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April 1—7

From: John J. Rupp
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] New growths.
Date: Tue, 01 Apr 2008

Rocky,

I sure liked the thorough details you gave on pots, growing medium, and
watering. Is this applicable to all genera? Do some genera respond
better than others?

I really have to some similar kind and size of rocks (We don't have
chippings west of the Atlantic.) and try your method. I am getting so
tired of the poor quality of fir bark that I am finding.

I am also getting tired, in a friendly way, of hearing you folks in the
UK talking about getting out into the garden. We finally had a
temperature of 35 today and still have 1.5 to 2 feet of snow on the
ground with higher amounts in drifts. On the other hand the maple trees
are running sap and maple syrup season is full swing. OOOHHH that syrup
is sssoooo goooood!

Happy growing,

John R

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From: Roger Grier
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Who and Where.
Date: Tue, 01 Apr 2008

Hi all,

Here is the latest list for you all to have a look at.

Kind regards, Rocky.

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From: Roger Grier
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Lycaste's.
Date: Tue, 01 Apr 2008

Mornin' Bill,

I read what you said about your Lycaste's..........I am green with envy.

Where are the photos for us all to enjoy and drool over???

Bill, I have three Lycaste's so any cultural information regarding the time of year would be very much appreciated.

Would you like photos?

Kind regards, Rocky.

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From: Roger Grier
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: How I grow my orchids.
Date: Tue, 01 Apr 2008

Mornin' John, [New York State Brrrrrr!]

All of my epiphytes, except Cymbidiums are grown that way. Paphs of course which are about 98% terrestrial are grown in my own mix.

As to the 'chippings', this is just a word that is used over here, so I guess rock pieces would or might suit better.

All are in clay pots, and all sit in a plastic saucer. This way, after I have given the plant some water/feed, which is poured in and around the top of the plant, I can then see it run out of the bottom of the pot and sit in the saucer.

Then, in the growing season, on my daily 'patrol' I can so easily see which saucer is empty. That will then tell me that the plant can have some more. It soon becomes apparent which plants are greedy and those which are not. Sometimes I even lift the pot to see a bead of moisture under it.....that's enough.....water a day or so later.

The thing is, that once the roots are full of moisture they can quite happily enjoy the air space and the dryish medium, same as if they were growing fixed to a tree. If they were potted in some of the horrible mixes that I see, they would be surrounded by a wet compost which they do not require, as their roots, when full, will not require all that unnecessary moisture.

Do let me know if you want any more information John.

As to the Maple syrup, mmmmmmmmmmmm, I once had it on a giant waffle for breakfast, mmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

Kind regards, Rocky.

P.S. Is snow that white stuff???

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From: Roger Grier
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Paph re-potting.
Date: Tue, 01 Apr 2008

Hi all,

As John was interested in my stone medium, I thought that some of you may be also interested in what I pot my non epiphytic orchids in. That is to say my Paphs, whose number is increasing steadily.....from zero a few years ago to seven now, and most probably will increase as the years go by.

This is because I am very pleased with the mix that I have made for my way of growing them, after failing miserably with all of the other mixes.

My Mix is: Vermiculite. Grit, the size of a garden pea. A rough type of potting compost. Three to Two to Two.

My photos show two plants that I purchased yesterday for a fiver each. Luckily the Garden Centre had kept them quite dry.

Notice the small piece of potting material that the young plant was growing in from a very early stage. This I tease away as it can get quite soggy. Also note the 'Peat Pot' remains on the other plant. This is also teased away.

As you can see I have managed at long last to get the attachments in numerical order, even if they are larger than the normal way of doing it.

Hopefully when this E-mail is recieved, they will still be in correct order.

Regards, Rocky.

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From: Dennis Read
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Who and Where.
Date: Tue, 01 Apr 2008

What have you done. Up till now I have always been able to download your list but not this time. Dennis

Roger Grier wrote:

> Here is the latest list for you all to have a look at.

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From:
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Who and Where.
Date: Tue, 01 Apr 2008

Thanks Roger, for your good work.
Wirey hugs and love and xxx and licks from Janet, Bobby and Asta

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From: John J. Rupp
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [?? Probable Spam] [OrchidTalk] Paph re-potting.
Date: Wed, 02 Apr 2008

Hi Rocky,

Thanks for the info on the Paph potting medium. Is your watering
program the same as that for the epiphytes − pots sitting in saucers and
watered when the saucer is dry?

I received your updated club list and it opened fine.

