Monday, July 07, 2008

Orchid: Type Unknown

I bought a bookcase to hold all the orchids. I was going to leave it unfinished wood as it was, but after a few spills of water and a few stains, I decided to give it a couple of coats of clear polyurethane.

In the process of taking the plants off the shelves, I found this little scrapper hiding in the back. When I received them last month, this did not even have a spike. Both 2" x 2" flowers are on the same branch. Unfortunately, this was one of those that didn't have an identifying tag. I think it is a mini cattleya but I'm not sure.


evilganome said...

Looks like a cattleya to me. I'm so happy for you that you are having such good luck! Mine went on strike for about a year, but now are sending up spikes. I have a couple that are getting ready to bloom. It's been so long now that I am having to guess which are what colors.

Y | O | Y said...

When all of these first arrived in the spring, I had them in a West facing window that got afternoon shade. About a month ago, I moved them all to an East facing window with the window open. I think all this heat and humidity has helped and they like the breeze.

They also came with plastic pulled up from around the bottom and cinched around the base of the plant with a rubber band. I left those in place and I think that has helped keep the roots moist (there is a hole in the bottom of the plastic).

This winter will be a challenge with the furnace taking all the moisture out of the air. I have a cool mist humidifier I can use and a bunch of large glass apothecaries I can turn over and place over top of the most demanding. We'll see!

Rayn said...

Hmmm I dont think this is a cattleya, I could be wrong but from what I can see of the leaf structure and the flower it looks more like a phalenopsis-oncidium cross. Flower looks phal like and leaves more oncidium then again I can't see the base or top of the leaves so it could very well be a phal species. Either way it is really pretty ;o)
I would be careful with plastic like you said around the roots as left in place too long that can cause root rot and you will lose the plants. Air circulation is a must even with a furance or not misting a couple times a day in the winter as well as the air humidifier should be suffice. Make sure not to over water though! Good luck