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In FLASK.  Coryanthes  cataniapoense 
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Culture.   Coryanthes.
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Coryanthes  cataniapoense "Gernot Bergold". A rare Bucket orchid from Venezuela. Photo top of page courtesy Dr Gernot Bergold. Culture and notes below.
Dend bigibbum superbum alba x alba Australian species, dry rest in winter after the flowering. A very small pot is required with a well drained media.
Doritis pulcherima chompornense This species from Thailand has the petals the same as the labellum, with large yellow blotches. Best grown in a small pot.
Rodriguezia secunda  A species best grown on a slab of treefern if available or a small well drained basket. The flowers are delicately crystalline  in appearence. Rodriguezias wil grow under much the same conditions as those for Dendrobiums and Oncidiums.
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Phalaenopsis lobbii.   This is a minature species best grown on a slab. The near flowering size plants are well established on pieces of cork bark, grown umder heavy shade in a well ventilated spot. Frequent watering in the growing season is required and a dry rest in winter, when the plants can be actually deciduous depending on the climate.
Phalaenopsis aphrodite,  This large growing Philippines species requires a large shallow container or basket under typical Phalaenopsis conditions of shade and good ventilation. Seedlings are growing well in 5cm slotted pots in a spagh isolote mix.
Aerides jarkianum.  A reasonably small growing species from the Philippines that will do best in a small basket. Near flowering size plants are doing well in a small basket with a little spagh isolite mix. Aerides are easy to grow if a little extra shade is given and good ventilation supplied.
Ready to Replate.
Coryanthes gernotii, Yellow, red spots, Venezuela. Named after Dr Gernot Bergold.
Coryanthes alborosea, White, the epichil red thru to yellow. Peru
Coryanthes picturata, Orange, this is the only species recorded from Mexico and is closely related to C speciosa.
Coryanthes macrantha, Trinidad, thru to Brazil. This spectacular species is yellow with red orange and an intricately shaped epichil, to the point of weirdness.
Coryanthes leucocorys, A large flowered species, orange yellow with a large white epichil. Photo below.
Coryanthes speciosa,  A wide spread species from Central America down to Brazil. Flowers are orange to yellow orange.
Coryanthes bruckmuelleri, A Venezuelean species. Photo below courtesy of Dr Gernot Bergold.
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Culture.  Coryanthes
  Photo left C bruckmuelleri.  Coryanthes are shade growers and should be cultivated in small pots or baskets in a media that does not dry out.
Commonly, spaghnam moss is used, and the plants grow very quickly if kept warm and in high humidity.
  It is essential to hang the plants, out of reach of slugs and snails. In the wild, they inhabit aboreal ant nests, not for the ants or their formic acid as has been suggested, but for the protection the aggressive ants offer.
Chewing pests love the Coryanthes and slugs and snails will quickly kill a plant.
       Coryanthes are fairly easy to cultivate from flask. They tend to vine somewhat in flask, and develop the plantlet at the end of the rhizome like stem. Once compotted, they develop the first pseudobulb and as that develops, the plants should be repotted so that the plantlet sits on the media. They grow quickly and spaghnam seems to offer the best media at this stage.
       Once grown to a larger size, the plant can then be repotted into a basket or well drained pot, other mixes incorporating bark seem to be satisfactory as well. A shady spot is best, with perhaps a little extra sunlight in the cooler parts of the day to encourage the mature plant to flower. There  seems to be no set time for flowering.
           Coryanthes are fascinating orchids and have been a lifelong passion for Doctor Gernot Bergold of Venezuela, who has studied them, grown them, set seed  for conservation and supplied specimens to noted botanists. Two Coryanthes have been named after Dr Bergold, Coryanthes gernotii and Coryanthes bergoldii.
           We are pleased to acknowledge his contribution, especially for seed and photographs, to the conservation of these fascinating species orchids.
Stop Press; It is with regret we advise that Dr Gernot Bergold passed away peacefully Wednesday 5th Feb. at the age of 91. Vale Dr Bergold. A short history of his work with the genus Coryanthes will appear in the next Newsletter, from notes he was preparing at the time of his passing.
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 One day, farmer Jones was in town picking up supplies for his farm. He stopped by the hardware store and picked up a bucket and an anvil, then stopped by the livestock dealer to buy a couple of chickens and a goose. Now he had a problem: how to carry all of his purchases home.
The livestock dealer said, "Why don't you put the anvil in the bucket, carry the bucket in one hand, put a chicken under each arm and carry the goose in your other hand?"

"Hey, thanks!" the farmer said, and off he went. While walking he met a fair young lady friend.
She told him she was lost, and asked, "Can you tell me how to get to 1515 Mockingbird Lane?"

The farmer said, "Well, as a matter of fact, I'm going to visit my brother at 1616 Mockingbird Lane. Let's take a short cut and go down this alley. We'll save half the time to get there".

The fair young lady said, "How do I know that when we get into the alley you won't hold me up against the wall, pull down my skirt and ravish me?"

The farmer said, "I am carrying a bucket, an anvil, 2 chickens, and a goose.
How in the world could I possibly hold you up against the wall and do that?"

The young lady said, "Set the goose down, put the bucket over the goose, put the anvil on top of the bucket, and I'll hold the chickens.

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 Never let your man's mind wander - it's too little to be out alone.
 Go for the younger man. You might as well - they never mature anyway.
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 Definition of a bachelor: a man who has missed the opportunity to make some woman miserable.
 Women don't make fools of men - most of them are the do-it-yourself types.

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