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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Orchids In My Garden

Orchid Species 1: 
Name: Acampe sp.

I believe this is a native grows wildly on treetops. A friend of mine was kind enough to spare me a his extra. (Seemed like he had been passing me most of his collection) 
This specimen is from Raub, Pahang (Malaysia)

The plant is of a vanda species with a clustered  inflorescence. 
It took some time for me to appreciate its blooms & took awhile for it to bloom too.
(eventhough my friend had passed to me with the flower buds - it took almost a month for it to bloom)
 It doesn't seemed to have a white or a rosy lip - can't really define the exact specimen.

This picture is taken after a month from the earlier picture.
Notice 2 more clusters coming out from the main branch. 

Orchid Species 2: 
Name: Renanthera

This too is passed by another friend (office mate)
It is growing steady for sometime now. Earlier I had not fastened the coconut husk around the root base. Together with this - I manage to fastened other orchids along the PVC pipe.

From the top:
Orchid Species 3: Aranda
Orchid Species 4: Vanda
Orchid Species 5: Dendobium

I suppose that people prefer to have their orchids with blooms and when the flowers are spend they are somehow discarded. It must be the fact that some nursery practice heavy feeding in forcing the bloom in expense of the plant.
I even had noticed that flower spikes appear from dormant bulbs of dendobium orchids.
(Something that I jealously hope that it would also happen to my plants in my garden)

As in most cases where the orchid plant goes through high stress and finally gives out it's ultimate final bloom and when its done - it dies exhausted.
(This explains very much when you find citrus plant with loads & loads of fruits on it but eventually the plant succumb to slow death - especially sold during Chinese New Year)

The problem is too much fertiliser kills the plant. And I prefer to have the plant for a long term than to have it flowered and dies on a short-term basis.

Orchid Species 4: Vanda
This one has the Salmon Red flowers - it had bloomed twice in my garden.

Orchid Species 5: Dendobium

This had been rescued, and so I'm not really sure of its colour and flower.
A friend mentioned that you can guess the colour of the flower by the roots.
If the roots are white - most likely it would be in a whiter shade and the deep strong coloured ones might have red or maroon roots.

I had also placed a hoya plant together with the orchids to give some variety and shapes.

Orchid Species 6: Cymbidium Bicolor

I'm guessing as I had seen the flower spike from what my friend had shown me from his parent plant. This is a little plant from that source.
I have also the Cymbidium finlaysonianum which I'm hoping that it would bloom one day.

Orchid Species 7: Dendrobium sp.

Orchid Species 8: Eria sp.
I have not seen its bloom yet - so really have no idea how its actually looks.
It could be Coelogyne spp. - looks like I have to wait & see.

Orchid Species 9: Ionopsis

I have read few websites concerning this species. Native around the Caribbean islands.
It a short lived plant but nature has it that it tend to form mass colonies, bloom & set seed prolifically then die.  (Life span of less than 5-6 years)
In an environment such as mine - I doubt this orchid would create a mass colonies, let alone to see the bloom is quite a feat. Hope it flowers well before it matures and dies.

Orchid Species 10: Oncidium sp.

This suppose to have a different inflorescence compared to the common one.
It has a smaller flowers and a larger cluster.
Can't wait to see its bloom.

Orchid Species 11: Unknown.

I hope someone can give me some information on this.

Orchid Species 12: Oncidium Golden Showers

I had mount it on a branch and it is growing strong.

Orchid Species 13: Mokara

It had doubled it size now but sadly infected with scale insect.
I have been utilising the pest control on this plant but not very effective.

This is my overall Vertical Garden on Orchids.
Just hoping one day that all the flowers here would bloom and make a nice colourful setting at this side of the garden.


Stephanie said...

Wow that orchid flower is so lasting! And you done a lot of work to hang your orchids. I like your arrangement :-D Btw, there is a kind of coconut fibre sheet that you can use to wrap/hold the orchid further. Sorry can't help on the ID.

Alistair said...

James, whenever Orchids are mentioned in my company I automatically think of you. Simply fabulous.

Larry said...

What a grand collection you have! I have just brought my orchids into the house for the winter, and repotted or divided as was necessary/// Larry

James David said...

Thanks Steph.
Actually I used those coconut fibre sheets you mentioned.
The orchids had stabilised in my environment. Its the matter of blooming.

James David said...

Thanks - that's really nice way of remembering me Alistair.

James David said...

You have a wonderful garden Larry.
Thanks for visiting & your comment.

Unknown said...

You have a vast array of orchids which are fresh looking and looking for the right conditions to bloom. Orchids are low maintennance plants and yet could be demanding on a routine of fertilising, fungicide and pesticide application for optimal performance.

I've noticed that your threaded comments work unlike mine which recently stalled. When I tried to click on 'reply' to comments, the dialogue didn't open up. I wonder whether there is a way to get around this.

Antonio said...

Hello James, I love how you have your orchids, I see a lot of variety and very good looking. It must be really happy with his collection and with that new bloom. I can not distinguish very clearly but I remember the genus Acampe, I know that I'm not sure if Acampe rigida or any of its other species.

A hug from Madrid

Karen Mastro said...

James, I love the beauty and diversity of your garden. I stumbled on to your website when trying to learn about a chinese croton (thank you for teaching me) more about this lovely plant.
My favorite are orchids! Is there a guide or recommendations for a novice gardener? I never knew about coconut wraps, or vertical planting. I live in Northeast Florida, USA.

James David said...

I really not sure.
I noticed that blogspot seemed to change their thing time to time - even now its totally different compared to the current one Im using.
Sorry - really not sure how to help you.

James David said...

Totally agree with you Aaron.
I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

James David said...

Thanks Antonio

James David said...

You are most Welcome Karen.
I believe orchids are also easy in to care & maintain in Florida.
I got few gardener friends who are successful orchid gardeners.

The thing you might need to be careful of is the frost - during that time, you might want to keep them indoors.
The best I can recommend is Ground Orchids. They are just fabulous

Autumn Belle said...

Stilleto, it happens to mine once in a while too. In the worse case, temperary revert to 'use a new page for comments', and later switch back to embedded comments. Not really sure why this is happening with blogger.

Autumn Belle said...

James, you have done a great job with orchids. The native orchids are precious.

James David said...

Thanks Belle.

yazzmesn said...

I think no 11 is same sp like no's have 5 size right???I have a lot of dendrobium sp...

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