Monthly Archives: December 2011

Treating my First Sick Plant

Rest in Peace: C. eldorado fantasia ‘Rafaela’ x flamea orlata Update (Apr 30, 2012) I have now declared this plant dead. The plant had attempted a new growth but my carelessness in watering it killed it. This means that the plant had recovered from its ailment but died because of my faulty culture practice. Sigh!…

Pakistan: Need for a New Historiogrpahy and National Narratives

This will probably be one of the many articles that I plan to write about the construction of contemporary Pakistani national identity. While I have many versions of theories of nation available to undertake this project, I have decided to focus primarily on the mainstream statist narrative that Pakistani media, the school system, and the…

Cattleya Basics and Culture Notes

Provided below are excerpts with links to full length articles from the American Orchid Society website: Cattleya Basics Cattleyas for the Beginners Part 1 To many people the term Cattleya is synonymous with orchids. For a long period, a Cattleya corsage was a prerequisite for any special occasion and as a result the Cattleya has…

Physan 20, Cinnamon Powder, and Hydrogen Peroxide

I had so far not used any fungicides or insecticides in my greenhouse, but noticing some obvious signs of fungus, I decided to look for the best remedy for all problems associated with fungi and bacteria. An extensive search over various orchid boards and other orchid growing websites revealed that, by and large, Physan 20…

Cattleya percivaliana in Bloom!!

This might be a bit premature as the flowers have not fully opened yet, but I have to post these first pictures. I had acquired this C. percivaliana ‘Summit’ FCC/AOS from a trusted Ebay seller; the plant came in sheath. This is the first orchid to bloom in my greenhouse and is therefore very special.…

Cattleya skinneri in my Greenhouse

C. skinneri albescens ‘Kensingston’s Angel’ Cattleya skinneri is one of the two additional species that I added to my quest to collect and grow the classic Cattleya species orchids. I was lucky enough to win this amazing plant in an Ebay auction: the plant was sold by mikesorchids, one of my most trusted Ebay sellers.…