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22—30 November

From: Tricia Garner
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: re: [OrchidTalk] plants for sale
Date: Wed, 23 Nov 2011 17:25

All, I have just received some superb plants from Andy and recommend
anyone considering asking for his list − don't hesitate!

On 14 Nov, in article ,
Andy wrote:
> I have quite a few orchids for sale and I am in the process of
> getting a list together. They include Masdevallias aand other
> pleuros, Dendrobiums, Dendrochilums and Maxillarias. If anyone
> wants a list please email me directly and I will include you in my
> mail-out. − Applies to Uk and Eu only
> Andy

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Tricia

Accept that some days you are the pigeon and some days the statue.

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From: Alex
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: D.speciosum
Date: Sun, 27 Nov 2011 16:10

I got a very nice Dendrobium speciosum in our club raffle on friday, 6
thick stumpy stems about 6-7 inches long. Two are this years and 4 have
two each thick dark green leaves. Looking at my orchid encyclopedia it
says 'a very variable robust species found along the entire east coast of
australia with 6 distinct varieties' and with 'pseudobulbous stems ranging
from 5 cm to 1metre long'. Grow southern forms cool, down to 2C min and
northern ones warm with high light. Well, I have never been there but I
dont need an atlas to know the east coast of Aussie stretches a very long
way and with a climate ranging from boiling steamy hot down to, well, just
nice and warm. I wonder what variety I have got and how i should treat
it. I have seen pics of biggish plants with sprays of creamy flowers and
said to be fragrant. Has anyone grown them? any experts, any australians?,
anyone in fact.
Thanks and regards,
Alex

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From: Andy
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: some pictures
Date: Sun, 27 Nov 2011 21:15

It's been a glorious day here in the Mendips − I even did some gardening. I
also took a few pictures in the orchid house:

Liparis nutans − This is a first flowering of a seedling I got last year.
The species is from the Philippines apparently. Don't they flowers look
like exotic perching birds?

Masdevallia sanctae-inesae − Masdys are one of my current interests and
this one comes very near the top of my favourites. It has been flowering
for months − just 1 or 2 at a time but it is now reelly taking off. From
Ecuador

Masdevallia lychniphora Wonderful flower colour, Species from Peru

Masdevallia instar Another lovely species from Peru and Ecuador

Stelis yanganensis This has been blooming for months. The plant is tiny −
the mount is about 5cms across. It' for plants like this that I want a
better camera − or a better photographer! I have a few Stelis species and I
really like them − wouldn't mind some more.... This one from angana in
Ecuador.

Bulbophyllum Elizabeth Ann I am pretty sure I've put this one up before but
it is looking glorious at the moment. I thought I'd post a photo of it in
situ even thought the background is somewhat busy!

Andy

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From: Gordon Walker
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] some pictures
Date: Mon, 28 Nov 2011 08:05

Some nice masdies Andy. What compost and temperature range do you use?
Gordon

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From: David Martin
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] D.speciosum
Date: Mon, 28 Nov 2011 19:10

Hello Alex,

I also have a Dendrobium speciosum that I have been .growing since it was a
seedling in 1998. It hasn't flowered yet and i am almost giving up with it.
I hang it in the garden during the Summer in dappled shade and throw lots of
water over it. It doesn't start growing new growths until late in the Summer
and then grows very fast. It has grown two large growths this year about the
size of a large cucumber and has large buds which never seem to break in the
Spring. In the Winter it is in my cool greenhouse with my Cymbidiums and a
Min of 10 deg C

David

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From: Max Redman
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] D.speciosum
Date: Mon, 28 Nov 2011 19:15

Hi Alex

Your speciosum will grow in almost any conditions. By the sound of it you
have probably got one of the intermediate types which will stand very high
lighht and temps down to about 0degrees. Perhaps not for a long time but as
I am not sure where you reside it does make it a little difficult to advise.
If you are in an area where there is a cold winter tthen you would need to
give it shelter andkeep the temps. above about 10degrees (F) There are a
number of websites that are quite into speciosums and out here (Sydney
Australia) they grow very easily. This is the area where they grew naturally
andis actually in about the bottom third of their range.

They can be very slow in flowering as they require to be well established
and reasonably large before they flower. They will take a fair bit of
fertilizer but do not like to be kept too wet. They grow along the sandstone
cliffs and can form huge clumps. There was one taken to an American show
that required a truck to transport it and a fork lift to move it. It weighed
over 300 kilograms.

