09/06/2015 Weekend Update

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The primary purpose of this blog is for us to document and keep track of our little orchid collection. We love learning, growing, and blooming all kinds of plants but equally important to us are the stories behind each plant we get. It’s always interesting for us to visit other people’s grow environments and hear about the back stories of their beautiful plant.  Considering how long the hobby has been around, the difference between how it is today compared to how it was way back when is quite stark. Gone are the days of wild-collected plants nor the days of “you gotta know some one who knows some one” to find particular species/hybrids. With internet and social media, access to plants have become at lot easier but at the same time dropping their retail value (which unfortunately may be a factor in why a lot of orchid vendors have closed shop). With advancement in technology, line breeding and hybridization seem to have boomed. Species from way back when look very different from some line-bred species today. Times change, plants change, but the orchid collecting hobby continue to interest and fascinate.

Initially, we thought we’d keep updates of our plants on the original pages we post about them. As our humble collection grows, though, digging up posts to see what updates, if any, are available have become tedious. So we’re going to start making these “summary posts” to easily provide updates and link back to the appropriate posts. This way, we don’t need new plants to make new posts! 😛

Eurychone rothschildiana
Eurychone rothschildiana

Dendrochilum glumaceum
Dendrochilum glumaceum

First up, we have some plants we picked up from this year’s Greater Lansing Orchid Society picnic that’s already in bloom (check out the update here). We’ve only been members for the past couple years but so far, all the plants we got from this group (via sales, raffles, or auctions) have been quality plants!

Vanda Rothschildiana
Vanda Rothschildiana

One of the mystery Vanda’s we got from Larry’s Orchids last year is now in bloom (check out the update here) and Ron Ciesinski (Taylor Orchids) ID’d the plant for us as Vanda Rothschildiana.

Enc. bractescens
Enc. bractescens

Speaking of Larry’s Orchids, the Enc. bractescens that we got just before they closed shop in our area to move out to where they are located now is in bloom (check out the update here).

Phal. tetraspis
Phal. tetraspis

The Phal. tetraspis from Taylor Orchids that we got at this year’s Michigan Orchid Society Show produced another flower (check out the update here) and it’s so  cool to see where the red mark(s) show up in every new flower.

Psychopsis Kalihii 'Crystal' alba
Psychopsis Kalihii ‘Crystal’ alba

Psychopsis Kalihi
Psychopsis Kalihi

Pyps. Mendenhall ‘Hildos’ FCC/AOS
Pyps. Mendenhall ‘Hildos’ FCC/AOS

We have not been keeping up with taking pictures of the flowers on our Psychopsis plants since they seem to be constantly in bloom. Today, three of our plants have beautiful flowers on them tho so we’re putting up updates (check then out here, here, and here).

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