Friday, August 18, 2017

new Cattleyas from Crystal Star Orchids!

Went on a road trip with a good friend of mine and we stopped in at several nurseries and Crystal Star Orchid greenhouses.

I was lucky to bring these beauties home...I call them fire and ice! Welcome home Catt. "Chief Sweet Orange" and Lc. Mini Purple 'Ocean Blue'!


Please excuse the color break in the lavender orchid...it can happen with temperature change!

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Tinyest of seeds...only an orchid

This past winter, I decided that it was time to take my orchid interest to the next level and attempt a few crosses. While I did try 9unsuccessfully) several years ago, this time my efforts proved fruitful...well, at least to the ripening of seed pods stage! Now, once we overcome the perils of invitro seed sowing (flasking) we have to test for seed viability, growth and bloom habits, and ultimately if it's something worth keeping and propagating!

So, have you ever wondered how tiny orchid seeds are?

Here you go!


Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Yellow Oncidium dancing ladies

I think that I have created another orchaholic!! Last weekend I was visiting my girlfriend and took this photo of  her newest orchid.

Meet Odontocidium Sanguine Celtic Goddess and her beautiful buttery blooms!


Sunday, June 25, 2017

Citrus scented phal hybrid

One sniff of this gorgeous orchid is all it took for me to bring her home! The strong fragrance can easily fill a whole room.
Meet Phalandopsis Little One. It is a cross between Vandopsis and Phalaenopsis but also goes under the names Vandopsides since being renamed/reclassified!


Friday, February 24, 2017

Distorted Phalaenopsis spike growth

I have sometimes come across a spike that has "wedged" it's way inside a leaf, and I have found that this most often happens with oncididum hybrids when they are under watered. This is the first time I have seen a distorted spike on a phal...guess there is always a first!
I am hoping the growing spike will eventually find which way is "up", I gave it room to maneuver by slicing away a piece of leaf that it was wedged against. I also placed the spike facing the window so that it is encouraged to grow towards the light.