Well deserved! Also, very nice loot you brought home, even the Catt. I just haven't gotten into the AOS judging thing but may try it one day. If I can get Bill Thoms to guide me a bit I may submit a couple. I'm glad to see the Crownfox is still bringing home the ribbons. You did me proud on tht one.
Love the little guys, Laurel, Plex.
Here is a pic of a smaller cym., called Cymbidium Golden Elf 'Sundust'. Just opened yesterday. First time I have had this one bloom. Bought it in April 2010 at a show. It was not in bloom, but looked large enough to me to be blooming size. Fool me. It sits under a magnolia tree and is protected from our hot western sun by a huge double hibiscus, so lots of morning light and dappled afternoon sun It gets plenty of water being in the sprinklers' area. So I guess patience is the key. This plant now has two spikes. The shot with the plant shows the color better, but it is still yellower that the camera captured
Wow Laurel, Great Job!!
love the little Pleurothallis mathildae, but if you have a hard time keeping it cool enough I'm sure I wouldn't be able to.
Ted, I was at Lowe's yesterday and saw an Orchid that looked alot like your bargain one. The tag was literally buried down in the pot, but I managed to pull a little out before it broke. ( the tag) It was Potinara..something. Not much help I know but maybe a start.
C.aclandiae x Caularthron bicornatum first time blooms for me.
Carol, did I mention Harry did not have Max. picta? One might be available soon through a society member. He has a large specimen he is going to divide after it blooms.
Ted, Cym Golden Elf was my second ever Cym way back when. I've been on the look out for one and think I might be in luck in a few months when a friend divides hers.
MJ, the Catt cross is not what I'd expect from those two orchids at all! Very interesting.
Every year at the show a friend and I find something we'd not normally spring for and, if it's dividable we each chip in half. Then I bring it home and divide. The original specimen of Mediocalcar decoratum is now two sizable ones (left and right photos).
Pleurothallis cypelligera is new to the greenhut. The older leaves are covered in algae. I can't imagine what kind of humidity this grows in because my humidity is between 60-80% and I don't have algae on the leaves of my plants but I can grow mosses.
Also blooming is Den. farmeri but I am concerned about it. It usually puts out tons of blooms on spikes that hang down the sides of the basket but this year I just got this one little spike sticking up in the air. I have to battle fungus on this plant quite often. I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong.
Last year I met Elaine in Sarasota to go on down to Venice for a big grower going out of business sale. It turned out to be more of a rip-off than a sale and I only bought one plant. We wound up visiting Selby Gardens, which was a delight. Anyway, I bought L. purpurata X R. digbiana for no other reason than the lineage. I mean how can you go wrong with parents like that? It is just beginning to open and I am already impressed. More on this one later
I spent all day yesterday at the EPCOT International Garden Festival. I worked the MG desk and met folks from around the world. As luck would have it, they were having an orchid class in the same building and I participated. It wasn't too bad and they gave everyone a little mini-Phal and had us pot it in a ceramic, coffee cup sized vase with no drainage holes. To make things worse, the potting medium they had for us to complete this task was water-logged moss. No one could understand why I was crying. Anyway, I already have it repotted so it should be fine. My concern is the message they are sending to the public.
My order from Larry's Orchids and Tropicals arrived today. I have never ordered from them before but found some plants I like and the prices are reasonable. I will show them here. From left to right they are: Encyclis alata, Odontoglossum Geyser Gold 'Okika', Onc. fuscatum semi-alba, and Masdevallia Vamp #9. The plants look good to me as I have already re-potted them and checked for snails and other critters. I would recommend this seller. LarrysOrchids.com.
Somehow in moving all the plants back outside, Den. Yellow Song Canary got missed when it bloomed. Also my largest Cym, a NOID. Three huge spikes with 8-10 flowers on each. When they all open I'll get a full plant shot.
Laurel, Pleurothallis cypelligera is wonderful. I have a Pleurothallis canaligera that is a constant battle to keep alive. What kind of light do you intend to give your Pleurothallis .
Jim the Den. farmeri reminds me of egg, sunny side up. I really like it. Hope you win the battle. And who was giving the lecture on Phals.? Some Home depot high school part-timer! lol
Ted, I grow a number of pleurothalids surprisingly well. They get bright indirect to filtered light. They are very fussy in regards to water quality, need constant high humidity and daily water if mounted. The water quality is most important and I hear CA water is not great for orchids so you might be needing to use only rain water if you aren't already.
Love the Den. farmeri, Jim. I've got a few farmeri relatives coming into bloom and hope it happens while I'm around because the flowers don't last more than a week. Which reminds me...we are looking at an Apopka run probably sometime into the first week of April. Does that work?
