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Name: Ursula
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Ursula
Apr 16, 2020 2:08 PM CST

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Pretty! Thumbs up

Some stuff here - right now 'Debbie' in different stages of opening dominates the greenhouse!
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The smaller of the Dendrobium "jenlind" is dropping petals and opens some more spikes.
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Jackfowlieara Appleblossom opens a spike
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And so is the Leptotes bicolor, which is loaded with buds
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and the 4N version of the same
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drdawg
Apr 16, 2020 2:34 PM CST
Good things happening up your way, Ursula.......... orchids that is.
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BigBill
Apr 16, 2020 4:08 PM CST
Ursula, did you get Debbie from Walt Off?!
That clone is my favorite Guarianthae Species. Do you know how to identify it as a true Debbie? A true Debbie has that little bit of Raspberry jam color way way up in the lip. Gosh, I just love that species!!! Thumbs up
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ctcarol
Apr 16, 2020 4:13 PM CST
Beautiful, Ursula! A ray of sunshine on the otherwise gloomy internet! Hurray!
Name: Ursula
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Ursula
Apr 16, 2020 4:40 PM CST

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Thanks! Smiling

Bill, yes, I bought it many years ago from Waldor/Walter Off. At the time it was still labeled as Cattleya skinneri alba 'Debbie' FCC/AOS. The Orchidsource forum then corrected the name to Cattleya/Guarianthe skinneri albescens var occulata 'Debbie' FCC/AOS. At the time I emailed Waldor and asked for confirmation, yes, they changed it officially. It is easy to see the albescens versus alba when the blooms start aging, they acquire a pretty bluish hue and the occulata refers to the colored eye in the center of the bloom. And yes, that is raspberry colored!

another old picture
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I think it was the next year when it didn't fit through the door any longer and had to be split. I wound up with about 6 large plants, I gave away 5 and kept one. Last Summer I split it into 3 pots. ( I figured Bill takes one along in Jan. Smiling )

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BigBill
Apr 16, 2020 5:11 PM CST
The question is January of what year? Will we ever get to travel again?

I was at the Show in 1987 I believe when that plant was awarded! It was such an impressive thing! It was that little raspberry spot that just put it over the top. You obviously can grow the crap out of that plant.
And thank for the offer as I have a piece of Atticus put aside for you!! Thumbs up
I think that Atticus is one of Frank Smiths hybrids and Atticus is his middle name. I struggle to bloom it underlights but I figure that you can grow it the way it deserves to be grown. I will love Debbie as my piece died maybe in 2003 or 04. I am positive that you'll love Atticus. It is a big, broad, bubble gum pink flower that is almost 5 1/2" square and it has that walkeriana type fragrance.
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Name: Ursula
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Ursula
Apr 16, 2020 7:24 PM CST

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Will we ever get to travel again?
Sure we will! Smiling Eventually!
Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Apr 16, 2020 8:29 PM CST
We absolutely will get to travel and resume our normal lives, Bill. Have faith.

Many of us will get the virus in a mild form and recover, then hopefully we will be immune to it. It's theorized that a lot of people have actually had it already and didn't know, thought it was the flu. Once they get a test that can show the presence of antibodies, then we will know who is immune and who isn't. Within 18 months or so they will also have a vaccine for it, so the people at greatest risk can get vaccinated then. The high risk folks are certainly going to have to be careful longer, but it's not forever.

Beautiful 'Debbie' Ursula. That one surely is a winner. I love that form of 'Appleblossom' too.
Elaine

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Name: lindsey
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sugarcane
Apr 16, 2020 8:41 PM CST
Absolutely stunning show at your house today Ursula!
Every one of those are just beautiful.
Excellent points you make Elaine, I feel better all ready! I wonder if that mosquito virus I got in Grenada ( Chikungunya sp?) will give me any advantage...probably not, but I can always hope. Rolling on the floor laughing
We have officially cancelled our April Orchid Club meeting. The other society has also cancelled but they are doing a virtual bloom table on facebook, which I think is clever.
Ursula, your salad fork has done the trick with my Den. aggregatum. It now has 8 or so spikes forming. I think last year it gave me one. My Den. farmerii has 4 nice looking spikes as well.
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BigBill
Apr 17, 2020 5:23 AM CST
I am good guys, really. I'll travel again.
Today I have 1-3" of the white junk in the forecast and then warmer for the next ten days. Warmer is defined as 52-65 degrees.
I am encouraged to see a few good signs here and there and hopefully our weekend long Paphiopedilum Seminar can go off without a hitch in mid June.
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Name: lindsey
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sugarcane
Apr 17, 2020 6:00 AM CST
I just got an email from the TSA letting me know that my 'Trusted Traveler' membership will expire this summer . . . And that's got me thinking about how much traveling will I actually do vs the travel I want to do. Luckily, I don't have to make up my mind right away!
It's still gloomy here today but there's some bright cheerful new stuff out at the bench.



