Sunday, January 13, 2019

Orchid of the day: Rhyncostylis gigantea

Rhyncostylis gigantea

This Vanda-like pure species comes from Southeast Asia and is a very slow-grower. Rhyncostylis gigantea is very popular because there are many colour varieties. The flowers are very long-lasting with pleasant fragrance and its bloom season is right in the middle of the cold months of January-February.

We acquired this orchid in 2015, and it began to flower in 2018, see my post from February 11th, 2018. Aside from being a slow-grower, this orchid is a rather easy plant to care for as long as it can grow in moderate light with not too cold temperatures year round. This time, our Rhyncostylis gigantea has twenty six flowers and doing well.

A) Our Rhyncostylis gigantea on December 30th, 2018.

B) A close up of the developing buds.

C) Twenty five flowers in full bloom today.

D) A closer look at each of the purple and white flowers.

E) Another angle of the flowers up close.

Until my next post, as usual, have a great week.

Sunday, December 30, 2018

Orchid of the day: Laelonia Dave's Dapper Dandee

Laelonia Dave's Dapper Dandee

This is a primary hybrid between Broughtonia negrilensis x Laelia crawshayana. I have posted about our Laelonia Dave's Dapper Dandee in November 2014, and twice in 2016, (January and December). This is another one of our collection that blooms regularly around the holiday season. This year, this orchid has produced the most flower ever. As the orchid grows, so does the length of the flower stem, making it a little bit difficult to house the orchid indoors during the cold weather. 

A) Indoors, December 16, only two flowers opened.

B) Notice the nectar droplets secreted by the flowers buds. Very sweet!

C) By Christmas day, another four flowers were in bloom.

D) Eight flowers are opened today and another three buds waiting to come.

E) The length of the flower stem in 32 inches or 81 cm.

F) Flowers up close.

G) In the upper left, there are the three flower buds.

I hope you found my post today enjoyable. Let's hope our seven year old Laelonia Dave's Dapper Dandee will continue to do well in years to come.

Until my next post, 'Happy 2019 everyone'.

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Orchid of the day: Brassavola Little Star

Brassavola Little Star

This orchid is a hybrid between the Central and South American species, Brassavola nodosa and Brassavola cordata, a Jamaican native. The white flowers, exude a citrusy fragrance at night. We have a few clones of this orchid but the one I am featuring here is the HUGE clone that Arne has been housing in his lab. Fortunately, he has found a little spot in the university's green house! Our Brassavola Little Star will most likely keep growing. The photo above, shows our orchid in its new location in the green house. 

A) The orchid on Dec 17th, 2018.

B) Our orchid last year in Arne's lab at work.

C) In early December, still in the lab. There are about fifty flowers at this time.

D) This orchid is so heavy that Arne uses a strong metal stand to keep it hanging close to the window. About 8 to 10 kilograms in weight.

E) Another angle of our orchid.

F) A close up of the crisp white flowers.

I hope you enjoyed our Brassavola Little Star. Until my next post, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Orchid of the day: Cattleya cernua

Cattleya cernua

Our Cattleya cernua, formerly called Sophronitis cernua, or our 'Christmas orchid', is blooming again this holiday season.  This orchid is a prolific bloomer, check out my earlier posts from 2014, 2015January 2017 and December 2017. This miniature orchid, which originates from the Minas Gerais region in Brazil, displays bright orange-red flowers that can be a little larger than an inch (up to 3 cm). This time we have nineteen opened flowers with many buds coming. We are not sure how many more will develop but these flowers can last up to three to four weeks.

I really like this orchid especially with the Spanish moss draped on the mount. This orchid is a warm grower and requires a lot of light. It definitely does well mounted and receives water regularly. The roots like moist but airy conditions. The Spanish moss drapes the roots and prevents desiccation when the sun or light is strong.

A) The entire plant outside.

B) Zooming in the flowers

C) Three developing buds seen in this photo.

D) Two days later the three buds are opening.

E) Our C. cernua today indoors.

If you manage to click on my earlier posts over the years, you will see how this orchid has grown over the time. I hope it will continue to do well in our care.

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Orchid of the day: Cattleya walkeriana "Khairul Bariah"

Cattleya walkeriana 'Khairul Bariah'

Arne bought this orchid about a year ago. It came from a piece of very large 'rambling' plant that was once collected from the Brazilian jungle, the Minas Gerais region, a long time ago. We already have a C. walkeriana but it is a coerulea, i.e. bluish form. Arne wanted the more commonly occuring type species, which has flowers that are purple/pink in hue and supposedly have better shape than the coerulea. 

A) The entire plant in the wooden box in our basement. 

B) Close up of each flower bubs. Interesting to see clear droplets of sweet nectar dripping around the petals and stem. It was sweet to the taste!

C) Zooming a single bloom.

We were both pleasantly surprised when the blooms opened about a week ago because they were unusually round and almost flat. The inflorescence carried not two but three flowers, which is quite unusual for the species. Arne said the flowers are very beautiful and he decided to name the clone after me, Khairul Bariah. A very sweet gesture and much appreciated. 

Vegetatively, this orchid differs from most plants of walkeriana Arne has seen earlier. Each of the pseudobulb is much more elongated in shape which makes the entire plant much larger than expected in size with a 'rambling' tendency. This orchid is currently in a wooden basket but its sprawling growth will call for innovative solutions to keep it reasonably compact.

D) The entire orchid this weekend.

E) Flowers fully opened and emit fragrance during the day.

Well, this is my first post for December. Hope you liked it. 

Have a good week everyone!

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Orchid of the day: Masdevallia Swallow

Masdevallia Swallow

Masdevallia Swallow is a hybrid between Masd. Falcata and Masd. infractaThe plant was a gift from the Maryland Orchid Society when our Encyclia mariae was picked as the judge’s choice in June of this year.  While Masd infracta is a warm growing species, the other parent, Masd. Falcata, is a hybrid between the two cold growing species Masd. coccinea and Masd. veitchiana.

A) A close up of a flower which was in full bloom in July.

B) Another flower stem developed in October and this is a new flower blooming on November 25th.

C) Close up of the flower in (B).

Arne has been quite lucky with this orchid. This cool loving orchid seems to be producing flower stems since coming into our home. A very interesting looking flower too.

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Orchid of the day: Phalaenopsis Taida Sunflower Boy

Phalaenopsis Taida Sunflower Boy

When Arne started with orchids decades ago, and Phalaenopsis was still considered an exotic genus, he bought Phalaenopsis hybrids.  Everything changed over time and Phalaenopsis became the most popular orchid ever.  He hasn't bought any Phalaenopsis hybrids since.  

However, Arne brought home this orchid after attending the local orchid society meeting. He got the winning ticket for the society’s door prize, which was a gigantic Cymbidium. Of course, we have no space for it in the house, nor can he take it home in the car. So Arne swapped it for this more manageable Phalaenopsis.

Phalaenopsis Taida Sunflower Boy is a complex hybrid to say the least and a check in the database, OrchidRoots, reveals a background involving more than ten different species although Phal. amabilis makes up about 25%.

A) The side profile of entire plant 

B) Six flowers and the four buds

Today in his care, this orchid has six beautiful flowers and four more buds waiting to develop (B). A nice looking orchid and worth posting in my blog.

C) A close up of the flowers.

I find the flowers very beautiful and although Arne thinks Phalaenopsis hybrids are no longer a challenge, even he cannot deny that these are gorgeous flowers! I hope you have enjoyed seeing this hybrid of ours.