Best of luck and if you require any more information please let me know and
I will send you some sheets on them.

Max.

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From: Sheila Bicknell
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: (Orchid-Talk) Cymbidium species erythraeum
Date: Mon, 28 Nov 2011 20:35

Hi, I thought I would post a couple of pictures of my Cymbidium erythraeum, currently flowering on ten spikes. I’m really pleased with it’s performance this year, and it has a delicate fragrance to add to the enjoyment.
Regards, Sheila

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From: Sheila Bicknell
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] some pictures
Date: Mon, 28 Nov 2011 20:40

Andy, Thank you for showing the pictures of your orchids, I particularly
like the Bulbophyllum, it's marvellous.
Regards, Sheila

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From: Andy
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] some pictures
Date: Tue, 29 Nov 2011 11:15

Hi Gordon
All of these Masdys are grown in the cool house with a mnw temp of about 10-12. Some that like it very cool I put on the floor and I do that with lots in warmer summer temps and with very good air movement. None of the ones shown are at all fussy. I do have others that I grow warm.
Andy

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From: Andy
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Cymbidium species erythraeum
Date: Tue, 29 Nov 2011 11:20

Hi Sheila
I have this species too − I got it from Geoff some years ago and I love it. However I have never managed more than about 3 spikes at a time and I am hugely impressed with your skill. Apart from the wonderful flowers I can't see a mark on the foliage.
When I grew it in hydroculture I did better with it and I need to rethink my culture of it − aim for at least 4 spikes next year. What mix are you growing it in?
Andy

Sheila Bicknell wrote: [OrchidTalk] Cymbidium species erythraeum

Hi, I thought I would post a couple of pictures of my Cymbidium erythraeum, currently flowering on ten spikes. I m really pleased with it s performance this year, and it has a delicate fragrance to add to the enjoyment.
Regards, Sheila

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From: Tina Stagg
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Photos
Date: Tue, 29 Nov 2011 12:15

After seeing that cymbidium and the Elizabeth Ann I am seriously thinking that I am wasting my time and may as well give up now!

Tina

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From: Geoff
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Cymbidium species erythraeum
Date: Tue, 29 Nov 2011 12:55

Magnificent, Sheila. This is what orchid species ought to be like as I tell my plants in their weekly pep-talk . Unfortunately some of mine don t seem to listen.

Well done indeed.

Geoff

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From: Tricia Garner
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: Photos
Date: Tue, 29 Nov 2011 13:20

I know the feeling!

Tina Stagg wrote:
After seeing that cymbidium and the Elizabeth Ann I am seriously
thinking that I am wasting my time and may as well give up now!

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Tricia

Torch: A case for holding dead batteries.

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From: Alex
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] D.speciosum
Date: Tue, 29 Nov 2011 13:40

Thanks Max − I live in Cheshire NW UK but I keep all my plants in the
house so 10C wont be a problem and I will keep it a bit dryer. I would
think light could be one thing it will be short of. Apart from that a
degree of patience going by what David has also said. I would like a bit
more info, are you thinking of sending a pdf or two? Also I have been
looking back at the files and there is a picture of a huge speciosum with
100 stems and a lady peeking through the back of it from Tony Watkinson.

Thanks again and I hope your cucumbers flower in the spring David, mine
are more like little courgettes :-)
Regards, Alex

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From: Sheila Bicknell
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Photos
Date: Tue, 29 Nov 2011 14:45

Tina, That s not the desired effect I would want to have (and I probably speak for Andy too) I would much prefer everyone to see my pics and think well, if a lady in her mid 70 s can do that, I can too !! But I will warn you that it does need lots of dedication. It s also not easy in a mixed collection, I have made it easier on myself by just concentrating on Cymbidiums for over 20 years, and one photo that inspired me greatly was shown by Ray Bilton of Orchid Answers at the end of one of his lectures many years ago, a photo showing several large cymbidiums in full bloom and looking magnificent on staging in a medium sized greenhouse, which he then said was all the work of a keen amateur grower. In those days I only had a few plants, which were all a bit bedraggled, and to this day I can remember sitting there thinking I want my greenhouse to look like that..and, as they say, the rest is history..
So keep trying, regards, Sheila

Tina Stagg wrote re: [OrchidTalk] Photos

After seeing that cymbidium and the Elizabeth Ann I am seriously thinking that I am wasting my time and may as well give up now!

