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Old 07-27-2007, 04:16 AM
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On the Horizon

I got crazy idea today (while I was procrastinating from doing other tasks) that it might be fun to see/hear what folks have in bud. It's fun to see everyone's pics of their blooming plant but I also like to know what folks have coming on the horizon. So here's a few of the indoor orchids I've got in bud.

Paph Albion
Blc. Tokyo Magic hybrid #1 (can't remember the name of the cross)
Blc. Tokyo Magic x Love Sound
Paph Amarantine (liemianum x moquetteanum)
Paph Mamie Wilson (yes, another one, I have about 3-4 of these)
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Old 07-27-2007, 04:24 AM
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...and...

Two more nice surprises when I watered today, neither of which I knew of until today. Again this is what happens when you ignore your orchids: they begin to vie for your attention!

First a nice bud, nearly above the leaves (so its been there for a couple of weeks) on my Masd Kara's Delight x Red Star.

And something I have never, ever seen before in my entire life: This Paph Black Falcon just finished blooming and I found a second, completely new spike emerging from the same growth. I've never known a Paph to have 2 inflorescences come out of one growth. One of the parents is Red Maudiae, a complex Maudiae-type so it could be one of those oddities that sometimes pops up in complex breeding, not really sure. Anyway I'm happy to have another flower coming and am eager to see it!
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Old 07-27-2007, 05:43 AM
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Kevin, what nice surprizes you have! Do you think it is related to the number of orchids a collector has? If one has considerable numbers of plants then it is more likely to miss changes on routine ops than if one has only a few. You must be very happy with the new buds!!

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Old 07-27-2007, 06:18 AM
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Bill,

When i lived in the US and had my collection there, at any given time about 10% of my orchids were in bud or bloom. These days I have a lot of seedlings now so my percentage is a bit off, but if you omit the seedlings it's about 10%.

One thing I did, which I highly recommend, is to buy a blooming orchid (or 2 or 20) of a different genera every month. Many orchids grow and bloom on 6 month or 1 year cycles so if you buy an orchid in bloom in May (for example) then there's a good chance (given proper care) that it will be in flower for you again the following May. By this logic, after a year you should have a collection of orchids such that you'll have something in flower at just about any given time.

My percentage is going to rise dramatically here ina little while because my Cymbidiums and my Dendrobium tetragonums are coming in bloom. They're going to bloom wel this year. All 14 of my tetragonums are in bud and 8 of my 10 blooming size Cymbids are in bud or bloom.

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I agree with kMarch about buying every month if you want to have a collection that blooms every month.

I just want to point out that the change in conditions to your home may change the blooming month by up to 8 weeks in either direction.

I find that in Hot SW Florida my Hawaii orchids bloom about 2 months behind Hawaii.

Since the shift is environmental buying every month "from the same sources" will get you a collection that blooms about every month. If you buy from several growing environments they may not spread over the calendar as easy.
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I agree with buying every month... heck, I buy whenever I can. But my hopes are that in time it will result in a steady procession of blooming plants.

Let's see, what's blooming right now... (sorry no pics this time)...

Nearing the end of bloom cycle = 4 Phal and 1 Colmanara
Middle of bloom cycle = 3 Phal, 2 Paph and 1 Degamoara
Buds still to open = 2 Paph and 1 Phrag
Just spiking = 3 Dens
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Here's what's on the horizon for me.
- The dend is a NOID that I adopted a few months ago. One spike with buds and 4 spikes emerging (about 1" so far).
- The first Miltassia has 2 large spikes with buds getting bigger and bigger, 2 smaller spikes, about 3" so far.
- The second Miltassia has 2 large spikes with buds also and 4 smaller spikes, about 3-4", so far.
- The paph (Raisen Pie) is the one I'm most excited about probably because I wasn't expecting to see a bud until next year.


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I just found another "oops I missed that while I was ignoring my orchids" today. My Gongora truncata has a spike about 6 inches long with 12 buds on it. To be that big it must havve been growing for 2-3 weeks. Never even noticed it until today's watering.
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Lc. Frosty Pink H+R
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I had a blessing in disguise and a near disaster today. My partner, attempting to get somethign out of our closet, knocked my 3 biggest Paphs off the shelf and onto the floor where they spilled some of their mix. Fortunately only one plant suffered one broken leaf (and a half dead leaf at that) so there was no damage aside from some shook-up plants. As I was examining them for damage though I noticed something SPECTACULAR. My Paph Florento (chamberlainianum x kolopakingii) is in spike! I can even see the buds down in the folds of the leaflets. Yet another plant that is 3+ weeks into spiking that I did not notice was spiking!

