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1—7 August

From: Alex
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Boisduval scale link
Date: Sun, 01 Aug 2010 20:55

No David i hadnt realised that but I would have reached for my RTU spray
of organic pesticide first. The label on the one by Bayer says 'contains
fatty acids' whatever they are. Actually if I see any scale I just wipe
it off. The worst pest in the house I find is RSM partly because they are
so small and hard to see at first when there are just a few of them.
Regards, Alex

> Hello Alex,
> I haven't been following your talk with Paul too carefully but I
> hope you realise that he means horticultural soap and not "soapy
> water". I use Savona as tested many years ago in the orchid houses
> at Kew. They say "do not spray in direct sunlight, use when the
> bugs are most active and don't spray above 30deg C as physical
> damage can be done to soft foliage". consequently they sprayed with
> warm water 24 hours later to wash away any deposits that may build
> up. I think they sprayed every fifth day to catch any juvenile
> bugs. I spray my Cymbidiums three time and then wash off the
> deposits, this doesn't seem to do any harm.

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From: Tricia Garner
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Boisduval scale link − Savona
Date: Mon, 02 Aug 2010 09:25

Hello David,

Where do you buy Savona? I've googled it and the best deal online
seems to be from www.organiccatalogue.com when you take delivery
charges into account. I note that it should be diluted with soft
water only.

--

Tricia

He who laughs last, thinks slowest.

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From: David Martin
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Boisduval scale link − Savona
Date: Mon, 02 Aug 2010 10:45

Hello Tricia,

I bought my Savona from Just Green, sales@just-green.com which is an
affiliated company of Amazon. I think it was the cheapest when I bought it
last year.
I will bring the article from Orchid Review to the next meeting.

David

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From: Tricia Garner
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Boisduval scale link − Savona
Date: Mon, 02 Aug 2010 22:25

Thanks, David.

--

Tricia

Change is inevitable....except from vending machines.

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From: tony garthwaite
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Emailing: P6292908
Date: Mon, 02 Aug 2010 17:25

Hi All,

I'm getting 'withdrawal symptoms' from not hearing anything from Geoff
(words of wisdom) or seeing pictures of his orchids! I suppose that means
that I am not as green with envy at the moment!

Anyway, in the hope that a picture from an enthusiastic amateur will bring
forth news from Geoff, I offer a photo of Epilaeliocattleya 'Little Nugget'
which has flowered for about 6 weeks now but is beginning to fade.

More tips and comments please Geoff!

Regards to All and if you see any rain, please send it my way!

Tony G.

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From: Tricia Garner
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: Emailing: P6292908
Date: Mon, 02 Aug 2010 22:30

That's very pretty, Tony. I've always loved orange-coloured orchid
flowers.

Sorry I can't send you any rain − we too need as much as we can get!

Tricia

Why are our days numbered and not, say lettered. -- Woody Allen

Tony Garthwaite wrote:

> Hi All,

> I'm getting 'withdrawal symptoms' from not hearing anything from
> Geoff (words of wisdom) or seeing pictures of his orchids! I
> suppose that means that I am not as green with envy at the moment!

> Anyway, in the hope that a picture from an enthusiastic amateur
> will bring forth news from Geoff, I offer a photo of
> Epilaeliocattleya 'Little Nugget' which has flowered for about 6
> weeks now but is beginning to fade.

> More tips and comments please Geoff!

> Regards to All and if you see any rain, please send it my way!

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From: Roger Grier
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Member's enquirey.
Date: Tue, 03 Aug 2010 20:50

Hello Tricia,

As Tony asked, Where is Geoff??? Do you know if he is on holiday, or maybe not well or whatever.

It has been noticeably quite from his neck of the woods recently.

Be looking out for an answer from either your good self or Geoff.

I would like to ask any of our members what they think about the so named Mycorhizal Fungi, which we are told MUST BE PRESENT for orchid seed to germinate.

I for one really do believe that it is not so rare as some folk say, but is most common, and I would say that it is laying in wait in every square inch of 'My Patch' waiting for the Wild Orchids to open their pods and shed the seed all over the place.

