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Posted 11 August 2010 - 02:58 PM

View Postrex, on 11 August 2010 - 01:28 PM, said:

Its Vanda season...

http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii316/twofish69/IMG_0973web.jpg


OH my!
I don't have a Vanda (i have 1 rhynchorides - which is the next closest thing) but this one (is it the Pachara Delight?) makes me feel like going out to get one NOW! Your flowers are lovely Rex - you are quite a masterly grower! :notworthy:/>

Thanks for sharing! i look forward to your other pics. :flowers:/>

I also have a Zygnoisia Cyanosure - but i dunno if its the 'blue birds'?? WL didn't say it was the 'blue birds' one. How can u tell? (sorry to hijack thread) (heh blue is my current hot colour to collect ^_^/>)
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Posted 11 August 2010 - 03:07 PM

Pls see response below :)/>

View Postdinosaurr, on 11 August 2010 - 02:58 PM, said:

OH my!
I don't have a Vanda (i have 1 rhynchorides - which is the next closest thing) but this one (is it the Pachara Delight?) makes me feel like going out to get one NOW! Your flowers are lovely Rex - you are quite a masterly grower! :notworthy:/>

Thanks for the support. I still have a long way to go until I become a master. I get blooms because I tend to pick those that will grow well and bloom nicely in our environment.

This one is V Robert Delight - it comes in several different colors including one that is almost blue black. If you have plenty of sunshine available in your area, Vandas will prove easy provided you feed them often.


Thanks for sharing! i look forward to your other pics. :flowers:/>

I also have a Zygnoisia Cyanosure - but i dunno if its the 'blue birds'?? WL didn't say it was the 'blue birds' one. How can u tell? (sorry to hijack thread) (heh blue is my current hot colour to collect ^_^/>)

The blue birds clone has larger blooms from what I can tell. I have blue birds and blue sailing. Both are easy to grow if you can give them moist but perfectly drained media.


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Posted 11 August 2010 - 06:10 PM

Very beautiful, as usual.

Haha, you sure know how to keep us waiting in anticipation! Can't wait to see your catts.

Maybe when I next go orchid shopping, should stick your list of flowers.

LH

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Posted 11 August 2010 - 06:16 PM

View Posttlh72, on 11 August 2010 - 06:10 PM, said:

Very beautiful, as usual.

Haha, you sure know how to keep us waiting in anticipation! Can't wait to see your catts.

Maybe when I next go orchid shopping, should stick your list of flowers.

LH


Hahahaah, all of us like to be teased sometimes....right?

You guys have been so supportive so I will surely share them as they bloom :)/>

Most of the plants I grow are known to be easy. But they do have their individual preferences. Once the 1 or 2 key preferences are met, the rest is a piece of cake.
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Posted 11 August 2010 - 08:58 PM

View Postrex, on 07 August 2010 - 11:39 AM, said:

Its coming up flowers left right and center!

http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii316/twofish69/IMG_0955web.jpg
note: easy to bloom, just give it plenty of light, grow with catts



Hi Rex - Is it a kagawara? The guy at Orchidville told me ascocenda-types of orchids need to be watered 3x per day! Is that what you do? I struggle to provide the humidity on my HDB 12th floor with its drying breezes and seasonal sunlight.... :hitmyself:/>
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Posted 11 August 2010 - 09:09 PM

View PostIl Pirata, on 11 August 2010 - 08:58 PM, said:

Hi Rex - Is it a kagawara? The guy at Orchidville told me ascocenda-types of orchids need to be watered 3x per day! Is that what you do? I struggle to provide the humidity on my HDB 12th floor with its drying breezes and seasonal sunlight.... :hitmyself:/>


Hi - this is an Ascocenda - it grows in a plastic basket and gets watered twice a day only. Since I grow it outdoors, I do not water if it rains. I have placed a mini-sachet of controlled release fert inside the basket so that it gets fed whenever it gets watered. It also gets spray fert every two weeks or so. This one is easy and very compact. The only thing is that you really need to give it plenty of light - at least 5-6 hours of full morning sunlight each day will suffice - and very constant feed.
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Posted 11 August 2010 - 11:04 PM

This one is V Robert Delight - it comes in several different colors including one that is almost blue black. If you have plenty of sunshine available in your area, Vandas will prove easy provided you feed them often.

