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Orchid Wishlist 2019

Oh my, oh my, oh my! It's 2019 and i still didn't come up with a orchid wishlist. In fact mostly because I'm very happy with all of the orchids I currently have and it's only a small number of 39 plants. This years decision was quality over quantity.

However there is still a few plants id love to have.

Neofinetia falcata Myeongwol 明月

Neofinetia falcata Chouko 

Paphiopedilum Lippewunder

Paphiopedilum Lippwunder "Matsumi"
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Neofinetia falcata - The absolute magic - Comprehensive guide and knowledge

Neofinetia orchids are a genus of the orchid family, related to vanda family. This genus in total combines of 3 species, three found in China, two in Korea and one in Japan. But it’s the single Japanese species that is the prise jewel of the family and on this one species – Neofinetia falcata I will concentrate.

A lot of material contained in this entry comes from external sources that will be listed at the bottom for reference.
Neofinetia falcata starts shrouded in a local myth. The orchid is known under two names, Furan – meaning Wind orchid or the Samurai Orchid. It’s claimed that Shogun Tokugawa lenari fell in love with the plant and its beauty and a samurai was sent to help in searching and collecting the plants from the mountains.

It is arguably the first orchid ever to be grown with intention as a house plant from the early 1600s in Japan. Furan, the Japanese name for “Neofinetia falcata,” started to be replaced by ‘Fuuki-ran’ meaning ‘the rich and noble orchid’ as the plant qu…

Brassavola David Sander

Brassavolas are one of the very old, showy orchids, with a almost Victorian charm to them. Bearing a single star shaped flower, which has a heavy late evening perfume to it.

This beautiful species was originally classified and named in 1813 by Robert Brown, who was a Scottish botanist, and he dedicated the species name to the famous Italian physician and scientist Antonio Musa Brassavola.

That's that about history, let's get back to the matter at hand, Brassavola David Sander hybrid is a child of Brassavola cuculata and Brassavola digbyana. It combines the beauty of both. It hold the wide star spread petals of b.cuculata, and the delicate feathery fringe from digbyana.

The hybrid has the typical and lovely brassavola foliage that reminds me of pine needles, or how growers call them "pencils". And they are lovely this way. Something peculiar about their beauty and elegant shape, why? Cattleyas have a tendency to be very ugly plants when not in flower. The foliage, and…

Phalaenopsis Dragon Tree Eagle

You may say to me I'm obsessed about this type of phalaenopsis and the truth is I am. I fell in love with the colourful waxy hybrids of the Happy Eagle type.
I describe them this way because they really remind me of the precursor in the way the bloom. Something a bit like phalaenopsis Bellina, but the colours are different, the fragrance is more fruity and heady.
They are also so much more vigorous, happy and resistant to damage, pests and disease. Especially the phalaenopsis Dragon Tree Eagle, actually it was a mistake when I ordered it. I wanted the Happy Eagle and I choose this one. I don’t know why. Probably because there is so much Eagles around it’s hard to get confused. So I did.

This one is a hybrid between Phalaenopsis Penang Girl x Phalaenopsis Black Eagle, and it can come in a variety of different colour coordinations.

And now it’s in flower and I absolutely love it. The plant so far is quite small meaning it’s young enough but it looks like I'm going to have 3 flowers o…

Phalaenopsis Frontera

Sometimes, very rarely you can find a real gem in your standard boring plant nursery or supermarket.
One of these gem's is Phalaenopsis Frontera, which is an absolute marvelous plant. Usually when growers manipulate the plant genes the results can be plain boring, or just a massive mish mash of all the colours and patterns you can find, some of them just being plain horrible and I have seen plants that their colours because of the bad cross, looking like a mix of ketchup and mustard - yes, that's a bad colour on a plant.
Unfortunatelly for this beautiful it's very hard to find any information on when it was registered and released to public trade.

However, the plant has a lot of rare and beautiful qualities. Firstly, it's very vigorous and it blooms with long and flower heavy spikes. The flowers can also carry a sweet honey fragrance it the plant is happy.
As a typical complex Phalaenopsis hybrid its very easy to care for taking intermediate home temperatures and likin…

For the love of Pebbles - Now on Youtube

Hi Everyone.

For those of you who aren't comfortable in reading off the screen and just want to see and listen to stuff I made a Youtube Video on the topic of semi hydroponics.

I hope you will enjoy and it will prove useful.

Phaleonopsis KS Happy Eagle X Princess Kailuani

Phaleonopsis KS Happy Eagle X Princess Kailuani is not a new hybrid to start. Firstly because it has been around since the KS Happy Eagle has been introduced in 2009 and taking the spotlight with a storm.
But it is new in terms of novelty especially in Europe, mostly because it took a few years to get the first hybrids done and then to continue the work. But the hybrid didn't get a permanent name like so many others did. Why? Because genetics can be very tricky in terms of non clonned phalaeonopsis and the variability of the flowers meant there would be naming problems.
But in the world of the orchid grower variability is a blessing. 
I absolutely love this hybrid because of its variety, vigour and fragrance. Having two plants from a different batch I can say there is many differences in their size, leaf shape and so on. But each one of the sisters (heck because they are Princesses) is so different and the colours are so saturated they are quite difficult to capture by the camera len…