I rest my case for now.....

Cheers, Rodge.

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From: Geoffrey Hands
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Emailing: P6292908
Date: Tue, 03 Aug 2010 21:15

Geoff ( myself) has been travelling in the East of Europe − Serbia,
Bulgaria, Romania etc -all very cultural − ask me about the rise of the
Ottoman Empire , or why Kosovo,etc... and until it fades from memory I have
all the answers − at least according to the School of Slavonic and East
European Studies who provided the accompanying lecturer − but it has nothing
to do with orchids...

Have been home for a few hours, and just started on catching up with
watering. Got some nice flowers open, so will take the camera round ASAP.

257 more e-mails to read tonight... ( many will go straight to junk, but
need to be looked at − after all they got rhough the first junk filters ).

Geoff

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From: David Martin
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Phal species
Date: Tue, 03 Aug 2010 21:55

Hello Tony,
Here's a few photo's to tide you over until Geoff returns.

004) Phal bellina 005) Phal cornu cervi 006) Phal braceana 010) Phal lindenii

David

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From: Tricia Garner
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: Member's enquirey.
Date: Tue, 03 Aug 2010 22:00

Hi Roger,

To answer your queries:

1) Geoff is home, as you will have seen.

2) It is my understanding that the mycorhizal fungi are extremely
common in soils where orchids grow − in other words they like the
same conditions. Be interested to read what others have to say.

Tricia

A person who smiles in the face of adversity probably has a scapegoat

Roger Grier wrote:

> Hello Tricia,

> As Tony asked, Where is Geoff??? Do you know if he is on holiday,
> or maybe not well or whatever.

> It has been noticeably quite from his neck of the woods recently.

> Be looking out for an answer from either your good self or Geoff.

> I would like to ask any of our members what they think about the so
> named Mycorhizal Fungi, which we are told MUST BE PRESENT for
> orchid seed to germinate.

> I for one really do believe that it is not so rare as some folk
> say, but is most common, and I would say that it is laying in wait
> in every square inch of 'My Patch' waiting for the Wild Orchids to
> open their pods and shed the seed all over the place.

> I rest my case for now.....

> Cheers, Rodge.

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From: tony garthwaite
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: mycorrhiza.
Date: Wed, 04 Aug 2010 08:50

Well Roger, back in the very early sixties (you may remember the days
just before the 'Mini skirt') when I was studying for my Biology 'A' Level,
I will never forget certain facts about Pinus sylvestris (the Scots Pine)
which is the only native Pine in the UK.
My peers and I will, without a shadow of doubt, still remember our Botany
Master giving us sound advice regarding the reproduction of the aforesaid
specie before going into the examination room...............
"........... and don't ... forget .... your ... my...chorrh...iiiiiiza!"

If you go to http://cropsoil.psu.edu/sylvia/mycorrhiza.htm you will find
that it is suggested that up to 95% of plants live in symbiosis with
mycorrhiza.

Glad to hear from Geoff.

More 'pearls of wisdom' when you have caught up with 'British Summer Time'
Geoff!

And for Tricia, attached is the photo ......are the photos....... of Den.
atroviolacea which I promised to send when it was in full flower. There were
31 blooms!

Oh! And it is raining here ......... at last!

Tony G

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From: tony garthwaite
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Phal species
Date: Wed, 04 Aug 2010 08:55

Now those are worth devoting space in the greenhouse for!

I bought two phallies for less than 8 in Ikea last week. Very nice markings but have decided that any un-named phallies are just not worth the space.

So I join the growing numbers who also feel this way!

Regards,

Tony G.

David Martin wrote re: [OrchidTalk] Phal species

> Hello Tony,

> Here's a few photo's to tide you over until Geoff returns.

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From: Lynda Coles
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Member's enquirey.
Date: Wed, 04 Aug 2010 14:15

Hello Roger,

re the Mfungi for native terrestrials.

