Orchids forum: Our Orchid blooms in April 2020

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Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Ursula
Apr 3, 2020 4:59 PM CST

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Carol, how cool is that! Smiling It is so nice to compare blooming times!
Name: Carol
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ctcarol
Apr 3, 2020 5:25 PM CST
It seems many you and I have in common run a few weeks behind here.
Name: Tara
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terrafirma
Apr 3, 2020 5:43 PM CST
Very pretty! I love that cream color, with that deep crimson, purple! Just beautiful!
Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Ursula
Apr 4, 2020 7:58 AM CST

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I like Restrepias! In my eyes those little bug-like blooms are seriously cute! Smiling
Here is my Restrepia antennifera. Pieces fall off the mother plant and take hold in other baskets. Here is the old mother plant and a small plant I had started up in a coconut shell.
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Name: Ken Ramsey
Vero Beach, FL (Zone 10a)
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drdawg
Apr 4, 2020 8:57 AM CST
I use quite a lot of coconut shells, but those shells have the thick, dense coconut fiber still attached. When I've got someone removing coconuts (the palms are 30-40' tall), I simply discard most of them. Sometimes, I'll just scatter a few of them under one of my plumeria patches, letting them thoroughly dry. That's when I cut them in half and use them. Occasionally, one of those coconuts sitting on the ground for 6 mo. or more, will sprout. It's neat watching a new palm grow from a coconut.

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Name: lindsey
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sugarcane
Apr 4, 2020 5:03 PM CST
A few new flowers got photographed today..



Rth. Tropical Orange 'Apricosa'
With a richer, warmer color in real life

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And first time for this one to bloom..I'm not totally convinced it's correctly tagged.
L. Colombia a X Ctt. Aussie Sunset ' Cosmic Fire'



And Bul. Kyoguchi Gold
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Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
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Gina1960
Apr 4, 2020 7:02 PM CST
Another NOID Lowes Dead Rack Phal popping out!
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Name: Carol
Santa Ana, ca
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ctcarol
Apr 4, 2020 7:03 PM CST
Great blooms, as always, Lindsey!
Name: Carol
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ctcarol
Apr 4, 2020 7:06 PM CST
Not leaving you out, Gina! Yours is pretty too! The site is struggling with all the extra traffic, so everything is loading slow.
Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Ursula
Apr 4, 2020 7:36 PM CST

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Ken, that is very cool! A lot of of the small species do very well in coconut shells!

Lindsey, you have some gorgeous blooms on display! All three are just beautiful! Lovey dubby Lovey dubby Love the rich colors.

Gina, nice Phal!! Lovey dubby Thumbs up
Name: Ken Ramsey
Vero Beach, FL (Zone 10a)
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drdawg
Apr 6, 2020 7:38 AM CST
Two flowers just opened up on this rainy, gloomy morning. I'll have a better photo when the sun begins to pop out, perhaps tomorrow. This is a really old variety, one of Stewart Low's creations, registered in 1939. Still a goodie to my eyes. I don't know whether this variety is even available anywhere commercially, but I imagine it can be found in some really old collections.

Bc. Willis Harrington 'Lines'
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BigBill
Apr 6, 2020 7:52 AM CST
Gee Ken, I have to give you a thumbs up because I do not think that I have ever seen this grex before!
The clonal name "Lines" is familiar but not Willis Harrington.
That is sure a pretty flower with a gorgeously huge lip!! I'll bet it is fragrant when the sun warms it up a bit!! Stunning Ken, just absolutely stunning!! Thumbs up

That rates 4 Oh Boys!!! On my beauty scale!!! Normally 3 is tops.
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Name: Ursula
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Ursula
Apr 6, 2020 8:02 AM CST

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4 Oh Boys!! Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
I agree, it is gorgeous! Great Floof! Lovey dubby
Name: Ken Ramsey
Vero Beach, FL (Zone 10a)
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drdawg
Apr 6, 2020 8:04 AM CST
Why, thank you, Bill. I got this as a terribly abused and neglected division many years ago. The lady said that her collection was begun in the 60's and that she simply couldn't keep up with her orchids any longer. I got a number of bare-root divisions from her. Most of those were lost years ago. My records show that I got two of these divisions, but I'm not sure that I still have the other one. Now that's she's bloomed, I will take a look around for the other.
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BigBill
Apr 6, 2020 8:11 AM CST
That is very pretty. Love it!!!
Name: Glenn Graham
Memphis (Zone 7b)
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BBQNBLUES
Apr 6, 2020 11:55 AM CST
@drdawg Regarding salvaging an old collection. I too have been there, done that.

When I belonged to the Memphis Orchid Society (years ago) an urgent request came in from an Elderly Gentleman who at one time had a nice Orchid collection. of course it had been long neglected & he just wanted someone to clean out the Greenhouse & leave him a few divisions.

All tags were lost over the years, but he remembered how much he paid for some (astronomical prices).

The Gentleman was a World Traveler / Big Game Hunter / close friend of THE Roy Rogers !! Every where he traveled he had a camera crew follow.. of course his home was filled with Big Game Trophies, numerous carved Ivory Tusks etc.

Such a shame when you find a neglected collection & next to impossible to save most.
*HOPE I don't end up being one of the convir fatalities... if so, ALL my Orchids will be up for grabs Smiling
Name: Ken Ramsey
Vero Beach, FL (Zone 10a)
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drdawg
Apr 6, 2020 12:07 PM CST
Hopefully, Glenn, all of us will be careful and thus will be safe from this coronavirus.

I've now gotten two collections that were in really bad shape. The one that came to me about 7 yr. ago were all divisions, and I think they were all back-bulb divisions, bare-root. But at least these were pretty much all labeled. The second one, obtained from the old gentleman's daughter, a gentleman that lived only about 10 miles from me, were original plants (as far as I could tell), but had been neglected for so long, that they were truly on their last legs (most of his orchids had no viable tissue at all and were trashed). There were basically no labels surviving.

Believe it or not, since that gentleman had been collecting for many decades (and his daughter thought that he quit adding to his collection around the turn of the century), all of his orchids were old varieties. I guessed that IF I could get a plant to survive and then could bloom it, the flower might be so unique or so well known, that I could get it named. That's exactly what's happened with several of these orchids.
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Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Ursula
Apr 7, 2020 7:33 AM CST

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Maxillaria tenuifolia starts up early this year
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A fairly large, surprise bloom on Trichopilia tortilis

Barkeria melanocaulon always blooms pretty much through the whole indoor season, starting in the Fall and continues right into April. Old spikes simply branch out and bloom some more.
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Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
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Gina1960
Apr 7, 2020 7:58 AM CST
Beautiful! My Maxies are still laying low
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Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Ursula
Apr 7, 2020 8:06 AM CST

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This Winter I have been placing the Max ten right between the Vandas, into maximum light. Perhaps that caused those early blooms.

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