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#2521 Sicshroom

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Posted 13 January 2022 - 04:54 PM

Do you think the orchid here might be the same?

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Posted 13 January 2022 - 07:18 PM

Do you think the orchid here might be the same?

I'm no expert, but it does look quite similar. Has it produced any flowers for you?

From what I understand, there are several species of vanilla orchid, though only 3 are really cultivated for pods. Mine is the regular flat leaf/bourbon/Madagascan.

The people over on r/orchids might be of more help for a solid ID.


Also, we got pups on the main Psych0×Kathleen! I see 4 so far, 3 up front and 1 close to the back, all on the same row of areoles.8c50fd20c34d10e8e279be7ed647e46d.jpg

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Posted 14 January 2022 - 03:35 AM

Aztekium Ritteri. What a lovely looking cactus! Low in alkaloids, yet beautiful none the less! 


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Posted 20 January 2022 - 03:31 PM

Just another couple pics of Psych0 Kate and her pups. Looks like some of the areoles are double-pupping around the base. I also see 2 other pups up near the cut at the top, one in the back, and one up front.3806d2f510598ed3290142197aa2484e.jpg
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Posted 02 February 2022 - 09:54 AM

Should I remove the top piece and replant it since these air roots are so big?

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Posted 16 February 2022 - 05:16 PM

For no other reason than because the cactus narrows below those air roots, and because you can with minimal wait time, I would do that myself. Once you get a clean cut on the top of the bottom, you will likely get more pups from it......


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Posted 16 February 2022 - 06:09 PM

Thank you sky!

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Posted 22 February 2022 - 11:30 AM

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Posted 06 March 2022 - 11:46 AM

It's been a while since I've posted, hello everyone. Here's some pics, have a nice sundaya32e5c4cc3f336728213f5bb9ef37e8e.jpg4d3c9359976f562cb2656a379a59eda5.jpg0fcfd62a3a73a165b83ed8e545670775.jpg045e2ef59bfee57fcb6cdfd0cb153d94.jpg13f5b1cdcad7cc64a4036ad9303259ab.jpg51afcd31f11299c096002437188cb31f.jpg9bf8c26e9488e4efa4422af44c2c8582.jpg1d1a5fdd02729f0e3bd7e9f824cccdf6.jpg88e5a049e61bc9b7328c01eefe670cd0.jpgf4e26e82b48929ef862c17fe498751ce.jpg742c16a179efa099c3b84cffc093c639.jpg

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Posted 06 March 2022 - 09:45 PM

Our weather has been all over the place, from snow/sleet and cold, to near 90 with Santa Ana winds mixed in, all within an 8 day span. The whole winter has been like this.

Every tree and plant I have is sooooo confused.

Some of my orchids are putting on a show,so I thought I would share.

 

This is my favorite Cymbidium Orchid, with deep burgundy blooms. This year it put out 7 spikes, but the picture is after I took one to keep in the house.

 

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A better view of one flower spike.

 

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This is the smallest orchid bloom I have. I believe it is a Lalia. The individual flowers are a little smaller than a dime.

 

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A single spike....

 

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I have to include this one. This San Pedro bloomed last fall, and I just re-found the photo when I downloaded the pictures I took today.

 

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Posted 07 March 2022 - 09:23 AM

Take heart. I'd (figuratively)  kill to live in a friendlier climate.

 

We have another two months of ungardenable weather. Most of that wet, sloppy, icy, rain/snow mix.

 

I have yet to grow a flower on a cactus. :angry:


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Posted 07 March 2022 - 05:05 PM

Been meaning to post an update for my cacti, finally thought to take some good pics.

First are the seedlings; they seem to be doing great! The open pollinated Kathleens have more seedlings, but the Ikaros definitely look a bit more girthy.

Then the mid-cuts from my Psych0×Kathleen cross. One rooted and finally put out a pup. The other is looking pretty sad. I haven't watered it in forever but gave it a bit today just in case. I hopefully the sad one roots and I can try some grafting.

Then the 4th pic shows all the littler ones. The tip-cutting from the main Psych0×Kathleen is on the far left, and is doing nicely. I believe that the top 3 areoles are all new.

My larger/nicer Williamsii cluster is looking great. Wonder if I'll see some real wool show up this year...

Lastly, a pic of the main Psych0×Kathleen cutting I received Nov 2020. This thing is amazing. It threw out tons of roots in its small first pot full of desert sand, but the new growth up top was terrible (hence the cuttings). Now it's in some good soil, and has pups for days! I have dumped some dilute leftover fertilizer on it too, but not often at all.

At this point, all of these have been transplanted into a 1:1 perlite:Fox Farm OF mix, with a bit of wood ash to balance out the FF nutrient profile, and some sand too.8e389205e95c007890899a541921e9bb.jpg93a61b73754d080ac7c2dde168f1126f.jpg6ba2598574a369c2aea03f5aa5a3be9c.jpgda58d5b4465f44375698803294cf9450.jpg8f85419b48ba521d16662ac0fb0f1a45.jpg1c6294556706657a91ee5850d031c546.jpg
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Posted 08 March 2022 - 01:12 AM

Been meaning to post an update for my cacti, finally thought to take some good pics.

