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22—30 September

From: David Martin
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Alternative composts.
Date: Thu, 22 Sep 2011 00:00

I looked at growing orchids in Hydroleca as you suggested but got side tracked by Geoff s article on Hydroponics. I have grown Epiphyllums in Hydroleca standing in half inch of feed water extremely successfully and use large Perlag or sponge rock with some orchids.
David

Roger Grier wrote:

Hello again David,

As your Daughter was interested in my growing orchids in stone chippings, may I suggest that she 'Google's something like......growing orchids in Hydraleca.

I have known about this for many years, in fact you may remember my talking about Fennel's Orchid Jungle in Florida.

There are now very many people who grow using this type of 'compost'.

My lever-arch folder is bursting at the seams with the information that I have gathered over forty years or more, plus all of the other knowledge gained.

Hydraleca [hope that is the correct spelling] sure looks good.

Cheers, Rodge.

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From: Gordon Walker
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Alternative composts.
Date: Thu, 22 Sep 2011 08:05

Further to Rogers e-mail I am presently trying an experiment growing Phallys, Paphs and a few others bare root. in room temperatures Aweak feed is given every second watering and so far there appears to be an improvemrnt and new root growth. I water every second day allowing the plant roots to be in water for ten minutes.
I will report further in a few weeks.
Gordon.
P.S. I have not tried this method with my cool growing masdevallias as room temperatures would be to high.

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From: Tricia Garner
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Alternative composts.
Date: Thu, 22 Sep 2011 09:45

For some about three years I have grown Ascocendas in glass vases
quite successfully − until recently. I haven't changed the regime
i.e. filling the vases with water for a couple of hours and then
draining, every four days or so. Previously they have flowered well
but for some months now every new flower spike has turned brown and
crispy early in its development.

Has anyone any suggestions as to why this is happening?

Tricia

I wonder how much deeper the ocean would be without sponges.

On 22 September Gordon Walker wrote:
> Further to Rogers e-mail I am presently trying an experiment
> growing Phallys, Paphs and a few others bare root. in room
> temperatures Aweak feed is given every second watering and so far
> there appears to be an improvemrnt and new root growth. I water
> every second day allowing the plant roots to be in water for ten
> minutes.
> I will report further in a few weeks. Gordon.
> P.S. I have not tried this method with my cool growing masdevallias
> as room temperatures would be to high.

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From: Roger Grier
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Ascocendas
Date: Thu, 22 Sep 2011 10:00

Hello Tricia,

Can you please tell us exactly where your Ascocendas are standing, and has the place or position changed since the first nice batch of flower spikes and flowers.

Or has there been any other 'changes'.

Cheers, Rodge.

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From: Bill Haldane
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Name that Plant
Date: Thu, 22 Sep 2011 11:10

Attached are some photos taken this morning of a plant given me with the
name 'Pleurothallis species'. Can anyone recognise it? The flowerscape
is 13cms long and the flowers are 14mm from the top to bottom. Any
helpful suggestions would be appreciated.
Bill

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From: Tricia Garner
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: Ascocendas
Date: Thu, 22 Sep 2011 11:40

Hi Rodge − nice to have you back, by the way.

The Ascocendas are on a South-facing windowsill in the living-room.
Princess Mikassa 'Blue' was the first to exhibit the symptoms and the
others gradually followed. The two older ones have successfully
flowered several times previously in that place.

Neither the position or regime have changed, so I can't pinpoint a
specific reason for the 'browning off'.

It's a mystery...

--

Tricia

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

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From: Roger Grier
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Name that Plant
Date: Fri, 23 Sep 2011 16:55

Hello Bill,

I have had a look at three books and the only one that might fit is,
Pleurothallis tuerkheimii. But of course it may be a mile off.

Bill, would you like any help getting better photos of your plant?

Cheers, Rodge.

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From: Roger Grier
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Ascocendas
Date: Fri, 23 Sep 2011 17:00

Hi Tricia,

As you say it is a mystery and so damned annoying. Maybe it is one of those
faults that Mother Nature tells us about.

Rodge.

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From: Bill Haldane
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Name that Plant
Date: Fri, 23 Sep 2011 19:05

Hello Rodge,
Thanks for the name suggestion.None of the references I looked at seemed
likely.
I will admit my photos are not of even my usual standard but they are
better than those I deleted. I have tried several camera settings but
they all seem to find difficulty in achieving sensible focussing. If you
have any useful gems of wisdom I am happy to try them.
Regards Bill

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From: Tony Watkinson
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Fw: [OrchidTalk] Name that Plant
Date: Sat, 24 Sep 2011 00:15

Hi Bill

I think you will find that your orchid is Pleurothallis aligatorifera. A
name which really does fit.

Tony
In Perth West Aust

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From: Tricia Garner
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: Fw: [OrchidTalk] Name that Plant
Date: Sat, 24 Sep 2011 09:30

Tony, they do look very similar except that on your photos there are
very noticeable stripes on the flowers and I don't see any on Bill's
pics. That doesn't mean there aren't any on his flowers, of course.
It would also be interesting to see pics of the entire plant in both
cases.

I find Pleurothallis fascinating as there is such a variation in
them. Haven't seen many hybrids, though.

--

Tricia

Do wizards use spell-checkers?

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From: Roger Grier
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Photos
Date: Sat, 24 Sep 2011 09:45

Mornin' Bill,

I will hopefully find a few tips later today or tomorrow..................had a Graphics Card fail on me a day or so ago, so am getting back to normal and also catching up on a few jobs.

Cheers, Rodge.

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From: Roger Grier
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Photos
Date: Sat, 24 Sep 2011 14:20

Hi Bill,

Just about caught up with all outstanding jobs.....computerise that is.

