2015 Archived Messages

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February 22—28

From: theta
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Pleione 'Tongariro'
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 16:30

I saw this in a private collection in Switzerland, then decided I should
have one here in Venice, CA, USA. It's just sitting in the garden and
was totally dormant until just a week or so ago.




From: Horace Geoffrey Hands
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Pleione 'Tongariro'
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 20:00

It is a bit too early for our Pleiones, here in UK !
I have all my collection − quite a few varieties, as I went a bit mad in the buying season over the winter, all sitting ( potted up) in a cold frame, with a fan heater/stat set to keep out frost. In the rather cold − for the South Coast of England − winter which I hope/think is now coming to an end, it was regularly about 3 degrees by night.
In the sunny days we have had − and January was our sunniest for many years they say, the temperature was going up into the high ’teens, so I have put a single layer of 60% shade cloth over the frame, lest any emerging shoots get burnt.
I am just starting to look , to see if anything is starting to grow , but I expect it will be a few more weeks yet…

But nice to be reminded . Thanks Mark.



From: Tony Garthwaite
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Pleione 'Tongariro'
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 13:55

Well, Geoff, half way up the country (well England!) on the East coast, the Pleiones are pushing flower buds up already! I do understand that, in the South, you have had all the winds from across 'The Pond' and we have , generally, avoided the winds which Mr. Putin sends from Siberia but it is now the end of February and you should be seeing movement now, so give them an alarm call!

Seriously though, I recollect reading on the Scottish Rock Garden Forum Maren Talbot describing the devastation to her Pleiones caused by rats last year or the year before. I had a rat problem in the Greenhouse in January and so had not re-planted the Pleiones because of them. I finished constructing two cages with 6mm galvanised mesh last week and took the Pleione bulbs out of my garage (no room for a modern car of a reasonable size!) which is cool, but frost free. On re-potting, there were about 60% showing growth but none as much as Pl. Melbury Christine Walker which had flower shoots up to 6cm long! (See Photo)

March is only next week, so we should see the beginnings of the flowering season soon!

Kind regards,

Tony G

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From: tricia@orchid-squad.org.uk
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Pleione 'Tongariro'
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 16:45

Some of us in the South are seeing Pleione action! Lawrence has been
storing his Pleiones at slightly warmer temperatures than Geoff and when he
checked them at the beginning of this month he discovered one box of P.
formosana had already put out roots and buds. As you can see from the
photos they are flowering well now. Needless to say Lawrence has been
potting up the remainder of Pleiones as a matter of urgency and now several
pots are at much the same stage as Tony's.



Binge: where Sean Connery puts his rubbish


From: Tony Garthwaite
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Pleione 'Tongariro'
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 17:45

Most impressed with your labels! Is that from one of the printing machines
sold under the name 'brother'?



From: Geoff Hands
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Pleione 'Tongariro'
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 17:50

Oh dear, red face department...

This time I took the shade off, took a pane out , got down on my knees and put my head into the frame to get near enough to see, and yes, I can see fat shoots emerging from at least four pots − flower buds I'm sure. Tongariro, Berapi, Barcena ( I think − I can only see the first few letters of the name on this particular label ) and formosana. 'Clare'.

Great, you've made my day .



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