Ok i will look out for this one next time i go orchid shopping and see if i can resist temptation! I have a whole garden - but im trying not to spread out- my current collection is already a big enough headache to water every morning before I go to work.


The blue birds clone has larger blooms from what I can tell. I have blue birds and blue sailing. Both are easy to grow if you can give them moist but perfectly drained media.

Not sure if you can tell from the pix- if you can't its ok. At least i have the name.
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4081/4779206078_ba109b321f.jpg
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4137/4779206082_35d3858635.jpg (white balance is off for the 2nd pix) mine seem to be doing fine so far - in its original potting mix of pumice-like rocks and coco chips.I've moved them out into the sun with 50% shade net.


Thanks very much Rex!

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Posted 12 August 2010 - 01:05 AM

http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii316/twofish69/IMG_0945web.jpg
note: I have found that I do not find dark blue violaceas that attractive. I prefer some contrast as with this one and its white tips

Hi Rex, I begin to realise it too and I agree. If there are more spikes or flowers for this beauty, it will look even more spectacular. Does this flower often?

I see yellowish tips rather than white, or is it because of the camera?

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Posted 12 August 2010 - 10:09 AM

View Postdinosaurr, on 11 August 2010 - 11:04 PM, said:


Not sure if you can tell from the pix- if you can't its ok. At least i have the name.
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4081/4779206078_ba109b321f.jpg
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4137/4779206082_35d3858635.jpg (white balance is off for the 2nd pix) mine seem to be doing fine so far - in its original potting mix of pumice-like rocks and coco chips.I've moved them out into the sun with 50% shade net.


Thanks very much Rex!


Yours looks very similar to mine. I think I am mistaken - this one that we both are showing is Blue Sailing. Blue Birds is a much larger plant and has larger blooms. Mine is coming into bloom so I will post it once its ready and we can compare. Either way, they are nice plants to grow and bloom about 3 times a year especially once you get a multigrowth clump going. Often, each new growth gives two spikes when grown in enough light.
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Posted 12 August 2010 - 10:13 AM

View Postnicolai, on 12 August 2010 - 01:05 AM, said:

http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii316/twofish69/IMG_0945web.jpg
note: I have found that I do not find dark blue violaceas that attractive. I prefer some contrast as with this one and its white tips

Hi Rex, I begin to realise it too and I agree. If there are more spikes or flowers for this beauty, it will look even more spectacular. Does this flower often?

I see yellowish tips rather than white, or is it because of the camera?


The tips are greenish cream. Sometimes with the resizing and downconverting for web, changes in color happen to the eventual digital file.

I saw a bunch of really blue ones at SGF but to me they kind of look flat. Unlike the magenta violaceas which have an iridescence, the blue ones look very matte.

This is the first spike. It has behaved like other violaceas and will bloom easily in our weather. It might be good to not let this fella bloom anymore and just grow the plant to a much larger size. I look forward to its maturity as both color and size should be even better than now. The increasing size of the roots is good sign :)/>

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Posted 12 August 2010 - 09:55 PM

Woah you even have Vandas? Gosh, your place's an orchidarium now, huh? Will you charge if I visit? ;)/>

I love the speciosa, does the blooms really have the pink blush as in the photograph?
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Posted 12 August 2010 - 10:06 PM

View PostNeverend, on 12 August 2010 - 09:55 PM, said:

Woah you even have Vandas? Gosh, your place's an orchidarium now, huh? Will you charge if I visit? ;)/>

I love the speciosa, does the blooms really have the pink blush as in the photograph?