Gcp. Elizabeth Barnes. I may try and mount this to a tree , the schomburkia side of the family is taking over in it's growth habit!



C. Robert and Michael 'Hawaii'


And I'm just fascinated by this crazy Paraphalaenopsis labukensis X
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Name: Ursula
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Ursula
Apr 17, 2020 7:01 AM CST

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Lindsey, don't you love that salad fork trick? Smiling You will have a lovely Dendrobium show!
I love the Paraphalaenopsis labukensis X too, it is so nicely floriferous! The color and shape on the 'Hawai' are just gorgeous! I am smitten. Lovey dubby Lovey dubby

Elaine, I agree! There are a few people I can think of, who in retrospect might have had the virus. There was my older SIL, who fainted because of terrible breathing problems around Christmas and a granddaughter in January with an unexplained fever for a day or two and so on. One wonders!

Name: Ursula
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Ursula
Apr 17, 2020 9:02 AM CST

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We had frost warnings overnight and in anticipation I had covered my Bletilla patch. I just removed the cover, some of the spikes are gently bent, but they all look ok! Whew!
Name: Tara
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terrafirma
Apr 17, 2020 11:36 AM CST
Wow, y'all have some beauties going on! "Debbie" and "Appleblossoms" knock me over!!!😍
I'm so excited! This is one that I got at First Orchids on our trip to Apopka. Finally has bloomed, and the aroma of chocolate covered cherries is faint but definitely there! Hurray!
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BigBill
Apr 17, 2020 12:03 PM CST
Very nice Tara, very nice!
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Name: Ursula
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Ursula
Apr 17, 2020 12:28 PM CST

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Oh, the scent is surely lovely! Thumbs up
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zeta7
Apr 17, 2020 12:57 PM CST
dyzzypyxxy said:Beautiful phals, Phil. Do they grow outdoors for you all year. Mine don't like the high temps in summer at all.

On the little girls vs. orchids front, I'm worried we'd have a precedent started, and two orchids - one for each girl - every day would have the plant used up fast. Maybe for a special occasion, like Easter, we will indulge them.


Yes Ma'am,outside all year. I keep them on the porch.
Name: Tara
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terrafirma
Apr 17, 2020 4:08 PM CST
I'm curious about the medium that this is in.
It's a pot full of sphagnum...
I have a Dancing ladies that is in orchid bark. And I admit it looks to be struggling.
Opinions?
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BigBill
Apr 17, 2020 4:30 PM CST
Yes Tara I do have this to share with you. If you look at the average diameter of an Oncidium Alliance root, you will notice that they are very slender. Then if you compare it to Cattleya, Phalaenopsis or standard Vanda roots, these are all much thicker or heavier roots.
What should that tell us? It tells me that with skinny roots, in a coarse mix, they will dry out much faster after watering. And I have often found that to be the case. When you look at an Oncidium growing in a pot, the newest bulb is often the fattest "juiciest" looking bulb. That is where most of the water goes while actively growing. The other bulbs present become very wrinkled or 'grooved' as they get older. Those bulbs with adequate water should stay PLUMP. They don't because they are not getting enough water.
Oncidiums need more water to be absorbed by their roots then other orchids. But those skinny roots can struggle with that if the mix is too coarse! To combat that, some Oncidium growers use sphagnum moss. But with increased moisture that the Oncidium demands, the wetter the moss stays, causing it to rapidly break down. When it breaks down it turns acidic. The increased acidity causes the roots to burn and die. In sphagnum, they should be repotted with fresh moss once a year!
People also prefer to grow Oncidium in plastic pots. Plastic pots cause the media to dry out more slowly and hold moisture longer.
Other growers have a lot of success growing Oncidiums in a finer mix of orchid bark or other components. I recommend a mixture of 50% fine orchid bark with 25% seedling grade charcoal and 25% seedling grade sponge rock.
Particle size of seedling components 1/8 to 1/4".
Particle size of a medium mix for other orchids 1/4"-1/2".
The key to orchid growing is to match the orchid to your conditions.
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Name: Ursula
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Ursula
Apr 17, 2020 4:31 PM CST

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I myself, with my watering practices, would always remove the Sphagnum and replace it with other kind of medium.
Actually, I go so far that when I see at an Orchid show or open house Orchids planted in Sphagnum, I will just walk by without considering any purchase. The plant has to be really super special for me to consider.
The reason is that I have to remove the Sphagnum at one point and more than once did I find dead roots wrapped up in that old stuff.
Some people swear by this stuff, I think it depends on how often you water? After 6 months even the best Sphag tends to go south.

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