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March 8—14

From: francis quesada pallares
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Help with an orhcid.
Date: Wed, 09 Mar 2011 08:00

Thanks Geoff,

I'll wait patiently for the spike then. Wow! Two years to reach flowering size from a plantlet grown on that way? I am definitely not doing it right then! (Or was it two years to reach FS from the moment it was given to you?).

Anyway, I am glad to see that your plant is continuing the tradition, he he!

Regards,

Francis

geoffrey hands wrote RE: [OrchidTalk] Help with an orhcid.

Yes , Francis , there will be three spikes from my Phaius plants , available this year. The best for you , and the others for whoever asks .

[snip]

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From: Alex
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Dendrobium transparens
Date: Thu, 10 Mar 2011 20:45

Hello david − I have 2 dendrobes that look identical to your transparens,
one in a pot, one mounted (not quite as big as yours!) and named cassiope
and ainsworthii. They both flower well in the house after a dryish winter
rest and a summer as warm and wet as i can get it.
I wonder if they are all the same thing?
Regards, Alex

> Here's a couple of photos of Dendrobium transparens. I took it to the
> OSGB meeting yesterday, and it filled the back of the car. I couldn't
> see through the rear view mirror, a bit dodgy in central London.
> David

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From: David Martin
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Dendrobium transparens
Date: Fri, 11 Mar 2011 07:45

Hello Alex, I have Googled transparens and it is quite a variable looking
plant. The Dendrobium "expert" ?? at OSGB says it is OK, although I do
wonder at times. It's still very impressive when all the flowers come out
together, it can sometimes stagger the opening over several months and look
a bit of a mess.
David

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From: francis quesada pallares
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Dendrobium transparens
Date: Fri, 11 Mar 2011 07:55

Hi,

According to the RHS Orchid register, Transparens is not a registered grex.

Den Cassiope is a cross of monoliforme x nobile; whilst Den ainsworthii is a cross between heterocarpum x nobile.

For the record, I do have a very small plant of Den Cassiope, and when I saw David's plant at the OSGB meeting on Saturday I thought it was Den Cassiope, as it looked exactly like the flowers on my plant... Only my plant had just 8 flowers, as opposed to the few hundreds I guess David's plant had!

Regardless of the name issue, it is a gorgeous plant all together!

Francis

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From: geoffrey hands
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: this and that
Date: Fri, 11 Mar 2011 11:20

I hear that Joyce Stewart left her orchids to my Society , of which she was
a member ( so I'm told , can't ever remember seeing her at a meeting ) I'm
not clear how they are to be divided up , draw a ticket ,choose a plant , or
draw a plant name from the hat will be interesting to see what I get..

Which led me on to thoughts about my own collection when I can only watch,
harp in hand I did have a conversation with Keith Andrew about that , when
he asked my advice , we are about the same age , and I told him what I had
thought, . The next week he actually died ( on the operating table) and, so
I am told, was dead for quite some time, and then resuscitated. Marvellous
what they can do ! But it all happened before he got round to putting his
wishes on paper, I believe, anyway. But as to resuscitation, I think I'll
tie my own label to my big toes, saying 'don't do it' when I get to that
stage.

Not actually morbid thoughts ; cheerful thoughts really , here I am alive
and kicking, enjoying life. Ain't I lucky.

Not so with my PC , it is virused I'm told. Whilst I do have most things
backed up, it is an awful pain trying to resurrect , and in some cases the
backup is not in the form I'd like, anyway , e.g. I have back-ups of the
original orchid images, but not of the reduced scale, cropped etc versions
which I show here and elsewhere , so I'm hoping that the exorbitant fee I
will have to pay the computer mender-man to try and recover clean copies
will be worth while. Until then I'm lap-topping with different software so
here is my latest orchid pic or two, which eventually I will replace (Tricia
! ) with a other copies with labels and numbers in my usual fashion.

