Monday, June 4, 2018

Paphiopedilum philippinense growing in office

The air-conditioned environment of many offices are suitable for the growing of Paphs.  The plants are obviously growing very well if given enough sunlight and water.  But whether they will flower or not remains to be seen. 

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Dracaena species newly discovered

This is not an orchid but a Dracaena related to the common "KuanYin Bamboo" Dracaena braunii.
This plant is growing in my office and recently threw out a flower spike.  Not sure what is the name but the plant is very small with a thin stem.  Bought it with flowers and the tiny flowers looked really interesting. 

A few dwarf Dracaena species were recently(a few years ago) discovered in Thailand and if you are interested to find out more please visit:

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Macodes preparing to flower

This is a plant of Macodes which I bought a few months ago.  It belongs to a group of terrestrial orchids known as  "Jewel Orchids" and are primarily grown for their attractive leaves.  The flowers are usually small and not as attractive compared to the large elaborate flowers of other orchids.  But then again beauty is in the eye of the beholder.  So to some insects, the flowers of such orchids may be the most attractive lure in the world.  A few Goodyera species are in the background but I will wait for them to flower before posting pictures of their attractive foliage.

I have a strong feeling this plant is Macodes Petola.  Its not easily found in the usual nurseries but with a bit of searching around, especially during orchid exhibitions, it can be found.

As for growing conditions, I am quite new to growing Jewels so I'm really not sure if I should be giving any advise but this plant is grown in my office with air-conditioning Mon-Friday 8am - 8 pm.
Medium is a mix of fine coconut husk (I cut them small), compost and sand.  I suspect one of the plants doesn't like the excessive moisture and is showing signs of discomfort.  This one is so far ok.  I use Aqua Zonic Super Bright T5 60 cm, 24W x2 as light source.  I turn off when I leave the office. Light is meant for aquarium and I bought it from one of the aquariums in Clementi Avenue 2.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Paphiopedilum concolor

The is a rather big plant of concolor alba which I recently purchased.  It has two large growths and each is now throwing out new shoots which is a good sign.  I grow my concolors in various types of medium including sand, small stones, pine bark, charcoal chips, clay pellets. 

A few other plants of P.concolor are also either flowering now or coming into flowering.  This one is  a plant bought last year from the Garden Festival in Gardens By The Bay.  I believe this is the variety from Kanchanaburi.  The tessellation on the leaves is different with dark purple on the underside.  Also most of the flowers have petals with dots arranged in a line down the middle.  This variety appears to prefer more humus in the medium.  But concolors are quite tolerant plants so I think anything will do.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Paphiopedilum godefroyae var alba 'Pan'

This is the second time that this plant is flowering.  The plant itself is a bit small in size but the flower is big.  P. godefroyae is grown in very much the same way as my other Brachys.  Same medium and same watering frequency.  This plant is now P. godefroyae var alba 'Pan'.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Paphiopedilum exul

The other exul flower is now fully open.  At first i thought the six plants i bought could be all from the same clump and broken into six sections.  Now, looking at this flower, i am sure it is a different plant because this flower has more green compared to the first.

P. exul is one of my favourites because they are definitely found at sea level and thus is an excellent candidate for beginners who wish to start growing paphs.

Paphiopedilum haynaldianum

This plant is another of my sure-bloom plants.  It must have come from the lowland as well because compared to my other haynaldianum, this one is so much more free flowering.  My other plant is also flowering soon but it has to reach quite a big size colony before it started flowering.  This particular plant however, is able to flower with just one mature shoot.

I have recently changed to using pine bark and orchid stones with crushed clay pellets.  Hope the plant can give me two growths soon.