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Couple more common ones of mine flowering.. I especially like the D.nobile..

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Not sure of species, possibly a hybrid?

very nice, flowers remind me of Tetrabaculum but leaf certainly doesn't look like it..

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I'm thinking some kind of brassia cross?? Sexy little girl whatever she is :)

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More of my orchids are flowering, thought i'd share..

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Some native Sarcochilus

S. hartmannii

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S. hartmannii

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S. falcatus

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hybrid

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More orchids :)

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Coilostylis parkinsoniana

This thing only took 10 years to put out it's first flower for me.

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And Aechmea tessmannii

A nice stripey purple brom I picked up recently that left me slightly gobsmacked when it pushed out this stunning flower spike

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That Coilostylus is awesome H.D. I've had a couple stuck on a tree fern for the past 5-6 years?? Yet to see a flower

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I read somewhere they like plenty of light, but I think it's just their age sometimes. My first orchid is a king orchid about 15 yr old that I found on the ground as a tiny seedling. It's yet to flower but I think it will as soon as I wedge it in a tree fork and maybe give it some fertz.

I'm also pretty keen on these minature rock laelias from Brazil -tough little buggers.

Here's a couple hybrids that ready to be cross pollinated. Might produce something nice in yet another 10 years LOL

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I just mix up some terracotta, scoria, charcoal and sphagnum as a medium and pot up the entire terracotta pot when they outgrow their old ones.

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more flowers :wub:

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I crossed some orchids a few months ago.

I was told about a hybrid that could be made by crossing Dendrobium discolor and Dendrobium bigibbum.

I'm not realy a hardcore orchid freak or anything, but I do like them, and all plants are cool.

So I did a cross both ways - polen from one to the other, and polen from the other back to the first one.

The polenation went well and the pods started growing but after a couple of weeks D. bigibbum started droping its pods untill there was none left. :(

D. discolor has held its pods fine, so I was thinking that the cross might only work one way?

I've never realy crossed things before so I wasn't sure if it was because of incompatibility in this direction, or if the plant just needed more love and nutreants.

So the pods must be about 4 months old now and look full size so I'm just waiting for them to rippen.

I got some agar and I have some petri dishes - but this is beyond my experiance.

I've done some reading and some youtubing, but it looks like I'll have to improvise. I don't have a flow hood or glovebox, so I'm thinking of using a method I have come accross called PFTech which I think could work.

Also I think Shortlys "brick in a terrarium tech" will get a run as it is suficently low tech.

I once was Jox. these days i just flask the odd one here & there for my mother inlaw.
You can either flask onto agar media (activated charcoal, banana pulp & coconut milk is my standard starting point) using a pod that has changed colour but not yet split.
Or you can use the old fashioned brick in a terrarium tech, it doesn't always work but it is worth a try.

I came accross some agar flasking media mix on ebay, but I would prefer to make my own. (or should I just buy the shit and stop making life hard for myself already)

I would love to hear what recipies you guys use

"activated charcoal, banana pulp & coconut milk" sounds interesting - and I did notice mention on youtube about the bannana and charcoal - but what kind of quantities/ratio would I use?

I would very much apreciate any advice.

Cheers

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I have always loved orchids, Grandma and Grandpa had an orchid house that I would frequently visit as a child and they were all too happy to boast the new blooms. Orchids have one of the highest vibrations of the plant kingdom and it resonates at the most similar vibration to the human vibration. I read that somewhere many years ago, this may help explain the unique attraction we have all found with these mythical creatures.

I lived in N.Q. where we had orchids and ferns growing on the clothes line and after cyclone Larry, I saved a few from imminent death. How could this be illegal? Saving a rare species from death?

Well they are all dead now! :o Got some pics though. :wink:

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post-13488-0-91256900-1418761991_thumb.j Rupianum on Syzygium Jambos

post-13488-0-37555200-1418762081_thumb.jRats Tail Orchid (Dendrobium)

post-13488-0-29236300-1418762235_thumb.j Pencil Orchid (Dendrobium)

Orchids Rule! :rolleyes:

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today

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I joined this forum for the cacti, but Mrs Fly has just bought me a Phalaenopsis orchid - with currently 8 lovely blooms on it. I know nothing about orchid culture but will read up on it.

I would post a pic, but am having bother with that - any assistance would be appreciated.

Thank you, $%&¿!**### - success with the pic!