Finally catching up after a week on the water doing a sailing regatta. In bloom finally (after dropping a bunch of buds) is this Phaius which I think is Microburst 'Octoberfest'. The tag says it is 'Wild Thing' but that one has some yellow on it. So . .. anybody got a better guess?
Jim - I dmailed Laurel off another forum. DH will not be able to come so I'm hoping I can find a friend to drag along. I got the orchids spread out in the porch. Now to see if they like their locations. I have to pick up a plant stand Tues - would not fit in the SUV with the other stuff today.
Jim, double wow! That's got to be one of the best posts here ever. It's a knockout.
Now for the maybe not so good news. We have consulted calendars and tweaked schedules. Passover starts the 25th of March and goes through April 2nd. We are very diet restricted in observance during this time and don't want to spend the entire holiday in Miami with no where to eat but home. We also must be here for the first two days of the holiday. With this in mind we are thinking of leaving after the 27th of March and returning April 8th or 9th. Can ya'll still do it? Mind you I am not just working around my needs but the 6th and 7th are out because the greenhouses are often not open on weekends or the growers are off at shows in April. In fact, during this time of year, growers are often gone by Thursday to set up for shows so Monday or Tuesday would be best. I would prefer Tuesday the 9th so I have leeway to take care of things (nothing major, just construction and finding a new realtor) at the Miami house. Let me know.
Hey everyone, can you tell me what's up with my Ascda. Kulwadee Fragrance #22? The lower leaves are all hanging down instead of up and out like you see on the top leaves. What is it trying to tell me? What does it want? I wanted to take it to the meeting this month but not if it has issues. The last thing I want is to be lectured in front of the club! On the up side, the flowers look nice and are still opening up!
This looks like a watering issue, Mellie. How often do you water and for how long? The roots should turn green even where the vellum is white if it is being adequately watered. The roots look otherwise healthy but you will also see this problem with damaged or diseased roots which cannot otherwise support the size of the plant or there is an issue, such as a bacterial infection of the roots where water uptake is compromised. This does not look like the case. Unfortunately you will probably lose these leaves.
I've been watering them every day lately since the humidity has been low. I water for a couple of minutes until everything looks saturated, then water my other plants, then go back and water the vandas again for a few more minutes. I wasn't watering as often a few weeks ago; maybe that was a problem?
Melanie, you can water Vandas day and night but they need high humidity as well. If you water the plant until it is wet, move on and return with another dump of water, this will not increase the ambient humidity or sufficiently water the plant. Are you using an adjustable misting nozzle? You might need to do this several times a day if the humidity is low. Otherwise you will need to close up your growing space to raise the humidity in winter. The problem with FL winters is they are dryer and definitely cooler than their native habitats. I have several orchids from Apopka during winter trips that were in the same condition as yours. I suspect it was more the dryer conditions in the greenhouse than the colder weather. Temperature may be an added factor on those leaves. How cold is the plant getting/gotten?
Well, sure hope you can nurse that loverly plant back to perkiness, Melanie. The flowers are gorgeous!
The humidity returns pretty soon - all too soon, in fact. Lol, it's supposed to rain tonight and tomorrow, and it's a bit sticky outside even now. But we can still have periods of dry through April, so maybe a few little micro-misters on a timer would help? I added a couple inside the pool cage for my orchids, and I think they're pretty happy about it. If you can't do that, soak the ground inside the orchid hut with the hose as you leave, and that will certainly raise the humidity for a while at least. Inside my pool cage, I spray the brick pavers down with the hose to help raise the humidity on dry days, too. It takes them about 3 hours to dry out, even in the direct sun.
When I brought my bloomers (orchids, that is) indoors for the last few cold nights, I spread wet towels on the counters around them to keep the humidity up. You could try hanging some old wet towels in the hut around the Vandas. The dry air usually only lasts for a couple of days here and there through spring.
Looks like I will be back from my trip in time to meet everybody in Apopka on the 10th - Yay! Maybe I am ready to venture into Vanda - land.
I've been really good about bringing in the vandas when it got below 50 or so, but there might have been a night or two they got a little colder than that. The weatherman lies, you know. I am using an adjustable nozzle to mist/water them with.
Elaine, good news. We'll have to work out the logistics.
Melanie, I have a 15,000 gallon pool in the OC so when I close the windows on a cold night, the humidity sores, Even so, I have a few Vandas that lose their leaves just like you. Others hanging right beside them are doing fine. I'm thinking all Vandas may not be equal. Keep a list of the poor performers so you do not buy them again. Thankfully, Apopka allows us to replace them without much pain.