Thanks,

John R

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From: Max Redman
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Who and Where.
Date: Wed, 02 Apr 2008

Hi Roger,
Without worrying you too much, is it possible to change my information on your list to read:
Grows range of misc.genera incl.Catts,Dens,Stanhopea,Sobralia.
Specialising in : the ones listed above. ie. Catts,Dens,Stanhopea,Sobralia
Thanks,
Max.

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From: Roger Grier
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Who and Where.
Date: Wed, 02 Apr 2008

Mornin' Max,

Has been done. No problem.

Cheers Rocky.

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From: Cyril Whalley
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Mix
Date: Wed, 02 Apr 2008

Hi
After reading Roger's post about non epiphytic mix I'm a bit confused about
what Three to Two to Two as you only mention Vermiculite and Grit! Its
probably my addled brain as a long term lurker. I would like to try your
mix.
Thanks
Cyrus

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From: Bill Haldane
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: You have received photos from Adobe Photoshop Album Starter Edition 3.2
Date: Wed, 02 Apr 2008

Dear Rocky ( and any other interested people)
Please find attched some photos I took of my flowering Lycastes earlier this morning.
Regards Bill Haldane

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From: Dennis Read
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Who and Where.
Date: Wed, 02 Apr 2008

Roger, Ignore my comment. My Excel is acting like a spoilt kid. I will take it to remedial classes tomorrow. Dennis

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From: Dennis Read
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Mix
Date: Wed, 02 Apr 2008

Roger, Do you really mean vermiculite as your picture looks suspisiously likecrushed pumice or perlite.? Dennis

Cyril Whalley wrote:

> After reading Roger's post about non epiphytic mix I'm a bit confused about
> what Three to Two to Two as you only mention Vermiculite and Grit! Its
> probably my addled brain as a long term lurker. I would like to try your mix.

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From: Roger Grier
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Paph mix.
Date: Wed, 02 Apr 2008

Hello Cyril,

Nice to hear from you and to know that you have 'surfaced'.

My mix goes like this:

Vermiculite. Three parts.

Grit. Two parts. About the size of a garden pea down to a match head.

Potting compost. I actually use one called: Roffey's Professional Compost. Address as follows:

Roffey Ltd.
Throop Road
Throop
Bournemouth
BH8 0DF

Tel: 01202-537777

I do expect that other composts will work just as well, but this one is not like 'Bulb Fibre' and very fine, but it has what I would call much 'rougher' pieces in it, and it drains well.

Hope that is what you are looking for Cyril.

Kind regards, Rocky.

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From: Roger Grier
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Paph re-potting.
Date: Wed, 02 Apr 2008

Hello John,

Watering for Paphs.

No John, not quite the same. Same sort of setup though. Clay pot [no holes in sides] sitting in a plastic saucer.

As the compost will soak up quite a lot of moisture/water, and hold it, I normally get used to seeing the surface get dry and then as with all of our plants we get to know when to give more water.

I hope this helps.

Regards, Rocky.

John J. Rupp wrote:

> Hi Rocky,

> Thanks for the info on the Paph potting medium. Is your watering
> program the same as that for the epiphytes − pots sitting in
> saucers and watered when the saucer is dry?

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From: Roger Grier
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Bill's Lycatse's.
Date: Wed, 02 Apr 2008

Hi there Bill,

If I had not had a good day shopping, enjoyed the afternoon in the garden and greenhouses [his and hers] and had the sun shining on my face..........after looking at your photos I would have been as assy as hell.

However, they do look fantastic, and very good photos.

Thing is..........do I dare to take photos of my three plants and ask your advice. Might as well, as they can only get better after you tell me this and that, so maybe tomorrow.

Cheers, Rocky.

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From: Roger Grier
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Attaching photos that are in numerical order.
Date: Wed, 02 Apr 2008

Hi all,

I am trying hard to find out how to send photos to the 'Club' and to have then 'delivered' to individual members 'In Box' still in that order.

Well, at the moment as I sit here looking at the 'Attach:' message bar..........they look to be in numerical order, so I will end now and hit the 'Send' button.

Rocky.

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From: Roger Grier
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Paph grit that I use in my mix.
Date: Thu, 03 Apr 2008

Hello Dennis and other interested parties.

Attached photo is of the type of grit that I use in my Paph mix. Dennis, maybe it's the colour that made you think as you did.

I guess that it does not matter too much about the colour or whatever, as long as it is about that size. I thought putting a pencil there would let users of 'Inches' and 'Millimetre's instantly see the size.

Loved your reference to Excel and about taking it to REMEDIAL classes. Put a smile on my face.

That was before a couple of Polish young men drove into the rear of our car this morning..........wife phoned me as I was at home paperhanging, so I phoned the police and they were there just before I got there..........guess what.....they had no Insurance. Oh well!!!!!

