Oh this is sooo exciting! My very first flask baby to flower – and she did it in record time! This Oerstedella centradenia came from Roellke in Germany and it was flasked out in May of 2008. That makes a trip from flask to flower of no more than 1,5 years. Impressive! Both of the original shoots are producing buds now, and there are two new shoots coming as well. The first flower just opened and it is a beauty! Edit: New photo with more open flowers. It is going to look quite impressive when the rest of the buds open up. Oerstedella centradenia, also synonymous with Epidendrum centradenia, can be found in Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama – and now in Gothenburg… It likes wet warm conditions. So, I have been growing it mounted on EpiWeb in the warm vivarium hanging pretty close to the lights, spraying the roots daily and dipping weekly. Obviously the little lady thinks I got it right. I actually got it in a trade with a Norwegian friend of mine this spring and it has been growing like gang busters ever since. There are roots everywhere! Check out how much it has grown since I got it in April (it is the larger one of the two in the picture on the left) until now in November. It is hard to believe it is the same plant. The original EpiWeb pad is the moss-covered piece in the second picture, mounted onto 3 times larger piece – just to give you a sense of scale. 6E2QZ6UWAPUV
Since most of the orchid flask babies from last summer has moved from the nursery I thought it was time for a new set of little ones. It takes time to look after the little ones, but I really enjoy following their development. Here we have the new gang from Equatorial Plants plus a bottle of Sedirea japonica seedlings I bought from Roellke at the Sofiero Orchid Show in May. I figured it was time to deflask the Sedirea as well so now the nursery is quite full again. The ones I got last summer has all done really well. I have sold some, other I have already traded for other fun orchids, but most I plant to keep a bit longer and let them get a bit bigger before I trade them. And I will of course keep one or two from each batch for my self. 1 2 3 4 5 6 #1: Bottles upon arrival #2: Paphiopedilum sanderianum, Phalaenopsis lueddmanniana #3: Dendrobium cruttwellii, Cattleya araguayensis #4 & 5: Sedirea japonica #6: Dendrobum dichaeoides, Dendrobium unicum, Phalaenopsis braceana
Time for another update on the flask baby project. Yesterday was a big day! The first few teenagers got to move out of the community pots and into a little pot of their own today. Granted, I still placed them in sphagnum moss and keep them in a separate mini-greenhouse in pretty much the same conditions as before but still, this is a big step. It took better part of my sunday afternoon to do it but it was very exciting. Two Cattleya schilleriana, one Phalaenopsis amboinensis, one Paphiopedilum bellatulum and three dendrobium cyanocentrum (blue) got to graduate. I mounted the dendrobiums, two on cork and one directly on the EpiWeb in the nano-orchidarium. The rest of the youngsters got a root-check, and all are looking really good!! The Promenaea rollinsonii have started growing a lot finally. Then I replaced the moss before replanting – consolidating tubs. I also went ahead and deflasked the last two flaks from Ecuagenera (Masdevallia decumana and m. infracta) since one was starting to mould and I was starting to ger a few clear leaves on the plants in the other. They came out fine and looked great! Especially the Masdevallia decumana babies looked big and really healthy (the tub in the back). Very cool!
Roellke in Germany usually has a sale on young plants for xmas and the more plants you buy the better the price… this year a few people on the forum i frequent decided to go in on an order together. We all ordered a bunch of plants so they only cost 5 euros per plant which is a pretty good deal (almost half price). Two species we all got as a common project. We will grow these together (all over the country) and share our experiences. All a very “hippie” idea, but it should be a lot of fun I think. The project plants this year will be: – Aerangis fastuosa (a mini for the nano-orchidarium) – Paphiopedilum callosum ‘Pygmy’ But I also ordered: – Angraecum sesquipedale – Angraecum magdalenae – Paphiopedilum spicerianum (I love the colors of this specie!!) – Phalaenopsis amboinensis ‘Yellow Strain’ (an experiment to see how warm growing phals like it on my windowsill) …all of which are young plants, but large enough that they might bloom 2009. We’ll see. Sooo exciting!!
My Ascocenda Princess mikasa (Blue) orchid bought from Roellke in October is now blooming sooo beautifully for the very first time! It had started setting two flower stalks, but one dried up in an early stage, wonder why… Anyway, it gave me 6 beautiful flowers this time and I am so happy! PS! … do you also see an alien driving a gokart in the middle of the flower …?