2019 SACRAMENTO ORCHID SHOW

APRIL 13-14, 2019
RAIN OR SHINE
SCOTTISH RITE CENTER, 6151 H ST., SACRAMENTO, C
A. 95819

Admission: $10 (kids under 16 years free with paying adult)

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About the Sacramento Orchid Society

The Sacramento Orchid Society was founded in 1947 as an educational organization dedicated to providing information on the cultivation of orchids to the greater Sacramento community.

Members and non-members are welcome at our FREE Monthly Meetings that feature expert speakers from around the world, opportunities for members to sell plants to one another, a raffle of plants, and a delightful measure of fellowship and good times.

The Society's very active membership grows an almost unimaginable number of orchid species and hybrids on windowsills, patios, in yards, under lights, and in greenhouses.

 
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Orchid of the Month for December, 2018

Dendrobium Enobi Purple ‘NN’

By Johnathon Richardson

"The gift that keeps on giving"

 Fig. 1:  My plant Den. Enobi ‘NN’

Fig. 1: My plant Den. Enobi ‘NN’

The reason I chose to do this plant for December requires some time explaining the backstory of this plant. I bought this plant from Gold Country Orchids at the Speakers Day Event in late July of this year. I was looking to add some plants to add to my collection and this one caught my eye and it was reasonably priced (around $13). I don’t have many dendrobiums and I wasn’t looking for a foliage plant. After the all important approval from my wife, I went and bought the plant.

 Fig 2: Gold Country’s Booth

Fig 2: Gold Country’s Booth

I was drawn to the plant for I heard of it about a year ago. The story goes is that this complex dendrobium’s breeder produced a plant that had half white and half purple flowers, creating a crazy cool looking plant that is still highly desirable.


 Fig. 3: Orchids.com Denrobium Enobi ‘Little Thai Princess’

Fig. 3: Orchids.com Denrobium Enobi ‘Little Thai Princess’

Due to this desirability, a commercial grower in Hawaii decided to meristem clone a whole greenhouse of these plants. However, when these clones finally grew to maturity and flowered, the grower found a greenhouse with half of the plants producing white flowers and the other half had purple. What the grower didn’t understand is that the plant with both white AND purple colored flowers is a chimera. What’s a chimera you ask? While we aren’t talking about its more fanciful type, when I say chimera I mean that this plant has two different sets of cells. It’s two plants in one. It happens when two separate fertilized seeds fuse together to form a single composite plant. These composite plants can only be propagated by dividing the plant. When you try to meristem clone the plant, it separates the two different cells from each other, producing “Normal” plants.

The plant I have is one of these plants originating from that greenhouse. While it isn’t the super special chimera plant, it’s still a very lovely plant in it’s own right with intensive breeding in it’s background. It’s parents are Dendrobium Enobi Komachi x Dendrobium Laguna Princess. Both parents have the chimera coloring. After looking through Blue Nanta, (a wonderful website with loads of species and hybrids history), the breakdown of the species found in this are:

 Fig. 4: bluenanta.com species ancestors display

Fig. 4: bluenanta.com species ancestors display

In plain terms, it just means that there is a bunch of Phalaenopsis-type Dendrobium species that were used to make this plant.

Now that we know more about the history of this plant lets go over what I like so much about it. First off, this plant is a miniature. While it is very impressive having a massive 6ft tall Dendrobium in bloom, this plant tops out at 8”-10” inches making it a perfect size for windowsills. Next, the care for this thing is easy. For my growing conditions I grow under LED lights for 14hrs a day at a humidity between 40-70 percent. It does need some higher light, similar what you would give a cattleya. I try to water twice a week, and if I have time I fertilize once a week at quarter strength an hour after watering. As far as flowering goes I bought it in bloom in late July and it threw out its latest spike in the middle November. Also, it sets out two spikes per cane. The thing has been in bloom for 6 months! The flowers last about 3-4 months but do pale with time. This may be due to the exposure to lights however. Overall, as a grower who’s been into orchids for 3 years I highly recommend this plant.

References

www.bluenanta.com
www.marlowsorchids.com
www.orchids.com
www.goldcountryorchids.com

About the author:

I’m Johnathon Richardson. I’ve been with the Sacramento Orchid Society for about three years. I joined after a member gifted me a plant; that I promptly killed. Ever since I have been striving to figure out these weird little plants and to grow them to the best of my ability. Currently I own around 50 plants with a majority of my collection grown indoors under lights. I am the Vice President for 2019 and you can recognize me by my dishwater blonde hair and glasses.

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