Orchidaria in the Media

The orchid expert Krum Sotirov has been growing orchids for over 30 years. He has appeared as an expert speaker in many orchid and garden clubs.

Below are only select few from his lectures in the US and other places:

Central New York Orchid Society is announcing his lecture before the club in their monthly newsletter

“The Orchid Enthusiast” 

Sandy Buxton  of North Eastern New York Orchid Society is reporting his visit to their club in newsletter:

A Behind-the-Scenes Visit to Kew

The founder of http://www.orchidspecies.com Jay Pfahl personally invited Krum to speak at Key West Orchid Society

KWOS Newsletter of January 2016

Genesee Region Orchid Society (GROS) has invited him for a lecture in 2016 at Eisenhart Auditorium at the Rochester

Museum & Science Center. Announcement in their publication they have also documented the first video bridge between CNYOS with the Bulgarian Orchid Society:

The Orchid Collection

GROS also had him speak prior to this historic moment in 2012

The Orchid Collection 2012

 

Even if not related to orchids Krum has one man show art exhibit of his paintings at Syracuse New York

Onondaga County Library Newsletter

We now sell Orchiata and sphagnum moss

We have imported and now hold in stock the most praised orchid media – Orchiata and sphagnum moss.

Orchiata is orchid bark medium that is highly praised by everyone who ever used it. We grow our seedlings in it and they are doing great. Orchiata is NOT more expensive than its alternatives. It saves you time and effort.

Sphagnum moss comes in different grades. It is used for orchids that like more moisture. It is rot resistant, but it holds a host of beneficial bacteria. Sphagnum adjusts the pH and buffers the water to optimal range for plants and aquariums.  It is used for care of tropical frogs and snakes and for aquarium fish water conditioning.

We have also live sphagnum that grows in our greenhouse and can be used for aquariums and gardens.

Higher grade sphagnum for Neofinetia, may seem at first expensive, but this is because it is selected and packaged by hand. To achieve better look of your Neofinetia mounts higher grade sphagnum makes the job so much easier and quick. When I use lower grade sphagnum I resort to using fishing line which makes the change of the moss very difficult later on. With higher grade sphagnum this is unnecessary, since the moss holds the plant in place very nicely and when needs to be changed is removed easy.

We also have lower grades sphagnum and Chilean sphagnum in small packages or larger quantities. We can supply sphagnum in nursery size quantities.

What is in bloom in June 2021

This year the weather is equatorial like – hot mornings with heavy rain in the afternoon. The high humidity made everything look fresh and tasty.

In June 2021 have in bloom:

Leptotes bicolor

Thunia alba

Thunia brymeriana

Catasetum tenebrosum

Paraphalaenopsis laycockii x Seidenfadenia mitrata

Paraphalaenopsis laycockii x Paraphalaenopsis serpentilingua

Broughtonia negrilensis x Guaricattonia (Cattleytonia) Starrlyn

Neofinetia (Vanda) falcata

Dendrobium senile

About the plant sizes

In the plant business, generally speaking, the size of the plants is determined by three parameters: the size of the pot (diameter at the opening), the “height” and the size of the leaf span – or how “wide” the plant is.

In addition in the orchid business, plants are divided by age into groups of: “seedlings”, “near blooming size”, “flowering size” and “a specimen”. This may sound self explanatory, yet it is not quite. For example, “flowering size” should mean that the plant is old enough to bloom, but there are some specimens of the same age that are “shy” to bloom and others which bloom earlier than expected (this is where the expression “early bloomer” comes from). “A Specimen” is a plant with a large size and impressive characteristics for its kind, often many years of age – which is always good if the orchid world.

Collectors, of course, are also interested in the size of the flower. Most people prefer larger bloom on smaller plant and dislike when the plant is very robust yet produces tiny flowers.

Here are a few examples of miniature orchids:

Angreacum elephantinum – our plants are “near blooming size” NBS and are in pots with diameter of 8 cm. At the moment the leaf span is not larger than the diameter of the pots, but they will grow to about 12 cm. The flower is about 6 – 6.5 cm in diameter.

