This is very beautiful!!
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This is a discussion on Fredclarkeara (Fdk) Desert Tenor 'Sierra Vista' HCC_AOS within the Orchids of Other Genera IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; This is another Fredclarkeara (Clowesia x Mormodes x Catasetum)... similar to the more familiar Fdk. ...
This is another Fredclarkeara (Clowesia x Mormodes x Catasetum)...
similar to the more familiar Fdk. After Dark... and close in parentage...
Fdk. Desert Tenor is Mormodia (Mo) Painted Desert x Catasetum (Ctsm) tenebrosum...
Fdk. After Dark is Mo. Painted Desert x Ctsm Donna Wise [Ctsm. tenebrosum x Orchidglade]
This Fdk. Desert Tenor was awarded an HCC_AOS [78 pts] on Monday night [10-22-2012]
in the Pacific South Judging Region at Long Beach, CA. Two other clones of this cross have been awarded previously... an AM... and an FCC.
I find the patterning of the spots to be quite pleasing... and the overall form is good... 35 flowers on 2 arching spikes.
This is very beautiful!!
Gorgeous ! I am counting the days till my After dark blooms.
Ah... the technicalities of this escape me - ( and really, I don't want to know ! ) why my pics appear as pictures, and this one appears only with the words "attachment No. so and so ..."
But now that I can see it, I do like these flowers.
I have After Dark myself, and whilst I was impresed by the colour ( if nearly black can be called a colour ) that was about all that did impress me. Maybe it was not so good on the first flowering , when the bare bulb had been bought a year before so that the roots were all recent and not - I suspect - as extensive as they would be this year or next, but the size, and the lasting qualitieds wre poor.
But Catasetum hybrids are not easy to source or check out , and I have been growing them for too short a time even to have achieved levels of cultivation quality which satisfy me , so maybe - probably - I am not yet seeing what these things can really do.
Buit they really are something different.
I do like this one ! Do you know anything about the breeder/raiser ? All the ones I get - I am up to maybe 30 or 40 hybrids now in my collection, but only a small proportion flowered at all, so far... but all come from one breeder you will know of, in Korea. If yours is a Florida hybrid, it is likely to be unobtainable here anyway.
Wow the flowers so beautiful I like it the marking on the petals so nice.
it's a cross between Mo. Painted Dessert and Catasetum fimbriatum var. morrenianum
and Geoff, you may want to try to contact Fred Clarke ---- Vendor information removed - see FAQs on Posting ----, the originator of the Fdk, he got a vast array of catasetinae hybrids! all i know he do international shipping as long as you get the paper work done on your part.
Ian... my methods have been developed over several years  of trial and error...
I have tried many different types of potting material [substrate]... and have settled on fresh, pure New Zealand sphagnum moss. Almost all of the other mixes have worked ok... but the moss works best for my conditions...
I use round, hexagonal, or octagonal black plastic baskets that have a large mesh-like structure.
The size is determined by the plant... but I pot the plants with only a little room to spare... and use pre-moistened moss... as that seems to give me the best 'fit' in the pot.
My water is purified by Reverse Osmosis... and stored in 50 gallon white plastic drums inside the greenhouse,,, it is given time to adjust itself to the 'room temperature' of the greenhouse before use...
Because of the Sphagnum... my fertilizer is balanced [20-20-20]... and mixed at 1/2 strength of the recommendation on the container.
My method of watering the Catasetinae is born out of the necessity to keep water out of the axils of the developing new growths... I use a container that I fill to the height of the 'pot rim' with the fertilizer mix... and
the plants are submerged to the pot rim in the solution for 5 to 10 seconds... and then hung to drip over the container for a minute or two.
I would like to state at this point... that the Catasetinae require a pronounced rest period... beginning with the leaves yellowing and dropping... or at the end of the flowering season after the leaves have dropped... and continuing until the new emerging growths have produced new roots at least 5 cm long.
No water...[outside of an occasional 'spritzing' if the bulbs begin to shrivel]... until the roots are long enough.
Some growers remove the plants from their pots as soon as they become dormant... and separate [divide] them into single... or two bulb divisions.
I do not do this unless the plant shows signs of stress... and at that time i remove the plant from the moss... inspect and trim any old or damaged roots... and re-pot using fresh moss. I have not had a great deal of success with the 'unpotting and letting them stay out of pot' method... as my winter can become very dry.
I 'Hang 'em High'... up as high as i can without burning the leaves... they like 'bright' but slightly shady conditions... with plenty of air movement.
We all have different ways of cultivating our plants... but this method has worked well for me for many years.
any comments... or other questions will be glady appreciated.