A Little Orchid Update

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Recently, the orchids have been mostly growing, but there has been a few blooms. More exciting, my husband bought me the above book, The New Encyclopedia of Orchids by Isobyl la Croix. It is kind of pricey as these kinds of books are, which is why one obtains it for a special occasion. It is beautiful to look at with all of the colored pictures, but some don’t have pictures, which is a little sad if you’re doing some targeted research. There is a blurb on each orchid about the appearance and elevation of habitat, and a short background on environment and culture for each genera. Most of the time, I’m looking for a little more information on culture and sometimes I think there should be more species included in more popular genera, like Vandas. I appreciate the lesser known ones also, but I feel like the more commercially available ones are the ones people will be looking for information for.

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Left: top: NOID oncidium, middle: NOID Dendrobium Phal, Bottom: Makili-Curtisii maudiae x maudiae “Napa Valley”; Right: NOID miniature Phalaenopsis

On a different note, I have also recent acquired a couple of new plants. One is the first cattleya I’ve ever found at Trader Joes,  Blc Aka’s Aloha ‘Dream Dust’. The other has been a species Phal I have been eyeing, and I ended up getting it off of ebay, Phalaenopsis deliciosa. I love the ripples in the leaves. Also a plus that it is a miniature. It has a little keiki and a nubbin of a spike. Hopefully the spike will make it.

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Left: Phalaenopsis deliciosa; Right: Blc Aka’s Aloha ‘Dream Dust’

Of course, greenery is still growing and there are some spikes developing! My Oncidium Twinkle “pink profusion” has been working on its 5 spikes forever and my Phalaenopsis bellina seedling is working on 2 spikes…very slowly. There are new growths going all around, and some good root porn đŸ˜‰

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Encyclia cordigera new roots

What are your orchids doing? Is it blooming season in your home or just plain growing?

Happy growing!

 

 

 

 

Carnivores this Summer

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Pinguicula xWeser

It’s been a while since I touched based on the carnivorous plants, but they’ve been all chugging along.

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As you can see, Frank the Nepenthes x Ventrata has grown significantly. He’s going all over the place. Recently one growth finally flopped over from the weight of the pitchers, and I had to stake him up. On the other hand, my little baby Nepenthes x Lady Luck is growing slow and steadily like a tortoise.

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Nepenthes x Lady Luck

I found it drowning in one of those self watering domes at Home Depot, bit now it’s happy up against a eat window. I found that on the bug screened side, it was not enough light to pitcher. At first I thought it was a humidity issue, but misting the tips didn’t do much. But when I put it on the other side that didn’t have a screen, it started pitchering! So if you’re having issues with pitchering, it may be a light issue.

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My Pinguiculas have been flowering away this summer. As you can see, the flowering has also encouraged them to split. You can compare this little scene to when I first received my first pinguiculas.

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Top Left to Right: P cyclosecta, P Ibarrae, P gigantea; Bottome Left to Right: P emarginata x P jaumavensis, P Laueana x P Potosiensis, P xWeser

The only Pinguiculas I am still waiting for to bloom are Pinguicula laueanna ‘fuscia’, which has grown in size signficantly (it was the size of a pencil eraser, and now it covers a 3in pot), and Pinguicula esseriana, which has also grown significantly from the same-ish size to about an inch in diameter.

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Maybe I would be able to see Pinguicula esseriana better if I took all the baby Drosera capensis out…but I can’t bring myself to throw them away. I’ve been giving them away to friends, but they’re seriously weedy.

Some others decided to flower…

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Left: Drosera Binata, Top: Drosera spatulata; Bottom Left: Dionaea muscipula (venus flytrap) var Trifid Traps; Bottom Right: Drosera Capensis

Outside, the Sundews are going nutty. The Dionaea muscipula aka Venus Fly Trap var trifid traps is super prolific as you can see from the planter below. I also have variety DM xRed Dragon, which was a rescue from the garden center (I picked a bad looking one and asked for a discount XD), and it has rebounded nicely. It is much more slow growing, but the traps are getting bigger and bigger. You can see the shadow of it in the big picture of the Drosera binata flowers above, and the sad state it was in the picture below.

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Before and After!

I’ve had this pot for a few months now. As you can see Sarracenia x Carolina Yellow Jacket (green S purpurea hybrid) has made a few large pitchers. S purpurea are known to be slower growers. The Sarracenia x Scarlet Belle has really bounced back from this. The green traps with the red mouths are the DM var trifid traps, which has gone crazy. The S leucophila and hybrid I got from the California Carnivores kind of stopped growing in the heat of the summer, but I see some new growth now that it has cooled down a little. The S flava var cuprea has really made good leaf jumps though.

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S flava var cuprea

 

Wow…that was a way longer post that I thought it would be! I have updates on orchids and succulents, as well as some miscellaneous others.

If you’re on instagram, I post a lot of pictures there the moment things happen! My username is also fishnflora. I am also also always looking for feeds that have the same interests as me đŸ™‚