Catasetum Orchid

The Catasetum orchid genus has unisexual flowers, either male or female (they look different); which type appears is controlled by the lighting. If grown in low lighting like a Phalaenopsis, male flowers will appear; if grown in high lighting like a Cattleya they’ll have female flowers. The two flower types look different, so there will probably be one or the other that you’re looking for for the particular species you’re growing. (The male flowers are usually preferred, as they often have small, green, hooded female flowers.)

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For this particular family of orchids, after blooming occurs the plant goes into a dormancy/resting period where the leaves WILL YELLOW and DROP. This is completely normal. This resting period allows the plant to conserving its energy for the next growing cycle. Watering should also be reducing during dormancy.
Which type of flower a plant produces is determined by the conditions under which it grows. Male and female flowers are markedly different in size and color. At first, taxonomists even thought they were dealing with different species, a puzzle which Charles Darwin resolved when writing Fertilisation of Orchids. There are rare cases in which a single plant in intermediate conditions will produce both male and female flowers.
Many of these species are known to germinate in ant nests high in the canopy and host ant colonies, which provide the plants with an abundant supply of nitrogen, and they also host ants in cultivation frequently. Most of these species are considered moderately difficult to maintain in cultivation without a greenhouse or wardian case and some of them defy cultivation. Most of them cannot tolerate dryness and some of them have very specific temperature requirements. Some of these species are ant plants and attract ant colonies and can become a nuisance in cultivation.

http://www.orchid-care-tips.com/catasetum.html
http://www.akatsukaorchid.com/store/pg/50-Catasetum-Relatives-Care.aspx
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catasetum
http://www.aos.org/orchids/culture-sheets/catasetum.aspx
http://catasetinae5.blogspot.in/p/introduction-to-catasetinae.html

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Want to start an orchid growing hobby ?

Here we going to mention how to grow orchids in indian conditions as outdoor plants. Ex In Balcony or  under sunshade or on garden etc…

how orchids plants different from other flowering plants? ( There have ground orchids which can grow as normal plants in grounds. we are not going to that varieties.)

1) Water – When watering orchids, we need to remember the aerial root system, water is best applied with a spray or mist sprinkler system. Do not over-water them.

2) Moisture:- these plants love moisture not water

2) Light – Light requirements for orchids are variable from tropical heat to the cool jungle environment according to the species.

3) Nutrients – Foliar sprays are best applied during the cooler part of the day to allow more absorption. A water soluble formula fertiliser is recommended as it can be washed off and re-applied in two to three weeks. The best time to apply is during the active growing period. There are a lot of fertilisers for orchid growing in the market.

4)Potting mix – Orchids need a good water-retaining medium like charcoal, coconut husks, bracken sheet lining, tree fern bark or sphagnum moss. These offer the best aeration and do not retain too much water to cause root rot. Charcoal is also useful to absorb toxic substances.
So from which orchid species starts with this hobby?

we suggest dendrobium.

why dendrobium?

It is the cheapest orchid available and more tolerable for newbie or for our climate conditions. since watering, nutrients and potting mixture are generally same for all varieties. The difference is in shade/light conditions. these plants required 50% shade. No direct sunlight on noon time. either morning or evening direct sunlight is ok.

Growing locations

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Dendrobium plants with flowers

Den plant

a dendrobium plant

seedlings

Dendrobium small plants

you will get new plants these way also ( below )

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Dendrobium care

Shade 

Required 50% shade.
Dendrobium can tolerate full morning sun followed by an afternoon of shade.
watering

Daily in the morning. which we do in our condition.  make sure medium is almost dry out between watering. Check the medium with your finger – if you feel moisture do not water.
Fertilizer

When your orchid is blooming, fertilizer is not needed. we using Green care 30:10:10 (0.5mg/l) for small plants ( we used one times in a
week)  and Green Care – 13:27:27 ( 0.5mg/l )for big plants. one time in two week.
humidity.

in very hot conditions it good to provide humidity by Humidity tray or by someother means.

Want to buy for trial ?

options   

1)  small plants    These plants require  8 to 9 months to get first flowers. go for cheap one. rate is different  depends upon the variety.

2) Tagged plants  cost depend upon the variety and know what the flower will be

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Flower spike initiation in phalaenopsis.

What triggers or initiates spike growth on phalaenopsis is cool night temperatures of around 25 degree C for several weeks.A temperature of 32 degrees, even for a short time, will prevent spiking.
so my phalaenopsis plant grows quite well, but doesn’t bloom reason could be too high temperature. We find that phalaenopsis flower quite well at 16.5 degree C. If you are growing the plants indoors, artificial lights nearby might cause long days and thus inhibit flowering. If the plants seem to be growing well, water and fertilizer applied as directed, temperature ideal, and still no flowers, then not enough light is probably the answer. Gradually increase the light intensity . If growing in the home, move the plants to a nice, bright windowsill.

so What triggers or initiates spike growth on phals is cool night temperatures for several weeks. But, prior to this, it should have been growing and building up nutrient reserves within its leafs. This brings up a concern about how healthy the plant is, whether the leafs are full and firm (healthy) or somewhat limp and droopy (unhealthy).
other facts/methods

1)Some Phal species do not require temperature drop to initiate spike.

2)Timing these is very important for the cut flower industry. The nurseries that fill those markets grow their Phals in extremely dense shade–just a little more light than you’d get on a clear night with a full moon–for several months under tarps. When the tarps are removed and normal light levels restored, the plants spike within two weeks.
The darkness delays the normal spike season for the particular type of plant. In other words, if you have a Phal that normally spikes in December, and you want it to spike in March, you could drastically reduce light levels in mid November, then restore them in March to make the plant spike.

