Archive | April 2013

Coelogyne usitana x lawrenciana

This primary hybrid is one of the ones that blooms in succession from each spike.  By the time a flower has opened, the next bud is well on its way.  The lip color is best described as slightly browner than a dark brick red.  The spikes develop on immature new growth, similar to Pholidota chinensis.  My experience with this one and usitana is that not necessarily every new growth produces a spike, but most do.  Bright shade seems to suit it.  The leaves max out at about 11″ long and 3″ wide.

Epc. Rene Marques ‘Tyler’

This is one of my favorite epicatts.  Aside from being easy to grow, the colors really are that vivid.  It’s only got one spike with one flower and another bud, but last year I saw one that won an award at the SEPOS show at Longwood Gardens that was spectacular, so I know it has potential if I can keep the summer rain from rotting the new growths as they emerge.  Hopefully, we’ll get the greenhouse built in time.

Anyone know whether this is Rene Marques, or Renee Marques?  I swear I’ve seen tags for these things spelled both ways, but it wouldn’t be the first time something has been misspelled on a tag.  Never in the history, right?

Aspasia principissa

I grow this one like any other oncidium, with bright light, and let it dry out between waterings.  It gets direct morning sun, then indirect bright light after noon.  Like any other thin leaved oncid, it will get (and has gotten) a few accordian leaves on new growth if I let it go too long between waterings.  While it doesn’t hurt the plant or interfere with photosynthesis, it is a little unsightly.  Anyway, it’s ridiculously easy to grow and bloom.

Ascofinetia Cherry Blossom ‘Carmela’

This miniature primary hybrid (Ascocentrum ampullaceum x Neofinetia falcate) is a very reliable bloomer for me.  I like it so much that I have two of them.  The one that’s currently blooming has one spike this year, had two last year, one the year before, etc.  The other one currently has two spikes that look as though they’re going to bloom within a week or so.

They seem to be really happy on the upper shelf of my garden window in the kitchen, so I see no reason to move them outdoors or into the greenhouse when we get it built.  They don’t seem to need as much light as most full sized vandas do, and are quite temperature tolerant.  I’ve read that some people get them to bloom more than once a year, but mine never have; they always do it in late winter or early spring.

Leptotes bicolor

This miniature is a very reliable bloomer in late winter or early spring.  Last year, I got four blooms; this year I only have one.  It’s mounted, but not that picky about water.  A couple of times a week over winter suffices, although daily wouldn’t be too much, especially mounted on cork.  I grow it intermediate in a sunny window during the cold months, and it gets dappled shade outdoors in the summer.