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In FLASK.   Aerides quinquevulnerum purpureum Vanda bensoneae Oncidium hyphaematicum Dendrobium trilamellatum
Paphiopedilum gratrixianum

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Phalaenopsis violacea Sumatra Photo right and  Phal violacea alba x alba. 
Macodes lowii, Goodyera hispida and Dossinia marmorata  Jewel Orchids.
Coryanthes species,  Catasetums and Mormodes species
Cymbidiella rhodochila
 Culture.   Conservation, the long and the short of it all. Bulbopyllums

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 Photos in this edition.   Below    Top  Phalaenopsis violacea Sumatra , below Bulb longissimum FCC RHS,  Bulb lasiochilum
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Aerides quinquevulnerum purpureum. Philippines Rare, this form burgundy red fls, spicy fragrance. Basket culture.
Dend trilamellatum  Warm grower. Australia. A small growing species with glossy tan brown horned flowers.
Best grown in a very small pot with a dry winter.
 Oncidium hyphaematicum Ecuador Showy, sps, pts redbrown tipped yellow, lip bright yellow
Paphiopedilum gratrixianum Burma Select form. Showy yellow, brown purple,green.
Vanda bensoneae Thailand Fls to 5cm, pale rose or white outside, inside yellow veined chestnut. Warm, basket culture.
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Phalaenopsis violacea Sumatra and  Phal violacea alba x alba. Borneo. Large waxy white flowers with the lateral sepals violet purple. Small pot or basket in a well drained media that does not dry out hard. This species will develop into a handsome plant, and will require lots of water and fertiliser when growing. Phalaenopsis violacea is a plant of the warm wet tropics, but keep somewhat drier in the cooler months.
Macodes lowii, Goodyera hispida and Dossinia marmorata  Jewel Orchids. The large and  spectacular  Jewel Orchids from Borneo.  Rare species from the tropical jungles, a grower of the shady wet rainforest. Terrarium culture is the way to go.
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.
Catasetums Pseudobulbous plants with large heavy bulbs that go dormant in the cooler months.
 Mormodes Goblin orchid. Twisted lip, large fragrant flowers. A deciduous species like Catasetum,  requiring a rich growing media with the start of the new growth, and a dry rest when leaves fall. A small pot, rich media, plenty of sunlight and a yearly repot will produce spikes of unique  flowers.
Cymbidiella rhodochila.The endemic Madagascan species, found in the wild growing in a Platycerium elkhorn fern in the tops of trees. Thus a well drained media, excellent air movement and a bright sunny spot is called for.  A media that will stay damp but not wet is needed, and a dry rest when not in active growth. The plants are intolerant of wet feet and stale conditions, and should be kept in a fairly small pot or basket, with minimal disturbance.
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Conservation, The long and the short of it.
As a teenage orchid novice, I was fortunate enough to have a friend import a plant of Bulbophyllum longissimum FCC RHS from the original grower, the orchid firm Sanders of England.
This duely grew and flowered and delighted everyone who saw it with its long tails of pale crystalline pink and darker pink veined flowers. Photo right
Flasking was the way to go, I thought, I should flask this rare species as none of the Asian exporters seem to have this. Even the renowned Suhakul brothers, botanical collectors of Thai species, did not find it.
So after  several flowerings and several attempts to self the species, I found that it would not self. This was going to be a problem, as there were no  other clones around.
On discussing this with a noted Australian orchid identity, Gerald said he had a plant and would send some pollin. He did this and again the plant failed to set a seed pod.
On advising Gerald of this, I thought o to ask him where he got his plant of the species.
" About 35 years ago, I got it from Sanders of England."
Same clone, same propagation method, in cultivation since the early 1900 s.
There are now quite a few plants of this scattered thru Australia.
Some years ago, I received a small plant of a Bulbophyllum species from a grower in a cooler climate who suggested it might do better in our tropical climate. It did. It grew rapidly into specimen clumps on pieces of cork, flowered and was identified as Bulbophyllum lasiochilum. Photo left
From that one plant  a host of this species has been cultivated and spread thru Australia.
Shorter rhizome species do well in a small well drained pot or basket, while those with an elongated rhizome, with the pseudobulbs well apart, do well on Tree fern slabs or cork. Cork tends to be very dry, but with copious watering, will suffice. Large baskets offer the best management, as the growing leads can be redirected back into the basket.
A potting medium of treefern fibre or similar, or a mixture of bark, isolite and spaghnam moss may also be used. Coconut fibre is also used successfully. Once established, the plants can be quickly grow into an impressive specimen by cutting the rhizome and making the back bulbs produce additional new leads. When growing, the plants like plenty of water and warmth. Maximum sunlight short of leaf burn will encourage flowering. Regular fertilising will make these species even more spectacular.
                Soft brown treefern as a medium for Bulbophyllums.
The treefern is cut into a short length block. Using a Band Saw makes this very easy, as the block is then cut across the grain
to produce slices  about 20 mm thick, thus producing a material with the fibres vertical and the mass just 20 mm thick.
 Break the slices into pieces about half to one third the size of the pot being used. The pot is crocked to within 20 mm of the
top ( broken pieces of cheap free polystyrene foam, coolite, the material used to pack electronic goods is ideal).
Using a piece of treefern, half the pot is filled, the plant is then placed against the treefern and packed in with
another piece or two of treefern, keeping the fibres vertical. By keeping the fibres vertical, water collection
and drainage is very efficient, the basic requirement for all orchids, good drainage.
The thickness ( 20 mm) can be varied to suit the plants and genera being potted. Larger plants may require a thicker medium.
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John the farmer was in the fertilised egg business.
He had several hundred young hens ( called pullets) and 8 or 10 roosters whose job it was to fertilise the eggs.
   The farmer kept records and any rooster that did not perform went into the soup pot and was replaced.
    That took a lot of time,so he bought a set of tiny bells and attached them to the roosters. Each bell had a different tone so John could tell from a distance which rooster was performing. Now he could sit on his porch and fill out an efficiency report by listening to the bells.
    The farmers favourite rooster was old Butch, and a very fine specimen he was.
   But on this particular morning, Butch’s bell  hadn’t rung at all.
John went to investigate.The other roosters were chasing pullets, bells a ringing. The pullets, hearing the bells would run for cover.
  But to Farmer Johns amazement, Butch had his bell in his beak, so it could not ring.
 He would sneak up on a pullet, do his job, and walk onto the next one.
John was so proud of Butch, he entered him in the county fair and Butch became an overnight sensation among the judges.
The result.. the judges not only awarded Butch the “NoBell Piece Prize“, but also awarded him the “Pulletsurprise” as well.
1. My mother taught me TO APPRECIATE A JOB WELL DONE.
"If you're going to kill each other, do it outside. I just finished cleaning."
2. My mother taught me RELIGION.
"You better pray that will come out of the carpet."
3. My mother taught me about TIME TRAVEL.
"If you don't straighten up, I'm going to knock you into the middle of next week!"
Ian and Pat Walters, Burleigh Park Orchid Nursery
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