Welcome to my 2020 GROW BLOG for the

 

Clowesetum Noname Hybrid ( Clowesetum Abigail Parsons 'SVO' HCC/AOS x Catasetum spitzii 'SVO Solid Gold' FCC/AOS )

 

The parents of the above hybrid and the new hybrid are linked to a general culture and additional information page for the individual orchids Click on the images below for a full-sized image in a new tab.

 

Let the fun in growing begin....

 

 

Brief Grow Blog and Pictures

 

Abigail Parsons ( Clowesia Grace Dunn x Catasetum John C. Burchett ) come in a range of colors. The most striking I've seen is the cultivar 'SVO,' with olive green flowers and a rose blush, all beautifully arranged on two inflorescences of 16 flowers each. Receiving an FCC/AOS indicates the high quality of a plant and its flowers. Catasetums spitzii 'SVO Solid Gold' is just such a cultivar. When it was awarded, this plant carried 23 large, solid yellow flowers perfectly arranged on a 2-foot-long inflorescence. Truly an amazing sight!  We are using spitzii in this cross for several reasons: it has a very flat, thick hard lip, that will flatten and broaden the lips of the offspring; it had a pure yellow color that will warm up the olive green and rose blush of the Abigail Parsons; and its high flower count will produce floriferous offspring.  These qualities, along with long flower life, multiple spiking habit, good form, and pleasant fragrance make this is Clowesetum a very good prospect. ( - Fred Clarke, Sunset Valley Orchids)

 

Yellow is my color and if this orchid duplicates this image I be a very happy camper

 

I have two of these Clowesetums and I have identified them as (A) and (B)

 

 

Plant (A)

 

 

 5 February 2020

Boxing Day - Catasetinae style.

 

Two bulbs with this Clowesetum is last year's growth. The new growth is progressing nicely but could be more vertical.  When it comes time to re-pot this Catasetum I will position the bulbs so they "ride" just below or even with the surface of moss about 2 inches deep on top of clay pellets as I grow in a semi-hydroponic environment.  I will make sure the new growth is positioned vertical.

 

 

As long as this new growth is still pliable, I will make every effort to train it to grow more vertical.  In March when I re-pot it, I will make sure to position this so the new growth is growing as vertical as possible.

 

 

23 March 2020

 

I am surprised to see 2 new growths on this.  Again, resisting the urge to water until the growth above the moss meets a minimum height and an eye for roots extending as they seek a source for water.

 

I suspect that with a second growth this year I get more than one chance to enjoy this Clowesetum Noname's blooms over an extended period of time.

 

Positioning in my growing area and resisting to water be the plan into April while keeping an eye on a backbulb that is supporting 2 new growths for shrivelling. 

 

 

 

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April 2020

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Plant (B)

 

 

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 5 February 2020

Boxing Day - Catasetinae style.

 

Two bulbs with this Catasetum and last year's growth far surpasses the previous year's growth. It is easy to spot the new growth on this Clowesetum.  When it comes time to re-pot this Catasetum I will position the bulbs so they "ride" just below or even with the surface of moss about 2 inches deep on top of clay pellets as I grow in a semi-hydroponic environment.

 

 

The new growth is about half an inch in length and the leaves are already starting to form and spread. As it naturally bends and starts growing vertical it is important to pay attention to the new growth's position in relation to the sun in your growing area.  Vertical Catasetinaes take up less space in the growing space and are less likely to be unbalanced - so act now to save future agony and perhaps a broken spike (s).

 

Green plants grow towards their light source because they want to capture as much of the light's energy as possible for photosynthesis to be maximum.  Catasetinaes tend to have straight bulbs, so if not paying attention you could have a 7-inch bulb growing close to horizontal taking up space due to leaf spread.  Even if you have your hanging in a basket, his can be an issue as the weight over time can flip a hanging basket.  Also, a vertical Catasetinae travels easily should you desire to show it off at an orchid meeting or judging.

 

To entice as much vertical growth as possible when the new growth is pliable, I rotate my Catasetinaes.  This is explained in detail on my page describing my culture routine found here. (link coming)  I will even go so far as to lay a pot on it's side for a few days to train the direction of growth.

 

 

 

22 February 2020

Not sure if the new growth is was a spike (I doubt it since the sibling has new growth, no spike) but I have doubts that it is viable.  The tip looked damage possibly from shipping (it happens).  The good news, it is still within the dormant season and the Clowesetum  recognized that the new growth was damaged so I spent some time looking and spotting a "back-up" new growth.  This is something that can happen if conditions allow for it.  The Clowesetum recognized and decided the obvious new growth is not worth spending resources on so it just started a complete new growth.  The only minor drawback is that timing of the blooms this season between this Clowesetum and its sibling is delayed.  To be honest, so what - more time to enjoy the separate blooms.

 

 

 

23 March 2020

I have to admit I was concerned with this particular plant because I thought for a while that the tip of the new growth appeared damaged and may not grow at all this year.  Glad I was wrong.

 

I have two of these and I keep them side by side so they both get as close to the same treatment as possible.

 

Meanwhile, no watering for this orchid with a watchful eye on the bulb's condition.  The goal is to get long roots searching for a water source before supplying that water source.

 

This being the second of two similar plants, the other having 2 new growths for this season, I suspect a bloom period of 3 spikes over time.

 

 

 

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April 2020

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May 2020

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