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15—21 July

From: Peter Fowler
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Neofinetia
Date: Tue, 16 Jul 2013 09:10

Picture of my Neofinetia falcata with pink
spurs. Two more spikes to open.
Peter

Sent from my Sony Xperiaâ„¢ smartphone

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From: Tina Stagg
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Neofinetia
Date: Tue, 16 Jul 2013 17:45

That's what I call a plant to be proud of, Peter.

Tina

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From: Peter Fowler
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Neofinetia
Date: Tue, 16 Jul 2013 22:55

Thanks Tina. Quite pleased with the quality of the photos from my new mobile's camera.
Peter.

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From: Tricia Garner
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Neofinetia
Date: Wed, 17 Jul 2013 08:40

I agree with Tina, that's a superb plant.

Not wanting to be picky but would it be possible to take pictures of
a smaller file size for the list? Maybe take two, one for yourself
and a smaller one for the list? The one you sent was 1.4MB which is
over the recommended limit. All messages are downloaded to my
computer and then broadcast to the list so I get a double hit on my
bandwith. Large files soon use it up :-)

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Tricia

Women like silent men, they think they're listening.

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From: Peter Fowler
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Neofinetia
Date: Wed, 17 Jul 2013 09:05

Sorry Tricia. I will have to read my new phone's "How to" pages or use a different camera.
What is the maximum size of photos for the list?
I am pleased you like the plant . Such rewarding species and easy to grow.
Peter.

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From: Tricia Garner
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Neofinetia
Date: Wed, 17 Jul 2013 22:40

Thanks, Peter. Clearly your phone's camera is pretty good so it would
be a shame not to use it. With regard to referred maximum size,
something in the region of 1,000 pixels for the longest side (depends
whether the photo is portrait or landscape orientation) or whatever
is the nearest your camera will take. Better still would be 800
pixels which is a good size for smaller screens but don't stress
about it :-)

If you are sending several photos in one message then the preferred
maximum size of the message is not greater than 1MB including text.

I'm interested that the neofinetias grow so well for you indoors and
am very tempted to have a go myself.

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Tricia

Vital papers will demonstrate their vitality by moving from where you left them to where you can't find them.

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From: Peter Fowler
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Neofinetia
Date: Wed, 17 Jul 2013 23:15

Hi Tricia.......I have looked into my new mobile phone's camera and it has smaller sizes to choose from. I have another Variegated Neo in spike and will send a couple of smaller sizes to see which one, if at all, is suitable. They grow for me quite well indoors. They are on a east facing widow, on a tray. They grow in NZ Sphagnum Moss. Water well and don't water them again until they are stone dry. The moss has no give when gentle pushed and is light in colour. I have bought most of mine from a chap on eBay. His eBay name is GreenPottery or something very similar. His prices are quite inexpensive and he offers different types. He also sells the pots for them, but I would push you to buy from my potter friend. What design you want ,he will make. He is a very talented potter. The Japanese would never dream of putting a Neofinetia in a plastic pot. They use beautiful pots with Dragons on them and have been handed down from father to son, etc. and some are said to be hundred or more years old. I would give them a go and buy a couple of different types, as they look better than just a single plant. The perfume at night is intoxicating.
Peter.

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From: Tricia Garner
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Neofinetia
Date: Thu, 18 Jul 2013 08:40

Hi Peter,

Thanks for that; I look forward to seeing the next photos. I could
have a problem with trying Neofinetias indoors as I only have north
and south facing windows here − something to do with not overlooking
the neighbours either side on the east and west. I guess south facing
would be too hot/bright and north not bright enough. Oh well, back to
the drawing board...

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Tricia

I doubt, therefore I might be.

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From: Peter Fowler
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Neofinetia
Date: Thu, 18 Jul 2013 17:00

Tricia.....I grew them on a south facing window for a couple of years and they grew and flowered well. The window had net curtains which cut down the heat and amount of light.
In the end they had their marching orders and moved to their present position .
Peter

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From: Tricia Garner
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Neofinetia
Date: Thu, 18 Jul 2013 22:55

Thanks, Peter. I will try to squeeze a couple in with the Ascocendas
and Tolumnias already on the south facing windows :-)

--

Tricia

No one ever says "It's only a game," when their team is winning.