I took some pics out in the OC a few minutes ago and they turned out well. The Cattleya maxima is in full bloom and I love it.
You did great with Black Sambo, Jim. I used to grow the most gorgeous Epis outdoors in Miami. They get to big for the greenhut. Lastly, interesting that my gluaca bloomed much earlier than yours. I'm thinking that despite FL's warmer climate, my more easterly location often accounts for earlier bloom.
Need to take pics. Came home to new bloomers in the greenhut. I'm working most of the week and trying to pot up tomato seedlings for the veggie garden. It's a busy time.
Thanks, Jim. I have another vanda that I think I'm going to lose and I have no idea what happened to it. Everybody else is doing fine; I even found a bloom stalk starting on one of them today! I guess like you said, not all of them are created equal. At least I'll know what not to buy in the future. Looking forward to Apopka to get a few more!
Mentioned but don't think I posted photos of these ceramic tubes one of our member/vendors had at the show. You fill the center with water and, for those whose climates make cool orchids a challenge the water keeps the mounted orchid cool via evaporative cooling. The plant is also self watered. He had them in a number of sizes at very reasonable prices. He also had a great selection of small species orchids mounted on these tubes all under twenty dollars. I bought two but will remove one because the orchid is hot growing and needs a little drying in winter.
Edited to add Larry Mayes website if anyone is interested. His glass works are well known among orchid enthusiasts. He makes the awards for our show. http://www.natureglass.com/
This is Mormolyca ringens aka "Texas Pete Orchid". I think that's because it looks like a small face with a big hat. I'm not really sure why my plant blooms two spikes on every new lead for months and then sends up spikes but the spikes abort throughout the cooler months. It grows well throughout the year. You can see a second spike coming in the second photo.
I bought a literal slice of Dendrobium aggregatum from Fuchs a number of years ago. It was growing in a standard nursery flat and had been cut into brownie-sized pieces. Since then the name has been changed to Dendrobium lindleyi and I burned the heck out of what became a beautiful specimen two years ago. Now it blooms sparsely and wonky but it is recovering and more spikes are coming. I am going to divide and re-basket it after blooming to encourage new growth. Picture two shows some of the remaining burned leaves.
Thanks Carol. I had to do my best with snaps. There's been a family medical crisis and no time to diddle with staging orchid photos. Every time I go in the greenhut I spot another bloomer that missed a photo op. Tough to ferret out when they are small. :)
This not so small orchid likes a dry, cool winter. Dendrobium thyrsiflorum. Two spikes are open and two more coming. The flowers don't last more than a week and only come once a year but those cascades are worth the wait.
Sometimes when I review the "next Photo" it shows them all, then offers "back to post". Other times It recycles, and goes to time out! Then I have to keep hitting the back button to get back to the post. I'll just stick to the old way, I guess.
Thanks, Ted. The Stelis is from Andy. I had one before but lost it when the greenhut overheated. These like it on the cool side.
Carol, I've not experienced the problem you describe (but boy does that make me mad when SO says that and I'm having a computer problem).
Not the best photo but don't know if I'll catch this again. Thrixspermum bromiliforme always opens in the morning and starts closing by midday. This is an unusual late day photo of the flowers fully open and it was sunny out. Also, to have so many spikes and flowers going on this sequential species is great. It's in bloom almost every day while different spikes take turns showing off new flowers. I got this orchid at Redlands several years ago from a Philippine grower. It's native to her country.
I had to switch to FireFox for viewing Dave's a couple months back. Somewhere in the home page they state FF as the preferred viewer. Since then I've not had problems with pics or slow loading pages.
Think I have the sun porch "organized" now. The African Violets are happy to have their stand back to themselves!!!! Hopefully more sun will make the Orchids happier. 1 side gets indirect AM sun; the other side indirect PM.
Next is a species Dendrobium that grows long canes full of leaves in the summer, then drops the leaves in the winter and blooms on the naked canes. It is called Den. aphyllum. I'm thinking maybe Laurel gave me this one.
The SP sits where the screen porch was and it was always cooler in there last summer. I can remove the glass panes and just have screen but there always seems to be a nice breeze back thru it. And I have the ceiling fan.
