White Egret Orchid accent planting… thanks Wolfie.

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Post  Tony on Thu Oct 15, 2009 11:30 am

Wolfie turned me on to this amazing Orchid accent planting, I purchased 6 tubers off eBay for £18.00! They are VERY EXPENSIVE… the benefit is that the double every year so long as you maintain them well. They are said to be hardy down to -6C (20F). They should be planted in humus-rich soil, in a cool house or greenhouse. I have kept mine in my greenhouse up to last week and have just brought them into the house because the winter in the North of England is arriving thick and fast.

I think mine are late flowering? Coz they are supposed to flower in September and mine have just come out. Thanks again Wolfie



Note for you romantics out there:
A legend has it that during a period of conflict, a girl from the Castle of Setagaya (Tokyo) sent a letter to help her lover who was fighting in a battle. She gave it to a white Egret to deliver it to him. However, the Egret did not reach him and, where the bird fell to the ground, a beautiful flower began to grow. This flower was the White Egret Orchid (Habenaria radiata), known as Sagisoo to the Japanese people, and now the flower mascot of the Castle of Setagaya.


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Post  RyanFrye on Thu Oct 15, 2009 12:26 pm

I have purchased this orchid twice and each time it has wilted away on me before flowering. I think it is because of the water quality I used. I didn't realize how sensitive they are to that. Yours look beautiful! I never heard the legend behind it either, very nice Very Happy

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Post  landerloos on Thu Oct 15, 2009 12:53 pm

RyanFrye wrote:I have purchased this orchid twice and each time it has wilted away on me before flowering. I think it is because of the water quality I used. I didn't realize how sensitive they are to that. Yours look beautiful! I never heard the legend behind it either, very nice Very Happy
I also tried them 3 times, this year the last ones died on me.
But in Februari I order some new ones, I found a adres for the vargiatet leaves cultivar.

Tony,
you lucky pirat Wink
Great pictures of a great plant.

Peter

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Post  RyanFrye on Thu Oct 15, 2009 1:06 pm

landerloos wrote:
I also tried them 3 times, this year the last ones died on me.
But in Februari I order some new ones, I found a adres for the vargiatet leaves cultivar.

Peter

I have seen the varigated variety on-line but I haven't found a source for them here in the US. I'm probably going to give them another try....I can't resist! Would you happen to know a source for the varigated variety that ships in the US?

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Post  landerloos on Thu Oct 15, 2009 1:11 pm

RyanFrye wrote:
landerloos wrote:
I also tried them 3 times, this year the last ones died on me.
But in Februari I order some new ones, I found a adres for the vargiatet leaves cultivar.

Peter

I have seen the varigated variety on-line but I haven't found a source for them here in the US. I'm probably going to give them another try....I can't resist! Would you happen to know a source for the varigated variety that ships in the US?
Unfortunally not, they only ship inside the E.U.
Good hunting!
Peter

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here is another photo

Post  Tony on Thu Oct 15, 2009 2:29 pm


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Post  landerloos on Thu Oct 15, 2009 3:30 pm

Tony wrote:]

Evil or Very Mad Wink thumbs up thumbs up thumbs up

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Post  Guest on Thu Oct 15, 2009 4:49 pm

Hi Tony. £18.00 for 6 tubers... Expensive!?!? Me thinks you find a bargain. I have 15 or so native terrestrial Orchids and the most Ive paid is £30 for one!! W hen I got it, I opened the box and found what appeared to be a small pile of noodles. It is the Lady Slipper Orchid though.
Ive found that all the ground based Orchids thrive on neglect. The tiniest ammount of feed and dont over water or you'll never see them again. Ill try and find a photo.

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Post  Jay Gaydosh on Thu Oct 15, 2009 5:07 pm

The Wild Orchid Company, in Carversville, PA , USA caries the White Egret. It says order in September for delivery in Spring. I think I'm going to try them. THey also carry a basic orchid handbook.


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Post  Guest on Thu Oct 15, 2009 5:48 pm

There are a couple of Orchid growers I've used in the past. both on the web and mail order. Now is the time to order. Hardy Orchids in England and Crustacare in Belgium. Could'nt find the photo but heres paintinng to show the flower. Plant is about six to eight inches tall.


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Post  bigsteve on Thu Oct 15, 2009 5:50 pm

RyanFrye wrote:
landerloos wrote:
I also tried them 3 times, this year the last ones died on me.
But in Februari I order some new ones, I found a adres for the vargiatet leaves cultivar.

Peter

I have seen the varigated variety on-line but I haven't found a source for them here in the US. I'm probably going to give them another try....I can't resist! Would you happen to know a source for the varigated variety that ships in the US?

Hi try http://rareplants.co.uk/prodtype.asp?PT_ID=170&strPageHistory=cat
he ships worldwide and his plants are as good as his website
regards
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Post  Tony on Thu Oct 15, 2009 6:07 pm

will baddeley wrote:Hi Tony. £18.00 for 6 tubers... Expensive!?!? Me thinks you find a bargain.
Will you should know by now how CHEAP I really am...

When these babies arrived in an envelope they were like shriveled baked beans, I planted in chopped (fresh) Sphagnum Moss and bark chips... in a shohin bonsai pot and this is where they will remain after flowering... is it OK to overwinter still in the soil but protected from frost or will they rot?

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Post  Harleyrider on Thu Oct 15, 2009 7:41 pm

Sorry to upset the apple cart guys, but 3 of these were being given away with every order over £8 in the seed catalogue my wife gets every year.

And before you ask, no we haven't still got it.

And yes, I'll ask her which company it was.

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Post  Tony on Thu Oct 15, 2009 8:03 pm

Harleyrider wrote: but 3 of these were being given away with every order over £8 in the seed catalogue my wife gets every year.
Steve check the details "shriveled baked beans" pale
Yours will probably be 57 varieties cyclops

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Post  Harleyrider on Thu Oct 15, 2009 8:14 pm

Nope, definately the same as these. I remember 'cos I had to stop her ordering £8 of stuff we didn't need just to get the orchids.

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