Wow thanks for the support - no charge if you visit :)/> But the growers who truly have orchidariums are ones like Aquagem - he seems to be able to bloom practically anything!!!

I love the speciosa too. It was a gift and supposed to be the C1 clone. The markings are reddish pink making a nice contrast with the really white background. The last bloom opened and was practically all pink. Nice variations.

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Posted 15 August 2010 - 10:30 PM

More blooms now showing - its a red attack!

http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii316/twofish69/IMG_0992web.jpg
note - wonderfully productive - holding 5 spikes currently and living in a 3 inch pot!

http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii316/twofish69/IMG_0991web.jpg
note - really like the deep red color and the fact that it sends out 2 - 3 spikes at one go or in quick succession

Something odd...

http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii316/twofish69/IMG_1001web.jpg
note - fairly easy to grow but requires dry rest

Happy Growing :)/>

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Posted 15 August 2010 - 10:35 PM

Phals anyone?

http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii316/twofish69/IMG_1002web.jpg
note - extremely firm substance and flatness

http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii316/twofish69/IMG_1005web.jpg
note - a productive hybrid, Dragon Tree Eagle x Nobbys Fox - this is the greenish yellow version with lovely shape when fully opened.

http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii316/twofish69/IMG_1004web.jpg
note - P Tsays Evergreen - the recent spate of cool rainy weather has helped this one open more green. Many side spikes emerging

http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii316/twofish69/IMG_1008web.jpg
note - think its a very good Princess Kaiulani flava - very large flat blooms with great color - agree? Wish that it could carry more blooms though

Happy Growing :)/>

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Posted 15 August 2010 - 10:39 PM

For variety sake - I know these arent orchids :)/>

http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii316/twofish69/IMG_0998web.jpg
note - really hungry plants....

http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii316/twofish69/IMG_0995web.jpg
note - its nice to smell the sweet scent of ylang ylang every morning as I go about my pottering

http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii316/twofish69/IMG_1024web.jpg
note - another hungry fella. This one is well fed and currently has 6 massive branching spikes from one pot

Happy Growing :)/>
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Posted 15 August 2010 - 11:54 PM

OT: Lotus!! I will definitely want some lotus if I have the land! One of my favourite plants! 出淤泥而不染!
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Posted 16 August 2010 - 12:04 AM

View PostChingHsi, on 15 August 2010 - 11:54 PM, said:

OT: Lotus!! I will definitely want some lotus if I have the land! One of my favourite plants! 出淤泥而不染!


They are a lovely addition to my garden - I have them in white and pink - one looks like a huge peony and one has the more traditional lotus form :)/>
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Posted 16 August 2010 - 11:54 AM

Very nice, rex... :)/>

I have lotus too.. :P/> I agree that it eats a LOT.. If not fed it just sits there and doesn't flower.. I have to re-grow mine sometimes from seed when the main plant dies away... Not sure why though..
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Posted 16 August 2010 - 12:24 PM

View Postrex, on 15 August 2010 - 10:39 PM, said:


http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii316/twofish69/IMG_0995web.jpg
note - its nice to smell the sweet scent of ylang ylang every morning as I go about my pottering




I have this plant for 4 years, it keeps growing taller and taller. Now it's about 2 storey tall and yet to flower. This plant was called 'chempaka' as what the nursery told me, is it the same as 'ylang ylang'?
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Posted 16 August 2010 - 01:26 PM

View Postpaphioboy, on 16 August 2010 - 11:54 AM, said:

Very nice, rex... :)/>

I have lotus too.. :P/> I agree that it eats a LOT.. If not fed it just sits there and doesn't flower.. I have to re-grow mine sometimes from seed when the main plant dies away... Not sure why though..


Thats quite a common observation about the older parts dying away. I think that lotuses need a rest period. I will find out soon enough since mine have been growing for about 6 mths now. After the bloom season a bit of imposed rest (just like for orchids) might need to be scheduled in.
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