I germinate seed in-vitro from a range of the terrestrials without the
Mfungi...I have some sterile Mfungi of the kind that should germinate dactys and
some of their kin (for use in-vitro) I have only just sown with that so results
yet to be known, the problem is that the fungi often over-runs the seed even in
a suitable media designed not to feed the fungi too well. As for germination
outside of flask.....I know many of the dactys and their kin will germinate and
produce rhizoids in just plain water......I have seen it happen in plain sterile
RO water so no help from any other organisms. How they progress afterwards I do
not know....something to find out ? ...maybe. I have also read of a method to
germinate terrestrial seed in a cellulose substrate....ex vitro...(cardboard)
and grow to plant out size...usually first tiny tuber.
I would, therefore, not agree with the 'must be present' as a generalisation for
all terrestrials outside of flask, however, it may be true for some, but there
is more to germination of the seed than mere exposure to an appropriate Mfungi.

Good information on this subject can be found in the book by Rasmussen et al.,
but I expect that you already know that.

regards,
Lynda

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From: Mats Linde
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Member's enquirey.
Date: Wed, 04 Aug 2010 16:30

Hi!
It's both true and untrue that orchids need mycorhizal fungi.
Most plants can't get enough minerals from the soil, because most
minerals are locked in combinations the plants can't break, but the
fungi can break them and release the minerals.
The symbiotic relationship with the fungi gives the plant minerals and
the fungi carbohydrates from the plants photosyntetic processes.
Scientist believe that in the wild very many plants (most?) including
orchids live in a symbiotic relation with mycorhizal fungi,
unfortunately it takes time for a mycorhizal fungi connections to grow,
so most of the agricultural species has to do with added minerals, you
know N-P-K, instead of mycorhizal fungi, because of the tilling etc of
the soil in a field..
In a "standard" situation in the nature, the orchids need fungi, but in
a "home" situation they could live without it.,If for example, you put
your orchid seeds on Agar, it will work fine because it's possible for
the orchids to utilize the minerals in the material. Unfortunatelly that
material is excellent for fungi growth too, that's why you have to work
in a sterilized enviroment with your seeds.
/Mats Linde

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From: Tricia Garner
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: mycorrhiza. − and dendrobium
Date: Wed, 04 Aug 2010 17:35

Superb dendrobium, Tony. I will show the pics to my plant to inspire
it!!

We have had some rain here too, but not enough yet...

Tricia

How do you tell when you run out of invisible ink?

tony garthwaite wrote:

> And for Tricia, attached is the photo ......are the photos.......
> of Den. atroviolacea which I promised to send when it was in full
> flower. There were 31 blooms!

> Oh! And it is raining here ......... at last!

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From: Roger Grier
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Phal species
Date: Wed, 04 Aug 2010 18:40

Hello Tony,

Now then mate, what's this about any un-named Phallys being just not worth the space.

First of all, how about providing us all with photos of the two 'Nameless subjects. Go on, I dare you!

And we have had some rain....................only just a shower.

Cheers, Rodge.

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From: Roger Grier
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: That Fungi,
Date: Wed, 04 Aug 2010 18:45

Thanks to Lynda and Mats,

Obviously there is much to read about and talk about when we exchange views, reviews on the Fungi.

However, as I live in an area....The New Forest....where I can roam free for miles and miles without seeing any fences etc, I really do enjoy seeing our Wild Orchids appearing here and there. It is very pleasing indeed to see an area carpeted with orchids where shall we say, just a few years previous there was nothing to see.

There are many secrets out there which we may never fully understand, but it is nice to see the end result.

Cheers, Rodge.

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From: Roger Grier
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Not worth the space?
Date: Wed, 04 Aug 2010 19:35

Hi Tony,

Am I correct in deciphering what you said about Phallys without a label not worth the space. Bearing in mind my friend that an orchid may have the incorrect label stuck in its pot, or the label has the wrong name on it.

So, would you not be very pleased to have any of these three?????

Rodge.

