Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Paph. gratrixianum X barbigerum 'Mini'

This little slipper orchid was purchased from Zephyrus Orchids in Ontario, Canada several years ago and grows in a 7cm (under 3") clear, slotted pot in Paph. mix. It has quite a large colony of fans and typically blooms a couple times each year. It would be a fine choice for windowsill growers with limited space and good light. It doesn't like full sun (I moved this into sun for the photo) or wet feet. Each watering is with MSU mix fertilizer for pure water mixed to 125ppm Nitrogen.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Tolumnia Tequila Sunrise

Tolumnias are actually equitant oncidiums and closely related to the normal oncidiums (or "Dancing Ladies") one would be more familiar with. They are native to the Caribbean Islands and grow attached to tiny limbs in the tops of hardwood trees. All of my Tolumnias grow in tiny thumb pots with chunk charcoal and are watered daily with a fertilizer solution that includes 125ppm Nitrogen. They also receive very bright light, in excess of 3,000 FCs and full sun when it shines.

The blossoms in the photo are lit from behind with full sunlight and the lighting on the right-hand blossom is supplemented with a small, hand-held LED light to fill in the shadows on the lower petals.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Dendrobium anosmum 2011

Dendrobium anosmum this year is early by about 1 month. Not sure why except the weather. The brown tips on the petals are from cold damage (the buds were close to a cold window) not typical when it blooms a bit later. The photos below are from a previous year.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

February-March 2011

The relatively cool winter (with low temps around the orchids) and the brighter-than-normal sun, have resulted in some really great blossoms this spring. There are lots more in spike and I'll be adding images as they finally bloom.

 Phalenopsis Sogo Grape

 Tolumnia "Outstanding Beauty" (This is an unregistered hybrid).

Masd. Highland Monarch. This plant came from Ivan Komoda in Hawaii. It is relatively warm-tolerant (for a Masdevallia.)