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    The Orchid Rush

    Most of my orchids are either growing a spike or spikes or they're blooming... first two are my Monster and Phal Pauline. THe Monster phal was my first ever, and Phal Pauline has the best shape in a standard phal in my opinion-- and its delicate white and purple colorations make it look like someone made them out of sugar!





    And here is a brand new-to-the-bloom-scene phal, Hilo Lip. First time blooming for this one-- hoping its shape and color gets better, as they usually do when they get more mature (the plant, not the flower).

    Denver Ryan
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    Beautiful! Pauline does look like a sugar sculpture. Great description!!

    PR

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    OMG! Ryan, that NEW one is AWESOME! And your schill is scrumptious! And yes, the inflorescent is definitely best left to grow in it's pendulous attitude! And YES it is often more lavender than pink - responds to it's environment and culture. Don't you just love that foliage!?! IT will pass that mottling on in the first generation, but from what I can recall, it tends to disappear in the second. There is a lovely spotted species (yellow w/red - burgundy spots) which I can not recall the name of right now, that is most likely in the lineage of 'Spot Eagle' and I think it has fragrance. Most of the Phals do NOT have fragrance.

    I am losing the battle with the mealy bugs on my 4 older Phals and it just makes me sick. Hopefully they will hold on until warm weather and I can get them outside, drenched (bare root) in something and re-potted.


    NOTE:

    Phalaenopsis gigantea; possibly amboinensis, itself.
    Section: Amboinenses
    Distribution: Bornéo

    http://www.bigleaforchids.com/copper...ndex.php?cat=3
    http://www.phals.net/Classification_e.html
    http://www.bigleaforchids.com/store/...ain_page=index (scroll to find specific species: gigantea, amboinensis)
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    Ryan,
    They are all beautiful! Out of 6 I have it looks like 4 might still be around come spring and then they will be re-potted and get a good drenching to hopefully, finally get rid of the blasted mealy bugs. Then I will swear off of trying to grow any ore of them. Just can't give them the right conditions in this house.

    "R"
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    Funny thing...every time I name my phal Pauline I keep spelling Palin! Whaaaaaa?????? Sometimes my brain is so messed up.

    Glad you guys like them. The best part is, Phal PAULine...not Palin... was a grocery store save. I got her for something insane ....like a buck! And she still had some flowers and buds. Last year's blooms were nice, too...but I was disappointed as she only had like 8 blooms total. But this year is different... the only thing I can figure that changed is that she had a banner growing season. I guess solarium life does well by her. But again, not sure what is so different-- even in my apartment she had plenty of rays from the grow lights and they kept her warm. I wonder if the cool nights did the trick.... the solarium got into the low 60's and high 50's for quite a while-- in the old apartment it was hard to nail down the temp consistency. I think it was always too warm during the winter months for my phals to really shine.
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    Warmth, humidity, proper lighting, constant root moisture and fertilizer! And they are very happy. The plant may have been in it's first flowering when you rescued it from certain death at the grocery! This season, maturity played a big part and they do get better with maturity and all the right care! Congrats on a job well done!
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    They all look so good! Mine is a little depressed. Do you give them any supplemental light, Ryan?
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    Quote Originally Posted by MichiganDave View Post
    They all look so good! Mine is a little depressed. Do you give them any supplemental light, Ryan?
    Hi Dave...thanks for looking. Sorry to hear your plants are depressed! No, I do not give them supplemental light. I'm super lucky to live in a house that has a solarium and in a State that has a lot of sunny days! So I position my plants in the solarium so they benefit from bright, indirect sunlight and it's done the trick.
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    Ryan, you started something! Plus the Orchid sellers " Just Add Ice" who retails via Wal-Mart at great prices! So I have added a few and, unfortunately I have composted a few older ones as well - the mealy bugs won. (I've only 2 of the older ones left and despite my efforts, neither are looking too great).

    I've gotten a total of4 from Wal-Mart and then the other day I went to Lowe's and got one of their new arrivals and a couple of discounted miniatures ($3.00 each). I am keeping all of them away from the others - not even under the lights.

    I have gotten a couple of acceptable images, one a WM and the other came from Lowe's:


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    This one is from Lowe's, sold as "Orchids EASY" and tagged as Phal KV Beauty 'M-P0935"

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    This one came from W-M and is one of the "Just Add Ice" offerings.
    The premiss with JAI is that these can be watered 1 x a week by allowing 3 ice cubes to melt over the medium once each week. They might, but I don't keep ice cubes so water the old fashioned way by letting tap water flow over the medium and out the bottom of the pots until all the median has been thoroughly wetted. Then I drain a bit before slipping them back into their fancy cache pots. I also use a time released fertilizer. I love this big spotted one! "Cheetah" would be a good name for it!
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    Cranberry Queen is be-u-ti-mus! Liked a lot of the others as well, but you don't need to bag! My collection is looking to sad! One of my 2 new ones is slowly dying on me, I think it got too cold on the way home from the store. Damn - that or I am just not meant to have a nice deep pink-purple. The other one is putting our new buds and has only lost 2 blooms and NOT the oldest ones, weird.
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    You sure have a nice collection there Ryan

    P. Schilleriana is awsome !!!

    And it also has a variegated leaf too for when it is not blooming.
    Abby

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    Finally got out to the grocery yesterday and to Wal-Mart (pet food) and low and behold they had (have) some nice Phalaenopsis in bloom and for under $15.00! Be still my heart! They did have a display at both entrances and I had to check them both out and if I had had enough "spendable income" I'd have gotten a couple of them (or more - just too darned pretty!) Anyway, I practiced restraint and chose only one. Check it out!


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    Fantastic find, Rebecca!!!!!!! Just gorgeous!
    Denver Ryan
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    A classic... Baldan's Kaleidoscope-- one of the plants to be blamed for my addiction to orchids.

    Denver Ryan
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    Quote Originally Posted by ryan820 View Post
    A classic... Baldan's Kaleidoscope-- one of the plants to be blamed for my addiction to orchids.

    I don't think there is any other Family of flowering plants quite as flamboyant as the Orchids! And what nature hasn't created by herself, man has helped out and come up with even more outrageous color combinations, patterns, etc. BK is super!

    Btw, I decided to name my newest one "Dessert Sands"!

    Rebecca
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