Den. Sailor Boy ’Pinkie'. I grew this without rest for two or three years
after acquiring a small plant , maybe even a keiki. Last year it made aa
really good cane, half a metre high, so I rested and chilled it in the
ordinary way. Quite large flowers, almost 3 inches , unlike most of the
recent Yamamoto hybrids I have seen ( maybe Sailor Boy isn't Yam' anyway)
which are nearer 2 inch. Maybe because they have so many flowers, so that if
and when I re-flower them with fewer, they will be bigger ? Don't know !

Paph rothschildianum 4. Two others flowered in my collection last year, but
they will not make flowering size growths in the following year,
unless/until one has a big strong plant ; not a first or second time
flowering plant. Maybe not until you get to say an 8inch or 10 inch potful
with a dozen growths at different stages . My plant here, flowering for the
first time ( from In-Charm) has the largest of the three flowers measuring
9 ½ inches , and the leafspan is 19 inch. I once saw P.rothschildianum
'Commander' FCC/RHS which had flowers of 13 inch span, and the leaf span was
nearer 30 inches. I have some doubt whether that is a superb variety, or a
perfectly normal variety seen when it has been grown superbly ; certainly
the latter too ! By which I mean that any of my roths could get towards that
flower size and leafspan if I can grow them sufficiently well and for
sufficiently long too , since they are always going to be slowish growers.

Time to go and do some gardening,

geoff

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From: David Martin
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Dendrobium transparens
Date: Fri, 11 Mar 2011 15:25

Maybe we call it Cassiope and Marie Selby Gardens in Sarasota call it
transparens
David

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From: Tricia Garner
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Dendrobium transparens
Date: Fri, 11 Mar 2011 16:50

Francis, you won't find transparens (note the lower-case 't') listed
as a registered grex since it is a species.

francis quesada pallares wrote:
> Hi,

> According to the RHS Orchid register, Transparens is not a
> registered grex.

[snip]

--

Tricia

Why is lemon juice made with artificial flavor, and dishwashing liquid made with real lemons?

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From: geoffrey hands
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Dendrobium transparens
Date: Fri, 11 Mar 2011 19:30

Try Waitrose − Original Sicilian Lemon Juice....

But their Fairy may still be made with real lemons. Apparently most if not
all citrus fruit have good cleaning powers − when I worked, one of my
clients made "speciality Janitorial Products" and they actually bought the
whole crop of oranges from some large estates as the starting point , so I
was told.

Geoff

Tricia Garner wrote Re: [OrchidTalk] Dendrobium transparens

Francis, you won't find transparens (note the lower-case 't') listed
as a registered grex since it is a species.

Tricia

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Why is lemon juice made with artificial flavor, and dishwashing liquid made
with real lemons?

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From: Tricia Garner
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Dendrobium transparens
Date: Fri, 11 Mar 2011 22:45

Yes, there are some very good cleaning products based on 'citrus
power' − orange − and what's more they smell good, too. I'm struggling to fnd a link with orchids!

[snip]

--

Tricia

Seen it all, done it all, can't remember most of it.

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From: pETER fOWLER
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Paph. armeniacum
Date: Sat, 12 Mar 2011 13:05

Just received a plant of Paph. Armeniacum. It is B.S. but it has a long
white rhizome coming from the base of the plant. It is not a root but have
no idea what it is as this is only the second Paph. In 27 years. I am
growing it indoors as the greenhouse min. Is 3deg C. How much light does it
require. I can put it south or north facing where the Phals grow.

I think this is one for Geoff.?

Thanks

Peter F.

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From: pETER fOWLER
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: FW: Fuukiran potting demo Photo Gallery by Rogier van Vugt at pbase.com
Date: Sat, 12 Mar 2011 13:10

Interesting link which shows you how to pot Neofinetias on the dome method,
using NZ Phag. Moss.

