I had some time today to read a thread on the Slippertalk Board (www.slippertalk.com) discussing an article regarding the extirpation of Phrag. kovachii in several wild sites. This article was written in 2003, and today a reader posted that they had gone to see the Phrag. kovachii in the wild and found many plants in the site. This is very good news. It shows that rushing new species into commercial propogation is extremely important to newly discovered orchid species.

On a side note, Slippertalk is an excellent website for orchid enthusiasts, but is centered on slipper orchids.

Nows the time to treat yourplants for pests and fungi, especially those that summered outside. Ideally, pest extermination will be complete jus when the greenhouse, or growing area, is finalized for winter. If you live in warmer climates, this will be an ongoing process as plants that are exposed to the outdoors, even through open vents and windows, can contract nasty things.

Lastly, fall is a great time to get caught up on other gardening chores, especially neglected ones. While you are enjoying the foliage, or merely the cooler temperatures, look forward to the wonderful orchid blooms awaiting you this fall/winter. That should be your reward for the time spent caring for the orchids over the long summer.

Pot. Crozer's Royal Wizard 'P'U Yi'

Pot. Crozer's Royal Wizard 'P'U Yi'

There has been a lot of discussion on the web regarding CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Speces) and what plants are illegal to import/trade in the United States. Currently, the main problem revolves around Paphs, which are scheduled Appendix I for CITES, especally newly discovered Vietnamese species. All paphs and phrags are on Appendix I, which makes them heavily controlled. In order to be legal, the country of origin for the plants must have allowed exporting of the plant with proper paperwork and identification as to the plants propogated/collected status. Many paph and phrag species are legal, but newly discovered plants are not as many countries of origin have not legally released the plants into propogation/trade. For example, Paph. hangianum is a Vietnamese species which has never been legally exported under the terms of CITES and therefore specimens in the US of both straight hangianum and its hybrids are illegal to possess.

I will be discussing CITES and how it is working to destroy native orchid species worldwide over the next several blog posts. For more in depth discussions of CITES please stay tuned!

WE WILL BE CLOSED jULY 23 AND 24 DUE TO CONSTRUCTION.

This summer’s above normal rainfall has led to some interesting results with the Den. nobile hybrids which we have summering outside. It has been our experience that providing nobile hybrids with frequent waterings results in the formation of keikeis, which are baby orchid plants formed by the parent plant. If this has been your experience this year, it is important to wait until at least 3 roots have formed to adequate size to remove the keikei and pot it. Also, remember the allow your nobile hybrids to enjoy some cool air, nothing below 50 degrees at night. Once the plant is brought back inside during Fall, cut back on watering to allow the plants to dry out completely between waterings. This will alert the plant it is time to form flowers!

Also, we are starting to see a lot of spiking on the Paph. table. One of my favorite plants from my collection, is Paph. concolor var. hennisianum. This is a loevly species that take generally the same care as other paphs. It is ver importatn for Paph. concolor to have good water, as it is very intolerant of salt buildups in the medium. To prevent this from happening during waterings, look at the pots of other plants. if there is a buldup at he bottom of the pot, water your concolor and an hour later water it again with rainwater or something fairly lite. If fertilizing, use only 1/2 recommended dose and remember to water thoroughly an hour later to leach out potential salts.

 

Paph. concolor var. hennisianum

Paph. concolor var. hennisianum

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First Blog Post

First bloomer on the property

First bloomer on the property

I thought it might be nice to talk about another first in my first blog post. Today we found the first wild Lady Slipper orchid blooming on our property. The plant, Cyp. acaule AKA the Pink Lady’s Slipper, is relatively common in our area of New Hampshire. I have been monitoring 3 other sites over the last year and now, it appears, I have a 4th site. We have found a non blooming Cyp. acaule on the property, but I have not been able to find the plant this spring.

Now is the time of year to begin hunting for wild Lady’s Slippers, at least in New Hampshire. Many native orchid and wild flower enthusiasts keep orchid populations secret, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t find your own. A little research on the web will give you a good idea as to the environment that orchids are likely to be found in your area. Make sure to bring bug repellant, sun protection, and water for drinking. Please DO NOT pick, dig up, or other was harm the plants as this may put you in legal trouble and is also very destructive to wild orchid populations.

Good luck and happy orchid hunting.