Monthly Archives: February 2012

New Growths in My Plants

As we are experiencing an early spring in Texas, quite a few of my plants have started developing some remarkable new growths. This means a lot to me as this was my first attempt at getting my plants through the winter after some really untimely repottings. Here sre some pictures:  

Post-Winter Report

I started my hobby in the early fall of 2011. At first, I was only planning to grow a few orchids using all available windowsills in my house. But pretty soon in the process, I decided to invest in. greenhouse. Now, I do not have a lot of disposable income, so I bought the least…

Conspiracy Theories in Pakistan

All cultures usually have different groups of people who believe in grand conspiracy theories. One cursory internet search on the topic would lead you to numerous websites dedicated to one or the other form of conspiracy theory about secret orders and powerful underground organizations. Pakistan is no exception. At any time in Pakistan there are…

In Bloom: C. skinneri ‘Heiti Jacobs’ FCC/AOS

First of all, I cannot take any credit for the blooming of this plant, but I am certainly thrilled to have another plant in bloom. I had just recently ordered this plant from and Ebay seller from Hawaii and was not expecting it to be in bloom. The plant arrived today and is already in…

My First Mounted Orchids

A few weeks ago I attended the first meeting of Greater North Texas Orchid Society, my home organization. Toward the end of the meeting I was also able to purchase a blooming size C. aclandiae ‘California’ x ‘Dark Rook’. Considered a dwarf, C. aclandiae needs very specific culture requirements. Besides other things, its roots must…

On Orchid Obsession

Have you noticed that almost all orchid growers represented in the movies turn out to be sociopaths. “Adaptation” comes to mind and I am sure you could name a few other movies as well. Anyway, my point is that even though not all orchid growers are sociopaths–actually most of them are very nice–they do become…