Leptotes bicolor – Our plants are flowering size. They have bloomed for us already. They are in pots with a diameter of 3.5 cm and a leaf span of about 5 cm

Neofinetia falcata – We have many different forms of this orchid, the size is different for different varieties from 3-4 cm growth to about 8 – 9 cm, as we have plants with one, two… to 5 – 6 growths  Flowers are about 1 – 1.5 cm in diameter and fragrant. (this is one of my favorite orchids)

Phalaenopsis finleyi – Blooming size (they have bloomed for us) with a leaf span of 4-5 cm and color 1 cm. Mounted on piece of bark

Pteroceras semiteretifolium – blooming size, have not bloomed for us, as of yet. Leaf span 4 – 5 cm, mounted on a piece of bark (7x 4 cm approximately)

What is in bloom in December 2020

This year was very warm, not only in the records of the meteorologists. We felt it too. We had cloudy days with high air humidity. More orchids are spiking to bloom, but there are still a few plants opening yet.

Zelemnia midas – many plants in bloom and spike
Cattleya Ann Joi and Cattleya Anne Banmore are blooming and spiking
Holcoglossum – more flower spikes, but I expect them to bloom in a month
Laelia rubescens x Broughtonia negrilensis many flower spikes
Paphiopedilum exul
Dendrobium Hibiki – the first plant opened and is very nice
Paphiopedilum Maudiae is spiking
Nearly all Phalaenopsis are in spike, no blooms yet.
Bulbophylum Sheryl Kurizaki – many plants with many blooms each
Bulbophyllum auratum

What is in bloom in November 2020

With the cooler days and cooler nights we have reduced misting and watering. The low temperatures keep the humidity high and the orchids are very happy. We are expecting new orchids from Thailand to arrive any moment now. When they do I will update this list.

Christensonia vietnamica lats palnt in bud
Zelemnia midas – many plants in bloom and spike
Cattleya – more of them are developing buds

Holcoglossum – new flower spikes

Laelia rubescens x Broughtonia negrilensis new flower spikes

 

What is in bloom in October 2020

With the cooler nights we start to see greening up and waking up of the entire greenhouse. The month of October is still slow for blooming, but we are starting to see new flower spikes of those orchids which are going to bloom in the next few months.

Christensonia vietnamica is in full bloom
Vanda Jairak “blue” many are in bloom
Tetratonia Dark Prince – the little beauty keeps going strong
Dendrobium chrystianum starts new season with very fragrant blooms
Zelemnia midas – many plants in bloom and spike
Ionopsis urticularioides blooming and spiking more
Cattleya are getting ready for the spring blooms

Holcoglossum – new flower spikes

Paraphalaenopsis laycockii single plants are spiking again

Laelia rubescens x Broughtonia negrilensis new buds, but at a very early stage

Rhynchostilis coelestis is finishing blooming

 

Какво цъфти през октомври 2020

С разхлаждането на нощните температури виждаме масово съживяване и позеленяване на всички орхидеи. Месец октомври е още слаб за цъфтеж, но вече започваме да виждаме новите цветоноси на тези, които ще цъфтят скоро.

Christensonia vietnamica масов цъфтеж
Vanda Jairak “blue” много растения
Tetratonia Dark Prince – миниатюрка продължава да държи
Dendrobium chrystianum започна отново да цъфти с ароматни цветове
Zelemnia midas масов цъфтеж
Ionopsis urticularioides цъфтеж и нови цветоноси
Cattleya се подготвят масово

Holcoglossum са пуснали цветоноси

Paraphalaenopsis laycockii единични растения пускат нови цветоноси

Laelia rubescens x Broughtonia negrilensis нови пъпки на много ранен етап

Rhynchostilis coelestis – започва да прецъфтява

 

Should I mount or should I pot my orchid?

Това е въпрос на индивидуален избор и е по-добре да попитате „как колекционерът се грижи за своите растения“. Човек трябва да бъде честен със себе си, когато отговаря на въпроса: „Колко често поливате?“. Някои хора са склонни да поливат всеки път, когато погледнат орхидеите (като мен) – това е твърде много, други са твърде заети и продължават да отлагат поливането ден след ден, докато орхидеите не започнат да крещят (“О, не? Просто умират”). За тези, които са склонни да поливат твърде много, монтираните орхидеи върху парче дърво или кора са по-добрият избор. Мини кошниците (пластмасови или дървени) са удобни,  чудесни за грижи, но и по-лесни за подреждане, когато орхидеите са изложени.
Ако ме попитате как отглеждам орхидеите си, ще отговоря „По начина, по който сте ги получили от мен. Промените от кора в саксия и обратно е най-добре да се направят веднага, след като растението приключи цъфтежа.