I purchased this Bulbophyllum falcatum ‘Standing Tall’ at the spring sale at California Orchids in Bolinas CA on Saturday, March 25, 2017. California Orchids is a large boarding house for orchids that sells to the public only two days per year — once in the spring, and once in the fall. This plant is blooming with three interesting blooms. We wonder about the insect that must pollinate this one.
I purchased this Polystachya Paniculata from Cal Orchid at the Sacramento Orchid Society Show and Exposition that was held on April 8, 2017, and it is now in bloom. It has grown slowly this year, but now has a single branched spike with over twenty small flowers. It has grown on the high shelf of the south side of the orchid room, where its energy is mostly from my LED lights.
I will repot this one after blooming, as it is still in its original 2″ pot.
I purchased this Miltoniopsis Regnellii ‘Hoosier’ var. alba at the Gold Country Orchids Open House on October 28, 2017. It was a small plant, planted in a clay pot in sphagnum moss, but its beautiful white flowers caught my eye. I moved it to a fine bark mix, and it has struggled this past year, producing two new pseudobulbs (one deformed), and finally a spike with three flowers. Even though it has struggled this year, I think it has grown well, and will do well in the future.
My pendant Dendrobium Victoria-Reginae is in bloom again. I saw the parent of this plant in the greenhouse of Bob Hamilton and John Leathers on my visit of May 24, 2016, and they broke off a piece for me. It is a pendant planting, in that the stem comes from the bottom of a net pot. This is the first bloom this year.
I purchased this Oncidium Vulcanicum from Ecuagenera during the Santa Barbara Orchid Show on March 9, 2018. When I got home and examined the plant closely, it split into two plants, so I potted each one in a 3″ pot. This one, the front division, initially put up a spike and is now in bloom. The flowers are a cool purple with a white lip. It is growing on the top shelf on the south side of the orchid room, where it gets most of its energy from my LED lights. I plan to eventually mount this plant, but will let it stay where it is for now.
I was given this Caucaea Cucullata by Bob Hamilton on my visit to his greenhouse on Sunday April 15, 2018. It is a excellent plant, with four 18″ branched spikes, each with 6-12 flowers. The flowers are not large, but they each have a large lip that is heavily spotted.
These will be a challenge for me as they are cool growers from high in the Andes.
I was given this Odontioda (Tiffany x Joe’s Drum) by Bob Hamilton on my visit to his greenhouse on Sunday, April 15, 2018. This is a first bloom seedling, in a 3″ pot, with a 10″ spike and three flowers. I will pot it into a bigger pot when it finished blooming.
It should be a wonderful plant when it matures.