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parcels.Parcels without the greenyellow USDA sticker may be delayed.
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quinquevulnerum purpureum Vanda bensoneae Oncidium hyphaematicum Dendrobium
Due to the continuing potting and repotting schedule, we suggest that you send
your want list of species by email to Ready to replate.
Phalaenopsis violacea Sumatra Photo right and Phal violacea alba x
Macodes lowii, Goodyera
hispida and Dossinia marmorata Jewel Orchids.
Coryanthes species, Catasetums and Mormodes species
Culture. Conservation, the long and the short of it all.
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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
Oncidium hyphaematicum Ecuador
Showy, sps, pts redbrown tipped yellow, lip bright yellow
gratrixianum Burma Select form. Showy yellow, brown
Vanda bensoneae Thailand Fls to 5cm,
pale rose or white outside, inside yellow veined chestnut. Warm, basket
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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.
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.
Pseudobulbous plants with large heavy bulbs that go
dormant in the cooler months.
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
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
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
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
Same clone, same propagation method, in cultivation since
the early 1900 s.
There are now quite a few plants of this scattered thru
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
to produce slices about 20 mm thick, thus producing
a material with the fibres vertical and the mass just 20 mm
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
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
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John the farmer was in the fertilised egg
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
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
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.
I OWE MY MOTHER
1. My mother taught me TO APPRECIATE A JOB WELL
"If you're going to kill each other, do it outside. I just
2. My mother taught me RELIGION.
"You better pray that will come out of the
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
54 Hammond Way, Thuringowa,
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