Went to Carter and Holmes for their Spring Open House and seen this lovely dendrobium. Den. Fire Coral ‘Super Star’
Dendrobium Fire Coral ‘Super Star’ AM/AOS
(Dendrobium cruentum X Dendrobium Formidible)
Neofinetia falcata ‘Memoria Bill Shiotani’ AM/AOS (Japan)
I thought I’d post a picture of one of my favorite orchid species of all time that I was fortunate enough to name after one of my favorite people of all time.
Neofinetia falcata is native to parts of China, Korea and Japan. But its the people of Nippon that have revered this species for centuries. In Japan they have entire orchid societies dedicated to this one species. Its very fragrant blooms appear in June-August with peak flowering in July for me.
I have grown many forms of Neo. falcata but the select ‘Mem. Bill Shiotani’ is by far the best I have ever seen. The size and substance of this plant makes most people assume that it is a tetraploid (4 chromosomes instead of the usual 2) which would explain its enormous measurements when compared to others. Even other “Amani Island” forms don’t really come close to the quality of this clone.
It is grown cool and bright with year around watering and a slightly drier rest in the winter months.
A woman harvests vanda orchids from Hilo nursery fields in Hawaii, March 1975.
Photograph by Robert Madden, National Geographic
Papilionanthe (syn. Vanda) teres
costa rica - 2.14
The Bamboo Orchid