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July 1-7 8-14 15-21 22-31 August 1-7 8-14 15-21 22-31
September 1-7 8-14 15-21 22-30 October 1-7 8-14 15-21 22-31
November 1-7 8-14 15-21 22-30 December 1-7 8-14 15-21 22-31

February 1—7

From: John Stanley
To: Orchid Talk list
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk]Thanks for ID help − Eria aurea
Date: Wed, 01 Feb 2006 00:05

Thanks Geoff.
Also had a response from Chong-Yee overlapping yours. I had less luck with a search engine though, getting only Jay Pfahl's site.
Cheers
John

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From: aeranthes2
To: Orchid Talk list
Subject: Rudolf
Date: Wed, 01 Feb 2006 11:30

Stunning photographs to brighten up a gloomy day Rudof. I have this orchid too but it isn't doing all that well. I have it in semi-hydroponics and think perhaps I should now put it into full hydroculture. I'll see how it goes for the next couple of months but it's an idea that may get my plant moving. Jean

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From: jan
To: Orchid Talk list
Subject: A vanda?
Date: Thu, 02 Feb 2006 06:45

I have just 'inherited' a small plant from somebody − it is labeled
rather unclearly with a name that looks like 'Vanda cv Thananchai' − has
anybody heard about such a thing? There are no flowers, just a little
green thing that could well be a vanda for all I know.

/jan

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From: francis quesada pallares
To: Orchid Talk list
Subject: Tap water and vinegar?
Date: Thu, 02 Feb 2006 09:20

Hi group,

Whilst being in Spain this week for my dad´s funeral
(he passed away peacefully last Sunday noon), I have
read on a magazine about Vandas and how to look after
them if you have no experience with orchids at all.

The advice is really silly (well, what can you expect
from such magazines as hello, heat and all that sort
of stuff?). anyway, one of the things that really
struck me as interesting was the last line of advice,
re. watering. It said the plant preffers rain water
(doh!), but if you can´t provide it, then add a
spunfool of vinegar to 5 litres of tap water and then
use that mixture.

Whilst I can imagine that the vinager would be used to
get rid of the calcium (by a chemical reaction the
details of which I cannot recall), I would think that
the residue would be more detrimental to the roots
than any other benefit.

As I cannot provide enough rain water, and see myself
forced to use tap water in many occasions, I would
like to know what the more experienced people from the
group think about this alternative solution. Also, if
there is any other scientist out there who can explain
to me in more detail the benefits of using vinegar to
soften the water, I would be very pleased to ´listen´
to the reasons for it!.

Many thanks,

Francis.

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From: dennis READ
To: Orchid Talk list
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] A vanda?
Date: Thu, 02 Feb 2006 09:45

According to Wildcatt there is a Vanda called Than an chai . It is about 60%
V. sanderiana. Regards

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From: Tricia Garner
To: Orchid Talk list
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Re: A vanda?
Date: Thu, 02 Feb 2006 09:45

A quick 'google' shows several sites with pictures of hybrids containing
Vanda Thananchai, but they only show the flower not the whole plant.

--

Tricia

Anarchists of the world disunite!

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From: Geoffrey Hands
To: Orchid Talk list
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Re: A vanda?
Date: Thu, 02 Feb 2006 12:00

The whole plant is a typical strap-leaved Vanda − they all look the same !

Geoff.

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From: Geoffrey Hands
To: Orchid Talk list
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] A vanda?
Date: Thu, 02 Feb 2006 12:00

It is a well known Vanda hybrid name.

Geoff.

