Wednesday, March 31, 2010

One reason people grow hybrids...

is that they often bloom multiple times per year.  Here my Lc. Canhamiana (which is really now C. Canhamiana), which I first posted in mid January, blooming again (though only two flowers).

Friday, March 26, 2010

Cattleya mossiae semi-alba 'Blanca' x 'Aurora'

The first three flowers opened yesterday on this C. mossiae.
It will get better as they age a bit.

Cattleya mossiae semi-alba 'H & R'

This is C. mossiae 'H & R', a mericlone, which was the second of the three plants in the earlier post.  Right after the first flower opened I cut the spike off the plant and plopped it into a glass of water (it hurt me more than it hurt the plant), as the plant was clearly being very stressed by the flower.  It only has one large growth, and that growth was severely shriveled.  I probably should not have let the plant produce  these flowers, but I think it will recover quickly.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Deformed Oncidium splendidum

My O. splendidum has bloomed for the first time.  The flowers are very poor.  Here is one with two lips.  Often a first blooming will be poor.  Perhaps conditions were poor as well.  I predict next year will be much better.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Lycaste deppei backbulb

I was repotting my Lycaste deppei when this backbulb fell off.  There is a new growth starting and a flower spike (I'm pretty sure) but no new roots.  Richard, you're the expert.  If you're interested in trading for this, send me an email.  Otherwise, I'll give it a go and sell it later.

Maxillaria picta

This is the plant I traded for a few weeks ago.  I really like this species.  Hopefully I'll do better with this one - I lost my first one, but I think I'm much better at growing these plants than I was when that occurred.  My only other Maxillaria is M. tenuifolia, another nice species.  This genus could be addictive.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Cattleya mossiae season is coming

Here are three mossiae in bud.  The first is the plant in the very first post of this blog - five buds on this one.  The second is another semi-alba, which isn't as robust as the first.  The third is a typical form (only one bud - too bad).  I also have an alba in bud, but no pic.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Sedirea japonica update

In a previous post about two months ago, I posted a picture of my S. japonica spike as it was just getting going.  Here we are today.  I'd say we have about two weeks to go.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Cattleya Quinquecolor

This is a primary hybrid between aclandiae and forbesii.  Its main blooming season is late spring and fall, but it can sporadically bloom at other times, such as now.  Nicely fragrant.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Cymbidium Enzan Sarah

This is my only Cymbidium, blooming on four spikes this year.  Growing semi-hydro, Hydroton in a five gallon bucket.  I could take it or leave it.  Which means I should probably leave it, given my space constraints.  Thing is, though, it lives outside all the time, unless it goes down into the 20s, when I'll pop it into the "greenhouse" for a night or two.  And all I do to care for it is spray it with a hose every couple of days in summer.  Maybe I'll keep it for another year.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Troy Meyers Conservatory/delayed gratification

My growing skills have improved a lot over the last two or three years.  Nevertheless, I have not been doing well growing plants from a flask.  Actually, it is worse than that.  I have tried three or four flasks and have only three or four plants to show for it - pretty pathetic, though without a greenhouse it can be hard to maintain conditions benign enough for small seedlings.  Well, hope springs eternal.  I bought another flask (C. labiata) from Troy Meyers Conservatory this morning.  Maybe in six or seven years I'll have some flowers to show for it.  I must be crazy...