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my phaelenopsis like to be in the shower room ,

they dont like water on freshly sprouted new leaf tips

they appear to like to dry out and stay dry for weeks,

and i find lightly packed live sphagnum moss is very much appreciated as the media in their pot

some use bark chippings for orchids, but i find they're rough and can damage roots when re-potting

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when a flower stalk has finished and died (gone brown , dry and hollow with zero signs of life)

, i cut it off 2 nodes up from the plant - or if its one that has a new flowering tip from beneath the dead part...

then i trim 2 nodes into the dead part above that new flowering tip

phaelenopsis make very pretty ariel roots... dont trim the roots unless theyre dead

orchid feed (i use baby bio orchid feed) and pure rain

watering - again pure rain (and shower humidity)

flowering -

bloom period 18 months-ish

rest period - 6? months - ish

they like windowsills for the night time temperature drops ( UK )

I often wondered how easy they may be as outdoor shaded area plants in the mediterranean...

^will add more if I remember anything else or if I happen across a super link to add

- found a cool vid, has some different rules though...

(especially temperatures, mine go a lot colder than 18C and they flower 18 months not 6, and rest 6 not 18..)

- if the options are not there...to upload a picture , click "use full editor" at the bottom

this will open up some more options ...

then upload an image from your device ... , once this is done...

place the cursor in the post text where you want the image,

and click "add to post" - next to the image upload further down the screen ,under the post/preview/cancel options

-edit- Always a pleasure Spanishfly

-ThunderHorse

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well Microperapost-14443-0-28591600-1419031018_thumb.jrostrata seems to be hating the rainforest box... :innocent_n:

luckily Rodrigueziapost-14443-0-30004300-1419031041_thumb.jlanceolata is loving life in there

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still no sprouts on the vanilla pompona but the planifolia and it's varigated twin are loving the Yukutlan

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Hmm I miss my cactus collection, but orchids are much more manageable in my climate! Maybe Ill start collecting some!

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Here's one for the Orchid lovers :wub:

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added the smallish sized orchids to the bathroom and fed em well . really loving that new one that i have no clue what is

but it does make some of the finest crispy "spiders" to throw at the kids and make 'em think they're real spiders (like tomato tops) after the flowers die : 3

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spring blooms are coming

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I used to grow and hybridize orchids in my nursery about 5 years ago, mainly Phals, Cattleyas, Dendrobiums, Brassia's till it got out of hand and had about 10000 of them, couldn't make any decent money out of them for the amount of work and cost that went into growing and maintaining them. Most semi temperate-tropical orchids species like humidity more rather than water. Most orchids die due to too much attention and watering especially Phals.

I used specialised media for growing them from seed, and I also used to make up my own mixes. I even grew them on blended bark with a dash of chemical fertilizer when I first started as a test and further replates also had banana mixed in with it. The seeds will grow on a lot of mixes providing certain requirments are met, however the commercial agar mixes give better results and there are mixes designed for certain species. They aren't all that expensive and go a long way when flasking and replating jars.

Ended up giving away about 5000 of the Phals as they were the most expensive to maintain, sold off a good majority of the others but still have a few hundred of the other species left but they are very neglected, one day I will give them some attention. They are addictive, seeing a a single seed pod can have over 10000 seeds.

Minimum requirements for starting off is a pressure cooker, a good glovebox and accurate scales (.01 gram), you can start off with less but you will get much better results if you are geared up right. The agar mixes are extremely susceptable to contamination, though you do have the satisfaction of growing your own or even creating your own hybrids.

Cheers

Ed.

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added the smallish sized orchids to the bathroom and fed em well . really loving that new one that i have no clue what is

but it does make some of the finest crispy "spiders" to throw at the kids and make 'em think they're real spiders (like tomato tops) after the flowers die : 3

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That orchid that you say has the "finest crispy spiders" is actually commonly known as a Spider Orchid, It is a Brassia orchid of which there are a great variety of them.

Cheers

Ed.

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dang i must have missed your post back then but thank you very kindly!

, .. took me a while to find out it was a brassia

- I believe it is brassia toscane (not sure which var' but possibly ruled out rex) so I bought a toscane from a good orchid bloke in uk to compare against ..

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On 10/08/2017 at 1:40 AM, ☽Ţ ҉ĥϋηϠ₡яღ☯ॐ€ðяئॐ♡Pϟiℓℴϟℴ said:

dang i must have missed your post back then but thank you very kindly!

 

No problem, hope you are enjoying your orchids. If you were local I could have given you some more to add to your collection.

Cheers

Ed.

 

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Thank you kindly for gesture and absolutely am enjoying them indeed! , 'been bitten by the vandaceous crew pretty badly ...

...#it's fun to pick a vanda basket :) # - especially with a Rhyncho' gig' cartoon in one... 

 

what is really getting me about the above particularly , and with zygopetalum and the dendro's I have (and the phals) ; is that it feels as if I have seen them in cartoons and comics since childhood ,

 

it feels like the zygo was in an 80's (or older) tom and jerry annual/ hardback I used to be lost in as a kid... and the others feel familiar from video animations in flashbacks . 

 

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