As it's an unusual cross there are very few pics of it online and the one i did find was of a quite poor quality, so hopefully i'll get some good picks of another unusual, uncommon cross onto our forum here!

I highly recommend ignoring (but not neglecting) your orchids. If you do they'll all start clamoring for your attention!
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well i will be ignoring my orchids all weekend until monday night, maybe they'll do something other than grow roots and leaves! so far my phals and cymbidiums only show leaf/root growth, no sign of flower spikes. my understanding is phals and cyms both set flower spikes in the fall, with the onset of cool evenings and warm days (the 10-15C temperature variation?), so i probably have a long wait ahead of me
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then to come out of it all with good news like that

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I highly recommend ignoring (but not neglecting) your orchids. If you do they'll all start clamoring for your attention!
So true. I have an oncidium that was given to me, it's huge, my space is sacred and it took up too much room. I regretfully and shamefully say that I hate the plant...the leaves are long and look as though they're hanging....it's just very ugly. I took it and put it on the bar in my den, not having the nerve to toss it but thoroughly ignored it for well over a week. The other day I noticed 2 huge spikes. The one plant I hate the most, is begging to prove how deserving it is afterall.....
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I *might* have something on the way! My encyclia cochleata looks like it has a teeny tiny sheath starting. Lol...I didn't even know encyclias sheathed. Anyhow...when it gets a little bit bigger I'll post a pic, it's a little difficult to see it right now.
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well i will be ignoring my orchids all weekend until monday night, maybe they'll do something other than grow roots and leaves! so far my phals and cymbidiums only show leaf/root growth, no sign of flower spikes. my understanding is phals and cyms both set flower spikes in the fall, with the onset of cool evenings and warm days (the 10-15C temperature variation?), so i probably have a long wait ahead of me
You are correct in your understanding that Phals and Cymbids initiate their flowering cycles in Autumn as a result of the temp drops. The fact that you're plants are growing vigorously now, during their growing cycle, is a good sign that the plants are healthy. And of course healthy plants means better chances for good bloomings.

When Cymbidiums first begin to spike it is difficult to tell the difference between a flower spike and a new growth. But a month or 2 into it you'll be able to see that a spike will be more swollen, slightly more bulbous towards the tip (where the buds are forming) while a growth will remaing very pointed and will start to display individual leaves. I'm told also that a Cymbid spike will feel hard when gently squeezed (again fromthe buds) while a new growth will give. I'm not keen to go pinching on my spikes though so I can't confirm this.
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The dilapidated orchids I salvaged from the local garden centre 5 months ago have gained the strength and are showing some vigor.

They have done well outside and some are flowering too. I hope they will open as well ( I lost a few - just dried up before opening fully).

The one on the rear left in the 1st photo is a recent acquisition. The rest are about 5 months old. But they have come a long way since the day I bought them. Photos 2 & 3 are of a Cattleya NOID. you could see the new growth(s) and some old mutilated old leaves.

The 4th photo is a spike from Brsdm. Mark Rehfield 'Dragon Wings'

I hope I will see the blooms
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good work with the orchids pikevi your hard work looks like it is starting to pay off for you

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Kevin--On your initial post, I love the silhouette of the bloom on your Blc. Tokyo Magic x Love Sound (?), the third picture from the left. How much longer do you expect until they start blooming?

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Kevin--On your initial post, I love the silhouette of the bloom on your Blc. Tokyo Magic x Love Sound (?), the third picture from the left. How much longer do you expect until they start blooming?
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Here's a pic of the same sheath with buds today. The first bud split the sheath and emerged just this week. i expect it will open within the next week or 2.

Here's a pic of the flower on the previous blooming. I'll post a pic of this blooming when it opens.

By the way I took the photo by holding the plant up to the halogen lights (not closely, probably a meter away) in our kitchen which shone through the sheath so you could see the buds inside.

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Woohoo!!! I think I've got a spike on my Vandofinetia Blaupunkt!
The only flowers I've had so far are phals...I'm so excited.
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I received quite a happy little suprise today. Some of you may recall a prievious post of mine in which i posted a pic of Paph Mamie Wilson. I have 3 or 4 of these bought from a couple of different places and that pic was one I bloomed earlier this year.

I have another one in spike and today when I watered I noticed it is opening, but...it is all white and green. No pinks or tans in it at all. The parents are lowii and primuninum. I know there is a primulinum alba (also used to make the alba version of Henrietta Fujawara) but i know of no lowii alba and am quite puzzled and suprised that this flower is blooming ut in whites and greens with no lowii colouration!

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Kevin--It's pretty exciting to (vicariously) see the bud through--and emerge from!--the sheath. Keep us updated!