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From: Geoff
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Encyclia adenocaule − aka Epidendrum nemorale
Date: Fri, 19 Jul 2013 11:30

Bought under the label Enyc. cordigera semi-alba − which it certainly is not. But a search through Withners books on the Cattleyas and their allies showed me that there are very few pink encyclias − about 3 in fact. Narrowing it down to this one was easy ; an alternative name is/was Encyc verrucosa, and that means rough or warty in Latin ( remember the kids getting verrucas at swimming pools ? ) The shot − much enlarged − of the stem, shows the "warts" which in fact are glands, but I have no idea what that means in this case !

Can do better I think ( in flower count) . Mind you, I thought the bulbs were not up to FS when I believed the label − maybe this plant does have smaller bulbs ? The pot, btw is 5 inches. Flowering brought about after 3 years on the bench, by hanging it up in better light − the next stage is when the new growth starts, and it will get its very own log ( well, branch) to grow on.

I like it.

Geoff

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From: Peter Fowler
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Another Neofinetia
Date: Sat, 20 Jul 2013 09:50

Another photo of a Neofinetia falcata from my collection. A variegated type, first flowering so a small spike.
Taken by my new mobile's camera, at lowest resolution to keep the boss happy.
119 and 115 KB. Tricia, is that OK now?
A bit cooler today.
Peter

Sent from my Sony Xperiaâ„¢ smartphone

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From: Tricia Garner
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: Another Neofinetia
Date: Sat, 20 Jul 2013 10:45

Perfect, Peter! :-)

Peter Fowler wrote:

> Another photo of a Neofinetia falcata from my collection. A
> variegated type, first flowering so a small spike.
> Taken by my new mobile's camera, at lowest resolution to keep the
> boss happy.
> 119 and 115 KB. Tricia, is that OK now?
> A bit cooler today.
> Peter

> Sent from my Sony Xperiaâ?¢ smartphone

--

Tricia

You can go anywhere you want if you look serious and carry a clipboard.

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From: Andy
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Encyclia adenocaule − aka Epidendrum nemorale
Date: Sat, 20 Jul 2013 20:20

Hi Geoff

I like this one very much too and I am glad you have posted it. What sort of culture do you employ?

I have had it several years and been waiting for it to flower. I attach a pic of mine. The mount is 25 cms tall so you can see it is a sizeable plant and I have been at pains to figure out what it needs. For a couple of winters I kept it drier and cooler though last winter I didn’t move it from the intermediate house. I’d appreciate any suggestions.

Andy

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From: Peter Fowler
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Encyclia adenocaule − aka Epidendrum nemorale
Date: Sun, 21 Jul 2013 07:40

Hi Andy.......went through Dressler and Pollard, Mexican Encyclias and other items and might suggest that it needs bright light levels with good air movement. I have always had a large fan going 24/7 for all the time I grew orchids.
Yours is a great plant and should have been flowering now. What is your feeding regime?
If you are doing the above ,then I cannot think why the plant is not flowering.
Good luck
Peter, Alton.

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From: Peter Fowler
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Mexican Orchids
Date: Sun, 21 Jul 2013 07:45

Forgot to say that in June's 2013 AOS ,Orchids, there was a section on growi
ng Mexican Orchids.
Peter

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From: Geoff
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Encyclia adenocaule − aka Epidendrum nemorale
Date: Sun, 21 Jul 2013 10:20

MY plant is in a pot using medium bark and very coarse perlite − the stuff Peter Black sells as Perlite rock − pea size. Has been in that for a couple of years, was in plain Perlite before that.
Hangs up in my greenhouse − aimed at cattleya/vanda conditions.
Stats set to 17 night/20 day in summer, and 15/17 in the winter.
Has been sprayed most days for the last year or two − all the hanging plants get that. When I say most days, it is probably every other day in sunless winter conditions, and often twice a day since the wall-to-wall sunshine started here on the south coast, an aeon ago.
So no rest.
Taken down and inspected, dunked in nutrient ( 600EC 6.3 pH, every week or three − less often and weaker in the winter.
I now have 4 layers of shade cloth on, in an attempt to control temperatures -had been up to 37 one afternoon before I put the last one on − but all off in the winter.
I could summarise all that by saying nothing special, what pretty well all of my orchids get !