I lost my huge, four-month blooming Phal. I just completed my first-ever Garden Expo (a vendor), and the Phal. was the "centerpiece" for my plant display. I really didn't want to sell it, so I put a rediculous price on it, just knowing it would return safely home when I finished the show on Saturday. A sweet lady that had bought several "baby" orchids and a couple of staghorns earlier, came by and looked at the Phal. She finally said, "I would love to have this orchid, but I just know my husband would kill me, spending that much on a plant". She walked away, heading to the exhibit hall exit. By then I was busy helping another customer, and my wife came over to me and told me "That lady who just left is now standing at the exit, with her hand under her chin. I could tell she was clearly in deep-thought. She is now headed back our way". Well, since I was with the other customer who wanted to know how to mount and grow staghorn ferns, I just keep on talking, with my back still to the Phal. After a few minutes (I sold another stag!), I turned around and the Phal. was gone!. My wife told me that she laid the money on the table and walked straight out of the exhibit hall, not saying a word. Gosh, I already miss that big ole orchid, which was given to me by one of my patients five years ago, telling me that the plant was dead and since she knew I grew orchids, perhaps I could "save" it.
If you have never been a vendor at one of these shows, and this was a two-day one, I can tell you that it is back-breaking work. It took me five hours to set up the day before the Expo started, was in the Expo hall for thirteen hours (mostly on my feet for nine hours), another eight hours the final day, and then had to spend two hours breaking down and loading up what I had to take back home. Since this was my first time to do something like this, I know a lot more of what to take, how to set-up my exhibit (I had over 100 plants) plus supplies, and what people seem to be more interested in. That being said, I don't know if I will ever do another one. I am getting too old for that kind of physical stress and long hours.
This NOID Phaleanopsis had 40 flowers and her leaf-span was 30".
Jim, I'm checking in and see a post I wrote must be out there in the ethers. Suffice to say everything looks mahvoulous dahling! I love Epi. stamfordainum and wrote that it is one of the many in my collection that got burned but is recovering slowly. I also wrote that my camera is under the weather. After purchasing a new card to rule out that problem the camera needs to go in first thing in the morning. I'm out of pocket with photos unless they are from my phone as Passover start sundown tomorrow and I'm not online during the holiday.
Klrkkr, very pretty Phal. Good growing and congratulations on the sale! Shows are exhausting. The Atlanta Orchid Society sponsors an annual three day orchid show. We are there an additional day and into the night before the vendors arrive setting up the hall, draping and skirting tables. We help the vendors load and unload their trucks, provide hospitality meals while they are there, and stay after the vendors have driven off into the sunset to break down displays and tables and leave the hall "broom clean". It's grueling. I don't know how they go from show to show.
Jim, I like the Wilsonara. Can't wait to see how it progresses.
Hey folks, I have a question about a vanda. I've got one that just started to send out its bud spike and today I noticed a large group of ants covering the spike. Is that normal? Are they drawn to something in it? I sprayed it down with insecticidal soap and killed them all since it didn't seem to be a good thing. I have some plants I know ants live on and are harmless but this just didn't sit right.
Have you ever been stung by a fire ant? If so you would not want to leave a viable mound standing. People of are allergic to them end up in the hospital if stung. The mounds will kill patches of grass if left alone and a lawn mower can actually be damaged if the blade hits a large mound. They are something that university agricultural scientists are spending millions of dollors on to find a control for them, and ranchers and farmers spend tens of millions just trying to control them. The best killer I have found, and it will kill a mound within 24 hours, is Orthene powder. Ken in Mississippi
I hate fire ants but the good news is I haven't seen them in the garden for several years. I don't know where they went but am glad they are gone. I know the University of Florida released some parasitic wasps a couple of years ago to help control the ants so perhaps it worked.
Melanie, ants themselves will not hurt your plants but may well be up to mischief. Laurel is correct in this case but they often farm aphids and mealy bugs so keep a sharp eye out.
Laurel, I hope you get your camera fixed before the Miami/Apopka trip.
I just bought two new multipurpose sprayers - one for fertilizing and the other for fungicide and pesticides. I normally don't use much of anything in my garden due to raising butterflies, but I know orchids have special needs and they're closed off in their little house anyway. Now, I can be a better orchid mommy. I haven't been fertilizing enough - I can hear the plants yelling at me, LOL!
Jim, Didn't mean to ignore you! love your brassavolas...mine just hang there doing nothing.
As to the sprayers I have three 1 ga. pump sprayers. 1 for pesticides/ herbicides (I was a liscensed applicater for 20 years so I clean them after every use),1 that works well for the 'chids, and 1 that doesn't work for s@#$. I just bought a hose end sprayer for the pesticides because the pump sprayer won't reach the tops of the trees that harbor the worst insects. Citrus trees abound in scale, mealy bugs and mites. Oops, almost forgot the new citrus leaf miner. aagh! I feed the ants all summer. Going to try a new recipe this year.
