I have been conducting a cymbidium experiment on the east side of my home. I acquired six cymbidiums and planted them in pots on the east side about 18 months ago, and have been watering them with the residual water that comes out of my drainage system in the orchid room. I purchased this Cymbidium (Snow Elf x Parish Elf) from Andy Easton at the Cal Orchid open house in July of 2016. It is the first of the cymbidiums to bloom. Six spikes and over 30 flowers.
I purchased this Masdevallia Aquarius ‘Gold Country’ at the Gold Country Orchids Open House on October 28, 2017. It had a single bloom when I purchased it, but it faded before I could take a picture. It has now developed two additional blooms (and a third to come).
I purchased this Aliceara Hilo Ablaze ‘Hilo Gold’ HCC/AOS from Brookside Orchids in San Francisco at Orchids in the Park on July 23, 2016. I have it placed on the center table in the orchid room. Last year it grew a great new bulb, larger than all previous bulbs, but did not bloom (disappointing me). It started a new bulb, but very early began to grow a small, thin spike. This spike is much shorter than what I expected, and contains two flowers.
I expect with the increased light in the orchid room (new lights, trees/trellis removed on the west side), this plant should grow a new larger bulb and get the 3-4-foot spike I expect. (It may be that the increased light prompted it to do the early bloom this time. We’ll see)
The flowers are pretty though…
I purchased this Eplc. Volcano Trick ‘Fireball’ from eBay (vendor: eorchids) on February 23, 2015. It is one of the few plants that are growing in semi-hydro for me, and has been placed on the upper shelf of the north side of the orchid room, where my cattleyas seem to do well.
This year, it has two spikes (I didn’t discover the second one until very late), and has over 30 flowers.
When it is done blooming, I will replant it into a bark mix.
My Oncidium Wildcat ‘Golden Red Star’ is in bloom. I have had this plant for some time, but this is the first time it has been entered into this blog. Unfortunately, I cannot remember where I got it. It was initially placed on the top shelf of the south side of the orchid room, and has been there for some time. However, it was clearly not getting enough light. A while ago, I moved it to the bottom shelf, on the southwest side of the orchid room, where it would get morning and afternoon light. It has now produced two spikes, one of which is fully in bloom.
It is growing in a bark mix.
I like the dramatic colors that appear on these wildcats.
My Oncidium Tsiku Marguerite ‘#2’ is in bloom. I purchased this from Al’s Orchid Greenhouse in Virginia, in July of 2015. Initially planted in S/H, I transferred it to a bark mix last year, placed it on the bottom shelf on the west side of the solarium, and it has thrived there. It is now in bloom with hundreds of small white flowers.
I purchased this Maclellanara Pagan Lovesong ‘Chocolate Thunder’ from Gold Country Orchids at their open house on November 18, 2016. I had to dig to find this one, and when we pulled it out, it had two distinct plants. I let them bloom, and then divided the plant, putting them into a large bark mix. This one has now bloomed, with 13 buds/flowers on a four-foot spike.
This plant also has two additional spikes coming, one is currently two-feet tall, and one has just been discovered, and is starting to clear the leaves.
The other section of the divided plant is also in spike, with the spike about 40″ tall. It will be interesting to see if they are the same plant.