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January 1-7 8-14 15-21 22-31 February 1-7 8-14 15-21 22-29
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

January 15—21

From: Tina Stagg
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Emailing: Dendrochilum tenellum15Jan2012, Dendrochilum tenellum close up 15Jan2012, Holcoglossum subulifolium 15Jan2012, Laelia
Date: Mon, 16 Jan 2012 16:45

These are flowering today − the anceps in the cool greenhouse, others in the intermediate.

Tina

Dendrochilum tenellum15Jan2012
Dendrochilum tenellum close up 15Jan2012
Holcoglossum subulifolium 15Jan2012
Laelia anceps var. coerulescens 15Jan2012
Laelia anceps var. Deganwy 15Jan2012
Laelia anceps var. lineata 15Jan2012
Laelia anceps var. Padua 15Jan2012
Laelia anceps x rubescens 15Jan2012

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From: Richard Baxter
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Emailing: Dendrochilum tenellum15Jan2012, Dendrochilum tenellum close up 15Jan2012, Holcoglossum subulifolium 15Ja
Date: Mon, 16 Jan 2012 19:25

You lucky person, Tina.
I have four Laelia anceps and none of them has ever flowered. They grow strongly, so obviously they are too happy somehow.
I have tried cool (min 10c), intermediate (min 15c), dry rest, no rest, light, shade.
This week I put three of them outside on a cold night to try to shock them − very frustrating.
Richard

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From: Richard Baxter
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Orchids versus roses
Date: Mon, 16 Jan 2012 19:25

For those of you who have the time (or inclination), there will be an interesting discussion on Radio 4 WOMANS HOUR this Friday 20th. The topic is whether the orchid (Phalaenopsis I suppose) has, or is about to, take over as England's favourite flower.
Richard

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From: Tina Stagg
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Emailing: Dendrochilum tenellum15Jan2012, Dendrochilum tenellum close up 15Jan2012, Holcoglossum subulifolium 15Ja
Date: Tue, 17 Jan 2012 11:05

The laelia anceps 'Deganwy' is a clone I bought from Burnham in 1971. It has flowered every year since. I had to give it a clonal name to distinguish it as so many people have had bits. I will put you on the waiting list, Richard! No special treatment, except to say that it rests after flowering, not before, and then no water until new growth shows. I wonder if you are giving yours enough light? They do need plenty.
Tina

Richard Baxter wrote Re: [OrchidTalk] Emailing: Dendrochilum tenellum15Jan2012...

You lucky person, Tina.
I have four Laelia anceps and none of them has ever flowered. They grow strongly, so obviously they are too happy somehow.
I have tried cool (min 10c), intermediate (min 15c), dry rest, no rest, light, shade.
This week I put three of them outside on a cold night to try to shock them − very frustrating.
Richard

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From: francis quesada pallares
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Emailing: Dendrochilum tenellum15Jan2012, Dendrochilum tenellum close up 15Jan2012, Holcoglossum subulifolium 15Ja
Date: Tue, 17 Jan 2012 13:45

Tina,

Those clones of Laelia anceps are just beautiful. I have Laelia anceps var veitchiana, which is also beautiful, and flowers regularly for me every year, with at least two to three flowers. This year it was an odd one, with only two flowers, one of them being a mutation, where you could see two columns, 6 petals and a very large lip, so I guess two flowers mutated into one! I wonder if it had to do with light changes at a crucial stage, as I had to move the plant from it's normal position to a different one half way through the year.

Francis x

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From: Tina Stagg
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Laelia anceps
Date: Wed, 18 Jan 2012 09:30

Thank you, Francis.

I also have var. veitchiana but it flowers later than the others. It does have its genetic quirks − unfortunately, the leaves always seem to have a twist to them but it is a very strong grower. I have collected several other varieties over the past few years but most are still too small to flower. I do find, too, that the white varieties seem weaker than the others.

Tina

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From: Alex
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Emailing: Dendrochilum tenellum15Jan2012, Dendrochilum tenellum close up 15Jan2012, Holcoglossum subulifolium 15Ja
Date: Wed, 18 Jan 2012 17:05

Lovely flowers Tina − my dendrochilum glumaceum looks as if it will have
14spikes and I was going to take a pic but tenellum puts it to shame.
Anyhow I must get a camera going and send a picture of my L.anceps alba
and oaxhua, done well this year.
Regards, Alex

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From: John Dennis
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: From JD
Date: Wed, 18 Jan 2012 19:55

Hello,

My name is JD. I have been collecting Orchids for about four years. I hav
e a very mixed collection and most of them grow quite well, although I am al
ways learning and in consequence trying new things. After about a year of c
ollecting Phals, Dend/ Phals,and Oncidiums indoors, I took the great plunge i
nto greenhouse growing. Now I have several small greenhouses and a reasonab
le environment for most types of Orchid.

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From: Tricia Garner
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: From JD
Date: Wed, 18 Jan 2012 23:35

Hello John (aka JD),

Welcome to Orchid-Talk − evidently the URL I wrote down was legible!
Good to have you with us.

