Greenhouse notes – June 2013

I did a bit of greenhouse fiddling today. I mounted four of my NOID phals onto a piece of wood I found while driving around on the farm. It had four ‘dents’ in it where I could fit plants and secure them quite easily. I didn’t take any pictures. They are all no ID orchids that I can afford to lose without feeling too bad. A couple of them were not in the best shape either. One got a rot problem and might pass away soon, the other one had limited roots. I was a bit disgusted when I pulled it out of the pot, so it definitely qualifies as a trial and I’m expecting losses.

The only plant in the quartet that I would be sad to lose is my ‘cow spotted’ phal. You don’t often come across this kind of coloration in Namibia. Although I’m not totally head over heels and crazy about it, the fact that it’s different and stands out makes it more special than the phals with more common colors and patterns.

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I didn’t take any pictures while mounting. I should update this post in a few weeks when the plants and the roots (especially) have managed to settle. If they will.

I expected a quiet time in the greenhouse during these winter months, but as it’s turning out, I’ve got a lot of flowers developing. Surprisingly many.

The Namib Sunset is apart to start flowering from the second inflorescence, a yellow NOID cattleya is opening up, the Vascostylis Crownfox Magic and the Potinara Chief Sweet Orange ‘Sweet Orange’ is still flowering. My NOID coelogyne is still developing a spike that I’m hoping will produce flowers and not burst, and the phals of course, are all spiking. The phals were expected, everything else are welcome bonuses.

I’m spending a lot of time with my head in my cymbidium pots at the moment. I’m thinking that they’ve had enough cold nights now to start making spikes, but up to now I’ve found nothing except new growths. I’m still crossing fingers and will hope for flowers until the weather heats up and we’re approaching summer. From what I’m reading, cymbidiums can flower at weird times although winter and spring seem to be the main season for them.

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