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Why not grow orchids?


Matt in SD

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1 hour ago, John hovancsek said:

Here are a few that are in my care

That’s quite the collection there!  Look very healthy and lush.

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John, yeah, just a few! Geeze Louise! Do most of them get sent to the mainland? They would overwhelm the market here in Hawaii although, I could use a couple more. 

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1 hour ago, realarch said:

Brassia at home on a palm trunk. 

Fantastic! An  Edvah Loo ‘Nishida’ ?

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 Thanks Joe, I only got as far as the genus. I think I got that right. 

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The second form I'm growing of Laelia anceps, "barkeriana" just starting to bloom in the garden now. Still waiting on three more forms, variations or ssp of Laelia anceps in the garden to bloom this autumn/winter.  These provide some nice color in the garden during the holiday season here.

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14 hours ago, Tracy said:

These provide some nice color in the garden during the holiday season here.

Such vivid contrast, beautiful.

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Another winter blooming cat - just starting to do it's thing. What's nice about these blooming in colder temperatures is that the flowers last nearly a month!

 

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Mesa, Arizona

 

Temps between 29F and 115F each year

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14 hours ago, aztropic said:

Another winter blooming cat - just starting to do it's thing. What's nice about these blooming in colder temperatures is that the flowers last nearly a month!

 

aztropic

Mesa, Arizona 

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Nice big flowers on your Cats too!  The duration of  bloom is a big plus.  Wind with cold rain can shorten the duration of some of my late autumn to early winter bloomers like the Laelias, problems i don't normally experience with the spring and summer blooming orchids

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More Laelia orchids in flower as we end November.  First the one in the pot, Laelia anceps v roeblingiana x Laelia anceps 'Gigas'

Last two photos are Laelia gouldiana

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The last pic is a coryhopea that I got from a friend @ Showgun orchids here on the big island he crossed a stanhopea with a corryanthis. I am so excited about the bloom 

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9 minutes ago, John hovancsek said:

corryanthis

Fascinating hybrid.  Congratulations on getting it to bloom! I was not familiar with corryanthis and had to look it up.  Beautiful cymbidium there also.

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LC. MOONWIND ‘MT. MADONNA’ (Lc. Eva Shill x Lc. Elizabeth Off). My 33 year old house plant. Reliable November December bloomer.

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Cattleya jenmanni semialba.

Finding myself on East coast of Florida this week. Normally I’d be on Sanibel Island in December but due to the devastating hurricane Ian, it will be awhile before the resorts open again there for tourism. My thoughts and prayers are with all those who were affected by the FL storms.  
 

Made my 1st visit to ecuagenera in apopka fl this week. Wonderful place and very helpful staff. Several orchids in bloom stopped me in my tracks. Here’s one.

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Here’s another Catt that stopped me in my tracks while visiting ecuagenera’s Apopka FL location.  Cattleya Pheidenia coerulea 4N (C. Intermedia x C. Maxima, Available on their website; and no photo so you’d never know what you’re missing.

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1 hour ago, piping plovers said:

Cattleya jenmanni semialba.

Finding myself on East coast of Florida this week. Normally I’d be on Sanibel Island in December but due to the devastating hurricane Ian, it will be awhile before the resorts open again there for tourism. My thoughts and prayers are with all those who were affected by the FL storms.  
 

Made my 1st visit to ecuagenera in apopka fl this week. Wonderful place and very helpful staff. Several orchids in bloom stopped me in my tracks. Here’s one.

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1 hour ago, piping plovers said:

Here’s another Catt that stopped me in my tracks while visiting ecuagenera’s Apopka FL location.  Cattleya Pheidenia coerulea 4N (C. Intermedia x C. Maxima, Available on their website; and no photo so you’d never know what you’re missing.

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Good stuff :greenthumb:   Any more "Orchid Eye Candy" from your visit there?:drool:

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Laelia albida form sulphurea.  This has been a challenging species for me to get to flower.  The last couple of years it has put out spikes but the buds have shriveled.   This year was similar.  I had two spikes with 3 to 4 buds which all shriveled except this one.  I have tried different light exposure over the years and have settled on full sun through midday but may try upping it more again. 

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37 minutes ago, Tracy said:

Laelia albida form sulphurea

Congratulations on getting this to finally bloom.  I saw sulphur in the name and knew there would be yellow; dramatic yellow coloration on that lip.

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18 hours ago, Silas_Sancona said:

Good stuff :greenthumb:   Any more "Orchid Eye Candy" from your visit there?:drool:

Thanks Silas.

Yes, I photographed some orchids in Flamingo Gardens and a few others at a nursery in Davie, FL.    Was not finding names on any of these, unfortunately.  I did pick up some orchid supplies at Lowe’s which I can never find at their stores up north.

Some orchids below.

have never seen this color combo in a vanda. Reminds me of bicolor Catt combinations:

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the cattleyas in the trees are just amazing to see…something an indoor gardener rarely sees unless traveling 

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Brassia nodosa am assuming. Night time fragrance must be off the charts!

