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.

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.

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