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I went out to look at the progress of my Twinkle today and low and behold I have a bud on my Stlma. Kelly "lea" popping out! I can't wait for this one to bloom!
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Look Out! Here comes a big monster!

A while back I mentioned finding a spike on my Paph Florento (chamberlainianum x kolopakingii). Here's a pic of it today. The spike is about 30cm long (about 12 inches). It's still hard to tell how many flowers it will have, either 3 or 4. It's crazy how fast this spike is growing. After 10 years of growing orchids i'm still amazed at how fast flower spikes can grow.
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the second bud on the Cattleya started opening today. Expect pics in a week or 2.
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Since it was a little chilly (11C) last night I brought some orchid s inside. I brought this one as well which has grown well in the past six months. I posted a pix last march seeking an ID.

I found a spike similar to the ones (Zygopetalum) that bloomed last week. Can this be a Zygo as well or should it be allowed to bloom before a positive ID can be made?

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I'm looking forward to seeing this monster paph. Speaking of paphs Kevin, I think my paph in bud is going to blast. It's been sitting there, doing nothing. I can't recall how long it's been in bud but at least 4-6 weeks...I think. It's not swelling, at least not noticeably so I have a feeling, my first re-bloom isn't going to happen with this paph.
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pikevi, I can't tell from the pics what kind it is. Lets wait until we have flowers.

sandra, It is not uncommon for a Paph spike to appear then sit for a month or two, aparently doing nothing, before going on to suddenly grow like lightening and bloom. The whole trek from first sighting of a spike to blooming can take months with a Paph. I would not be at all surprised if your Paph went on to bloom.
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Unfortunately, I haven't been doing this for long enough to have anything preparing to bloom yet.
But, I have been buying about two orchids a month and I haven't killed anything yet so hopefully, at this time next year I'll have an amazing collection.
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an update of a few orchids that I have in spike at the moment I had a quick look while I was watering today

Coelogyne


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Fred,

Your Coelogyne tag looks to be tragically misspelled. It should read:

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sandra, It is not uncommon for a Paph spike to appear then sit for a month or two, aparently doing nothing, before going on to suddenly grow like lightening and bloom. The whole trek from first sighting of a spike to blooming can take months with a Paph. I would not be at all surprised if your Paph went on to bloom.
Kevin, I'm glad to learn this and as always, thanks. No sooner did I read your response, when I had just noticed it had plumped out a wee bit. And I've also noticed the plant growing a new set of leaves....a good thing! I keep falling in love with every orchid I bring home but I keep gravitating back to the paphs. They are the most interesting to me. Waiting on a Winston Churchill now.
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I put up a new shelve today in one of my orchid houses and I found a few more flower spikes so I thought I would shere them with you all







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Cristata on the Horizon

Here's my Coelogyne cristata with 50 buds. Hopefully it will be in full bloom in time for our show on Sept 15. <<fingers crossed>>
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My orange Cymbidium is opening and i have some tetragonum flowers open too. Also my coel cristata has started to pop its buds. Pictures just around the corner!
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Spring is in the air

Last night I discovered 2 fat, healthy spikes on my Zyg Arthur 'Elle' x Helen Khu, I had actually lost faith in it flowering this season.

I also discovered an itty bitty spike on my Coel flaccida too.

The Onc Twinkle 'Fragrant Fantasy' has new growth and a tiny ? spike/new growth, appearing from under one of the pseudo bulbs.

The Dockrilla liguiforme looks like it is STILL in a state of suspended animation. Would like to know how to get this thing moving and to show some form of life apart from having green "tongues"..

When I see images of them on the net I just wonder how long these plants have been growing. This one is over 30 years old, and doing stuff all in the growing department.

I does look healthier than when I rescued it from my brother, but that is all.
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Here we go,

1) Miltonia rescue plant. Doing ok but can't seem to stop the concertina leaves even with daily misting etc.

2) Huge leaves on NOID pink Phal which is in spike.
3) Same plant in spike with four sub-spikes.
4) Odontoglossom Beallara Tahoma Glacier
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Hope you don't mind me resurrecting the thread, but what does everyone have on the horizon/in flower at the moment???
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I'm happy to report a couple of recent spikes. I haven't posted anything here or that has bloomed recently because I've been so busy with holidays and other projects. Anyway, I've got 2 Paphs in spike that I'm super excited about!