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From: aeranthes2
To: Orchid Talk list
Subject: Francis
Date: Thu, 02 Feb 2006 16:15

Francis so sorry to hear about your father. Re the vanda − mine do well and reward me with flowers every year. They are watered with tap water which I allow to stand for several days in the greenhouse before using it. Our water is very soft and low in salts of any kind so we are lucky here. The only thing I can think of with vinegar is that it would give an acid ph which our orchids like but I don't intend to risk it. I'd need to know far more about it. Interesting snippet though. Jean

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From: Geoffrey Hands
To: Orchid Talk list
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Tap water and vinegar?
Date: Thu, 02 Feb 2006 16:40

The idea about adding vinegar ( an old trick, incidentally) is to lower the
pH.
I now know (and even understand why) orchids want water at say pH6.0 , and I
know that some water supplies especially where the water has flowed over or
through calcareous ground have a pH much higher ( Like the pH 7.7 I once had
when living in Gloucestershire and we had a temporary supply whilst the
water mains were being renewed ) . Simply lowering it towards pH 6.0 will
always make an improvement.

I don't think it's about chemical reactions or softening the water in any of
the understood meanings, although maybe there would be some precipitation.
And anyway , hard water usually means limey water, and the calcium is good
for plants. There is no need to think of removing it, on the contrary.

Me, I dislike the smell of vinegar anyway , and to actually get much effect
I doubt if a spoonful per 5 litres would be effective − but maybe they have
big spoons in Spain !

Geoff.

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From: Geoffrey Hands
To: Orchid Talk list
Subject: Shows...
Date: Thu, 02 Feb 2006 16:50

Bournemouth Orchid Show , Saturday 25th February , 12 noon until 4pm

Trade displays by Ratcliffes, Plested, Burnham.

Society display by Wessex.

Beaufort Community Centre,

Beaufort Road, Southbourne, Bournemouth.

Come to sunny Bournemouth , Bournemouth by the sea..

Geoffrey Hands

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From: jan
To: Orchid Talk list
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] A vanda?
Date: Thu, 02 Feb 2006 18:40

Thanks everybody! The weird thing is − this morning I searched for that
name on yahoo and found next to nothing, and nothing about orchids. But
now I just tried again and got loads of pages. I must have spelled it
wrong in the morning, or perhaps Yahoo had some trouble on their server.

I don't use GHoogle, by the way − I used to get far too many 'Buy
[search term] on eBay' and that sort of thing.

/jan

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From: James H
To: Orchid Talk list
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Tap water and vinegar?
Date: Thu, 02 Feb 2006 21:15

i dont know about orchids butsome old aquarium books used to say to do that
for lowering the kh of a tank but it wa svery hard to get it right on and it
never stayed where you wanted it, plus pickled fish taste horrible :P
my tapwater has kh of 0 and gh of .5 so i think it is fine for my orchids
and fish.
James

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From: Tricia Garner
To: Orchid Talk list
Subject: Another Show
Date: Thu, 02 Feb 2006 22:50

North Hampshire Orchid Society Annual Spring Show

Saturday 18th February, 11am to 4pm

Church Cottage, Church Square, Basingstoke RG21 7QW

Trade displays by Burnham, Plested, Ratcliffe and Just In Glass.

Society displays by Devon, Bristol & West of England, Somerset, Thames
Valley.

See http://www.north-hampshire-orchid-society.org.uk for links to maps, how
to get door-to-door directions, etc.

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Tricia

By the time you can make ends meet, they move the ends.

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From: Erica
To: Orchid Talk list
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Tap water and vinegar?
Date: Thu, 02 Feb 2006 23:25

The idea about adding vinager for me is Ok. When the Ph is low (5) the color
of my Cattleyas maxima is more clear rose.When I used Ph 7 (in the water)
the color is dark...increible dark lavander color.I am sending the
pictures.See the diference.
Erica

Erica Morón de Abad
www.biorquidtropic.com

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From: aeranthes2
To: Orchid Talk list
Subject: Rudolf
Date: Fri, 03 Feb 2006 19:10

Hi Rudolf − hydroponics/hydroculture − we use both in much the same way here so I don't think it matters which word you use. Your plant is really beautiful. I had another look at mine and it is in a sad state I'm afraid. I see some of the middle pseudobulbs are rotting. I will make an effort to save the other pseudobulbs and see if I can start them off into growth again. If so when they have some roots and signs of growth I'll transfer them to hydrocultre. Your wonderful photographs have spurred me into action. Jean

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