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Why not grow orchids?


Matt in SD

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On 1/26/2023 at 8:06 PM, piping plovers said:

I’ve never seen a cymbidium mounted on a tree before as I usually see them terrestrial or in large pots.  Very nice display.

Actualy some cymbidium species are strictly epiphytic or litophytic plants and I find the idea of mounting them interesting, it should be easier to protect the plants from slugs and snails

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February blooming indoors, the Lc. Park Ridge 'Thornridge' is still in bloom. Also, SLC Mem. Alvin Beggman Poem and Brassalova nodosa. And a favorite reblooming noid supermarket phal.

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A pretty vanda,lightly scented,just hanging around.

 

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Temps between 29F and 115F each year

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11 hours ago, aztropic said:

A pretty vanda,lightly scented,just hanging around.

 

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Great color.  With some species that have variability in color, it is best to purchase them in bloom so you know what you are getting.  I have seen quite a bit of variation in the shades of Vanda coerulea which this flower made me think about. 

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This one is actually Vanda 'Pachara Delight'. It too can have quite a bit of flower color variation plant to plant,from purple to blue. Commonly grown, and has been trouble free for me. Because of my low humidity, I grow all of my vandas in pots with bark substrate,or in a hanging basket packed with long fiber sphagnum moss. In humid areas like South Florida or Hawaii, you often see this species grown without any substrate at all. Just the plant with it's long roots hanging,or mounted to a tree.

 

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A pic of this little tree mounted Maxillaria tenuifolia, nothing special but, I’ve never noticed so many blooms before. Smells like coconut of course.

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3 hours ago, realarch said:

A pic of this little tree mounted Maxillaria tenuifolia, nothing special but, I’ve never noticed so many blooms before. Smells like coconut of course.

Tim

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Can't remember if i'd seen it at a Pac. Orchid Expo i'd attended, or one of the bigger shows i attended while in FL but someone displayed a specimen of this species in what would be the equivalent of a wide, 3gal pot that must have had several dozen flowers open on it.. Absolutely incredible  and the fragrance could be detected from a few tables over from where it was displayed.

As tropical as some might assume these are, they'll grow outside in S. Cal. if properly sited / attended to. May try one here, even if it will have to spend  the hottest part of the year / coolest weeks in winter in the sunroom.

Have seen some of the other, bigger flowered Maxillaria sp, some of which are quite fragrant.  Flowers on others are pretty exotic looking.

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Here's my most delicate orchid that spends it's winters indoors behind a frosted east facing bathroom window. Daily humidity boosts from showers keep it somewhat happy in the otherwise dry desert air. Spring bloomer. Highly scented.

 

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1 hour ago, aztropic said:

Here's my most delicate orchid that spends it's winters indoors behind a frosted east facing bathroom window. Daily humidity boosts from showers keep it somewhat happy in the otherwise dry desert air. Spring bloomer. Highly scented.

Beautiful colors on that one.

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I'm a little worried about bud rot on all my Dendrobiums which are loaded with buds right now.  I've had problems in some years when late winter and early spring is excessively wet and cold.  The Dendrobium speciosum ssp pendunculatum and curvicaule pictured.  One of the flower stems has buds that are already damaged from the wind blowing a palm frond across it continually.  For now, I'm just keeping my fingers crossed that the flower buds will survive to provide a nice display in the coming weeks.

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On 2/27/2023 at 6:44 AM, Tracy said:

For now, I'm just keeping my fingers crossed that the flower buds will survive to provide a nice display in the coming weeks.

At least the buds on one of my Dendrobiums has survived the wind and rain.  Dendrobium falcorostrum

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The latest to bloom is Lc. Irene Finney ' Springs Best'.  I’m orbiting Pluto now with the fragrance of this orchid. Tell me when it’s time to come down.  lol.  If anyone is looking for a very reliable, springtime large-purple bloomer I highly recommend this vigorous grower from Hausserman’s orchids.

The others pictured below are continuing to bloom from February.

Lc. Irene Finney ' Springs Best'.

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SLC Mem. Alvin Beggman Poem Which reminds me of jonquils

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19 hours ago, miamicuse said:

orchids at Mounts Botanical Gardens

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WOW! That's spectacular...

 

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On 4/1/2023 at 8:56 PM, miamicuse said:

orchids at Mounts Botanical Gardens

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Amazing!  How do they keep them wet and humid enough in the desert?

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On 4/4/2023 at 4:01 AM, Kevind said:

Amazing!  How do they keep them wet and humid enough in the desert?

 

On 4/1/2023 at 6:56 PM, miamicuse said:

orchids at Mounts Botanical Gardens

It looks like there was a little confusion on the original post Kevin.  Miamicuse posted and the Botanical Garden in question is located in West Palm Beach Florida.  Agree that it would be tough to grow those outside in Phoenix area year round! 

On the other side, my Dendrobium speciosum (two variations pictured, penduculatum and curvicaule) blossoms finally opened but they didn't like all the rain and cool nights as the buds were opening.  Lots of brown spotting with them this year. probably due to the cool nights as opposed to the rain but it could have been the combination.  Too bad because they put out a lot of spikes.  Hopefully next end of winter beginning of spring will be more forgiving on the temperate with some warmer days.