BTW when I went to have a look at the compost − 10am Sunday, before I answered, conditions in the greenhouse were ideal I think − 25 degrees C, dappled light, humidity lovely from the 40 litres of water sprayed on all the plants at 7 am . And the Encyclia in question has expanded the flowers, now over 4 inches, north south, and the perfume is lovely, and stronger too.
Worth persisting with this − in fact it is on my lookout list to buy another plant, since they can be a bit variable in some respects , so one is not enough.

Geoff

On 20 Jul 2013, at 20:21, Andy wrote:

> Hi Geoff
>
> I like this one very much too and I am glad you have posted it. What sort of culture do you employ?
>
> I have had it several years and been waiting for it to flower. I attach a pic of mine. The mount is 25 cms tall so you can see it is a sizeable plant and I have been at pains to figure out what it needs. For a couple of winters I kept it drier and cooler though last winter I didn't move it from the intermediate house. I'd appreciate any suggestions.
>
> Andy

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From: Andy
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Bulbophyllum tingabarinum and B pectenveneris
Date: Sun, 21 Jul 2013 13:55

The Bulbos are really enjoying the heat – as am I! These two are out at present and I thought to photograph them together to show the differences in flower size. I often don’t grasp this from separate photos even if sizes are given – and in my experience sizes are often given inaccurately. The B tingabarinum, on the left I bought as a seedling several years ago. I transferred it to a mount and when it flowered one side had orange flowers and the other peachy/yellow. By that time the clump had a lot of bulbs and gradually I have been separating the colours.

The second photo is a close up of the orange form of B tingabarinum. I have been playing with the close-up equipment. Slow work but I am pleased with this shot.

Andy

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From: Peter Fowler
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Unknown Disa vs Flowered Uniflora
Date: Sun, 21 Jul 2013 17:45

Latest Disa to flower. Looks like Uniflora. Has single flower. Also another pic of my Uniflora with two flowers. There seems to be quite a few hybrids looking like Uniflora. Any thoughts?
A bit cooler today.
Peter, Alton

Sent from my Sony Xperiaâ„¢ smartphone

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From: Geoff
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Bulbophyllum tingabarinum and B pectenveneris
Date: Sun, 21 Jul 2013 20:05

What a cracker this plant is. My plant , quite small produced thee flower, which I might have shown.
Yours is bigger and finer in every respect.

I think you are doing very well with your close-up snaps. I think this is a very rewarding part of orchidology − I often see things on the screen which I had not seen looking at the actual plant.

Well done.

Geoff

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From: Horace Hands
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: a couple of less usual orchids.
Date: Sun, 21 Jul 2013 20:25

This one is Phaius francoisii − aka Gastrorchis of the same specificity. Plant is like a small Phaius tankervilliae − but this is no 3 foot long aspidistra leafed monster, much more compact all round. The flolwers, which some ( including me) think much m,ore beautiful are some 2inches or so across. seems to be long lasting too.

THis one is a vandaceous orchid − as you can see − Cleisostoma merrillianum . Flowers, alas, only a few mm wide − the wide open one might be 7mm natural spread. But quite remarkable colours I think.

Have just finished the last of my water ( rain) − all 2500 litres of it, gone. So its tap water from now on, until we do get some rain − but thunderstorms are possible every day from Tuesday into the future as far as the weather forecast goes for us ; but 34 C. is threatened for tomorrow down here ! I do have an RO plant, but it was last used 7 years ago, and I don't want to bother setting it up when I should only be using the tap stuff for maybe a few days. Local water comes from a great catchment area in the chalk ( Salisbury Plain) so it is high in Calcium and Mag too − good for growing although it does leave marks on the leaves if used for long.

Geoff

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