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In FLASK. Oncidium hyphaematicum Dendrobium lasianthera "May River Red". Asco curvifolium x Ren imshootiana. Renanthera imshootiana x monochica ( Tom Thumb).

In PLANTS.  Instant SPECIMENS. 3 plant clumps on treefern.
Ready to replate. Phalaenopsis rosenstromii. Eulophia spectabile. Dendrobium nindii (tofftii,ionoglossum). Catasetum scurra. Paph lowii x praestans. Dendrobium thyrsiflorum. Dendrobium pulchellum
Culture.   Soft brown treefern as a growing medium. Photo right Dend formosum giganteum. 
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New in Flask.
  Oncidium 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.
Asco curvifolium x Ren imshootiana. Red, large flowers well shaped, red to vermillion red. A small grower, treat as for the Ascocentrum curvifolium.
Renanthera 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 than R. monochica.
New in Plants.
3 plant clumps on treefern of
Trichoglottis brachiata
Trichoglottis wenzellii
Trichoglottis fasciata
Trichoglottis tomentosa
Vanda teres  var andersoneae
Bulbophyllum vaginatum Malaya
Bulbophyllum vaginatum Philippines, The slightly larger form.
Bulbophyllum Baileyi  Yellow flowers with fine red spots
 Aerides jarkianum in pot
Ready to Replate.
Phalaenopsis rosenstromii   A form of P amabilis from northern Australia. Panicle of white flowers each 7cm. Lip with yellow marks. Typical Phal culture.
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.
Dendrobium 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.
Catasetum 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 farmerii .
Dendrobium 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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Culture.  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 moisture.
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 drainage.
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 as Stanhopeas.
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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