Dendrobium Johnathan’s Glory ‘Dark Joy’ is in bloom.

DarkJoy111517.jpgI have had this Dendrobium Johnathan’s Glory ‘Dark Joy’ for about 18 month.  I discovered it a Trader Joe’s, and it has been a good plant for me.  It essentially stays in bloom about 8 or 9 months of the year, not seeming to need much of a winter’s rest.It is evidently a hybrid of Dendrobium kingianum, tetragonum, bigibbum, and falcorostrum.

It put it into a bigger pot this last spring, breaking off two keikis and planting them also.  The plant seemed to take the late spring and summer months off, choosing to bloom again this fall.  Perhaps it believes it is still in the southern hemisphere.

It is one of those plants that you buy cheaply, and then they become permanent.

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Wilsonara Bouley Bay ‘Golden Showers’ x Odm. Parade ‘Goldilocks’ is in bloom

Bouley111517.jpgI purchased this Wilsonara Bouley Bay ‘Golden Showers’ x Odm. Parade ‘Goldilocks’ from eBay vendor letstalkplants on February 6, 2017 and it arrived on February 10, 2017.  I placed it on the center table of the orchid room, and it has remained there.  It has grown three new pseudobulbs during its time with me, but I was somewhat disappointed that they were smaller than the original bulbs of the plant.  Surprisingly, about a month ago, I discovered a spike.  It now has 12 flowers.

I hope that with the increased daylight lights in the orchid room that we will get better growth on this plant next year.

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Habenaria Rhodocheila

Habenaria111517.jpgI purchased this Habenaria Rhodocheila (orange) from eBay seller dkim5634, which appears to be a nursery in Hawaii.  I have been looking for one of these plants for some time, and this one looked like a very good example, much better than the seedlings that one usually sees on eBay.  This one is in flower, with many buds still to open.  It is planted in sphagnum moss in a two-inch square pot.

Habenarias are terrestrial orchids, growing from corms that grow just below the surface of the soil.  Like some other terrestrials, they die completely back in the winter.

From the AOS website:

Asian species of Habenaria go through a definite monsoon-type growing season. They are developed from corms that go totally dormant in the parched soil of their native habitat, so parched that the soil is rock-hard and cracked. In the early spring, the rains soften the soil and spark the Habenaria into new growth. The plants are now kept in a constant state of wetness, growing at amazing rates until midsummer. At the point when the rosettes of leaves seem to be slowing down, this is the time to watch for emerging flower spikes from the center of the rosette. The plant should still be kept continuously moist until the last flower has fallen off. At this point, the plant must still be watered, but allowed to dry slightly between waterings. This is done because the plant is now producing new corms for next year’s growth under the soil.

Now comes the hard part. When the foliage starts to become spotted and looks as if it is dying, stop watering the plant. Give no water at all. Then around February to March, take a look every week and see if anything is poking up through the top of the soil. If it is, water it. If not, put it back. An occasional misting by the middle of April can spark the plant if no signs of growth are present.

There is also some good information on the Orchid Column Website.


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Epidendrum Porpax ‘Redlin’

Porpax110617.jpgI purchased this Epidendrum Porpax ‘Redlin’ from eBay vendor shogunhawaii808 on October 15, 2017.  It is a healthy Porpax, initially planted in a small clay pot in sphagnum moss, and was quite pot-bound.  I repottted it into a small bulb pot, where it had room to grow, and moved it to a fine bark mix.

It was initially in bloom when I received it, but all blooms quickly dropped.  From searching the web, I found the following information:

This plant is native to Colombia and Venezuela, growing in pine forests, usually on the sides of the trees in dense clumps or mats with 3-inch long stems covered in alternating, thick oblong leaves that are olive green but will have purple/red coloration when grown in higher light. They can quickly form thick mats and specimen plants.  They prefer intermediate temperatures, bright indirect light, and like to be kept evenly moist.  It is a fall/winter bloomer.

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Masdevallia Aquarius ‘Gold Country’

Aquarius11-617.jpgI purchased this Masdevallia Aquarius ‘Gold Country’ at the Gold Country Orchids Open House on October 28, 2017.  I found this while digging for a Rossioglossom (which I also purchased), as these were sitting in a flat nearby.  Masdevallias have not done well for me, and I have been looking to try again, growing them out among my Odonts.  They need to get good indirect light and stay relatively wet (some say that they should never completely dry out).  This one was planted in a clay pot with sphagnum moss, and I repotted it into a plastic pot with a fine bark/perlite mix.

Unfortunately both of the blooms died back this AM, before I took the picture.

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Odontioda (Samares ‘Vallemar Vigor’ x Odontoglossum (Cristor x Eric Young)

Vigor110617.jpgI purchased this Odontioda (Samares ‘Vallemar Vigor’ x Odontoglossum (Cristor x Eric Young) from Russ Vernon at New Vision Orchids on October 29, 2017.  It is a large division with seven pseudobulbs and one good new growth.  It is currently planted in a mix of 50% coir (coconut fiber), 25% charcoal and 25% #2or #3 perlite, and I will wait to see what the new growth does before repotting it.  It should have largely white flowers with some yellow and brown markings.

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Odontioda (Pacific Palisades ‘Brook Otis’ AM x Les Landes ‘Trinity’)

Palisades110617.jpgI purchased this Odontioda (Pacific Palisades ‘Brook Otis’ AM x Les Landes ‘Trinity’) from Russ Vernon at New Vision Orchids on October 29, 2017.  This is a division of a larger plant, and has a new growth.  Probably should bloom in the late-spring, with largely purple flowers.  It was planted in a mix of 50% coir (coconut fiber), 25% charcoal and 25% #2or #3 perlite, and I repotted it into my bark/perlite mix.

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