Tuberous orchids

Kevin D. Preuss
Sat, 29 Jan 2005 14:50:57 PST
Spathoglotis and Bletillas are also great fun once established.
I am growing Calopogon tuberosus and that one is delightful, but not as
spectacular as the other two I mentioned.  Spath. 'Nakamura gold' is in
bloom now (and has been for 2 months!).
I can see how somebody could get seriously hooked on orchids. If they
flowered better for me I'd probably grow more.  I lost half of a Vanda
collection of about 1000 plants after a tropical storm/cyclone tore of the
roof of the greenhouse and shredded the irrigation system. Plants were found
in nearby trees.  That summer many dried up and slow death set in.  now only
about 100 remain, sadly as  they were from Thailand in the early 70's. Ya
always learn the hard way.

Kevin D. Preuss

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "piaba" <>
To: "Pacific Bulb Society" <>
Sent: Friday, January 28, 2005 1:28 PM
Subject: Re: [pbs] Tuberous orchids

> hi all,
> years ago i was a much bigger orchid grower than
> nowadays.  a south african grower and nursery owner,
> karsten woodrick, came to speak at an event and sell
> plants and i bought a nice Satyirum species native to
> south africa.  either it was not identified or
> described or i've forgotten the species name but it
> grew nicely.  unfort. before it got to bloom, a devil
> squirrel climbed into my apt. from the window and ate
> the plant!  of course i've never been able to replace
> it and i still don't know what the flowers would have
> looked like.  i've always been interested in
> terrestrial orchids (although i'm not totally clear
> they are "bulbs) as they would make great companions
> to gesneriads, begonias and ferns that i grow indoors,
> and they usually have beautiful foliage.  i've tried
> several rainforest genera including Macodes,
> Anoectochilus, Nephelaphyllum, Tainia, Malaxis,
> Sarcoila, etc. but they are not easy to grow.
> currently my only one is Pelexia laxa, from colombia,
> besides Ludisia discolor, which everyone seems to
> grow...
> tsuh yang
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