Regards, Rocky.

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From: Roger Grier
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Lycaste advice.
Date: Thu, 03 Apr 2008

Hello Bill,

As promised, here are photos of my three Lycatse's.....in numerical order.....at least I've sorted that one out.

Photo No.1 Shows a tiny new growth, or [hoping] it may be the start of a flower spike, but I suspect the former.

No2 & 3 are in a similar state.

What about the old dead backbulbs??? When do you suggest I re-pot? And any other advice.

Thanks Bill, Rocky.

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From: Roger Grier
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Cattleya Percivaliana.
Date: Thu, 03 Apr 2008

Hi all,

This is the first time flowering on my plant of Cattleya Percivaliana, and as you can see.....minus two petals.

I will have a guess and say that this is just because then plant is yet young and that next year all will be well, hopefully.

Any constructive comments please.

Regards, Rocky.

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From: Dennis Read
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Lycaste advice.
Date: Fri, 04 Apr 2008

Roger, I know you addressed this to Bill but may I offer a few comments. The brown bulbs are dead and those going brown are dying. Lycastineae are basically terrestrial orchids with roots similar to Paphs. In the wild they mainly grow on the ground in the moss and rotting vegetation and in trees they grow in moss. I grow mine in a 50/50 mixture of moss and perlite but I am sure they would grow in your Paph mixRegard Dennis

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From: jns tropic
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Cattleya Percivaliana.
Date: Fri, 04 Apr 2008

Rocky try for one more time. Your percivaliana is very late. Mine bloomed in December through February. I have 8 pots of 'Summit' FCC/AOS and they don't bloom all at the same time. Yours seems to be very late. This flower was open for Christmas.

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From: Roger Grier
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Lycaste advice.
Date: Fri, 04 Apr 2008

Dennis my dear friend,

Thank you very much for the information. I will, in a day or so have a good look at the roots under my home microscope. After that I will maybe try one in the Paph mix, but until I have had a good look at the roots I will hang on.

Cheers Mate, Rodge.

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From: Max Redman
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Lycastes.
Date: Fri, 04 Apr 2008

Hi Roger,
For what its worth, I would suggest that you repot your lycastes when you
see the new growth starting to show and remove all the dead backbulbs.
I would also strongly suggest that you take a few minutes and remove all the
sharp points where the old leaves were. You can use a pair of side cutters
(Small) or even a pair of small pliers to remove the points. It saves a lot
in band aids!
Max

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From: Roger Grier
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Lycastes.
Date: Sat, 05 Apr 2008

Good morning Max,

Thanks for your help. What you say is what I was thinking of doing, after a
good look at the roots as I have spoken about earlier.....I will post what I
see.

As to removing those lovely little strong sharp points, never !!! To be
truthful Max, you may remember I did post a question some time ago asking
why Mother Nature would leave these points after the leaves fell ???

I just guessed that maybe they were to deter any animal from walking over
the bulbs to get at something.

Cheers, Rocky.

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From: Dennis Read
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Cymbidium
Date: Sat, 05 Apr 2008

I know that this is a virtual impossibility but does any one recognise this Cymbidium. I was given a backbulb about 8 years ago and I have just flowered it. This is a Mini Cymbid. Its spike is 37cms and the flower width is 7cms − atrue mini. On the label I can just make out ' Highland' so it maybe one of the early McBeans Highland series.
If it wasn't such a handsome flower I would not try to find the name but it is such a good looking orchid.
I am sending a copy to McBeans in the faint hope they may recognise it.
Regards Dennis

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From: jean Lewis
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: [RE][OrchidTalk] Cymbidium
Date: Sat, 05 Apr 2008

Sorry I can't help Dennis but just wanted to say I have one that looks identical − no label I'm afraid as I lost it years ago! I'll be interested to see if anyone can name it − Jean

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From:
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [RE][OrchidTalk] Cymbidium
Date: Sat, 05 Apr 2008

I looked in OrchidWiz but the only one I found that really had the same color was Highland Sunrise and I think the flower is larger than yours.
Sorry
Wirey hugs and love and xxx and licks from Janet, Bobby and Asta

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From: Max Redman
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Lycastes.
Date: Sun, 06 Apr 2008

Roger,
The band aid makers asked mother nature to put them here so that people like
me can use more band aids.!!!!
Max

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From: Anguel Iordanov
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Cymbidium
Date: Sun, 06 Apr 2008

Hello everyone,

I bought a very nice cymbidium 3 years ago. At the time the plant was
covered in flowers but never since. I have red many articles on how to look
and get cymbidiums to flower but with no success.

