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Friday, March 16, 2012

HONOHONO AND CATTLEYA ORCHIDS


The 56th annual Kunia Orchid Show began this morning, except it is no longer being held there.  Go to Leilehua High School, which nowhere near the Leilehua Golf Course.  Drive through Wahiawa and go mauka (north?) on California Street.  You will pass the Wahiawa Botanical Garden on the left, then, soon thereafter, make a right turn into Leilehua High School.  There are signs.  The show goes on from 9-5 (4 on Sunday) for the rest of the weekend.

I'm into yellow flowers, so bought a host of them.  What you see are some of those flowers from the show:


Well, that last one was a cactus.  I bought some honohono for my office:


And a white one for my apartment.  The honohono (above) and to the left), Dendrobium anosmum, is my favorite.  Everything is named wrong with this flower because the term refers to the leaves, which fall off before the bloom occurs, and anosmum means scentless.  The magic of the honohono is the smell, and it varies quite a bit depending on the variety.  A few "tricks" with this plant:  lay out 4 inch segments of the stem on potting mix or equivalent (however, any node that had a flower will not give you a plantlet), water and fertilizer heavily in the summer (indirect sunlight) and dry it out in the winter season. A chill is necessary for flowering.  If I sound like an expert, no, this information comes from Scot Mitamura.  I've been buying the honohono for decades and only once did a plant survive to give me all of two flowers.  My roof is too hot, plus, I go on too many trips.

The cattleya, my second favorite, also can have a pleasant smell.  Here is my yellow orchid bowl with a couple of cattleyas at the bottom:


They say that playing music or talking to your orchids can optimize growth, but, of course, this means you must baby it for any success.  These two plants refuse to do well on my roof.

But about the cattleya, place in bright, diffuse light.  Water a couple times/week, but make sure there is some drying in between.  A ten degree temperature differential daily helps.  Humidity is good, so place plant over a humidity plate (tray with water), but not sitting in it.

There are no blue nor black cattleyas.  I go to the Netherlands next month, but also won't see blue nor black (only deep purple to dark red) tulips.  There also is no black rose, but a blue rose is supposedly to be marketed in the U.S. soon.  However, this is it below, and this is clearly lavender, not BLUE:


Here is the color blue:


Except for one problem, This tulip is dyed, as all blue ones are.

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