To everyone else, John is being modest about his orchids as the ones
he brings to the Wessex OS are very well grown indeed.

--

Tricia

It's been 'one of those days' all week.

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From: francis quesada pallares
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Laelia anceps
Date: Thu, 19 Jan 2012 13:55

To be honest, Tina, I would have never bothered to get a Laelia, as I grow indoors, and didn't think I could provide enough light for them to flower. I bought it in spike from Laurence Hobbs, and then I thought it would never flower again, but after a couple of years of adjusting, it has been flowering every year (which I am very pleased about). I find the growing habit a little cumbersome, as it keeps growing 'upwards' so the new growth always loses touch with the compost and sends very long roots trailing around!

If as you say, the white varieties are weaker than the type, I must get myself some of the true Laelia anceps clones, as they are just wonderful!

Francis x

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From: John Dennis
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] From JD
Date: Thu, 19 Jan 2012 17:20

Hi Trisha,

I don't really understand how the Forum works, but I guess that you just say whatever you want and even if it is addressed to a specific person all other members might also respond, if they want to, and in that way we can expand the range of people that might be able to help with a particular issue. I that correct?

As you know, I am a member of the WOS and the BOS and as a result have developed some really nice friends during the past few years. By joining a local Orchid Society, one can really get involved in this hobby, or just go along on a casual basis to look at the lovely exhibits that are always displayed by the membership.

I have a range of questions for Geoff Hands. Having read his article about the ideal pH of Orchid feed water in this Summer's issue of Top Orchid. My clean Rain Water measures 7.5 to 8.0 pH which seems to be a bit high for optimum take-up of all of the nutrient elements in the diluted feed . This morning I purchased a bottle of "pH down" and by adding just the most minute amount the pH went down to about 6.5, I will recheck again tomorrow morning after 24 hours have passed. At this time the feed water measured a conductivity of 350 micro S.

John

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From: David Martin
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] From JD
Date: Thu, 19 Jan 2012 22:10

Hello John,
I find the best way with Ph down is to take a small amount out and put it
into another container diluted with about ten times the amount of water,
that makes it easier to adjust without massive swings up or down.

David

John Dennis wrote Re: [OrchidTalk] From JD

[...]

I have a range of questions for Geoff Hands. Having read his article about
the ideal pH of Orchid feed water in this Summer's issue of Top Orchid. My
clean Rain Water measures 7.5 to 8.0 pH which seems to be a bit high for
optimum take-up of all of the nutrient elements in the diluted feed . This
morning I purchased a bottle of "pH down" and by adding just the most
minute amount the pH went down to about 6.5, I will recheck again tomorrow
morning after 24 hours have passed. At this time the feed water measured a
conductivity of 350 micro S.

John

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From: Alex
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: [Fwd: Laelia anceps]
Date: Thu, 19 Jan 2012 23:05

Here are my Laelia anceps, the first is oaxhua, second alba, third is
a first cousin to anceps, laelia gouldiana and last my greenhouse,
Ooops.. I mean the lounge.
Regards, Alex

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From: N & T Burgess
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: London Orchid Show
Date: Fri, 20 Jan 2012 11:05

I thought you all may be interested in the email below which I received from the RHS after filling in the complaints section in the members area of the RHS web site.

Norma

The decision to move the event a day earlier was not taken lightly − the proposal came about when the Botanical Art exhibitors were keen to move the show forward and as this is now a joint event, their request could not be ignored. All of the exhibitors at the 2011 Show were consulted and the vast majority of orchid exhibitors were either in agreement or willing to give it a try. Members of the RHS Orchid Committee were also consulted and agreed the change of date.

Attendance on the Sunday has always been very low, especially in the afternoon. From our experience most serious orchid growers come to the show on Saturday. I fully understand your concern about Congestion Charge and would like to assure you it is not our intention to alienate or ignore visitors to the Show. The change of date is a one year trial and things may change if it does not work. I am sure you will appreciate that with falling visitor numbers it is important to try some new ideas to encourage visitors back.

We are also incorporating a British Orchid Council judging event together with an international symposium on Orchid Assessment; this will make a visit even more worthwhile and inclusive. It will benefit all serious orchid growers.

I would like to assure you that your support of the Show is greatly valued, and thank you for taking the trouble to write to us.

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From: John Dennis
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] From JD
Date: Sat, 21 Jan 2012 07:45

Thanks for the info David. I had noticed that Ph down worked best if it was
well diluted before being added to the feed water. I bought a bottle from a
local garden centre but later noticed that it had gone well past its use b
y date. However it still seems to work OK.

John

On 19 Jan 2012, at 22:10, "David Martin" wro
te:

> JD

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From: Sheila Bicknell
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] London Orchid Show
Date: Sat, 21 Jan 2012 13:55

Well done Norma for actually raising the issue with the RHS.
It will be interesting to see how it all pans out, swings and roundabouts comes to mind.
I can t see Friday equalling the usual Saturday attendance myself,
Sheila

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