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Dendrobium Jesmond Sparkler

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    Default Dendrobium Jesmond Sparkler

    One of the Aussie hybrids - as can be seen from the shape of the flowers. The first of my "wintered" plants to flower - i.e. those put outside for a cool dry rest and brought in a couple of weeks ago. It already has a couple of new growths more than 2 inches high, although has hardly had any water yet. I shall have to start soaking it quite soon.
    On;ly a small plant - I forget its history, certainly its a cross I have had for maybe 10 years - I suspect this one is from a keiki, which is what you get if you don't rest them properly. But this year no problems in that direction since the plants were able to stay out a lot longer than usual since it has ben a very mild winter so far.

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    Gorgeous den! I hadn't seen this one...I like the markings.

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    I'm having dreams of getting my orchids to grow two inches without watering them! (I know it's the genus, but I'm envious as I wrap up a very long day of watering orchids that somehow manage to dry out - regardless of size, genus, species, medium, or container type - about every 2 -3 days.)

    Do you now have to lavish this den with attention after all the neglect it's suffered, or will it just settle down and behave reasonably?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mauraec View Post
    I'm having dreams of getting my orchids to grow two inches without watering them! (I know it's the genus, but I'm envious as I wrap up a very long day of watering orchids that somehow manage to dry out - regardless of size, genus, species, medium, or container type - about every 2 -3 days.)

    Do you now have to lavish this den with attention after all the neglect it's suffered, or will it just settle down and behave reasonably?
    No , no, Maura less is more ; I have today given every plant in the greenhouse a very fine, but quite wetting spray with a water/disinfectant mix ( I'm using a product called Citrox - which is citrus based - intended for sterilising potting benches etc, but using at 1/10th that strength) in pursuit of my aim of perfect foliage ha ha !. ( Do you remember a Shirley Bassey song - "The impossible Dream" ?
    Now nothing else will be done to most plants until the end of January , with exceptions ; the hanging plants ( all the monopodials plus a good few Dend. species and a lot of miniatures in the "other" class )which will be sprayed every other day until my return - as long as the jobbing gardener remembers...
    But of course all the Catts , Oncidiniae - multi-generic Oncids etc. are in S/H standing in 1 inch deep puddles ... which I shall top up with plain rain-water just before the taxi comes to collect us mid-week.
    I expect a lot of new flowers when I return - I won't even count the spikes, not that I am superstitious - but my old dad told me not to count my chickens until they are hatched ...( in fact, as the average long holiday, by about day 5 I shall be thinking about them every day, and asking myself, what am I doing here, wasting my time and money... then switching on my smile and saying "what a good idea"when my wife turns up suggesting that we do something or other...

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    Lovely, really pretty.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dorsetman View Post
    No , no, Maura less is more ; I have today given every plant in the greenhouse a very fine, but quite wetting spray with a water/disinfectant mix ( I'm using a product called Citrox - which is citrus based - intended for sterilising potting benches etc, but using at 1/10th that strength) in pursuit of my aim of perfect foliage ha ha !. ( Do you remember a Shirley Bassey song - "The impossible Dream" ?
    Now nothing else will be done to most plants until the end of January , with exceptions ; the hanging plants ( all the monopodials plus a good few Dend. species and a lot of miniatures in the "other" class )which will be sprayed every other day until my return - as long as the jobbing gardener remembers...
    But of course all the Catts , Oncidiniae - multi-generic Oncids etc. are in S/H standing in 1 inch deep puddles ... which I shall top up with plain rain-water just before the taxi comes to collect us mid-week.
    I expect a lot of new flowers when I return - I won't even count the spikes, not that I am superstitious - but my old dad told me not to count my chickens until they are hatched ...( in fact, as the average long holiday, by about day 5 I shall be thinking about them every day, and asking myself, what am I doing here, wasting my time and money... then switching on my smile and saying "what a good idea"when my wife turns up suggesting that we do something or other...
    I like the way you think - I apply the "less is more" to all my decorating (both myself and my surroundings) - and I would be somewhat successful if I only had a housekeeper, personal maid, butler, valet, cook (don't think I need a stableboy, but you never know). When I escaped home ownership for the freer lifestyle of apartment living, I thought I had disposed of nearly every item of "stuff" I had - but it has all crept back in, somehow, and I wage a never-ending battle to keep back the rising tide of "things" that just seem to appear - in the wrong place - whenever I look around.

    Right now, I have 15 orchids in bloom - satisfying amount, but there's always the challenge of finding both a fitting place for them - and where they actually fit (no - correction - I have 2 cymbidiums in bloom on the deck, too). The other 75 or so seem to be picking up active growth slowly and, as many are quite tall Oncid. hybrids, along with ungainly Catt. hybrids, I'd really rather have them shrinking in height and putting their energy into better health - but that's neither here nor there.

    I believe that, in spite of myself, I am beginning to develop a rough outline of how to care for certain groups of plants, so that I don't have 100 different approaches to review every morning. Much of my emerging clarity is due to your descriptions (and those of many other members, of course) of how you care for yours. This last post of yours resulted in a particularly dramatic epiphany. Many of my plants are in a kind of bastardized version of S/H, if only because I have their plastic pots inside larger closed pots, with styrofoam pieces, or volcanic rock, or such, so that there is plenty of air circulation at the same time as there is a reservoir of moisture in the non-organic material. Alas, I have no way to keep the water circulating, except by changing it myself, but I can live with that. My new phrags came half in S/H pots and half in simply longish, narrow plastic pots with the obligatory peanuts at the bottom, but no side airholes or real reservoir. The nursery did NOT have any of their plants in tanks or trays of any sort, relying only on the individual potting arrangement and diligent care.



    While it occurs to me that putting my appropriate plants in S/H pots (and changing the water often enough to avoid breeding things I don't want living in there) would help increase the humidity around the plant, and, hopefully, extend the time between watering sessions. Certainly, I would think that the phrags not yet in S/H pots should eventually be in there. And what about my paphs? If I were to stack the inorganic bottom material a bit higher so that the paph roots didn't touch the water, would not they also benefit from this situation?

    So..... I'm thinking about trying a few of the above, in a sort of S/H arrangement, to see if 1) they grow any better, and 2) they require less frequent watering. What do you think?

    NB - I think I know the song "The impossible Dream" from "Don Quixote" - if not the same song, seems like the same sentiment, no? And as for holidays - I find the pressure to rest and relax makes me all the more tense - and I don't think it's supposed to work that way.....
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    Fantastic flowers! (But with that tall growth habit, not one I foresee ever growing. )



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    This is a Dendrobium hybrid I would love to have. One of the best I've seen Geoff. AL

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