Should I mount or should I pot my orchid?

This is a question of individual choice and is better to ask “how the collector is taking care of her/his plants”. One must be honest with self when answering the question:”how often do you water”. Some people tend to water every time they look at the orchids (this is me) – this is too much, other are too busy and keep postponing the watering day after day until the orchids start to scream (Oh, they don’t? They just die?). For those who tend to water too much mounting orchids on a piece of wood or bark is the better choice. The mini baskets (plastic or wooden) are more universal setting – not only great for care, but also easier to arrange when orchids are on display.
If you ask me how I grow my orchids I will answer “the way you received them from me” I already have selected which setting is better for the plant under my conditions of regular watering. Changes from bark to pot and vise versa is best done right after the plant is done blooming.

Какво цъфти през август 2020

По принцип месец август е най-слабият месец за цъфтеж при нас. Много орхидеи се подготвят за цъфтеж през края на септември, но очаквам през следващите две седмици  на август да има дори още по-малко цъфнали орхидеи. Това е нормалното.

Paphiopedilum Maudiae е към края на цъфтежа си
Neofinetia (Vanda) falcata също
Christensonia vietnamica
Dendrobium unicum цъфти за втори път през тази година, но горещините го тормозят
Vanda Jairak “blue” цъфти и имаме растения на ранен етап на цъфтеж
Tetratonia Dark Prince – миниатюрка на цвят и на пъпка
Dendrobium chrystianum свършва цъфтежа
Zelemnia midas ще се разпука всеки момент
Ionopsis urticularioides на много ранна пъпка
Cattleya violacea ще цъфти за пъри път
Cattleya се подготвят за септемврийски цъфтеж

Paraphalaenopsis laycockii x Paraphalaenopsis serpentilingua вече приключва цъфтежа

Thecostele alata and Thecostele secunda продължават да цъфтят обилно

Chiloschista ramifera

Chiloschista viridiflava образува нови пъпки

Broughtonia negrilensis x Guaricattonia (Cattleytonia) Starrlyn нови пъпки

Laelia rubescens x Broughtonia negrilensis

Orchid as a gift

We specialize in collectible orchids, yet we receive every day requests for “orchid as a gift”. So we listened. We do have some orchids which are sold while blooming аnd we offer decorative containers for better presentation. You can select the container or you can ask for recommendation. Krum has selected containers which are not only beautiful, but also functional and the orchid can spend very long time set in those. The recipient only need to add a little water time to time so the orchid roots are exposed to high humidity. That way the orchid can spend many months on your window sill, some could be grown like that permanently.

What is in bloom in July 2020

This year the heath of the Summer came later than usual and we had a week of very strong rains. That caused higher humidity and less pests and diseases which resulted in more orchids to bloom in July as expected.

In July 2020 in bloom are the following species and hybrids:

Leptotes bicolor

Seidenfadenia mitrata

Dendrobium lidleyi

Paphiopedilum Maudiae “green”

Paraphalaenopsis laycockii x Paraphalaenopsis serpentilingua

Coelogyne flaccida

Thecostele alata

Chiloschista ramifera

Chiloschista viridiflava

Vanda Jairak blue

Zelemnia midas

Broughtonia negrilensis x Guaricattonia (Cattleytonia) Starrlyn is about to bloom

Laelia rubescens x Broughtonia negrilensis

Neofinetia (Vanda) falcata is in spike to bloom soon

and Tetratonia Dark Prince is in bud

 

What is blooming in JUNE 2020

Different years the orchids grown in greenhouses bloom at different times, depending on the weather changes and the experimentation of the grower which some times lead even to happy incidents. In 2020 we had a very mild winter and some cooling of the weather at the end of May. That was great for our orchids and many of them spiked to bloom later than expected, but in greater numbers.

In June 2020 in bloom are the following species:

Bulbophyllum auratum

Bulbophyllum macranthum

Leptotes bicolor

Seidenfadenia mitrata

Dendrobium lidleyi

Paphiopedilum Maudiae “green”

Paraphalaenopsis laycockii x Paraphalaenopsis serpentilingua

Coelogyne pachystachya

 

Orchid sale at Bulgarian Orchid Society meeting

We will bring orchid plants for sale in bud and others to the meeting of the orchid society on the 8th February 2020, 18:30 at Art Salon of Radio Varna. The orchids are specimen plants of high quality. They will be available for general public, but th emembers ofthe society will enjoy a discount. Orchids available for sale will be from the following: (if you wish to place a order you could do so through the site – payment will be collected when th eplant is picked up)

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Chinese immortality medicines

Chinese are some of the first to discover and cultivate orchids. One of the first orchid depicted on pottery and praised in the poetry is Dendrobium moniligorme Tie pi Shi hu. Even today in China people drink the dried pseudobulbs and the flowers ot this orchid in a form of a tea for longevity and rejuvenation. Together with Dendrobium nobile (Shi hu) it is one of the nine herbs of immortality. The other herbs are:

3. Saussurea involucrata Tian Shan Xue Lian (from Tian Shan Mountain)

4. Panax ginseng San Liang Zhong Ren Shen (three liang of ginseng),

5. Wolfiporia extensa He Shou Wu, Fu Ling (cycle of sixty years)

6. Cistanche deserticola Cong Rong

7. Ganoderma lucidum Shen Shan Ling Zhi

8. Pearls Hai Di Zhen Zhu

9. Ophiocordyceps sinensis Dong Chong Xia Cao

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