Can anyone help please?

Thanks.

Anguel.

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From: Dennis Read
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Cymbidium
Date: Sun, 06 Apr 2008

I am not a good Cymbidium grower as it took me 8 years to get this back bulb to flower. The books say grow them outside when the frosts have stopped in partial shade. (In Madeira they grow in full sun) I fed mine each week with Tomorite on saturday and watered them on wednesday as a pattern. When the temperature went down to 7C they were taken inside to a cool area and the spike started. Perhaps others can be of more help.
Regards from a snowy Devon. Dennis

Anguel Iordanov wrote:

> I bought a very nice cymbidium 3 years ago. At the time the plant was
> covered in flowers but never since. I have red many articles on how
> to look and get cymbidiums to flower but with no success.
>
> Can anyone help please?

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From: Roger Grier
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Name wanted.
Date: Sun, 06 Apr 2008

Hi all,

I am in need of a name for my Cattleya. It came in to my possession about eighteen months ago. As you can see it is a monofoliate type Cattleya, and almost certainly a hybrid.

The image of the whole plant is not up to my normal standard but there we are !!! Busy, busy, busy. The image of one of the blooms is better.

When I tell you that I have been very busy for the past week or so, the story has a certain point that I wish to make, especially to all newcomers to our wonderful hobby.

When any of my orchids are in bud and just about to open, I bring the plant into our conservatory. This then makes sure that no drops of moisture which might just fall from the bubble-cap polythene liner inside of the roof will not harm then bud or almost opening flower..........and of course that is just what happened.

Still, there we are, at least I hope that some of you will take on board what I have said.

The actual flowers measure 6" x 6" [160mm x 160mm] and they have a nice perfume.

The new growth is already 5" [130mm] tall and over the side of the pot. In a weeks time I will repot the plant, after cutting away a few of the back bulbs and potting them up if there are any good eyes.

So, I do hope that someone will come up with a name.

Kind regards, Rocky.

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From: Geoffrey Hands
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: British Orchid Congress − down your way Dennis....
Date: Mon, 07 Apr 2008

Do you have any info about traders ( exhibitors ) ?

Since the event is now 6 months away I guess the details are settled, even
if not yet announced.

Geoff

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From: sheila bicknell
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Cymbidium
Date: Mon, 07 Apr 2008

Hi Anguel − You asked about getting Cymbidiums to flower − I have been growing Cymbidiums for many years, mostly with a moderate success rate for flowering, (based in the south of England) and I know how disappointing it is when they don't 'perform' − I always say that you have to do everything right for 365 days of the year for best results − rather than write a long message of all the temperature requirements etc I would suggest that you look at the Growing Guide for Cymbidiums on the following American website www.santabarbaraorchidestate.com I have just found this site and apart from all the cultural information (which gives temperatures rather lower than I had realised they take) it also has photos of the most gorgeous Cymbids.
Regards, Sheila.

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From: jean Lewis
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: cymbidiums
Date: Mon, 07 Apr 2008

Anguel my Cymbidiums had not flowered for 3 years but last year I moved them into dappled light under a magnolia tree where they get morning and early afternoon soon. Three of them flowered. Friends tell me that they should have plenty of sun in order to flower. I try to keep the roots cool and sometimes stand them in stone pots so that the roots are cool but the leaves get plenty of sun. I don't know if this could help yours but if they haven't had much sun try putting them in the sun at least for part of the day. Jean

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From: Dennis Read
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] British Orchid Congress − down your way Dennis....
Date: Mon, 07 Apr 2008

Geoff, I'll see if the BOC can do better than the RHS in advising the names of nurseries attending. I have heard that there will be fewer than Llandudno.
Regards Dennis

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From: Dennis Read
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: ORCHID SHOW
Date: Mon, 07 Apr 2008

Geof's question on the BOC erminded me that we − THE DEVON O S have our show on the 3rd MAY. This is a small (but perfectly formed) show we hold in EXMOUTH. So if you would like to see a show and give your family a day out be the sea in Devon why not give us a visit.
The traders are Laurence Hobbs, Peter White,Burnham Orchids and Plants Plus. The displaying societies are Devon OS, Bristol OS, South WestO S, Somerset,Wilts. and Dorset as well as Ron & Kit Lindsay.
The ELIZABETH HALL is the venue and is found on the sea front.
Bill and Den will be repotting orchids every hour..
Regards. See you there. Dennis

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From: Geoffrey Hands
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: some orchids
Date: Mon, 07 Apr 2008

