Acampe praemorsa – found it in our backyard tree

Acampe praemorsa

Acampe praemorsa

Acampe praemorsa

We found this plant in our back yard tree. A native orchid plant of Kerala, India

Source

https://www.wikiwand.com/en/Acampe
https://www.wikiwand.com/en/Acampe_praemorsa
http://www.toskar.org/acampe-praemorsa/

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Kokedama or string gardens for orchids

Kokedama

Kokedama (in English, literally “moss ball”) is a ball of soil cover with moss on which an ornamental plant grows. The idea has its origins in Japan where Kokedama are very popular.

source

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kokedama

how to make ( video links)


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fertilizing Orchids

Always buy a high-quality, balanced fertilizer that contains the three major elements (nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium), plus all the minor nutrients (sulfur, calcium, magnesium, iron, manganese, boron, copper, zinc, molybdenum, and chlorine).Also recommend a low-urea or urea-free fertilizer because urea is not a truly available source of nitrogen for epiphytic orchids.
1) Water your orchid thoroughly before feeding.

2) Look for fertilizers that contain nitrogen (N), phosphorous (P) and potassium (K), plus trace elements like iron (Fe).
3) If you’re growing your orchid on bark, use a fertilizer that’s significantly higher in nitrogen (in a ratio of 30(N)-10(P)-10(K)). The bacteria in the decomposing bark will consume a lot of nitrogen.

4) Use fertilizer with a higher nitrogen percentage when new shoots are coming out, and fertilizer with more phosphorous and potassium later in the season. orchids and those not planted in bark grow well with even formula fertilizer ratios, such as 20-20-20. A “bloom-booster” type formulation can be used in the autumn that has a higher phosphorus formulation such as 10-30-20.

5) Feed the orchid. In general, once a month is recommended for most fertilizers.Do not overfeed orchids––this can damage them. Synthetic fertilizers contain mineral salts, such as potassium, calcium and others. Over time, these salts build up in your pot and potting medium and can seriously harm the plant. Additionally, overfed orchids often grow too quickly, making them weak and susceptible to disease. Finally, many kinds of orchids actually bloom worse if they’re overfed. Find the fine line and stick with it.
6)Greencare 13-27-27 Is a good fertilizer for orchid. All primary, secondary and micro nutrients in one pack. Being water soluable directly reaches the plant eliminating any nutrient wastage.Enhances resistance to fungus attack.Non-toxic, safe, and eco friendly.Compatible with most commonly used pesticude and fungicide.

Direction for use – Dissolve one teaspoon full (5 gms.) Greencare in 10 liters of water (0.05% solution) for infant plants and one teaspoon full Greencare in 5 liters of water (0.1% solution) for mature plants.
7)Feed during the growing season. Many orchids—dendrobiums, for example—go into dormancy over the winter months. Others, such as cattleya, slow way down in their growth. There is little purpose in feeding a dormant plant. Start fertilizing again once the plant shows signs of fresh growth in the spring.

8) There are specialized bloom-boosters that offer slightly different nutrient balances or micronutrients designed to enhance orchid flowering.There’s little benefit to these products. First, most home orchid collections carry multiple genera that flower at different times of the year. Second, different genera have different flowering requirements. When you get down to it, a high-quality, well-balanced fertilizer is just as effective at producing blooms as a booster, and it will benefit all your plants, not just the bloomers.

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Phalaenopsis, Doritis and Doritaenopsis

Those orchids, formerly in the genus, Doritis, have now been reclassified by some botanical taxonomists as being Phalaenopsis, although in the trade, they are still frequently referred to as Doritis. Phalaenopsis, Doritis, whatever name is used for this group of orchids, they are characteristically small to medium sized orchids that closely resemble the foliage of other moth orchids. These monopodial plants have thick, oblong and stiff-textured leaves that are dark green on top and sometimes purple or burgundy on the underside. However, the flowers they bear differentiate them from other Phalaenopsis.

The flowers of Doritis have a very distinctive spear-shaped lip. In fact, botanist John Lindley may have alluded to this spear-like lip when he named this genus Doritis since the Greek word for spear is Dory. An alternate theory for the origin of the name is that it is a diminutive form of Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love and beauty, perhaps in reference to the charm of these flowers.

To further distinguish these species from the other Phalaenopsis, the lips of their flowers are three-lobed, where the middle lobes are larger with a slightly wavy margins. At the base of the lips and behind the two side lobes are two antennae. These species’ flowers also tend to be smaller than other Phalaenopsis blooms. They are usually no more than 1.5 inches (4 cm.) across, sometimes even smaller. The flowers frequently come in pastel colors and light to dark purple, and are borne in multiples along a bare, stiff spike emerging from a clump of leaves. Unlike other Phalaenopsis inflorescences that tend to gracefully arch, Doritis flower spikes are often stiff and erect as a result of their mostly terrestrial habitat. Note that most other Phalaenopsis are epiphytic.

These summer blooming orchids are natives of Southeast Asian countries such as Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Burma, Cambodia, and Laos, and South Asia countries as well like Nepal, India and Sri Lanka. There are only a few species within this group, but they are frequently interbred with other Phalaenopsis species and hybrids to create thousands of hybrids frequently referred to as Doritaenopsis, a fabricated word that combines Doritis with Phalaenopis.

phalaenopsis orchids

phalaenopsis orchids

Doritis orchids

Doritis orchid

Doritaenopsis

Doritaenopsis Orchid

source

http://EzineArticles.com/3334459
http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doritis

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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 

vertical orchid

vertical garden with orchid

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vertical garden vertical garden

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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Vanda Kerala species

From the book Orchids Of India III: Biodiversity And Status Of Vanda Jones found that the variety of vanda possible in Kerala, India are

1) vanda vtessalata

vtessalata
2) vanda testacea

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3) vanda thwaitesii

thwaitesii

4)  Vanda wightii

wightii-2

we believe these plants unexpectedly found in our backyard is one of these species

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Reference

http://presam77.blogspot.in/2011/04/vanda-wightii-versus-vanda-thwaitesii.html

http://pettayil.blogspot.in/

http://presam77.blogspot.in/

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Dactylorhiza fuchsii

Dactylorhiza-fuchsii

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

ophrys   lutea

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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