Peter F.

http://www.pbase.com/rogiervanvugt/fuukiran_potting_demo

Sent from my iPod

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From: geoffrey hands
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Paph. armeniacum
Date: Sat, 12 Mar 2011 19:35

P.armeniacum does not form a new growth at the side of the old one, as most
'normal' paphs do , but sends out a runner, which presently decides it is
far enough from mama , and roots, and then turns into a new growth...so you
need a pan rather than a pot, but the problem then is that you have too much
compost. On the other hand, if the runner meets an obstacle, like the wall
of the pot, it will usually turn aside, and then do its business.

Orchid growing is a fascinating thing, ain't it ! Good luck with your
armeniacum.

BTW , do you know where the name came from ? Armeniacum means apricot (
coloured) which the flowers are not. But then it was named by a botanist who
only had a dried specimen , and when the flower is dried out, it turns
apricot colour.. or maybe it turns apricot when the botanist boils up the
dried specimen − whatever strange rituals the taxonomists do.

Geoff

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From: geoffrey hands
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] FW: Fuukiran potting demo Photo Gallery by Rogier van Vugt at pbase.com
Date: Sat, 12 Mar 2011 20:10

Here's a pic showing one of my plants potted this way − Neofinetia falcata
"Jucheonwang"...

But I am not yet persuaded that it is going to do any better than my
"natural" potting with moss in a basket as shown by another pic here -
Neo.falcata "norm" − a plant with maybe 20 growths, by now ( at least 7 of
which wre flowering size last year) in a larger basket, also using just
sphagnum.

Potted even lower, but by the same method − plastic basket, sphag only , is
Sedirea japonica , now in early spike.

The van Vugt method is the Japanese classic ; they have been doing it their
way for hundreds of years − but they didn't have plastic baskets !. Maybe it
is good when grown in a priceless porcelain bowl ( as they do) where the
roots don't get much air − and they have carried on now that baskets are
available, because that is what honourable ancestors did ?

I shall watch to see what happens with my own plants !

geoff

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From: francis quesada pallares
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Dendrobium transparens
Date: Sat, 12 Mar 2011 22:25

Thanks Tricia,

I wasn't aware it was a species. However, even when you search for a species name on the RHS orchid register it will come up, only without any other info... Just the name.

Regards,

Francis

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From: pETER fOWLER
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Paph. armeniacum
Date: Sat, 12 Mar 2011 23:25

Thanks Geoff. I'll let you know what happens.

Peter

geoffrey hands wrote RE: [OrchidTalk] Paph. armeniacum

P.armeniacum does not form a new growth at the side of the old one, as most
'normal' paphs do , but sends out a runner, which presently decides it is
far enough from mama , and roots, and then turns into a new growth...so you
need a pan rather than a pot, but the problem then is that you have too much
compost. On the other hand, if the runner meets an obstacle, like the wall
of the pot, it will usually turn aside, and then do its business.

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From: pETER fOWLER
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] FW: Fuukiran potting demo Photo Gallery by Rogier van Vugt at pbase.com
Date: Sat, 12 Mar 2011 23:25

I do not think that it matters which way the plants are potted, high or low,
but if you want to put your Neofinetia in a Japanese show it has to be done
by the old high method.
Peter

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From: geoffrey hands
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] FW: Fuukiran potting demo Photo Gallery by Rogier van Vugt at pbase.com
Date: Sun, 13 Mar 2011 13:45

I learn something every day...

But I'm not sure whether I shall be exhibiting at the next possible Japanese
Show !

Geoff

pETER fOWLER wrote RE: [OrchidTalk] FW: Fuukiran potting demo Photo Gallery by Rogier
van Vugt at pbase.com

I do not think that it matters which way the plants are potted, high or low,
but if you want to put your Neofinetia in a Japanese show it has to be done
by the old high method.
Peter

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From: Alex
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Dendrobium transparens
Date: Sun, 13 Mar 2011 21:40

Thanks David and Francis, they are robust things to grow so well as a
house plant particularly the one mounted on cork bark. It has had some
really dry spells but flourishes and looks very natural mounted.
Regards, Alex

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