Monday, November 21, 2005

My first orchid keiki!

I have a baby orchid plant developing on my Pleurothallis restrepioides (dragonstone). Apprently a keiki develops instead of flower when the plant has had less than ideal conditions (according to a friend, it was likely too warm for this plant). I'm a little bit disappointed that I didn't get to see the bloom on this plant, which is apparently supposed to be foul-smelling! I think the bathroom was too warm for this cool orchid during the summer and into September/October. Oh well, it's a new baby plant! It has about eight good-sized roots right now and one new leaf developing. Will probably wait until it has two or three developed leaves before giving it a new home.

I found some instructions on propagating orchid keikis (apparently Phalaenopsis orchids develop keikis), as well as information specific to Pleurothallis keikis. Here is what the flower would have looked like. And finally, here is a web site dedicated to the Pleurothallid Alliance.

Saturday, November 19, 2005

You know you're addicted to orchids when you ...

An article from the Fort Wayne News Sentinel entitled Orchids a beautiful addiction contains a number of points to help you confirm your addiction! Scroll down in the following article to find out!

Monday, November 07, 2005

Miltassia Royal Robe Jerry's Pick HCO/AOS

One of the orchids I found myself coming home with unexpectedly from Toronto was an award-winning hybrid called Miltassia Royal Robe Jerry's Pick. The plant is fairly large with lots of foliage and is doing well with two new pseudobulbs growing. Here is a picture of the flowers. Miltassia = Miltonia X Brassia.