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Odontocidium Hansueli Isler

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    Odontocidium Hansueli Isler . 15 four inch flowers ( inc buds) on a 30 inch spike.
    Yellow “odonts” usually fade to white, but a strong yellow like this, will keep its colour throughout the maybe 6 - 8 weeks of the flower life ; that’s in S/H. It would not do as well in a more conventional system, and the bulbs would shrivel to the point of frightening any sane grower, long before then ; Charlesworths, the long-gone UK nursery who bred so many superb Odonts used to tell me “ cut the spike after 10-14 days to save the plant”. What they would have made of S/H I can’t imagine. They were still using mid 19th century growing systems when I first met them in mid 20th century , and naturally they went out of business thereafter…
    This plant was bred by that fine Swiss breeder , Jakob Isler – responsible for so many lovely hybrids in this group ; I always had the fancy that he lived on one of the islands in the Italian Lakes which has a lovely garden that I have visited several times– it is on the Swiss border , because of the Isler name. But it is merely a word meaning, or very similar to a word meaning “island” which illustrates how it was possible for me to be too clever in jumping to conclusions.

    ps Its always possible to do better, with orchids... I have recenlly found some pics taken at the Eric Young Foundation - who used ( when the pics were taken 20 years ago ?) rock wool blocks kept swimmingly wet - very similar to S/H and had results to die for with odonts. When I've fathomed out how to make my new slide scanner work, I'll post some pics - in the meantime I just have it in my mind not to be satisfied until I get two spikes like this per bulb...

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    Those are lovely, Geoff, and I so very much appreciate everything you share. I learn so much from reading your posts and am fascinated by the historical perspective you offer. Thank you.

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    Brilliant colors and patterns Geoff. I never seem to tire of bright yellows and red/browns or chestnut browns on orchid flowers. AL

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    Great blooms on that orchid, Geoff!

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    its called the perfect ..
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    Beautiful. Lovely colour and markings.

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    Thanks for the info on the Odonts Geoff. My Hansueli Isler bloomed for the first time last year with only two flowers. Since then I found the plant to be dwindling a little, and hard to develop new roots. I believe the 'traditional' bark/charcoal mix I am using for this orchid is not appropriate and I would transfer it to S/H soon or grow it in pure perlite.

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    awesome.....i need some sunnies now..its too bright!

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    Yet another gorgeous set of blooms. I envy you, Geoff.

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