Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Dendrobium parishii

On 21 August 2011 I received dry seeds of Dendrobium parishii (amongst others) and processed them that same evening. The seeds germinated at roughtly 3 weeks post innoculation onto germination medium and grew rapidly in the incubator. Of all the Dendrobium species I have sown, this one had grow the most rapidly in vitro. This species prefers to grow mounted or in suspended pots where its canes can be allowed to hang pendulously. Its flowers are a beautiful pink and they are fragrant and long lasting. Some good general information on the species can be found here.

I have several well-developed flasks of fat little seedlings coming along which will soon need to be hardened off. The first flask to be hardened off was processed on 18 February (see image) and seems to be doing just fine in a large compot. Once established, the seedlings will be split up and mounted onto cork rafts individually.

Dendrobium parishii de-flasked
Dendrobium parishii on 5 January 2012

Thursday, February 9, 2012

A few flowers.

It has been a while since I have attempted to blog about something. My orchids have now been growing in there new home in Worcester for a year now. I must be honest it has been a tuff year for them as well as me and my family. But as always things seem to work out and all is well. Unfortunately I have lost a few orchids this last year but have added to the collection as well.
I have installed a temp controlled misting system to help the plants cope with the extreme dry heat we have here. Since then all is good and growth is phenomenal. I have not had too many flowers this last year but to my surprise many plants that did not flower in the past have now flowered. This year is going to be great!!!

Aerangis ellisii   
Aerangis ellisii is spiking again and really enjoying the cool moist summer days in the shade house.

(left) Mystacidium venosum and Aerangis luteo alba var rhodosticta (right)

Coelogyne flaccida
This Coelogyne had many spikes on a specimen plant. Unfortunately I did not take a pic of the whole plant in flower.

Polystachya Duckitt Limelight

Eulophia parviflora
Bartholina etheliea

Leaves and flower spikes of Bartholina etheliea

Bartholina close up