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Springtime - What's Blooming?

Posted by cjwatson Z8 FL (My Page) on
Wed, Mar 23, 11 at 19:00

Well, spring is officially here although many may look out their windows today and disagree. But it's coming, and soon. The azaleas are blooming, the Japanese magnolias, the last of the season's camellias are brightening up my yard.

What I have noticed most is lots of new root growth as the orchids get ready for their main growing season. It will be so nice to get many of them outdoors again -- mostly vandaceous types and Catt Alliance species and hybrids here -- where a garden hose will make watering a snap.

So, while anticipating warm season blooms, which of your plants are bravely blooming now?


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RE: Springtime - What's Blooming?

Quite elegantly introduced, CJ!

Just a little at the moment:

Spike:
Phal violacea var alba
Phal Samera?
2 NOID Phals
Phal Brother Sara Gold
Tuberolabium kotoense (just demounted it and planted it japanese-neofinetia style so not sure if the spike will stay around or not).

Bloom:
NOID sunset phal
Encyclia cochleata


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RE: Springtime - What's Blooming?

At work so off the top of my head.

In bloom:
2 NOID mini-phals
Phal. Maria Therese (Sunset striped)
Phal hybrid (Red, red, red)
2 masdies hybrids
Enc. cochleata (or whatever this decade's name may be)
Paph moquettianum (always in bloom)
Paph hainanense
Phrag. Barbara LeAnn x longifolium???

In spike:
Phal Sogo Grape (thanks Hausermanns)
Phal Be Tris (thanks Hausermanns)
Phal violacea alba
Phal tetrapsis #C1
Phal equestris
Phal Hilo Lip Hybrid
Ascda. Cherry Blossom
Phrag. Hanne Popow
Enc species that I really dislike (real leggy, boring growth and bloom, sits in an east window for kicks)

Maybe a few more...

Bob


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RE: Springtime - What's Blooming?

Blooming:
several oncid types
maxillaria tenufolia
a couple of paphs
zygopetalum bluebird
dtps. sin yuan golden beauty

In Spike:
all of my reed stem epidendrums
an oncid type


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RE: Springtime - What's Blooming?

terp, let me know how your Tuberolabium kotoense does. I am considering buying a kotoense (or that other one, quis* something) and like the idea of a Neo potting. I only have two of the mini Tuberolabium species and want to try another larger-growing one.

bob and terp, do either of your violacea v. alba flowers have the greenish tips? I have seen white, white-ish, and white with green tips flowers.

kermit, I envy you the reed stem epidendrums. I used to grow a bunch in my yard in Miami to light things up. But now that I am reliant on a greenhouse in the winter, I no longer have room for them ... sigh.

Seems to have taken me forever to get it together, but this is what I have in bloom or bud (gotta drag the plants back into the greenhouse or garage tonight, back down into the 40s):

SPECIES:
Aerangis citrata - buds
Amesiella philippinensis - bud
Ascocentrum ampullaceum 'Mr. Del-Rei'
Ascocentrum christensonianum
Biermannia bimaculata - buds
Bletilla striata
Campylocentrum burchelii
Cattleya schroederae
Cattleya skinnerii v. coerulea
Dendrobium anceps
Dendrobium prenticei
Encyclia bractescens
Encyclia fowlieii- buds
Jumellea densifoliata
Leptotes bicolor
Meiracyllium wendlandii
Microterangis hariotiana - buds
Microterangis hildebrandtii 'Gold Country' - buds
Oberonia toppingi
Ornithocephalus bicornis - buds all over
Phalaenopsis venosa - holds onto old flowers forever
Phragmipedium ecuadorense
Pleurothallis grobyi
Schoenorchis gemmata
Thrixspermum centipeda - buds
Trichoglottis latisepala
Zygostates lunata - buds
HYBRIDS:
Aerangis Winter Snow - 3 big buds
Ascofinetia Cherry Blossom 'Pink Bouquet'
Ctna Maite Seguro Nino (B ortgiesiana x Ctna Cosmo Sanguine)
Encyclia (bracteata x diota v. atrorubens)
Epicattleya Thumper McClain 'Bambi' - last flower
Lc Schilleriana (L purpurata werkerhausi x C intermedia)


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RE: Springtime - What's Blooming?

CJ, I dont' know. I bought it in spike back in October. Hasn't bloomed yet but hasn't blasted the spike either. The lady from where I got it (Seagrove orchids, I think?) is incredibly sweet and actually recognizes me when I pass by at shows. She's really wanting to see a picture when it does finally bloom.


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RE: Springtime - What's Blooming?

Let's see--no work today so I can actually eyeball them!

