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This is a discussion on Onc. Mendenhall Hildos ID ? within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Cool...the Psycho watch! They're such dramatic flowers, it's almost worth the torture they put us ...
Cool...the Psycho watch!
They're such dramatic flowers, it's almost worth the torture they put us through!
Bruce, I remember you lusting after one on a birthday a year or two back - did you ever get one [many]?
I think it's starting to spike!!!!!! It's put out a triple sheathed leaf that is growing fast (maybe half an inch a month) and looks quite different from the other growth. At this rate it will only be 18 - 24 months till I see a bloom.
By the way, who was Mendenhall that s/he has more than one type of orchid named after him/her?
Umm...Gregor Mendel was the geneticist pea guy.
Not sure who/what Mendenhall is, other than a place near Juneau, Alaska. But that's not big orchid country.
The Mendenhall clonal name comes from a very large orchid grower and breeder, still in business today. They are most noted for clonal names 'Newberry' and 'Mendenhall'. (Their original nursery was on Mendenhall road.) They went into business in the 1940s. They are in either North or South Carolina - can't remember...
Thank God I had had a drink before reading all of that! Very interesting and informative, but WOW! My "Hildos" has bloomed once since I got it (mabe the brutally cold winter here in Florida this year) and I am constantly masssaging the joint to see if there is any swelling. Glad to know that it's not just my clumsey orchid care, but that she is slow about doing her stuff.