Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Between the clubs, we have MANY Orchid Society members! I wish I knew of all of the club member's entries so we could have shown off how awesome they were. Unfortunately, I don't know who had which specific entries.
The first five photos show some of the plants that were on the main Orchid Society's table. It was a long and extensive table!
Look at what you can find if you walk around a few miles outside of the city of Medellin, Columbia part way up the Andes mountains!
Apparently there are all sorts of things that look similar to this and even come in pink. I'm not perfectly sure that this IS a Kohleria, but from extensive conversations about things like this, I'm pretty sure it is.
Pretty cool, eh?
I'm curious to know if conditions in each person's growing environment will alter the color of the blooms slightly. All of the plants acquired from Neil's Streps. were propagated originally from only one "mother leaf", so they should be pretty identical. I've noticed that some show off the yellow as more "yellow". It will be interesting to compare more club member's pictures as this project grows on.
Check out the wide range of lovely Strep offerings that Neil's Streps hybridizes. Got to eBay and type Streptocarpus in the search box!
Sunday, January 29, 2012
Notice the dime in the background for size comparison.
I'm pretty sure now it's a Sinningia sp. 'Rio das Pedras' and I'm pretty excited to find it here.
Walter probably had something to do with it.
Thursday, January 26, 2012
Streptocarpus 'Neil's Getcha', Aeschynanthus humilis, Petrocosmen barbata, Episcia 'Pink Brocade' and other great stuff!
This is a lovely selection called Streptocarpus 'Neil's Gotcha'. Really striking flowers with ruffles and spots and a nice bold color.
Thank you very much to Janice for sharing the pictures with us! Comments??? Congratulations???
This is J O's project plant and the photograph doesn't do the plant justice. This, as you can see from the regulation tray it's sitting on is getting to be wonderfully large and long. It threw out quite a few blooms and it going to have two more bloom stems open soon.
The next three pix are of my plants. This is the one plant from the first update. it's out of bloom now but it's definitely filled in with more leaves and it's looking a pretty healthy shade of green although before I repotted it, it got quite dry in it's smaller sized pot and lost a couple of it's baby leaves.
I'm curious about a couple of things regarding this particular plant. I generally don't have a ton of success with my streps. They frequently are left to get too dry and my growing room is sometimes a bit on the warmish side (especially in summer). As we all know, Streps frequently seem to hate warm conditions. This is a plant that does happen to do well for me. Is it because I'm trying harder and paying more attention to it because it's one of my hybrids? Or because I don't want to be the first to kill off my project plant, with photo evidence and documentation of the crime, so that the club finds out what really happens to some of my plants.... or....
Or, is it because this is one of the seedlings that actually survived in MY conditions and therefore is somewhat adapted to dryer and more harsh conditions than some other hybrids? I'm wondering if there is a way to find out?
Monday, January 16, 2012
Usually most people know this plant as a "Lipstick Plant" because the bloom comes up from the blackish base (calyx) and emerges like a lady's lipstick.
You can see the brown calyx ring, and then the bright red corolla ring and the start of where the ovary will attach.
Another cut a bit further along....
And now you can see that we've definitely gotten to the ovary.
I'm not sure what the triangular shape with the empty middle is though....
We should also be getting into where some of the stamen are....
Do you notice in the upper right hand corner you CAN see the seeds forming in the ovary better but this is the cool part.... In the bottom middle of the photo you can see the lump of greenish tissue connected to the red corolla. It's where the stamen connect to the flower! If we had made the cut up any higher in the flower it will not be connected but be the independent stalk (the filament) that holds up the pollen sacs.
Sunday, January 15, 2012
Ron Myhr with his incredible Gesneriad Reference Web says this about the Vanhouttea: "This unusual gesneriad grows tall and rangy, and has an unusual calyx form, where the calyx enfolds the flower bud in a manner similar to a bract, opening only to allow the flower to emerge."
Gesneriad Reference Web as a fantastic(!!!) source of information, click on the words above and it will link you right to it.
These are from the Gesneriad Society Seed Fund. It's the top label, the natural hybrid of Sinningia bullata x leopoldii x self.
After the community pots have their precious seedlings in them, they need to be modestly watered so that the soil is MOIST but not soaking, soggy and drippy.... then put the seedlings in a tray with a dome on it so that it mimics the closed environment that they just came from in their little closed deli container. You will slowly transition them to open air later.
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