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From: Dennis Read
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Phalaenopsis
Date: Thu, 05 Aug 2010 10:10

For those interested in non cheapie Phals there is an article in the latest OSGB Journal showing photographs of 29 of the 62 recognosed species. Thereare more than 29 photos as colour variants are shown.
The subject of cheapie Phals does makes me question whether it helps or hurts the struggling european orchid nurseries?
Regards from a soaking Devon where rain is again promised

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From: Geoffrey Hands
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] mycorrhiza.
Date: Thu, 05 Aug 2010 13:30

That is certainly a glorious atroviolacea ; but this is a section of
Dendrobium which fascinates me in the way that stoats fascinate rabbits,
rather than reeling at the beauty ; it's all a matter of taste of course !
Geoff.,

tony garthwaite wrote Re: [OrchidTalk] mycorrhiza.

> And for Tricia, attached is the photo ......are the photos.......
> of Den. atroviolacea which I promised to send when it was in full
> flower. There were 31 blooms!

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From: Geoffrey Hands
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Member's enquirey.
Date: Thu, 05 Aug 2010 13:35

My understanding of the work done by the Sainsbury Orchid Fellow at Kew, when eventually the British native cyp and nine other threatened species of UK orchids were mass-produced ( to the point where Kew offered me 10 of each from their surplus which I turned down, not having the right conditions, btw ) is she found that several needed one specific myco , some more needed another,. Some would work with any of several different myco and at least one did not need any at all.

If this takes the argument any further forward ?

But btw, a few years later I went on a tour of Dutch orchid nurseries, and found a young lady mass producing the same cyp species ( from a swiss plant I believe ) and she was just sowing the seed and getting results but then you can t beat the Dutch at horticulture, and they don t seem to need Sainsbury Orchid Fellows just do it in their own back yards

Geoff

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From: Geoffrey Hands
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: a pic to look at, at and two of a plant to name ?
Date: Thu, 05 Aug 2010 14:10

I think I shan't go on holiday again , so much to do to catch up when I get
home, and so much I've missed whilst I was away , my cauliflowers gone to
seed, runner beans like broom sticks and just as edible, the lawn ( the few
bits which are still green, a foot high.) and so far , still ¾ of the
orchids to water. But I could just change my mind when I have forgotten all
the hassle

But my dearly beloved wanted some flowers for the house, so I picked out the
Cattleya gaskelliana, and put it with some dark red begonias, in the hall.
They complement nicely I think , although I didn't bother to try and light
them for the pic as it's the orchid you will be interested in. ( Orchid
shows don't allow coloured leaves in complementary foliage plants when a
display is put on, such a pity I think, but perhaps that's because I am a
gardener as well as an orchid grower.).

The Cattleya has 6 flowers on one spike and three on the other ;about six
inch natural span, and that heavenly true cattleya perfume. You can't beat
it.

I also went to the local garden centre for a phally for my wife's study , (
two for the price of one, two spikes on each, good sized plants, £12.99..)
and saw the second plant shown. Of course I had to buy it. Flowers 6 cm
natural spread, perhaps 7 or even 8 if flattened out. Bulbs 10cm high at
most, no thicker than my finger ; spindle shaped.

Any suggestions for the name ? Or the parentage ? They had a batch of 6 or
7 , maybe they started with more of course , and all identical flowers,
suggesting meristem.

Thanks in anticipation, as they used to say.

geoff

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From: Andy
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] a pic to look at, at and two of a plant to name ?
Date: Thu, 05 Aug 2010 17:05

I'm pretty sure it's
Catyclia El Hatillo Santa Maria or Epicattleya if you prefer. I have it and it's a very good doer.

ANdy

Geoffrey Hands wrote re: [OrchidTalk] a pic to look at, at and two of a plant to name ?

> Any suggestions for the name ? Or the parentage ? They had a batch
> of 6 or 7 − maybe they started with more of course − and all
> identical flowers, suggesting meristem.

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From: Andy
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: a few photos
Date: Thu, 05 Aug 2010 21:25

Cattleya acklandiae A nice Brazilian species. I have two of these − bought as young plants a few years ago and both are flowering now for the first time. Fantastic perfume.

Cattleya forbesii Another Brazilian species. It is really reliable and flowers twice every year. Also a lovely perfume but lighter notes than the former.

