Sunday, November 9, 2014

Cattleya labiata semi-alba

I got this seedling from Cal-Orchid in summer 2007. It is blooming for the first time. The cross is Just Right x Bon Dia (so a half-sib of my other labiata semi-alba). It has been growing fairly well, but the last three growths/sheaths produced no buds. There is just a bit of color in the throat, which is why is superficially appears to be an alba form.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Monday, October 6, 2014

Cattleya Chocolate Drop

A primary hybrid between aurantiaca and guttata - this is the Volcano Queen clone. Strong, sweet fragrance.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Encyclia adenocaule

This was a freebie from Marble Branch Farms a couple of years ago. First bloom.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Cattleya purpurata

Later than usual, perhaps due to supplemental lighting it received this past winter.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Cattleya Callistoglossa

I got this plant almost exactly two years ago from Cal-Orchid. It is a bit unruly in habit and large as well, but the flowers are large, gorgeous and smell great.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Monday, June 2, 2014

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Monday, April 21, 2014


This Spring I decided not to move my orchids and benches from the temporary greenhouse to the patio. Instead I took off the greenhouse cover and replaced it with a piece of shadecloth. I may have to prune a partially overhanging tree to allow more light into the shadehouse. We'll see how it goes.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Cattleya lueddemanniana

First Cattleya bloom of the spring. This is a first bloom of a seedling from a cross by Michael Sinn (Canaima Orchids) and recently acquired from Ben Oliveros (Orchid Eros).

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Cattleya jenmanii

Cattleya jenmanii by Mauro Rosim
Cattleya jenmanii, a photo by Mauro Rosim on Flickr.

by Mauro Rosim

I find this species much more difficult to grow well compared to labiata, though they are closely related.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Cattleya loddigesii

Been growing this Aranda x self seedling for five years and finally got one flower. Nice flower, but if plant doesn't produce more in the coming years hard to see it as worthwhile. I haven't been able to figure out what it needs for robust growth.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014