A couple of years ago we divided our large Coelogyne ovalis into a vast number of smaller plants. This last week the students have been busy repotting them. We decided to put our plants into larger pots in an attempt to curtail the orchids invasive nature.
Below is a close up of one of the flowers. We grow these orchids in Cool asia, keeping them well watered. We find them easy to grow and are an ideal beginner orchid.
Our greenhouse is filled with scents at the moment. Dendrochilum cobbianum flowers are very attractive but I think the flowers have a smell similar to ammonia. Again our many plants are the product of the division of our large specimen orchid.
I think the spicy perfume of Dendrochilum magnum has a much pleasanter aroma than that of Dendrochilum cobbianum.
The classroom area of our greenhouse is home to our Paphs. Here is Paphiopedilum Helios one of the few hybrids we have at Writhlington. I don’t usually like paphs but I think this one is stunning.
Dendrobium fairchildiae looks beautiful when in flower and is a good early warning of red spider mite in the greenhouse. It surcums first to the pests so is a good plant to keep an eye on for early detection and treatment.
I remember splitting our large Coelogyne barbata during lockdown. Our new plants have been doing really well in the temperate section of our greenhouse. We water them well in the summer and keep them damp in the winter months. Coelogyne barbata grow into large specimen orchids and are known as Bearded Coelogyne because their lip looks like a beard.
We do not grow many hybrids in Writhlington but I saw our Oncidium hybrid flowering in our Cool Asia section and thought it beautiful. It flowers reliably every year with long lasting blooms but regrettably I don’t know the name of the hybrid.