 

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On 4/4/2023 at 7:01 AM, Kevind said:

Amazing!  How do they keep them wet and humid enough in the desert?

Not in the desert, Mounts is located in South Florida so quite humid here.

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32 minutes ago, John hovancsek said:

Everything is starting to bloom

Beautiful assortment of orchids, John.  Is that a Joey palm I see in the background behind the cymbidium, 2nd photo?

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On 4/7/2023 at 1:52 PM, piping plovers said:

Beautiful assortment of orchids, John.  Is that a Joey palm I see in the background behind the cymbidium, 2nd photo?

Yes. It looks like crap because it is in the sun but I had planned a few fast growing palms around it

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Thought I’d add a couple more. The first one, Phalaenopsis Fusheng Golden Age, has been eking out a living on a palm trunk for years now. It came from a local orchid nursery and I can’t remember whether I purchased it or if it was gifted. Unbelievably it still had the tag.

The other photo is of a very prolific ‘Dancing Lady’ orchid in bloom. 

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5 minutes ago, realarch said:

Phalaenopsis Fusheng Golden Age,

Amazing colors and contrast on that phal.  Beautiful!

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Den. Chrysotoxum var Susvissimum.  Blooming on same cane 2 or 3 years in a row; didn’t know that was possible.  It bypassed the newer smaller dwarf growths that occurred off season.

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Gongora fulva - 1st time experiencing a Gongora in bloom. It tried dying on me a few times after receiving from ecuagenera 18 months ago but summer outdoors last year and good plant lights this winter turned it around. Slight fragrance reminds me of Stanhopea occulata, but not as overpowering. First day in bloom so maybe scent increases.

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Very nice.  The foliage and pendant flower resembles Coelogyne big time.  Same growing conditions?

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Bokeelia, Pine Island, Florida, USA

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1 hour ago, SubTropicRay said:

Very nice.  The foliage and pendant flower resembles Coelogyne big time.  Same growing conditions?

Thank you Ray.  My understanding is that they are warm to intermediate growers and from Central American wet lowland forests.  I grow them along with my cattleyas in winter indoors, bright light, 65 - 70 F is the best I can provide.  Summer outdoors, they get a little more dappled shade than the cattleyas, 65 - 85 F. It rarely breaks 90 here along coast in RI.  As With Stanhopea, I keep the moss constantly moist as I read that the leaves will drop if water stressed.

I have never tried Coelogyne but it is on my wish list.  Especially since I hear that some species prefer cool to intermediate temperatures; which is less of a stretch for me to provide year round.

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Gifted to me from John Hovensek, Den. Mirabelianum x Minnie (4N). (I have no idea what ‘4N’ signifies, it was on the tag,) Secured to a palm trunk and loving it. Thanks John!

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A couple of spring bloomers.  The Dendrobium farmeri is a first time bloomer for me this year.  The second solitary bloom is on an Encyclia citrina that has been pretty consistent in reblooming, although my second plant skipped a year this time.  I love the smell of the Encyclia citrina!

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Tracy, that D. farmeri looks like a daffodil…..which I love. Quite the display for a first time bloomer. 
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5 hours ago, realarch said:

Tracy, that D. farmeri looks like a daffodil…..which I love. Quite the display for a first time bloomer. 
Tim

Yes Tim, I saw them in bloom at Andy's Orchids a couple of years before I finally broke down and bought one.  A friend reminded me when I was getting it that they often bloom on old cane's that may or may not have any leaves on them.  Sure enough both these came off older canes with no leaves.  The Chrysaldocarpus lutescens I have the stick mount hanging off is just out a bedroom window, so we get to enjoy it from in the house too.

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This is "Phaius Lady Ramona Harris 'Looking At You'" The name alone suggests it probably has quite a story in its past! My second year getting it to bloom. Since it's a terrestrial orchid, I plan on planting it out in a shaded location later this year. Unfortunately it doesn't have a scent.

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No ID, tag has been long lost. Just popped in the last two days. 

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Zygopetalum going off again. A tad late this year, the temps have been cooler than normal. 

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20 hours ago, realarch said:

No ID, tag has been long lost. Just popped in the last two days. 

Tim

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Tim, thinking this could be Laelia / Cattleya  purpurata X tenebrosa  = " pacavia ".  One of my favorites among the larger-flowered Laelia..

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1 hour ago, Silas_Sancona said:

Laelia / Cattleya  purpurata

I was blanking on this species this morning when I saw Tim’s post.  I have an noid orchid very similar to this and was immediately reminded of it.

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Today’s rainy day project.  Desperately trying to save this Pot. MelindaRose Funke 'Ernie from root rot.  Seemed to have struggled with it from day one when I purchased 18 months ago.  Although, I really avoid growing cattleya types in plastic I’m hoping this helps add humidity to the few good roots.  If it can just hang on until the new leads produce new roots…. Bloom photo from better days.

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