Saturday, May 29, 2010

Wilsonara "Tiger Brew" orchid




Here is another one of my interesting orchids that just finished flowering - it's Wilsonara "Tiger Brew" and again, it's intergeneric hybrid between oncidium, odontoglossum and cochlioda.

It have large yellow blooms with many different burgundy color markings with each flower seems to have different patterns. The flower spikes are long and cascading, with each flower opening at different times.
This orchid have a bit of an "attitude" - it's not easy to bring it to flower since it's very particular in regards to light requirements - too much and it dry out and goes all yellow and with not enough light it will not develop flower spikes, so it's constantly moving around greenhouse in the hope of the ideal conditions. It also likes warmer growing conditions, a lot of air movement, wet and dry cycle which can be a challenge even to an experienced orchid grower.

Still, each flowering season it's a waiting game to see if "Tiger Brew" will reward me with it's special and unusual blooms, and when it does, everything is forgotten - just huge appreciation and enjoyment of it's unusual and magical blooms.

13 comments:

  1. Sounds fussy - but what a beauty.

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  2. Aptly named orchid!Thanks for so much information.

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  3. You should be very patient, Klara, to grow this plant with an attitude! Its blooms are unusual and beautiful. Certainly worth waiting. Thank you for showing this tiger to us!

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  4. Beautiful photos! I love this orchid. Who am I kidding???? I love ALL of your orchids! :)

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  6. Very lovely orchid and a very good job of growing it.

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  7. I love your orchids, very sexy flowers!

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  8. I fell in love with orchids while on the Big Island in Hawaii. 300 varieties there. I havn't tried to raise any though.

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  9. Thank you all for your kind comments and for allowing me to show you this temperamental beauty!

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  10. Beautiful Orchids and garden! I love, love, love orchids and Hawaii, where I just got married. I've always had trouble with Orchids. Plus I recently moved to the mountains here in CA. I'm not sure I can grow them outside, maybe in containers inside the cabin on a bright filtered light, any advice? Thanks :)

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  11. Orchids continue to amze me with their beauty. Such a lovely gift from God

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  12. Beautiful flower, I've not seen one of these before. The burgundy doesn't show up on the internet, although I can imagine how pretty that would be. Thanks for the Picture.

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