Aerangis Luteo-alba var. rhodosticta x self is in bloom

Aerangis080917.jpgI purchased this Aerangis Luteo-alba var. rhodosticta x self from Brookside Orchids at Orchids in the Park in San Francisco on Saturday, July 22nd.  It was in bud when I purchased it, and it is now in bloom.  Very pretty white flowers with a red lip.

I have it mounted on the side of one of my Stanhopeas, where it seems very happy.  It currently gets sprayed every day I am here (possibly four days without water occasionally), and drenched twice per week.

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Wireless Tags

I use Wireless Tags to sense and signal changes in temperature and humidity in my orchid growing rooms.  All of my electrical devices (swamp cooler, mixing pumps, lights, humidifier) run off Wemo switches,  Both wireless tags and Wemo switches connect with the internet, and can be (somewhat) controlled through apps on my phone.

I connect the wireless tags and the Wemo switches through IFTTT (If this then that), a freely available app on my IPhone.  Thus, for example, if the wireless tag signals that the humidity is low, I can signal the Wemo switch controlling the humidifier to turn on.  These three things have been very useful in controlling the environment for my orchid growing — and I can manage the environment from nearly anywhere.

However, this weekend, all the batteries in my wireless tags ran low, and the tags stopped working.  This was not a significant thing, but I had to start the swamp cooler manually.  They were easy to replace, but I am making this post to save the date so that next time they run out, I can find the duration of the batteries in this system, and set reminders to replace them.

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Laelia Lucasiana is in bloom again.

laelia072817.jpgI purchased this Laelia Lucasiana on my visit to SLO Garden Orchids in Arroyo Grande on September 13, 2015.  I initially had this planted in semi-hydro, but it did not do well.  When I built out the solarium, I placed it on the bottom shelf on the west side of the room, and it finally had a very small bloom.  Earlier this year, I divided the plant into two, and repotted them into my bark mix.  One sits on the upper shelf of the solarium, and one sits in the west-facing window of the orchid room.

Each is now in bloom, with three flowers apiece, and the solarium-plant has another sheath.

This picture is of the plant in the orchid room, and it is tinged red by the grow lights.  The blooms have started out white, and then turned purple.

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Mediocalcar Decoratum

Mediucalcar072817.jpgI purchased this Mediocalcar Decoratum from Cal Orchid on my visit to their open house on July 14, 2017.  I purchased the stick mount from Cal West Tropical Supply at Orchids in the Park in San Francisco on July 22, 2017.  I had decided that I wanted to mount this plant, and have always liked these types of mounts.  The center of the stick is stuffed with sphagnum moss, and hopefully the plant will eventually grow to cover the stick.

Mediocalcars are cool/cool-intermediate growers that like air movement, so I have placed this near the swamp cooler outlet in the solarium.

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Brassidium Wild Warrior ‘Chieftain’ HCC/AOS

Warrior072817.jpgI purchased this Brassidium Wild Warrior ‘Chieftain’ from the Santa Barbara Orchid Estate on my visit to their open house on July 14, 2017.    I found it while digging through hanging plants, and couldn’t resist.  I really don’t have anything this color pattern.

Unfortunatley, the colors are fading somewhat on the flowers, so the picture doesn’t show the true colors.  I will repot this when it finishes blooming.

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Stanhopea Wardii fully in bloom.

Wardii072817.jpgThought I would just post this picture of Stanhopea Wardii fully in bloom.  24 flowers!

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Odontocidium Everglades Elegance ‘Nancy Lee’ HCC/AOS is in bloom again

NancyLee072817.jpgI purchased this Odontocidium Everglades Elegance ‘Nancy Lee’ HCC/AOS from an eBay vendor while on a riverboat cruising down the Danube River in May of 2015, and it was shipped to me after we got home.  It bloomed in August of 2016, and is now blooming again.  It sits on the floor on the south side of the solarium, and seems to like it there.

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