Archive for August, 2010

Pot. Hoku Gem ‘Sun Spots’ x Pot. Little Toshie ‘Gold Country’, AM

Over the weekend, one of the several seedlings bloomed that I bought a couple of years ago during Tom and Barbara Larkin’s annual Whippoorwill sale in Arkansas. [See last week’s post about another plant I bought at the sale.]

It is a Larkin cross between Pot. Hoku Gem ‘Sun Spots’ x Pot. Little Toshie ‘Gold Country’, AM.  When I bought it, I hoped for a mini catt with spotted flowers. (more…)


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The orchids, especially the Catts, are budding up and blooming. Since leaving the greenhouse this spring, they’ve shed the doldrums of confinement and become lush and vigorous – well, at least most of them have. Even the ones that aren’t actually in bloom have developed numerous sheaths, harbingers of beauty for the fall and winter.

Several of the current bloomers are pictured on the Photos page:


C. maxima

Cattleya maxima is a particular favorite. I bought it several years ago on the final day of the OSGKC show when the vendors were breaking down their booths. A desiccated, bare-root C. maxima had been tossed in a heap with some other plants by the Ecuagenera salesman. The plant had a withered flower so I was hopeful that, despite my lack of experience with bare-root purchases, this plant was a viable bloomer – which it has been, every year since I bought it. I grow it in a shallow, clay pot with a medium bark, charcoal and inorganic pellets mix

The Catasetum ochraceum is also a reliable and fragrant bloomer. This year it produced a record number (for me) of inflorescences . In addition this is the first year that I’ve had a female flower on this multi-sex plant. (That’s the flower pictured on the Photos page.] (more…)

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