Summer Orchidfest 2013

This year, it’s back at Parkside Orchids.  I skipped going the past two or three years when it was held on the Jersey Shore.  No way was I going to deal with shore traffic during beach season to go to Neptune.  Anyway, now that it’s back at Parkside, I decided to go yesterday to avoid the weekend crowd.  There were only 15 vendors, including the host, but those that were there were among my favorites.  This is a good thing, since I skipped this year’s SEPOS show at Drexel in Philly; I always went when it was held at Longwood Gardens, as there’s plenty else to do once I’ve finished at the vendor tent(s).

As a grower of mostly species, I hit J&L first, and picked up four nice plants for a reasonable cost:  a Stelis I didn’t have (unidentified other than being from Bolivia), a Caucaea, a Porroglossum, and a Polystacha I didn’t already have.

I also grabbed a couple of plants from Lois Duffin, who always has great plants, but is not normally open to the public.  I picked out a nice species Phragmipedium labeled as being two years old, that had previously bloomed on its old fan, and a primary hybrid Oncidium that grows like a weed, and needs repotting from 4″ to 6″.  I swear the root system is spilling out all over the place like that of a Grammatophyllum.  And, it was only $10.  I’m not so sure about the Phrag being only two years old, but they do grow like weeds if left to sit in water.  Anyway, the price reflected that sort of age for that particular species, so I grabbed it.

Some vendors had ridiculously high prices for fairly ordinary plants.  Mostly, I didn’t want to spend that kind of money for eye candy.  If I really wanted those complex hybrids, I could find them for less elsewhere, so it was a no-brainer to pass.

I did find a fantastic Pleurothallis species in Parkside’s greenhouse #3 (my favorite among their greenhouses), along with a Nepenthes.  Yes, I know, it’s a pitcher plant, not an orchid, but I’ve wanted one for years, and wasn’t willing to spend much more than about $10 for one.

It was encouraging to see several vendors with blooming Podangis dactyloceras and Dyakia hendersonia.  Mine are blooming too, so I must be doing something right!

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