My camera Bill is just a small pocket type. It is a Canon Ixus 55. It does all that I require.

Has a Four times Macro lens, and a Twelve times normal lens....whatever that means, ha, ha.

As you can see from the photo, it is not an orchid subject, but shows that I am also a Naturalist.

That shot was taken on twelve times normal lens, and was hand held.

When taking any other photos that are not in haste, I ALWAYS use a tripod. I have tried different backgrounds over the years, and although I like black, other backgrounds will I feel sure quite amaze you at times.

If you have any questions please throw them at me and I will do my best to answer them.

Cheers, Rodge.

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From: Peter Fowler
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Photos
Date: Sat, 24 Sep 2011 19:10

Quality photo Rodge. My wife has a Canon Ixus as well and are good cameras. I got fed up with my heavy DSLR and lenses and sold it on eBay and bought a Sony Cyber-shot with a 10.5 M lens and many, many features. It has GPS and a compass ,so tells you where you have taken the shot. Takes panoramic shots as well as video with sound. I find the best feature is this:- because I shake a bit the camera picks it up and takes 6 shots in very quick succession. Does some working out and ends up with a in focus shot. And with HDMI you can link it up with the 42 tele.
Good growing to you all.

Peter F...........,Alton

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From: JIM MATEOSKY
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: brassavola nodosa in the wild
Date: Sat, 24 Sep 2011 23:10

Hi all,

I really like seeing the "orchids in the wild" photos. These are from 9 deg Latitude at 20 Meters Alt. Pretty much pure sun, yeah there is some shade for part of the day, but the sun is pretty strong here. Lots of light, now that I am typing I am thinking to my self I could have measured it with my new fangled cell. My camera is on the way out, it was not cooperating these were as good as I could get. we were on a boat the next day, viewing lots of playful Antarctic grey whales and the %&&ing thing died on me.

Jim

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From: Tony Watkinson
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Fw: [OrchidTalk] brassavola nodosa in the wild
Date: Sun, 25 Sep 2011 10:55

Hi Jim

Your pix of Brassavola nodosa are quite mind blowing. Of course, I grow mine like that. (Yeah, right) Would you mind if I made a web page of your pix linked to the Species Orchid Society of Western Australia Newsletter?

I should like to know where the pix were taken and where you live. Not your address of course, just what country, etc. And any info you could add to make viewing the pix more interesting.

I hope you don't mind

Tony

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From: Geoff
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] brassavola nodosa in the wild
Date: Sun, 25 Sep 2011 19:05

Come on Tony put the little grey cells to work, as our friend M.Poirot might have said.

9 degrees latitude, and then seeing Atlantic Grey Whales ...has to be a bit south of Trinidad maybe on the mainland Venezuela . (Trinidad the island which is associated with Tobago I say that being so well aware that there are very many towns named Trinidad apart from the island of that name . ) I have seen B .nodosa myself growing on trees of that kind, along the whole coast ( the Spanish Main of Venezuela, and around the Caribbean , but never seen a plant like this one, not within a million miles.

It really is a stunner. Thanks for sharing this with us Jim,

geoff

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From: Dennis Read
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] brassavola nodosa in the wild
Date: Mon, 26 Sep 2011 08:50

For the first time my Brassavola nodusa flowered this year and I was going to post it. Now I see a real one I'll not bother.
Regards

--- On Sat, 24/9/11, JIM MATEOSKY wrote:

Hi all,

I really like seeing the "orchids in the wild" photos. These are from 9 deg Latitude at 20 Meters Alt. Pretty much pure sun, yeah there is some shade for part of the day, but the sun is pretty strong here. Lots of light, now that I am typing I am thinking to my self I could have measured it with my new fangled cell. My camera is on the way out, it was not cooperating these were as good as I could get. we were on a boat the next day, viewing lots of playful Antarctic grey whales and the %&&ing thing died on me.

Jim

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From: David Martin
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] brassavola nodosa in the wild
Date: Mon, 26 Sep 2011 08:15

My guess is it s Costa Rica as the Atlantic Gray Whale migrates down the Eastern Pacific and spends the Summer around Mexico s Baja Peninsula and Southern Gulf of California. I think it s extinct in the Atlantic.
David

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From: Dr Khoo Chong Yee
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: 20WOC Non-Floral Competitions
Date: Fri, 30 Sep 2011 08:20

Dear Friends,

Could I please ask for your help to spread the word around on the competitions we are running at the 20th World Orchid Conference (13-20 November 2011)? I attach a short writeup.

Please email people you know who might be interested, print it out and pass it around, etc.

The brochure is also available via the web at:

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/2365423/20WOCNonFloralCompetitions.pdf or http://bit.ly/qXcwR5

Thank you very much for your help.

Regards,

Chong-Yee

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From: Gordon Walker
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Query
Date: Fri, 30 Sep 2011 18:25

Does anyone have any information on the possible use of Nutrafin which is used in cold water aquariums to eliminate nitrite and ammonia to make tap water safe to use on orchids?
Gordon.

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From: Tricia Garner
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: Query
Date: Fri, 30 Sep 2011 22:40

I'm guessing you mean Nutrafin Cycle as opposed to one of the other
Nutrafin products? Since Nitrite and Ammonia are fertilizers I can't
see any particular benefit in removing them.

Surely it is other chemicals present in tap water, particularly in
hard water areas, which are potentially more damaging to orchids? Not
to mention additives such as fluoride.

Suffice it to say IMHO the Nutrafin products wouldn't be useful for
orchids.

--

Tricia

Put a chilli in it. Spice it up.

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