Aeranthes imerinensis X A peyrottii. I am really pleased with this. I mounted it straight from flask 2 years ago and this is the first flowering. The flowers are 8cms long and almost see-through. I see from te RHS that there are no registered hybrids for either of the parents.

Dendrobium schrautii Startling colour on the fringed lip. From Vietnam
Paphiopedilum haynaldianum From the Philippines, lovely markings.

Paphiopedilum St Swithin I took this photo a few weeks ago. The plant now has 2 spikes with double the flowers. A fantastic cross in my opinion. I thnk it has done better since I have been adding a bit of calcium to the potting mix.

Prosthechea cochleata. I put this one in to show the branched spike. I have another which has bigger flowers but the spikes do not branch as I recall. I do really like these plants but they are somewhat unsung.

Andy

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From: tony garthwaite
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Emailing: P8062979, P8062978
Date: Fri, 06 Aug 2010 08:55

Hi All,

Attached are two photos of the Phallies I purchased last week at Ikea.
At £3.99 each, it is not worth trying to keep them, feed and cherish them
after flowering, taking up space in the greenhouse which could be used for
more 'exotic' (and more expensive) varieties when one can make another visit
to the store and replace for the same price! Maybe I should show a picture
of those which I have attempted to keep, but I'd be too embarrassed!

Like Geoff, I was taken by the colours and markings of the Ikea plants.
Anyway, wife was pleased!

Oh, and the striped flowers were photographed through the arch of another
Phally which I have coaxed through the winter months. I'm reluctant to show
the whole display (of 3) after seeing Geoff's offering with Begonia
leaves!!! ........ and sorry about the poor quality of the photos, taken in
too much haste!

Tony G.

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From: Dennis Read
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] a few photos
Date: Fri, 06 Aug 2010 11:25

Andy, I have been growing Aeranthes imerinensis x peyrotii for about 10 years. I bought it as a young plant from Plesteds. I have never seen another until now. I hope you realise it flowers on the same stem for about 3 years. I have achieved 4 flowers on 3 stems and I grow mine in pumice in a clay pot standing in water
Regards from a drenched Devon

Andy wrote re: [OrchidTalk] a few photos

> ...Aeranthes imerinensis X A peyrottii. I am really pleased with
> this. I mounted it straight from flask 2 years ago and this is the
> first flowering. The flowers are 8cms long and almost
> see-through. I see from te RHS that there are no registered
> hybrids for either of the parents.

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From: Geoffrey Hands
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] a pic to look at, at and two of a plant to name ?
Date: Fri, 06 Aug 2010 19:25

Thanks Andy ; I checked it out on Orchidwiz, and its spot on for the grex ,
maybe the cultivar is Pinta , or maybe there is no difference really, and
the images of Pinta include some close-ups, whereas the only image for Santa
Maria is a more general view of the whole plant. But I'm going to call mine
Epic. El Hatillo ’Pinta' ( probably.)

The parentage is interesting , it's a primary between C.mossiae and Epi.
tampensis.

Regards

geoff

Andy wrote Re: [OrchidTalk] a pic to look at, at and two of a plant to name ?

> I'm pretty sure it's Catyclia El Hatillo Santa Maria or Epicattleya
> if you prefer. I have it and it's a very good doer.

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From: Geoffrey Hands
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] a few photos
Date: Sat, 07 Aug 2010 16:45

Aclandiae is a gem , but not easy to flower, or so I read. I added this
species to my collection a year or so ago, buying plants from 3 or 4 sources
; none FS, as yet.

I recall that one of the old Victorian books , which I am too tired to go
and find ( having just come in from my days walk in the Purbecks) said that
it should be grown on a block of wood, like a raft. So I have one or two on
rafts , and others in more conventional compost and pots , all are growing,
and with such a dwarfish species, who knows when they will reach flowering
size − could be next season, could be longer.

