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March 1-7 8-14 15-21 22-31 April 1-7 8-14 15-21 22-30
May 1-7 8-14 15-21 22-31 June 1-7 8-14 15-21 22-30
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

8—14 October

From: Roger Grier
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: The latest gunge.
Date: Sat, 08 Oct 2011 18:25

Yesterday I bought three Phalaenopsis from a Marks & Spencer store. As you can see they are charging £6.00 which is probably the best price other than perhaps some Tesco stores who sell them for £5.00

As one lady told me....." I do not bother with re-potting, as for that price, when the flowers all fall off which can be after months of an excellent display, I just bin it and buy a new one.

POINT TAKEN.

The three that I did buy were de-potted today and re-potted in my stone chippings 'compost'.

Please look at the 'gunge' that was used as a potting medium in just one of the plants. What are all of those thin stringy 'roots' doing in there. I will tell you that this orchid was very firmly potted in this gunge, and I had to take much time and care to tease it out. I hate to think what would have happened in some weeks time as this gunge did not let in any fresh air at all.

Still, I am very pleased with the three Phallys.

One question that I have asked myself for many years is this. I wonder why the great producers of Phallys the world over have never bred in the perfumes types. One that sits in our conservatory has a very faint scent.

Rubbish year for our Wild Orchids....roll on 2012.

Rodge.

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From: tony garthwaite
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] The latest gunge.
Date: Sun, 09 Oct 2011 09:40

Rodger,

I wonder if they are roots from ferns which may be growing when in the
commercial house but the tops removed before sale?

Tony G.

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From: tony garthwaite
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Emailing:3 'sweeties'
Date: Sun, 09 Oct 2011 09:55

Dear All,
Here are three orchids in flower on my windowsill at present:
265: Dendrobium Victoria Regina. (I've always coveted this one!)
276: Maxillaria arbuscula. The bloom is about 1 cm across!
271: Bulbophyllum pectenveneris. There is a second inflorescence behind,
(you can just see it top left), but that one is a cream colour. I wonder if
there are two plants on the moss slab, as I notice that there are different
colours shown when I 'Google' the images for this plant?

Tony G.

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From: Dennis Read
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] The latest gunge.
Date: Sun, 09 Oct 2011 11:50

As a point of interest how many phalaenopsis grow lithiphitically in the wild?
Regards

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From: Roger Grier
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] The latest gunge.
Date: Sun, 09 Oct 2011 16:40

Hi Tony,

That was my first thought, but I think that these roots are much tougher and larger. Anyway, they seem to be yet one more strange item that is added to the growers 'compost'.

I thought that flower arrangers 'Oasis' was the last straw, but then along came the broken shell of Palm nuts. I wonder what next???

Rodge.

tony garthwaite wrote RE: [OrchidTalk] The latest gunge.

Rodger,

I wonder if they are roots from ferns which may be growing when in the commercial house but the tops removed before sale?

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From: Roger Grier
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] The latest gunge.
Date: Sun, 09 Oct 2011 17:10

Hello Dennis,

It may be quicker to 'Google' the question, but I have books that tell of the species that are Lithophytic.

Tree or rock, my guess is that they will all feed the same way.

Rodge.

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From: tony garthwaite
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] The latest gunge.
Date: Sun, 09 Oct 2011 17:20

Well, Palm nut shells......

I remember coming back from Thailand in the ’90's with my camera bag full of
palm nut husks, in fact, I've still got some somewhere!

They grow orchids in them in S.E.Asia. Would suit your Phallies a treat!

Tony G.

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From: Roger Grier
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] The latest gunge.
Date: Mon, 10 Oct 2011 12:05

Hello Tony,

Like you say, I feel sure that Phallys would grow well in Palm Nut husks. They are very thick walled and would not break down for a very long time.

This is yet one more 'item' that could be used. In fact all similar 'composts' would do the same thing, and as someone once said......."A compost is only that what stops the plant from falling over".

Cheers, Rodge.

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From:
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] The latest gunge.
Date: Mon, 10 Oct 2011 17:45

Rodge,

My late grandmother-in-law used coconut half shells for Phals and vandas. They were hung on the veranda as well as in the mangos. A common practice in the Philippines. It works fine in a greenhouse as long as the mounts get misted frequently and are kept out of direct sun.

Paul

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From: Alex
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Bulbo seedling
Date: Thu, 13 Oct 2011 21:05

Hello list − can anyone hazard a name for this bulbophyllum? It is a
seedling that a friend gave me about 5 years ago, I havent grown any
bulbos myself and he has forgotten what he may have given me. Looking at
my encyclopedia it may be B. rothschildianum but the book says that smells
and it doesnt look quite the same.
Regards, Alex

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From: Andy
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Bulbo seedling
Date: Fri, 14 Oct 2011 07:30

It's not rothschildianum. I think it is a hybrid
Andy

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From: francis quesada pallares
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Bulbo seedling
Date: Fri, 14 Oct 2011 08:35

Hi Alex,

As soon as I saw your photo Bulb. lasiochilum sprang to mind... Look at pictures on IOSPE, and the shape is very similar, however, the color is not quite there... Maybe a variable species?

It is difficult to put a name without knowing size of flowers or plant, but I think it is either that one, or something very similar.

Regards,

Francis

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From: Dennis Read
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Lycaste dissappointment
Date: Fri, 14 Oct 2011 10:50

Quite a few years ago I bought a very small seedlingat the RHS spring Show. It was named as a rare species Lycaste crystallina. It has just flowered and it is not L. crystallina. My eyes now are not good but I think it may be L. occulta.
Any other ideas. A copy has gone to Henry Oaleley and he hay be able to help from a photo.
Regards

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