WSBEorchids

Greenpod – Sowing half a million seeds of Cymbidium hookerianum

Today we sowed Cymbidium hookerianum seeds using the green pod method. The seed pod has been maturing since we pollinated flowers in January 2017 and we are sowing seed just as this year’s flowers open on parent plants (see photo above). One of the seed pods has split (the seed has been dried and stored) […]

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365 days of orchids – day 369 – Cymbidium erythraeum

   This delicate Himalayan species has very long lasting flowers and is in bloom from the end of December until the end of March. It has long thin dark green leaves and small flowers (8cm across) well spaced on long arching flower spikes. We have seen the species growing abundantly in Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh […]

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365 days of orchids – day 368 – Cattleya pecivaliana

  This species is one of our most reliable Christmas and New Year orchids. Many of the uni-foliate Cattleya species look superficially similar but we find that one of the clearest distinctions is flowering time. C. percivaliana is also identifiable by the single sheath, the short (15cm) flattened pseudobulbs, and by the rather deep and […]

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Orchid Project techniques – Dividing and mounting orchids

 Spring is the busiest time for dividing and repotting/ mounting plants in our collection. The Plant of Masdevallia decumana shown in the photo needs dividing and remounting as the cork is deteriorating and the plant would benefit from fresh cork to root to.   We start by sterilising scissors (we don’t want to spread and […]

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