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some enormous brassia (?) not in bloom 

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10 minutes ago, Tomas said:

Lc. Puppy Love, a long time survivor in my 9b zone

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:greenthumb: Agree, That's a fantastic and easy to grow Lc..

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41 minutes ago, piping plovers said:

Thanks Silas.

Yes, I photographed some orchids in Flamingo Gardens and a few others at a nursery in Davie, FL.    Was not finding names on any of these, unfortunately.  I did pick up some orchid supplies at Lowe’s which I can never find at their stores up north.

Some orchids below.

have never seen this color combo in a vanda. Reminds me of bicolor Catt combinations:

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the cattleyas in the trees are just amazing to see…something an indoor gardener rarely sees unless traveling 

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Brassia nodosa am assuming. Night time fragrance must be off the charts!

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Nice.. Agree that seeing Orchids growing in trees is an interesting encounter for folks who can only grow them in pots indoors..

First Vanda almost looks like a Phalaenopsis.  Not 100% certain, but thinking the "Cattleya" in the trees ( directly below the Vanda ) is a Brasso / Catt cross..  Looks very familiar but can't remember what it was called..  ...Something similar to Bc X Malkal Mayumi. Looks like the palm they're hanging out on is a Pygmy Date too 😁

100% Brassovola nodosa..  Agree, the scent is unforgettable.. Tempted to try one here for that reason alone, lol..

"Cattleya Medley"  pictures from the garden are pretty sweet... Larger Cattleya in the first two shots look like one i had several years ago:  Blc. Bryce Canyon "Splendiferous"   No doubt there are several other Blc crosses that look almost exactly like that one though. 

My first thought seeing the hanging monster was Stanhopea.. but, maybe i've been completely blinded -by Stanhopea ..haha..   Bulbophyllum or Lycaste would be my second / third guesses, though it may be too warm in that part of FL for most ( if not all?? ) Lycaste..

 

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Blc Blanche Aisaka 'Yuki' FCC/AOS.  
First time this has bloomed indoors in over 6 years. The yellow is so cheery in Dec.  My new indoor lighting setup is really a game changer for me. Reaping the benefits already.  SpiderFarmer 1000 high intensity Diodes fixture in case anyone else needs to supplement Mother Nature in the dark months.

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Oncidium bifolium. This is a division from a plant introduced to north-western Italy more than 100 years ago from Argentina by an emigree. The original plant grew part of the time in total neglec attached to an orange tree and was some few decades ago acquired by a nurseryman, but it died at the end.

In this page you can see the original plant https://www.orchids.it/2006/06/07/741/

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On 12/11/2022 at 5:09 PM, Tomas said:

Lc. Puppy Love, a long time survivor in my 9b zone

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It was later identified as Laeliocattleya Angel Heart 'Hihimanu' a cross of Puppy LOve and C. Penny Kuroda 🙂

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2 hours ago, Tomas said:

Oncidium bifolium. This is a division from a plant introduced to north-western Italy more than 100 years ago from Argentina by an emigree. The original plant grew part of the time in total neglec attached to an orange tree and was some few decades ago acquired by a nurseryman, but it died at the end.

In this page you can see the original plant https://www.orchids.it/2006/06/07/741/

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Brilliant yellow flowers and what a fascinating history behind it.

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7 minutes ago, Tracy said:

Maxillaria ubatubana  a prolific bloomer this time of year.

That’s a real interesting one, blooming so close to the base. A friend commented on one of these (or maybe a similar looking / habit dendrobium type); out of all the plants in the ecuagenera greenhouse this is the one that stood out to her.

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My oncidium-type noid.  Largest spike in 10 years. Was unhappy in a crammed basket; water stressed every few days. Repotted to new media and larger pot months ago and is happy as can be—-blooming completely out of season😁.  A delicate, spice-like fragrance 

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On 12/19/2022 at 7:13 AM, Tracy said:

Maxillaria ubatubana  a prolific bloomer this time of year.

More of the flower buds have opened, and it is really too bad that there is no virtual smelling application yet.  Second thought that could be a bad thing at times too, but if you could be selective.....

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17 minutes ago, Tracy said:

Second thought that could be a bad thing at times too, but if you could be selective.....

lol, agreed.  Most wouldn’t appreciate one of those carrion flower or rotting flesh types.😳

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Lc. Park Ridge 'Thornridge'.  Bloomed very crooked as the bud was stuck and i needed to carefully cut the sheath. This is One of the orchids I transferred to clay from the overgrown wooden baskets this past summer. I’m trying to get my catts back to the classic single-lead growth presentation in clay pots. Easier to both manage and appreciate the orchids in the cramped indoor environment.

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The downside to Laelia's blooming in December and January is that they often get the brunt of our most cold and wet part of the year.  Laelia anceps var veitchiana has seen a fair amount of rain and wind, fortunately the temps have been more moderated with the storms that have come through thus far.

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