I have not had much time for orchids lately, and see little in the next few
months for various reasons, but when watering I do keep a look out for
subjects to photograph , although since Xmas ( it feels, maybe its not as
long as that) when I have remembered and gone back with camera gear, the
flowers I wanted were gone over. But I did better today, so here's a few ,
and comments :-

I have been a bit disappointed with flower count with my Vandas lately ,
maybe last year was a bad year with all the rain clouds, but this Ascde Yeo
Beck Bee is perhaps the best I have managed with a single spike of a
reasonable sized Ascda ( flowers 2 inch or so ) for a long time, perhaps
even ever . There are currently 14 flowers out and another 7 or perhaps 8
buds to come. I know they do better in Thailand, but this is Dorset, UK. So
I'm well pleased.

Bulbophyllum sumatrum is a first flowering for me ; obviously closely allied
to the B.lobbii group but much more richly coloured flowers. The flowers are
very 3D , not flat , so trying to get the background out of focus ( without
a Photoshop session) and hence using my 150mm macro lens wide open at f2.8,
it was difficult to get all of the petals sharp at one and the same time.
An easy plant in my conditions ; the 4 inch pot I bought is rapidly filling
a 9 inch pan , as many of these Bulbo's do.

Cirrhopetallum picturatum ( at one time I would have talked about cirrho and
bulbo and argued, or enquired ; now I don't think I want to know. Let the
botanists do their thing , change the label every week ; I'll do my thing ,
which is leave them unchanged.) It's cirrhopetallum picturatum in my
collection, and staying that way. This one flowers every few months for me ,
I guess it has a lot of growths, maturing at different times . 3 of these
lovely cartwheel spokes flower sets out at the present time.

Cleisostoma micrantha. I can't think why I bought this ( I've got two
actually , due to the generosity of the dealer , who was probably overcome
at actually getting to sell one ! ). Maybe I looked it up and misread 2-3 mm
, the actual flower size, and thought it said 2-3 cm .The second picture
shows the two plants , both in 3 ½ inch pots. The most difficult thing about
this plant is the photography ; I even set up bellows and reversed 28mm
lens, but the focussing distance between flowers and lens was only an inch
or two ( I was trying to do about 8x full size ) and the rim of the pot got
in the way. Since I was working in the greenhouse rather than in my
study/studio, where the gangways are narrow, I gave up and put on the macro
lens mentioned above, and shot at 1:1.

And then for something completely different , one of my favourite
old-fashioned LCs , Patricia 'Firedance' ( not a very sharp pic, but since
the glorious sunshine of an hour ago has been replaced by a snow-shower, I'm
not going out to take another). My catts are now in general in recovery
after finally getting rid of the soft scale, and I have managed to shuffle
conditions a bit to suit them better , but you don't get the best flowers
until you have kept conditions that way for some time , which is not 3
weeks, but probably 4 or 5 years- however last years canes were in general
bigger than the year before , cause for satisfaction , but that's why
Patricia has only a couple of flowers.

Geoff

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From: Ron Bower
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Cymbidium
Date: Mon, 07 Apr 2008

Hello Anguel,
Most members know that I am predomilantly a Plal grower but I do have 3 Cyms all from a local the local Garden Center, all unnamed and given as gifts. They are 3/4 years old and have flowered each year. from November to March and I have just last week removed the last Flower stem. The had 3, 5 and 7 good spikes, I do not consider myself an expert and infact consider them as a bit of a nuisance, but this is how I grow them.
From now, late April early May they are in my all glass conservatory where the Temperature is 40F minimum and get the morning sun. They then go outside and on my patio where they get what sun there is from about 10,00 am. till about 7/8pm. and where they get the same treatment as my annual container plants, that is watered some times every day or 2, or what ever, to once weekly by about September.I give them some slow release fertiliser when they first go out and then water with a hose pipe with a diluter attached which really is for the benefit of my annuals in the containers.They stay out until about the last week of September then go back into the conservatory where they show spikes towards the end of October.
They are in need of repotting, and I did ask, and received advice on this from members on how to do it and I must say that it is easier said than done, but when the weather gets better, snowing these last 3 days, I will get out the bush saw and the felling axe, but I have to say that I am getting somewhat long in the tooth (Too Old.) for that kind of lark.
I hope this helps you, it works for me, in the North East of England.
Cheers,
Ronbow.

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From: John J. Rupp
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] some orchids
Date: Mon, 07 Apr 2008

Hi Geoff,

I don't know where the problem occurred, but I received no pictures.
Strangely enough the labels are there for all 6 pictures, but nothing
else. Can you resend them? Thanks.

John R

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