Psychopsis Mariposa 'Green Valley'



Psychopsis are known as the butterfly orchid and its fairly easy to see why! Mariposa means butterfly in Spanish. Psychopsis Mariposa is a hybrid between Psychopsis papilio and Psychopsis Kalihi, Psychopsis only has one flower open at a time per spike. Rarely, two flowers at a time can be open on one spike, but it is more common to have one flower open, with the next bud waiting for the flower to drop off, before it will open.



Psychopsis Mariposa should be kept in shade in a well drained orchid compost mix or alternatively mounted. If potted, it is best to use a potting media such as chopped sphagnum, tree fern fibers, fir bark, charcoal or perlite. Water the plant every two to three days. Psychopsis Mariposa prefers warmer temperatures, it can tolerate medium to cool temperatures with high humidity during the summer months. Water regularly in spring to autumn but you must reduce watering over the winter period and let the pot dry out completely before watering again to avoid rot.

The Benefits of Greenhouse Growing



A greenhouse is a great addition to any garden. Owning a greenhouse provides you with a wide range of benefits. You can experiment with a selection of plants and fully enjoy your gardening hobby. There are many types of greenhouses available, from large, impressive glasshouses to smaller lean to designs.   

Here are the main benefits of greenhouse growing: 
  • Extended growing season. Owning a greenhouse enables you to extend the growing season. A greenhouse provides plenty of protection for your plants, so you do not have to worry about the weather conditions. You can grow seasonal plants throughout the year.  


  • Better temperature and humidity control. Whilst you cannot change the weather conditions outdoors, you can add extra lighting, heating and ventilation to a greenhouse to make the conditions within it suitable for your plants. In summer, you can add vents to prevent your greenhouse from becoming overheated and in winter, you can add heaters to protect your plants from frost.  This control is essential when growing orchids, especially the tropical and rainforest species.

  • Plenty of protection for your plants. A greenhouse offers a sheltered area for your plants, protecting them from weather conditions such as heavy rain, winds and snow. A greenhouse is also idea for busy gardens, as the structure will help to prevent plants from being damaged by children or pets.  

  • Plenty of variety. Owning a greenhouse enables you to grow whatever type of plant you desire. As you have the ability to control temperatures and humidity levels within your greenhouse, you can consider growing plants that are not normally found in your area. You can provide suitable growing conditions for unique and beautiful exotic plants.  

  • Healthy, free food. One of the main benefits of owning a greenhouse is that you can grow your own fruit and vegetables organically. Organic fruit and vegetables are much healthier and tastier than supermarket varieties and can be used in a selection of home-cooked dishes. You can be provided with free food all year round and cut down on how much you spend at the supermarket. Greenhouses are also ideal for growing herbs and salad crops, so you can add more flavour to your dishes and create fresh summer salads.  

  • More protection from pests. A greenhouse helps to keep out garden pests, as they are unable to access your plants when windows and doors are kept closed. However, there is still a risk of pests and plant diseases in warmer temperatures, so you will need to make sure your greenhouse is well-ventilated and keep an eye out for any signs of damage to your plants.  

  • Enhances your gardening hobby. Adding a greenhouse to your garden really helps to you to fully enjoy your hobby. A greenhouse not only provides many benefits for your plants but also for you, as you can escape there whenever you wish. Some types of greenhouse, such as the glasshouse, can even include a living area where you can sit and relax and enjoy views of your garden.  

  • Attractive garden feature. A greenhouse not only provides a place for you to grow a selection of plants but also an attractive structure for your garden. Greenhouses are available in a wide range of designs, so you can easily select something that will compliment your garden perfectly.  


Fertilizer Friday





Phragmipedium Garren Weaver











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Dendrobium Spring Dream 'Apollon'

Dendrobium Spring Dream 'Apollon'

Dendrobium Spring Dream 'Apollon'

Dendrobium Spring Dream 'Apollon'
Dendrobium Spring Dream 'Apollon' was discovered in January 1992 as an outstanding member of a large population of seedlings obtained by crossing Dendrobium Seigyoku `Queen` and  Dendrobium Cassiope `Seto` . Seigyoku is itself a cross between Dendrobium Oberon and Dendrobium Spring Wind. Whilst Cassiope is a cross between Dendrobium moniliforme and Dendrobium nobile.

These crosses have been registered with The Royal Horticultural Society in England. The mother plant, Seigyoku,  has large size white flowers, and blooms well. The father plant, Cassiope `Seto`, has white flowers with a soft blurry lavender color at the ouside edges. The center of the flowers is white.

These two varieties were cross-bred in 1989, and over 200 seedlings were cultivated. The first blooms from the seedlings were formed in  January 1992. Among the blooming seedlings were some particularly beautiful whiteflowers with greenish yellow eyes. The plant of the new variety was immediately recognizable as superior in its flowering and general growth habit to all other seedlings obtained from this cross. Six medium-sized flowers were on each of two canes about 13 cm long. After the new variety had been observed for a period of time its other features of vigorous and early blooming were also noted. Two to three canes were established each year, and more flowers bloomed on each cane.

Since then Dendrobium Spring Dream 'Apollon' has become a popular hybrid and is fairly widely available.

Dendrobium 'Anna' Green

Dendrobium 'Anna' Green
Dendrobium 'Anna' Green has amazing lime green flowers with a deep red lip, supported by stong canes. The flowers can last for up to 10 weeks.

Phalaenopsis Brother Janet

Phalaenopsis Brother Janet 
Phalaenopsis Brother Janet is a vigorous growing Phalaenopsis, this one was on display at the 2012 RHS Hampton Court Flower show.

Rare Orchid found on Bodmin Beacon

A rare orchid in decline for more than 100 years has been found on a nature reserve in Cornwall for the first time

A walker discovered the greater butterfly orchid (platanthera chlorantha) while walking around Bodmin Beacon. The orchid has greenish white-coloured flowers with a vanilla scent that gets stronger at night to attract moths.

Cornwall Council said the discovery was "really rewarding news" and it would work to ensure the flower could breed. In recent years, several conservation measures have been carried out on the beacon by Bodmin Town and Cornwall Council, who jointly manage the site. Coralie Barrow, from Cornwall Council, said: "Many of Britain's orchids are threatened and good land management practices are key to reversing this worrying trend.

"To discover we have greater butterfly orchids on the Beacon is really rewarding

Dendrobium Polar Fire

Dendrobium Polar Fire





A stunning Dendrobium and well deserved of its entry into Fertilizer Friday on TootsieTime, click the link for other entries this week.