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From: Sheila Bicknell
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Cymbidium species erythraeum
Date: Tue, 29 Nov 2011 15:05

Hi Andy, I grow all my Cymbidiums in a rockwool and foam mix. The basic mix is called Epiphoam, a mixture of loose cotton-wool type absorbent and non-absorbent rockwools and chopped foam, (there is only one supplier in the UK, if you are an OSGB member, they advertise in The Journal, if not you will find it via Google or I can let you have their details), I then mix this roughly 50/50 with small rockwool cubes, ending up with a very water retentive mix. Cymbidiums do seem to enjoy being really wet through the summer growing season, this probably explains why yours did better when it was in hydroculture. I think the good foliage might be due to the high summer moisture levels too.
Growing in the rockwool mix takes more care during the winter, I don't like them drying out completely, but I certainly don't want them too wet. Large pots can retain a lot of water, smaller pots are easier to judge by feeling the weight. And of course with rockwool being completely inert feeding is another lesson that has to be learned...
Regards, Sheila

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From: Sheila Bicknell
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Cymbidium species erythraeum
Date: Tue, 29 Nov 2011 15:10

Thank you Geoff for your nice comments but I know that many of your plants do listen to your pep talks, as witness all the lovely photos you send from time to time. Maybe you just don t talk the right language for Cymbidiums ? Sheila

Geoff wrote Re: [OrchidTalk] Cymbidium species erythraeum

Magnificent, Sheila. This is what orchid species ought to be like as I tell my plants in their weekly pep-talk . Unfortunately some of mine don t seem to listen.

Well done indeed.

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From: Geoff
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Cymbidium species erythraeum
Date: Tue, 29 Nov 2011 16:05

All my oncidiums etc. in hydroculture are looking a bit tired ; I think I am going to give them a tonic in the form of a spray with Epsom Salts ( Mag Sulphate) plus some Superthrive, then reset the sun lamps so as to give 6 hours continuous instead of 3 morning and 3 night, just for a couple of months. See what happens.
Anyone got any better ideas ?,

Geoff

Andy wrote Re: [OrchidTalk] Cymbidium species erythraeum

Hi Sheila
I have this species too − I got it from Geoff some years ago and I love it. However I have never managed more than about 3 spikes at a time and I am hugely impressed with your skill. Apart from the wonderful flowers I can't see a mark on the foliage.
When I grew it in hydroculture I did better with it and I need to rethink my culture of it − aim for at least 4 spikes next year. What mix are you growing it in?

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From: Geoff
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Walking in our New Forest
Date: Tue, 29 Nov 2011 19:45

I have just signed an e-petition ( if enough sign, then there has to be a Parliamentary debate). It is asking for a ban on 4 x4s going off-road in National Parks.

It is not a great problem in the New Forest I think – I walk there a lot , as you may know, and I rarely meet them, or their traces – yet ! In some of the Parks especially The Peak District they very definitely are a problem, churning up paths into mud – which doesn’t bother them – but does bother walkers. In fact parts of the Pennine Way have had to be closed or re-routed, using valuable and inadequate resources which would have been better used elsewhere. To get them banned there, will also get them banned here, and of course in all the other National Parks in UK too, before a problem really arises. in some of them.

If you can agree with me, please sign the e-petition at
http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/9910

And pass it on to your friends too ? This is only just getting off the ground – less than a thousand signatures so far , and there is now a time limit – we have to get enough by late February or it gets swept away .

regards

Geoff

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From: brian.gould83
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Cymbidium species erythraeum
Date: Wed, 30 Nov 2011 21:30

Hi Geoff
If your oncidiums are looking tired it can only be light levels or fertiliser.Having spoken to you at Bournemouth and knowing you have a very extensive knowledge of fertiliser I would not think that you are giving your plants to much nitrogen at this time of year(this can cause floppy sad plants).I would suspect that the problem is to do with light levels.If you upset the plants metabolism by giving extra light at the beginning or end of the day your plants become confused and do not know how to respond.When I used to bring in stock plants of bedding plants like geraniums in the autumn and gave them extra light they suffered but when I used to let them slow down in natural daylight and let them sleep they all was fine. As the days extended from say mid January I then gave them extra light.The plants were beginning to awaken from treir winter sleep and they responded to this extra light with great enthusiam. All plants need a break and I think that the extra light that you are giving your plants now is the problem.Hopes this helps.I wish I could have been at Bournemouth for your talk on Vandas but alas my wife has a back problem which is very painful.
Regards
Brian


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