In bloom:

paph Supersuk "Eureka" X Raisin Pie "Hsinying" X Sib.
also one of these in spike--I've divided this one several times

Phals:

Baldan's Kaleidoscope
Brother Lawrence X Tasisuco Glory
"White Dream" V-3
and 3 NOIDS

One Nun!

One gigantic yellow spider yellow Onc - 5" blooms on 2 spikes!!! Love this guy--

Dtps. Mem Francis Hunter "GL09"

epi "Burtonii" in bud

2 enclea tampensis in bud

Then there are the clivia, cyclamen, etc.

Love the flowers...thanks for asking!


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RE: Springtime - What's Blooming?

CJ,thanks for starting a stimulating topic!

in bloom:
Rhyncholaelia digbyana 'Laura' AM/AOS
Cattleya intermedia aquinii
Cattley maxima
Phaius wallichii
Lycaste macrobulbon
Maxillaria picta
Lycaste Always
Lycaste Leo 'Knob Creek'
Lycaste Concentration 'Santa Barbara' AM/AOS

--Stitz--


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RE: Springtime - What's Blooming?

terp, I hope it blooms out just the way you want the flowers to look!


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CJ, thanks for the nice reminder. Yesterday, I felt "put-upon" from hauling around my (small number of) plants for foliar feeding and wasn't appreciating the gorgeous flowers.

Blooming
Dendrobium moniliforme 'Hakuhou' ('White Bird') 2 flowers open in December! Today, 3 flrs open; 1 fell today; 8 buds on 5 canes. 4 new growths, beginning in January.
Dendrobium jenkinsii (aka aggregatum, var. jenkinsii)
Dendrobium peguanum
Dtps Queen Beer (Dor. pulcherrima x Phal Meteor) (On the tag: CLMC-R9QB) "Mini Purple"
Oncidium Twinkle, Red Fire
Phal Casandra alba (equestris x stuartiana)
Phal I-Hsin Salmon 'Joy No. 3' (Princess Midas x Kuntrarti Rarashati)
Phal Leopard Prince 'Sogo Diamond' (Sun Prince X P. Ho's French Fantasia) FINALLY found 2 at Pine Ridge Orchids!
Phal Mem Anne Fajen 'Ching Hua Peloric' (Kathleen Ai x equestris)
Phal schilleriana-stuartiana (schilleriana (2N from the Phillippines) x stuartiana 'Miami Beach') OL (Orchids Ltd.) 5718
Phal Summer Beach (Ken Peterson x Mama Cass)

Spiking:
Dendrobium jenkinsii (aka aggregatum, var. jenkinsii)
Dendrobium unicum
Dinema (Encyclia) polybulbon
Doritaenopsis Ever Spring Prince 'Pretty Cat'
Encyclia prismatocarpa (stalled for months)
Maxillaria tenuifolia
Phal Cranberry Queen 'Regal' (Phal. venosa x Phal. Cherokee Chief)
Phal javanica
Phal Leopard Prince 'Sogo Diamond' (Sun Prince X P. Ho's French Fantasia), 2nd plant
Phal Minitris Peloric (Phal. Be Tris x Phal. equestris)
Phal speciosa 'C#1,' was Phal. tetraspis 'C#1'
Phal - Mystery yellow clone from Pine Ridge


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RE: Springtime - What's Blooming?

Bob, I can't wait for my Phal speciosa 'C#1' to bloom! The random red spotting just does it for me. Has yours bloomed before? Mine hasn't.

Terp - If it's Seagrove Orchids, it's Linda. We've done business online, and she's terrific.


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RE: Springtime - What's Blooming?

Thanks for the wishes CJ. Honestly I don't really have expectations from it. I just saw it at the orchid show and nabbed it before I could think twice ($60 *eeeeek*). And I felt REALLY bad cause I grabbed it and my Phal Samera right after (and right in front of) I had just told another vendor I couldn't afford one of their violaceas that were a little cheaper.

I will keep you updated on the kotoense! Anything is better than the mount: it was getting watered maybe once every 3 weeks. It looks much better now! And since I did as it began new roots, I'm hopeful for successful transition. If not, more room for another violacea!

WC, that actually sounds right! She's such a gem! I didn't even recognize her as I was perusing her stuff, and she was like "Hey you!!!!" She recognized me as the violacea guy, since we chatted about it for like 15 minutes. She had debunked everything I've ever known about this plant: she says they want LESS light and want it drier than other phals. I've "grown up" in this hobby with everyone and everything saying they want it a little wetter/more humid, and higher light! She said she grew them underneath her mini catts.


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Terp, thanks for passing along her violacea info. If she's right, I've been growing mine all wrong. Maybe it'll like the change and act happier.


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RE: Springtime - What's Blooming?