First are the seedlings; they seem to be doing great! The open pollinated Kathleens have more seedlings, but the Ikaros definitely look a bit more girthy.

Then the mid-cuts from my Psych0×Kathleen cross. One rooted and finally put out a pup. The other is looking pretty sad. I haven't watered it in forever but gave it a bit today just in case. I hopefully the sad one roots and I can try some grafting.

Then the 4th pic shows all the littler ones. The tip-cutting from the main Psych0×Kathleen is on the far left, and is doing nicely. I believe that the top 3 areoles are all new.

My larger/nicer Williamsii cluster is looking great. Wonder if I'll see some real wool show up this year...

Lastly, a pic of the main Psych0×Kathleen cutting I received Nov 2020. This thing is amazing. It threw out tons of roots in its small first pot full of desert sand, but the new growth up top was terrible (hence the cuttings). Now it's in some good soil, and has pups for days! I have dumped some dilute leftover fertilizer on it too, but not often at all.

At this point, all of these have been transplanted into a 1:1 perlite:Fox Farm OF mix, with a bit of wood ash to balance out the FF nutrient profile, and some sand too.8e389205e95c007890899a541921e9bb.jpg93a61b73754d080ac7c2dde168f1126f.jpg6ba2598574a369c2aea03f5aa5a3be9c.jpgda58d5b4465f44375698803294cf9450.jpg8f85419b48ba521d16662ac0fb0f1a45.jpg1c6294556706657a91ee5850d031c546.jpg

Dang, those seedling are looking great . And your cuttings look ready to blow up this growing season. The plant that that came from is a champ as far as growing fast and handling water and feeding and humidity and it has beautiful yellow spines. here is a pic of the pup that came after I made that cut.5086243a4ddde246005fe798199ae91d.jpg

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Posted 08 March 2022 - 01:14 AM



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Those are some pretty looking orchids. I wish I could get mine to bloom.

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Posted 08 March 2022 - 02:16 AM

Those are some pretty looking orchids. I wish I could get mine to bloom.

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Check out MissOrchidGirl on YT. She's got some great advice for orchids. I've been following her videos and have had some great success. Though we both live in more arid environments, so that may impact the efficacy of her advice.

If you have phalaenopsis and they appear healthy (good roots, healthy leaves, etc.). I would suggest using some fertilizer, RePotMe has good orchid fertilizer; I've been using Gubler orchid fertilizer with good success.

Do you have the typical Phals? I haven't branched out into other species other than my Vanilla, but I am interested.

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Posted 08 March 2022 - 02:37 PM

I keep Phalaenopsis, and some of my Onceidium's that are not as hardy outside in my north facing kitchen window. They seem to enjoy the extra humidity there. Some are 10-11 years old now, and have bloomed 6 or more times.

 

I have used several orchid foods, including specialty formulas from a local orchid grower, but I have to say I feel I get just as good results with the plain Shultz orchid food from Home Depot. It's a 19-31-17 formulation, and I feed 4 or so times a year.

I also on occasion place a used tea bag on the bark, and water through it a few times. I am not sure that does a thing, but an old friend of mine grew fantastic orchids in the kitchen window, and swore it helped.

 

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Posted 08 March 2022 - 03:26 PM



I keep Phalaenopsis, and some of my Onceidium's that are not as hardy outside in my north facing kitchen window. They seem to enjoy the extra humidity there. Some are 10-11 years old now, and have bloomed 6 or more times.

I have used several orchid foods, including specialty formulas from a local orchid grower, but I have to say I feel I get just as good results with the plain Shultz orchid food from Home Depot. It's a 19-31-17 formulation, and I feed 4 or so times a year.
I also on occasion place a used tea bag on the bark, and water through it a few times. I am not sure that does a thing, but an old friend of mine grew fantastic orchids in the kitchen window, and swore it helped.

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Not to hijack this thread too much...

I know that phals require a temperature drop to upper 50s - lower 60sF to initiate the flower spikes. I believe other species also have similar triggers... and MissOrchidGirl has some videos on the topic. But that could explain intermittent flowering.

The teabag probably does help a bit. Also, I believe that a rule of thumb for fertilizing orchids is "weakly weekly." So like half strength every week, or even 2. I don't stress too much about how often, but I do it at least once a month.
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Posted 08 March 2022 - 03:34 PM

What's all that stuff that's not blue, yellow, or white?
Damn part of misses a temperate climate. 
The green's coming back. Happy this new variety of ice plants made it. 

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Hedgehog went into ground a few months back in dead of winter, seems ok.

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Posted 10 March 2022 - 01:51 PM

Hard to believe I started my adventure only 3 years ago, most of what you see here I've grown from seed.

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Posted 10 March 2022 - 05:06 PM

BTW, I was corrected regarding the lineage of my 7 pupped cutting, and the cuttings I took from it. It's actually Psych0×Clyde not Psych0×Kathleen. My bad!
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