NEWSLETTER May 2006
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Oncidium hyphaematicum Dendrobium
lasianthera "May River Red". Asco curvifolium
x Ren imshootiana. Renanthera imshootiana
x monochica ( Tom Thumb).
Instant SPECIMENS. 3 plant clumps on treefern.
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hyphaematicum. Ecuador species, showy, sepals and petals redbrown
tipped yellow, lip bright yellow.
Dendrobium lasianthera "May
River Red". New Guinea May River. Large bronze red antelope, from smaller
plant form than the "Sepik
Blue" lasianthera, but requires the same conditions.
curvifolium x Ren imshootiana.
Red, large flowers well shaped, red to vermillion red. A small grower,
treat as for the Ascocentrum curvifolium.
imshootiana x Ren monochica.
A remake of the charming old school primary Renanthera Tom Thumb. Red with
yellow spots. Same conditions as R imshootiana, perhaps more cool tolerant
3 plant clumps on treefern of
teres var andersoneae
Bulbophyllum vaginatum Philippines, The slightly
Baileyi Yellow flowers with fine red spots
jarkianum in pot
rosenstromii. A form of P amabilis from northern
Australia. Panicle of white flowers each 7cm. Lip with yellow marks. Typical
Eulophia spectabile. India to Thailand.
Terrestrial, large bulbs erect spike of showy flowers. Winter deciduous.
There are two colour forms, rich cream and red flowers. Grown
in a rich soil and leafmould media, the tubers can be rested dry in winter
and repotted into fresh media in spring.A hansome leafy plant with erest
spikes of quite showy flowers.
nindii (tofftii,ionoglossum) Australia.
Ceretobe. Large off white flowers with purple horns, lip veined purple.Warm
growing, lots of light and keep somewhat dry in winter.
scurra. A Clowesia section Catasetum from
Central America. Dwarf grower with spikes of straw coloured, citron perfumed
flowers veined green. Typical Catasetum culture, dormant in winter and
can be stored dry indoors until spring.
Paph lowii x praestans A primary with
the bold colours of Paph
lowii crossed into the yellow, red striped Paph
praestans. A good robust grower in flask, but limited germination.
Typical Paph culture.
Dendrobium thyrsiflorum Thailand. Large clusters
of pure white fls, lip orange yellow, fragrant. A robust growing sepcies,
very showy. Same conditions as for Dend
pulchellum. Thailand, Robust plant with to 5 inch yellow flushed
rose flowerss. Lip downy, with 2 redmaroon blotches. A dry rest in winter,
a sunny warm spot and lots of water and fertiliser when in active growth
will promote the spikes of large waxy flowers.
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Soft brown treefern fibre.
A material that has been used extensively in the
past has proven its worth with many species orchid plants.
The treefern trunk consists of a centre hard core
with the actual roots of the fern growing down the core trunk to form a
thick mass of dense fibrous material around the core.
A method for mounts, slabs.
When cut lengthwise, the fibrous material can be
cut into convenient size pieces for mounts. A trick to using it this way
is to make the wire hanger act as a staple, so it supports the soft slab.
Make a J shape from a piece of galv wire, push the
2 prongs thru the slab from the front, the long end gets bent up and the
short end across to form a staple.
This material needs only to be about 17 mm thick(
20 mm to allow for cut, less than 3 quarters of an inch thick). Thickness,
length and width can be varied to suit the orchid plant being mounted.
Large Bulbophyllums appreciate extra thickness and thus extra available
Because the grain ( the fibres) is vertical, it drains
well but retains moisture.
In the Nursery, slabs are held on A frame racks,
so that overhead sprinklers can water the slabs. This works fine for species
that will creep up the slab, but erect growing species like Trichoglottis,
Renanthera, Vandas will only grow up a vertically hung slab. Otherwise
the plant grows vertically away from the inclined slab.
A different method for POTS.
Soft treefern can be used very effectively
as a potting media if processed in the following way.
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, a basic requirement for all orchids, good
The thickness ( 20 mm) can be varied to suit the
plants and genera being potted. Larger plants may require a thicker medium
and the media can be domed in the pot with extra fibre for species such
Currently, the only species NOT being potted in treefern
are the terrestrial orchids and Paphiopedilums, but all other species are
indeed responding to this medium.
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Went to a séance one night. The clairvoyant
was quite cheerful and full of mirth, so I slapped her face,
I always liked to strike a happy medium.
A man and his wife are dining at a table in
a plush restaurant, and the husband keeps staring at an old drunken lady
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"Do you know her?"
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Such is life.
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Opportunities always look bigger going than
Junk is something you've kept for years and
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to replate. Phalaenopsis rosenstromii.
Eulophia spectabile. Dendrobium nindii (tofftii,ionoglossum). Catasetum
scurra. Paph lowii x praestans. Dendrobium thyrsiflorum. Dendrobium pulchellum
Soft brown treefern as a growing medium.
Photo right Dend formosum giganteum.
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