The Orchid Lady -Linda Thorne

See the link

Here is a link that might be useful: The Orchid Lady


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RE: Springtime - What's Blooming?

wc8,

Yes, mine has bloomed 2x before and currently has 4 spikes (don't cut the spike!!!). I had issues with the flowers 'cupping' very badly on the last bloom though. On mine not all flowers have the spots, there were a few pure whites each time.

I just moved it from a pot to having it mounted to a tree fern plaque about 6-8 weeks ago and it seems to be doing well. New growth and the 4 spikes still look healthy and may be trying to generate a bud or two.

Bob


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RE: Springtime - What's Blooming?

That picture of her isn't ringing a bell but I also couldn't picture her if I tried. Stitz, WAS that Seagrove all along the front by the cashiers and over to the corner with the tall screen of mounted plants at the MOS show??? I just checked my plants but they aren't labeled with anything Seagrove and I know I've bought stuff from them in the past with the name on the label.


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RE: Springtime - What's Blooming?

Stitz,

All these years, I had NO idea The Orchid Lady was that sweet Linda at Seagrove. I didn't pay attention to where she lived, just what she wrote.

Thanks so much for posting the article.

WC8


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RE: Springtime - What's Blooming, 2

Bob, thanks for the update. Pure white flowers are fine - the randomness and irregularity grab me. No more tree fern for me - it doesn't stay moist enough for more than a few hours.

CJ, my apologies for going off-topic.


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RE: Springtime - What's Blooming?

WC8,
au contraire, my friend.
tree fern will stay moist after it is a bit "seasoned". I suggest that you repot using it early in the Spring season so that it has an opportunity to acquire a li'l bit of this and that (bacteria stufff) to make it more desirable as a potting medium. I used to have similar thoughts to yours 'til I saw the light. Now, I use it more and more!

If this doesn't work, then it's time to re-evaluate. Give tree fern a chance!

--Stitz--


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Stitz, I was thinking tree fern mount, which dries quickly here in 17-25% humidity in winter; maybe 30-40% summer.

If you're talking potting medium, yes - please say more or send a link. Thanks


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RE: Springtime - What's Blooming?

wc8,

FWIW: Mine is mounted on a 6" x 6" x 1/2" slab of tree fern with a pad of spagh, watered heavily every 3-4 days in the winter, hopefully much less once it gets outside later this spring. I double checked last night and there is now a 5th spike starting. The new spikes seem very thin and wirey IMO but they seem to easily branch, especially after they have bloomed once. Right now I'm still trying to train some of the spikes to point in the right direction in relation to the mount, using several small wires and such to slowly move them from their original pot configurations.

My leaf spread is only about 6"-8" inches (maybe less) and I have @6 leafs, how about yours?

Bob


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RE: Springtime - What's Blooming?

Stitz,
All these years, I had NO idea The Orchid Lady was that sweet Linda at Seagrove. I didn't pay attention to where she lived, just what she wrote.

Thanks so much for posting the article.

WC8

WC8, The link that I provided was to a "local" (NC) article. I think that you are referencing a different "The Orchid Lady".

--Stitz--


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Seagrove Orchids

That picture of her isn't ringing a bell but I also couldn't picture her if I tried. Stitz, WAS that Seagrove all along the front by the cashiers and over to the corner with the tall screen of mounted plants at the MOS show??? I just checked my plants but they aren't labeled with anything Seagrove and I know I've bought stuff from them in the past with the name on the label.

terpguy, trust me! That foto is Linda Thorne of Seagrove, the beautiful, blonde Orchid Lady from NC. You "located" Linda/Seagrove correctly at the Timonium/MOS venue. My most recent acquistion from Linda included a hand-written label. Perhaps, she ran out? It happens!

--Stitz--


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Well, this year, I am having some surprise bloomers. I've had a Coelogyne massangeana for the last five years, which I bought when Summerfield Orchids closed. It hadn't bloomed for the owners before, but it was a blooming-sized plant. I kept it under lights in the basement and summered it outside for years, and suddenly, after forgetting to water it for two and a half weeks, I went down into the basement and saw it had a long, abundantly-budded flower spike. I was so excited that I thanked the plant out loud! The goofy thing sprouted and bloomed in under three weeks, without my even knowing until the day before they began to open.

Other than my big excitement with that plant, here are my other bloomers:

Lc. Trick or Treat 'Water'
Dor. Happy Valentine
Phal. Sogo Grape 'Fireball'
Lc. Luminosa
Phal. PRO5 Altria
Lc. Fire Dance 'Patricia'
Phal. Tiffany Cole (I have six of these from a compot, and they're all different, and in bloom together!)
Max. tenuifolia

I have a few others in spike, but I'm not counting my chickens, so to speak, knowing what came come of that. I'm really hoping I can get my Den. spectabile to bloom since I've had it for going on three years, now.


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