WSBEorchids

365 days of orchids – day 694 – Dendrobium harveyanum

The diversity of orchids and their flowers is perhaps their greatest attraction and these dendrobium flowers are some of our most extraordinary. This wonderful dendrobium is native to Southern China and South East Asia where it grows as an epiphyte at around 1100-1700m in seasonally dry forest. It is semi deciduous and flowers from new […]

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365 days of orchids – day 693 – Cattleya walkeriana

This cattleya species is looking an absolute picture at the moment with four flower spikes and eight flowers. This is an unusual Cattleya and one we have been keen to succeed with for many years. All other Cattleya species (apart from Cattleya nobilor) produce their flowers from the top of the pseudo-bulb but walkeriana produces […]

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Year 13 science students devising germination testing investigations

The Mendip propagation laboratory was a busy place again today as A level Science students prepared media for their germination testing investigations. Following the students’ visit to Kew last July to visit Jonathan Kendon they are each working on a different orchid species and are finding optimum germination conditions by varying nutrient levels, agar concentration […]

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365 days of orchids – day 691 – Masdevallia bulbophyllopsis

This is another of the delightful small multi-flowered masdevallias and this one is endemic to¬†Ecuador. It is small growing but vigorous with 4cm leaves and 15cm flower spikes with about 6-12 flowers on each. As you can see it does well for us in a small basket though we also find it does well in […]

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