Looks like I'll be moving vandas and tucking in the other orchids for a couple more nights. I thought winter was supposed to be over? Although, I must admit it's nice gardening and not sweating buckets. I'll be doing that soon enough!
Once again, I brought vandas into the garage and covered up everyone else with thick blankets. That groundhog is such a liar! I can't remember covering up plants this late in March. I promised all my plants a nice dose of fertilizer when I uncover them; I'm sure they'll like that.
Last year, I began shipping my tropical plants the last week in February. I put my tropicals outside the first week in March. Now we are near the end of March and I have neither begun shipping nor put anything outside. It is supposed to be 29 F in the morning and it got down to 28 F this morning! Global warming, I guess. Ken
Cold here with a strong wind out of the north. The OC windows are all closed. Low tonight is expected to be 40 degrees.
I had the orchid meeting today and am now just back from choir practice. I sang last night at a nursing home and pushed it a little so am a bit raspy tonight. That's bad as I sing Thursday through Sunday at church. The good news at the orchid meeting is that my big Den. nobile cross won the member's choice ribbon. My Schomburgkia undulata won it last month so I am doing well. In addition, I picked up a new orchid called Bepi Phoenix 'Kona'. http://www.h4.dion.ne.jp/~azumino/cat_hyb/612.html
St. Pete Orchid Farm is having their open house tomorrow so I'm going to go check it out. I had a fun time over there last year. I'm sure I'll come home with something, but never fear, I've got a special Apopka fund squirreled away!
Well maybe I'll be able to get some of the big dendrobiums out of the greenhouse this week...finally...
But this poor noid striped one was stuck on the top shelf at the peak as it was the only place it would fit. I didn't even see the spike till I was pulling out a bunch of Hoya's that were hanging in front of it to fertilize and there was this crooked spike...full of buds.
Dendrobium aggregatum ( lindleyi) starting up...
Rdcm Mystique Strawberry Daiquiri x Rdcm Velvet Queen...Big ole name for a pretty little Tol.
1. Slc. George Hausermann 'York' (Dad liked this one)
2. Yama. Redland Sunset (love the colors in it)
3. Pot. Eye Candy #15 (so cute!)
I also bought (not pictured and all non-blooming) Blc. Samba Splendor 'Carmela' (big, dark purple bloom), Onc. Gold Dust (little yellow cuties), and Encyclia tampensis. I've been meaning to get that Encyclia for a while and he had some nice, small mounted ones for reasonable prices. I also got 10% off my purchase since I'm their Facebook friend.
When I got home I fertilized everyone after bringing the vandas back out of the garage. I then noticed another bloomer just starting up. It was...
4. Mtdm. Rosey Sunset 'Pacific Satin' It's actually a little more pink than in the photo.
Hey guys, my Paph did something weird today. I was looking at it and it looked like part of the flower part had dried up. When I touched it, it came off in my hand. I peeled it and there was a seed-like thing inside. Do they even make seeds like that? Don't things flower and then make seeds? Was it just a part of the flower that aborted? The part looked to me like it was going to be the "pouch" part of the flower but I could be wrong. Here are some "after" shots. Tell me if you think it still looks normal or if it looks like a piece is missing. I've really been looking forward to it blooming and I would hate if it stopped.
Melanie, I don't grow Paphs but I bet Laurel will provide some insight when she comes back online. Nice haul and still money left over. I love the colors on Slc. George Hausermann and Yama. Redland Sunset. The Mtdm (miltonidium) is not a natural genus, its members are crossings between miltonia and oncidium. I haven't seen a lot of them but I like the form. No reason why it shouldn't do well for you,
I'm off to the Gread Easter Vigil to sing again and play bells. This one is the longest of the services and I am already sounding raspy. Happy Easter all.
Nice shopping there melli. Like them all. Just got a paph. to open for me this year for the first time in a long time, so I'm no expert but, did you happen to see a hole where a bug entered. Sure sounds like an abort for whatever reason.
Carol, is that the Zygo. that you got in Costa Mesa last year? Love the Den.
No, Ted. I got this one in 2011. The one I got last year was Npp(neoblastopetalum) Kathleen.( Npp 'pure jade' X Zygoneria pine road 'Green Dragon' ). I also got Zygonesia cynosure 'Blue bird' (Aganisia X Zygo) last year, but that was from SB. I love the Zygos! They're very easy for me.
Melaine your paphs flower has dried up and wont flower now. Mustnt have liked the growing conditions for some reason. Maybe a weather change. You can cut it off. Hopefully the next growth wont do the same. Some people get alot of buds blast on them.