logo

2014 Archived Messages


Click on the week you require.
To return to the main Archive index, click the button at the bottom of the page.
Links to all the Photos and other images accompanying the list messages can be found on the Images page.

MONTHDATEDATEDATEDATEMONTHDATEDATEDATEDATE
January 1-7 8-14 15-21 22-31 February 1-7 8-14 15-21 22-28
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

1—7 December

From: Geoff Hands
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Phal. gigantean − are they picky or is it me?
Date: Mon, 01 Dec 2014 10:25

I once had the pleasure of a conducted tour around one of the largest Dutch orchid "factories" selling a million plants a year, and employing just 17 people. I asked how they fed and watered, and it was all overhead sprays.
I asked why they did not get crown rot ? The answer is that rot is caused by bacteria, and letting fertiliser stay in the crown boosts the rot causing bacteria.
So the answer ? 5 minutes of overhead drench with fertiliser mix, then 30 seconds of plain water, to wash all the fertiliser out.
Mind, they had fantastic levels of hygiene everywhere, nowhere for the organisms to hide and come out to infect other plants. You could eat your food off the floor − covered in white plastic kept spotlessly clean by disinfectant flushes.

So there is an answer. Keep the crown dry, hygienically clean , maybe flush with water after feeding, or me,, I always add disinfectant to the water .
Geoff

Sent from my iPad

> On 29 Nov 2014, at 22:57, Sarah Lopusnikova wrote:
>
> Hello everyone!
>
> I recently killed my third Phalaenopsis gigantea. The last two died of crown rot. The first one probably died of crown rot as well, but it's been quite a while and I can't remember. Is this species extraordinarily difficult to grow? (I know they are unusually susceptible to crown rot.) If so, what is needed to grow them successfully? How do you keep them moist enough without them developing fungus?
>
> I'd love to hear from you! I'm not ready to give up on this species, but I think I need more information before invest any more money.
>
> Thank you!
>
> Sarah Lopusnikova
> Bloomington, MN

-------------------------------------------------------------

From: Peter
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Phal. gigantean − are they picky or is it me?
Date: Mon, 01 Dec 2014 15:15

Dear Sarah,

Phallys are quite sensitive plants. gigantea probably more than other
Phallys.

The best way to grow gigantea is to grow it in a basket. Keep the basket
on its side
with the plant tied to the basket and then tilt it downwards so that the
water runs out of the
crown.
otherwise tie it to some Pine or Cork bark and grow it upside down. The
roots will attach
themselves after some time and you should not have more problems.
Are you sure that your winter temperatures are on the warm side?
Good luck with the next plant. An orchid grower never gives up.

Regards
Peter

-------------------------------------------------------------

From: Sarah Lopusnikova
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Phal. gigantean − are they picky or is it me?
Date: Mon, 01 Dec 2014 18:25

Peter and Geoff, thank you so much for the advice! Geoff, what kid of disinfectant do you add to the water?

I will most definitely try this plant again. Because "an orchid grower never gives up." And I'm stubborn. And I want this plant!

Have a wonderful day, everyone!

Sarah


-------------------------------------------------------------

From: Bill Haldane
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Current Flowerings
Date: Tue, 02 Dec 2014 12:15

Here are a few photos of plants presently in flower:-
a) and b) Maxillaria calantha
c) and d) Oncidium onustum
e) and f) Dendrochilum javierii
Regards Bill

-------------------------------------------------------------

From: Horace Geoffrey Hands
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Phal. gigantean − are they picky or is it me?
Date: Tue, 02 Dec 2014 17:20

I used Physan for very many years, but could not get it for the last several years − although I do hear that it is on sale again. If you can , that's the best.

But the general formula of Physan ios a quarternarty ammonium compound − the same as used for swimming pool disinfectants etc.

I am using Selgiene Ultra − designed for disinfecting food preparation tables. I add say 2 tablespoons to a bucket of water − the water should (just) smell of disinfectant, no more.

It is , by the way, as all these things are, a surfactant − wetting agent − , so when added to feed water, helps to penetrate everywhere and leave no dry spots.

geoff

-------------------------------------------------------------

From: Horace Geoffrey Hands
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Current Flowerings
Date: Tue, 02 Dec 2014 17:20

You are getting good results Bill − keep up the good work.
Your javieri is the best I have ever seen. Have you counted the spikes ? I had a glumaceum ( I think that was the one) with 72 spikes once, in the heyday of my Aquaculture − which I am now using again, but not yet for long enough top start getting exceptional results, although I have some good looking new growths on Oncidiums.

geoff

-------------------------------------------------------------

From: Bill Haldane
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Current Flowerings
Date: Fri, 05 Dec 2014 09:05

Hi Geoff,
I counted 140 spikes on my javierii plant this morning. I bought the
plant from Malcolm Perry in 2002 and it has not been repotted for a
number of years as it has been growing over itself and rising in the
pot. I hesitate to tackle a repot in case I lose more than I gain.
Regards Bill

On 02/12/2014 17:23, Horace Geoffrey Hands wrote:
> You are getting good results Bill − keep up the good work.
> Your javieri is the best I have ever seen. Have you counted the spikes ? I had a glumaceum ( I think that was the one) with 72 spikes once, in the heyday of my Aquaculture − which I am now using again, but not yet for long enough top start getting exceptional results, although I have some good looking new growths on Oncidiums.
>
> geoff
>
>
>> On 2 Dec 2014, at 12:15, Bill Haldane wrote:
>>
>> Here are a few photos of plants presently in flower:-
>> a) and b) Maxillaria calantha
>> c) and d) Oncidium onustum
>> e) and f) Dendrochilum javierii
>> Regards Bill

-------------------------------------------------------------

From: Tina Stagg
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Current Flowerings
Date: Fri, 05 Dec 2014 16:40

That's the best javierii I have seen, Bill. It usually collapses into little
bits so well done!

Tina

-------------------------------------------------------------

From: Geoff Hands
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Current Flowerings
Date: Sat, 06 Dec 2014 07:50

Have you thought of putting it up for a CCC ? The only award they (RHS) give to growers ! The others are given to the plants. Hence, the highest accolade.

The RHS committee meetings are a bit of a pain, not at all user friendly , but the will graciously bend the rules to allow late entry. That is, you ares posed to have the plant and form at Vincent Sq. by 8.30, but they do let you turn up late if discussed in advance. It is quite interesting − they usually let people like us sit in on the committee, but of course leave the room when they get around to your plant.

My O.S. has a meeting today , xmas lunch, and we have a committee member (Allan Burdis). I will try and remember to ask him when and wherethe next committee meeting is, but you can find that out elsewhere of course.

Geoff

Sent from my iPad

-------------------------------------------------------------

From: Geoff Hands
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Current Flowerings
Date: Sat, 06 Dec 2014 17:05

It seems that the RHS committee is meeting in France this weekend ( sounds like a nice little jolly at someone's expense !) and not again until January. I guess you willnothaveachance this time.

Geoff

Sent from my iPad

-------------------------------------------------------------

From: Bill Haldane
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Current Flowerings
Date: Sun, 07 Dec 2014 15:50

Hi Geoff,
Thanks for checking on the next RHS Committee meeting. I shan't make it
to the meeting in France. Maybe next year!
Best Regards Bill

Top

Archive Index

Archive Index


©Orchid-Talk
email.gif - 2501 bytes