Your C.forbesii looks to be a very compact ( bulbed) plant. Again my
plant(s) of the "type" are small, clearly not yet FS ; my alba/aurea what
have you plants of the species are perhaps twice the height of yours but
producing smaller flowers. But reading Fowlei on the bifoliate Cattleyas of
Brazil − a 40 (?) year old book now again available from Orchid Digest , and
from the original printing too − a box rediscovered ! − many of the
cattleya species are found in locations with long distances between
colonies, suggesting a remnant population so long separated, as to be
developing distinct characteristics, from one colony to the next. I think he
talks of one particular species, where one population (C.bicolor) is of
plants with bulbs/canes bulbs 3 and four feet high − impossible to imagine
by the standards of the plants seen in Uk − which are however young
seedlings. If well grown for 50 years, as the wild population plants may be
thought to be, how big will they get ? Ask me again when I'm approaching my
130th birthday.... which presupposes that I can carry on growing plants for
another 50 years , and without without killing them with a failed
thermostat/boiler or what have you, apart from a 1001 other considerations.

Geoff

Andy wrote re: [OrchidTalk] a few photos

> Cattleya acklandiae A nice Brazilian species. I have two of
> these − bought as young plants a few years ago and both are
> flowering now for the first time. Fantastic perfume.

> Cattleya forbesii Another Brazilian species. It is really
> reliable and flowers twice every year. Also a lovely perfume but
> lighter notes than the former.

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From: Geoffrey Hands
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Boisduval scale link
Date: Sat, 07 Aug 2010 16:55

My copy of Orchid Digest , with the original article, arrived this week. The
colour illustrations ( are they colour in the pdf version btw ?) are most
interesting. The symptoms can − in some cases − easily be confused with that
virus from Taiwan which we were discussing earlier this year. But since I
don't throw Orchid Digests away − the superb colour illustrations alone make
them worth keeping, I shall refer to that when I want to do my revision on
this pest..

But what a problem it is to grow perfect plants free from blemish, disease
,pest, etc.

Geoff

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From: Andy
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] a few photos
Date: Sat, 07 Aug 2010 19:55

Dennis, that's very interesting and thanks for the info about re-flowering. Your photo is better than mine − I must have another go... Currently I have 4 spikes on it each with one flower and buds developing. It came from a flask from the Writhlington Project; I assumed it was one of their own crosses or from someone who donated a pod. I'll ask Simon when I next see him.

I cerainly like it very much and I am surprised it has not been registered especially as it's been around for so long.

Andy

Dennis Read wrote Re: [OrchidTalk] a few photos

> Andy, I have been growing Aeranthes imerinensis x peyrotii for
> about 10 years. I bought it as a young plant from Plesteds. I have
> never seen another until now. I hope you realise it flowers on the
> same stem for about 3 years. I have achieved 4 flowers on 3 stems
> and I grow mine in pumice in a clay pot standing in water

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From: Geoffrey Hands
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Pics 419, 419a, 420, 421
Date: Sat, 07 Aug 2010 23:25

The Vasco has 2 spikes open, and a third developing at the same time − good
going ! Nice scent too − not sure where that comes from ( well, it comes
from Kultana "Fragrance" bit I have not yet looked up the pedigree to try
and trace it to a species). An unusual colour in Ascdas, this pale pink, and
very long lasting − quite waxy substance flowers.

The Gongora is only a little seedling with bulbs barely bigger than an acorn
, bought as a seedling this year. It is supposed to be the alba variety, but
clearly isn't − I took this pic to send to Sara Rittershausen, for comment -
only just done, so I don't know whether they were misled about seedlings
they bought, or its just a label mix-up.

The Neo falcata is the plant I was complaining about a few months ago -
because I couldn't get it to flower. And here it is with 5 spikes.Thanks to
the advice from a BOS member ( grow in moss, piled high) and from someone
here- David ? giving me the New World Orchids website and leading to the
advice of high light. It should be good for the BOS meeting later this
month, in the table show.

The Lou Sneary is not too well flowered, but put in for comparison with the
parent Neo' species. Actually most Lou Sneary's shown in Orchidwiz are pink,
or pink lipped. I'd like one like that − I have asked New World if they are
coming to Europe − and if so will ask them if they can find one such for me.

More later, but its past my bedtime.

Geoff

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