Paph St. Swithin (rothschildianum x philippinense)
Paph Lynnleigh Koopowitz (delenatii x malipoense)

Also i've got the following getting ready to rebloom:
Masdevallia Kara's Delight x Red Star (5 buds)
Coelogyne xyrekes

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I just found another "oops I missed that while I was ignoring my orchids" today. My Gongora truncata has a spike about 6 inches long with 12 buds on it. To be that big it must havve been growing for 2-3 weeks. Never even noticed it until today's watering.
OOOooo. I'm jealous! I've been looking everywhere for one with no luck. You have got to post pics when it blooms. That way I can drool. Did you buy it in the U.S?
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OOOooo. I'm jealous! I've been looking everywhere for one with no luck. You have got to post pics when it blooms. That way I can drool. Did you buy it in the U.S?
Unfortunately that was posted some time ago. Also, unfortunately a few days later I found our black cat Oscar playing with something on the floor. You can piece together the rest of the story.

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I noticed that it was an older post, but figured you still had it. Sorry it became a cat toy! I've looked everywhere for one of them boogers and they are just hard to find. At least a good blooming size one.
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Hoosier Orchids grows, sells, and even hybridizes lots of Gongora. I'd recommend one of their first hybrids, Gongora Pterodactyl. It's a stunner, mostly reddish-maroon.
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As it's an unusual cross there are very few pics of it online and the one i did find was of a quite poor quality, so hopefully i'll get some good picks of another unusual, uncommon cross onto our forum here!

I highly recommend ignoring (but not neglecting) your orchids. If you do they'll all start clamoring for your attention!
Im looking forward to the pics!

and your right a watched kettle never boils which is why I need hair club for men soon as Im pulling hairs waiting on my Phal. buds to finally open & to my amazement decided to branch off for the first time, so now I've got more buds developing. My Guarianthe aurantiaca has buds in sheath and Im watching the bulge grow taller in the sheath as they develope.
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Here's what's new and on my horizon...

Odm. Midnight Miracle
Paph. micranthum (bud just started)
Bl. Yellow Bird
B. cordata (slowly opening)
Paph. NoID (second bloom in a year!)
Ascofinetia Twinkle (just purchased)
Paph. Tree of Goshima x Mootoo (not sure of the second parent spelling)
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I have Cattleya Intermedia, Leptotes Bicolor, and three noid phals with buds.
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Vivienne,

I'm trying to sort out your "Mootoo" mystery. There are some Paphs registered that contain the name "Motoo." These were made by Japanese hybridizer MoToo Kimura. Two of them Paph MoToo Kimura, and Paph Tree of Motoo were made with Winston Churchill. It's possible that the one parent of your plant is one of these. Is there a chance that you could contact the nursery and try to find out which one it is?

As of today, no hybrid between Tree of Goshima and any of the Motoo Paphs has been registered.
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Nancy, Species names are not capitalized so it's: Cattleya intermadia and Leptotes bicolor.
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Thanks Kevin. Contacting the nursery is not an option. Unfortunately most of the writing on the label has worn off. It took forever to figure out the Tree of Goshima part. And all I can read of the second parent reads Mootoo. I'm thinking it's Motoo Kimura as I found a picture of it somewhere and it is quite similar. I'm calling it
Paph. Tree of Goshima x Motoo Kimura type
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Let me put on my detective hat.....

If the tag is rubbed, and if the later part starts out with "Mootoo" and then gets unreadable, I'd suppose that it is very possible that "Motoo" is the first part of the name which would make it more likely to be Paph Motoo Kimura.

If it lookslike there is a bit rubbed out before "Mootoo" then it is more likely to be Paph Tree of Motoo.

Which, in your view, appears to be the case?
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Kevin it appears to be the latter part rubbed out... that's why I think it's the Motoo Kimura. I did some detective work on RHS and that's the best I've been able to come up with. Believe me when I say that it took a good while to figure out the Tree of Goshima part. All I can read on the tag is....
Paph. Tre blur blur blur blur blur f blur os blur blur
x MOOTOO rubbed out section

The bloom is rather large... about the size of my hand. LOVE IT!!!
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Vivienne,

It is a pretty flower which is why I was keen to get the name sorted. And besides I like it when people have names for their plants anyway. I'd say we've about a 90% chance fo being right on the tag. We should enter the parents in the RHS database from time to time to see if the cross ever gets registered.

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Hooray! Defying the odds!

I'm quite excited this morning because i just noticed that my Ascocenda Gail Noyes is in spike! I've been growing this plant in a pot in a window along with my Paphs. I've had it for about a year and a half and it's been growing but has never bloomed (I bought it in bloom so I kew it was blooming size). I was beginning to think I'd never bloom it because by light levels were too low but then I just found a little spike starting, about a centimeter long. I'm suprised, but naturally thrilled!
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here is one I have inside the flower spike is about 4 foot long.



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I'm excieted, excited, excited!!! The first bud on my Paph St. Swithin has popped open and the petals have started to emerge! Pics soon to follow!
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