3) study points to the possibility of using intermittent high temperatures to prevent spiking. By applying cycles of 1 to 3 weeks of reduced temperatures (down to 59°F or 15°C) followed by 1 week of high temperature to inhibit spiking between late fall and early spring, it may lower the cost of inhibiting spiking by using constant 82°F (28°C).

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Oncidium

Common name Dancing lady or butterfly orchid

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Btcm. Hwuluduen Chameleon Colorful Lake

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Burr. Guann Shin Diamond

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Odontocidium Wildcat ‘Rainbow’

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Onc Twingle Fragrance fantacy

Light

Oncidiums are more forgiving of bright, even direct, light than other popular orchids. They can cope with direct light in the morning and prefer bright or even very bright conditions. East, south or west facing windows are all suitable positions.

The leaves should be bright green as opposed to dark green or reddish green. Reddish green indicates too much light and dark green too little light.
Water

while watering allow the compost to become a little dry between waterings.They can withstand considerable drought because their large pseudobulbs act as stores. Wrinkled pseudobulbs generally indicate a lack of water. Black rotten roots are a sign of overwatering.

Temperature

Generally, the most popular oncidiums, with small yellow flowers, large pseudobulbs and strappy leaves, are those classed as intermediate to warm orchids. These require a minimum temperature ranging from 13°C to 25°C .
Humidity

Oncidiums enjoy moist air, requiring a minimum of 40-50% humidity in the immediate vicinity of the plant. Humidity should be increased with higher temperatures. The ideal humidity is 55-75%. Give as much ventilation or air movement as possible
Potting

Oncidiums do not like root disturbance and should only be repotted when either the compost becomes broken down or the pot becomes too small for the new growth. They like to be slightly under potted in a very free-draining bark-based potting media. As a general rule, repot when necessary. Every two years is ideal when the new growth is 5-7.5cm (2-3in) long.

Various Genera in the Oncidium Alliance includes

1)Brassidium “Brsdm.” (Brassia & Oncidium);
2)Oncidium “Onc.”;
3)Wilsonara “Wils.” (Cochlioda x Odontoglossum x Oncidium);
4)Odontocidium “Odcdm.” (Odontoglossum x Oncidium);
5)Odontonia “Odtna.” (Odontoglossum x Miltonia);
6)Miltassia “Mtssa.” (Miltonia x Brassia);
7)Colmanara “Colm.” (Miltonia x Oncidium x Odontoglossum);
8)Vuylstekeara “Vuyl.” (Cochlioda x Miltonia x Odontoglossum);
9)Miltonidium “Mtdm.” (Miltonia x Oncidium);
10) Burrageara “Burr.” (Cochlioda x Miltonia x Odontoglossum x Oncidium).

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Vertical gardens, Interior decorations and orchids

vertical garden

vertical garden or green wall is a wall, either free-standing or part of a building, that is partially or completely covered with vegetation and, in some cases, soil or an inorganic growing medium.

vertical gardens interior

vertical gardens interior

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vertical garden exterior

Vertical Orchid Gardens 

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vertical garden with orchid

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Required hardware ?

may help the following links

http://www.chhajedgarden.com/Vertical-Wall-Panels-/Vertical-Wall-Garden-Panel-Set–Pack-of-4-Per-Set—-copy-id-237075.html
http://www.uzplanters.com/products/grovert-vertical-wall-garden
http://inhabitat.com/flora-grubb-panels-let-you-design-your-own-vertical-garden/flora-grub-vertical-garden-9/

Interior Decorations Hardware shop Links

1) http://factorydirectcraft.com/
2
http://www.zansaar.com/

Reference

1)  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_wall
2) http://www.architectureartdesigns.com/30-marvelous-vertical-garden-designs-to-inspire-you/
3) http://www.livingwallart.com/category/vertical-garden-installations/page/5/
4) http://inhabitat.com/nyc/photos-patrick-blancs-enchanting-vertical-garden-wonderland-is-laced-with-7000-orchids-at-the-new-york-botanical-garden/patrick-blanc-garden-17/?extend=1

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Dactylorhiza fuchsii

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Dactylorhiza fuchsii a splendid cultivated form of this easy plant. Attractive greyish leaves are lightly covered in diffuse purple spots.
This is held below long, packed spikes of shell-pink flowers, each of which is intricately spotted and dotted with
candy pink.An easy plant, in the garden, in a moist sunny soil. The best Dactylorhiza to start with,
and one which will, in time, make a splendid garden display.

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Ophrys lutea

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Ophrys lutea is found in Portugal, Spain, France, Italy, Greece and the surrounding Mediterranean islands and plus
western area North Africa in cool grassy areas of 0 to 1800m in elevation.It is found in areas with partial sun.
Plant blooms from winter to spring with two to ten 2.5 cm flowers.
Plant should be grown from seeds. Avoid fertilizers, transplanting, and fungicide because it may kill
the symbiotic fungus. Plant in low nutrient soil with partial sun.

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Cyrtochilum macranthum

cyrtochilum    -   macranthum

Cyrtochilum macranthum is native to Columbia, Ecuador and Peru. It is a protected species according to the Washington Convention.Cyrtochilum macranthum is a species in the genus Cyrtochilum which belongs to the family of the Orchidaceae (Orchideen).Cyrtochilum macranthum has simple leaves. They are linear with entire margins.The flowers are orchid-shaped and yellow. The plants bloom from May to July.

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Ascocentrum garayi

ascocentrum   -    garayi

Ascocentrum has about six species in Asia and the Philippines that are compact vanda like plants and
have upright inflorescences with dense cones of smaller flowers.
Most of these plants are warm to intermediate growers that like slat basket culture with little or no potting media.
The offspring have the small plant size of the ascocentrum combined with the larger flower size of the vanda.

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