Friday, February 28, 2014
The lilac color of the borders of the petals and sepals of this Dendrobium farmeri make the flower look pink when looked from a distance. The flower also has a touch of color in the tip of the lip, which in this particular flower is curved back. Sadly the top sepal edges curl back instead of being flat, as it is in some other color forms.
Sunday, February 23, 2014
Una de los Dendrobium híbridos que compre el año pasado. Esta planta volvió a florecer pero con pocas flores. No me sorprende ya que no la fertilice en ningún momento.
Paphiopedilum orchids are not a common sight in orchid collections in Puerto Rico. Paphiopedilum species are even rarer. I was fortunate enough to see this Paphiopedilum purpuratum at the 2014 Ponce orchid society show, in Ponce, Puerto Rico.
Photographed at the 2014 Ponce Orchid society show, Ponce, Puerto Rico. I am always on the lookout for these type of big purple antilope Dendrobium. Unfortunately I have not been able to find one, they seem to sell out as soon as they are put on sale.
Saturday, February 22, 2014
This particular clone of Dendrobium farmeri is mostly white with some color in the sepals and petals. Unfortunately the plant is a weaker grower than my other Dendrobium farmeri. Its pseudobulbs are smaller than regular farmeri and its inflorescences have fewer flowers. I give it the same care I give all my other farmeri plants.
Every year, my plant of Cymbidium Dorothy Stockstill starts producing several inflorescences at the same time. Unfortunately it aborts many of them. Usually one or at most two develop successfully every year. This year it produced only a single, quite short, inflorescence. The few inflorescences that do not abort, are produced during the coldest time of the year in my locality. In my locality the coldest time of the year is when almost every night, for several weeks, the temperatures go into the low sixties.
Friday, February 21, 2014
Thursday, February 20, 2014
Dendrobium Wave King 'Akebono' a nobile hybrid that bloomed in the hot coastal lowlands of Puerto Rico
In the past I would never buy nobile hybrids due to the fact that they would not bloom in the hot coastal lowlands of Puerto Rico. Yes they would grow, and you would get beautiful large plants, but flowers would be few and far between if you got any at all. But last year, as I was passing a large selection of orchids in a local hardware store I could not help but be seduced by the gorgeous color combination of this nobile hybrid Dendrobium. I brought the plant home, enjoyed its flowers and when they faded moved it to my shade house. I put the plant in a place where it would get very bright light but no direct sunlight. It stayed there the whole year. It grew well with the same care I give my other orchids. The only difference was that at the end of December I stopped watering and fertilizing this plant. To my delight, in January it started producing inflorescences and it has had flowers for weeks now. Since the inflorescences are not perfectly coordinated, I expect that the plant will be in bloom for most of February and perhaps the first two weeks in March. I brought a few nobile hybrids last year and this one is by far the best bloomer. The other plants have produced only one of two inflorescences per plant.
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Photographed at the 2014 Ponce Orchid society show, Ponce, Puerto Rico. The genes from the Wonder Nishi parent tried mightly to tame the unruly twisty curlyness of the spectabile parent. There were not quite successful at the task, but the flower is nevertheless nice. Given that the essence of the attraction of spectabile is precisely the otherwordly form of its flowers, trying to get a flatter, more conventional form might seem beside the point.
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Photographed at the 2014 Ponce orchid society show, Ponce, Puerto Rico. This is the first time I have seen this species exhibited at an orchid show locally. It is very nice, I hope it becomes widely available.
Monday, February 17, 2014
Sunday, February 16, 2014
This beautiful specimen plant was seen in the 2014 Ponce Orchid society show, Ponce, Puerto Rico. I had a hybrid of this species it grew well producing fat and healthy canes. But every year it would produce only three to four flowers near the tip of the largest cane. Disappointed with the plant poor performance I assumed it needed a cooler, more temperate climate. I gave it away to a person that lived in a part of the island where temperatures were more moderate than in the hot coastal lowlands. Even in the cooler part of the island, the plant didn’t bloom any better. But as this specimen plant shows, friedericksianum plants that can both grow and bloom very well in Puerto Rico. This is the first plant of this species that I have ever seen in a local show. This is variety suavissimum.